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TV Pop Diaries
Pop Music on British Television 1955 - 1999

Hosted by Kenyan singer and whistler Roger Whittaker, who previously had another tea-time pop series on BBC1 in 1968, Whistle Stop. Originally announced as Whittaker's Get Together, the series was executively produced by Terry Henebery and directed by Bruce Gowers.


Whittaker would be joined by regular singers J Vincent Edwards, Ginette Reno and backed by Blue Mink Rhythm, dance troupe Pieces of Eight and Top Of The Pops’ backing singers The Ladybirds, while broadcasting legend Brian Matthew was the show's announcer. As well as the cream of British pop The Bee Gees, Gilbert O'Sullivan, The Peddlers, Lulu etc it also gave a few popular European musicians and singers some airspace. Everyone appeared to be singing live over a specially pre-recorded backing track.


Talking about the show at the Golden Rose TV festival in May 1971 Terry Henebery said "The show wasn't quite right at first, but we now feel it is one of the best programmes coming out of our studios and we think Rog Whittaker should have tremendous appeal on the Continent."


The series wasn't picked up by all the ITV stations and wasn't commissioned for a second series.


Unusually for a programme of this nature all the shows still exist in the ITV archive.



WHITTAKER’S WORLD OF MUSIC


LWT

10th April 1971 - 3rd July 1971