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Pop Music on British Television 1955 - 1999

Produced by Elizabeth Cowley and presented by Private Eye’s Barry Fantoni and actress Wendy Varnals this was the forerunner of late seventies shows like Something Else, where the teenage audience gets to air their opinions and grievances live on television. As the BBC put it "A programme reflecting the taste and times of Britain's under-twenty-ones." This show attempted (quite successfully on the little evidence we have left) to cover teenage topics in a teenage fashion.

Proving there was life beyond Carnaby Street the show presented articles on life for pop stars on the road, youth scenes around the world, employment, unemployment, holidays, housing and anything that would concern the young, college / university age audience.

A band would appear every week and perform two numbers, sometimes live. Among those appearing were The Who, The Kinks, The Pretty Things, The Spencer Davis Group, Herman’s Hermits, The Dave Clark Five and The Small Faces. Sometimes these guests would also be quizzed by the precocious audience about their music, life and attitudes.

The show was broadcast live, and would on occasion lead to confrontation between an interviewee, the interviewer and the studio audience. An agony column with guest ‘aunts’ was also a weekly feature, with sometimes frank and provocative opinions. Considering that the show was broadcast in the early evening it doubtless would have lead to complaints from the burgeoning ‘clean up TV’ brigade.

Frankie McGowan, Cathy's sister also occasionally featured on the show.

Three shows are known to exist.



5th January 1966 -15th June 1966