Between 1953 to 1955 Arthur Askey was star bill in the BBC series 'Before Your Very Eyes'.
In 1956 he switched to commercial Television, when from 1956 to 1957 the programme under the same title was produced for ITV's Associated Rediffusion by Jack Hylton.
These new shows were transmitted live fortnightly and the one here was the last one of the first series, transmitted live on 20th April 1956.
Arthur was supported on the show by Jerry Desmonde, Avril Angers and John Blythe as well as Sabrina (Norma Sykes) who Arthur had a long on stage connection during the 1950's and had brought with him from the BBC.
Transmitted on ATV on Saturday July 20th 1968 this is the penultimate edition(in full) of Opportunity Knocks (The All Winner s Final) from ABC’s Didsbury Studios.
Hughie refers to this on a couple of occasions
The following week ABC Television would close down, releasing the weekend franchise to ATV in the Midlands and Granada and Yorkshire in the North.
Clips from a live edition of Opportunity Knocks from 3rd March 1978.
Here an emotional Hughie Green, talks about accusations made by the Evening News
regarding vote rigging on the show. The show was axed three weeks later. Also listen out to Hughie talking
to the audience during the commercial break.
The David Nixon Show (2nd June 1975)
More than twenty years, millions of British television audience tuned in to watch David Nixion the great magician at work. He was a regular panellist on What's My Line? the host of It's Magic and many other shows, He was not just a magician, but a first-class performer whose natural personality made him the perennial star.
Here is Paul Daniels appearing as a guest on The David Nixon Show, broadcast on June 2nd 1975. It is worth observing the complimentary performance styles of the two magicians. David, as always is the calm and calculated gentleman magician and Paul is perfecting his of the cuff manic mayhem presentation.
Celebrity Squares was a British comedy game show directly based on the American comedy game show 'Hollywood Squares'
It was hosted by the genial Quiz-master Bob Monkhouse and it first aired from 20 July 1975 to 7 July 1979 made by Associated Television in Birmingham, then from 8 January 1993 to 3 January 1997 for Central Television. Unfortunately, all the editions of the earlier series have been erased, with the exception of some domestic copy’s that existed from Bob’s own collection.
So from 1976 here is a brief snippet of ‘ Bob and the big box game’ as well as a chance to hear Kenny Everett’s dulcet tones.
The Queen Visits BBC Television Centre (1961)
After leaving the BBC's top rated game show 'TheGeneration Game' Bruce Forsyth and ITV tried to grab their share of the lucrative Saturday Night Audience.
LWT made 'Bruce Forsyth's Big Night' It ran only for 1 series of 13 episodes. Judge for yourself, here is the first episode from 7th October 1978.
The Second Generation Dance Group With A 'Groovy' Pop Special From 1st July 1972 On London Weekend Television. With Guests - Heads Hands & Feet (With A Young Chas From Chas & Dave), Sandie Shaw, Mike Raven & Scott Walker.
Channel 4 On-Air Identities 1982-2002