With the new feeling of youth in the country as a whole, 'Ready Steady Go!' looked forward to their Mod Ball on Wednesday night, with an article of how the broadcast was planned from the hiring of the Empire Pool, Wembley and the biggest names in British pop music at that time. The comparable idea of the Mod Ball would be against the Chelsea Arts Ball, one of the former most colourful social events on the calender.
The announcement of the event came in March 6th edition of the programme with people asked to apply for tickets through the Variety Club of Great Britain, who's charities would benefit. Just three days after the announcement, 14 sacks of applications for tickets had arrived to fill up the number of tickets available. With a fortnight later, full time secretaries were still dealing with requests from young viewers for the chance to see their favourite stars.
The technical operation to get such a programme on the air, took ten trucks and seventy-five technicians to from Rediffusion's Wembley Studios to the Empire Pool itself. One of the most ambitious outside broadcasts to date at that point, with the sheer numbers itself staggering. Over 2000 dancers, 6000 spectators, more then 2000 yards of cables and wiring, one hundred and fifty commissionaires with fifty to look after the artists and one hundred to look after the crowd, forty policemen to keep order outside the venue as well as 20 first aid staff as well.
For the finances raised from the tickets varying between £1, 10 shillings or 5 shillings, raising a total of £3000 overall from ticket sales, with after the show, 45 people taking two days to tidy up as well. Showing what a huge event this was for ITV in general and how the power of television could come up with something so amazing and get the feel of the age.
Another pioneer is also interviewed in this week's edition of the TV Times, looking Granada's Johnny Hamp and his ability to break new acts to a wider audience. As the magazine calls him 'the Pop Chief of Scene at 6.30', Hamp as the presenter and producer of Wednesday's Pop Scene, had upto to the publication of that week's edition of the TV Times had in just 14 months assembled quite a number of debuts for both singing artistes and groups.
As quoted in that week's edition of the TV Times, Hamp says.
"When we decided we needed a pop musical item in the show every night, we had a problem."
He continues, "Most of the big names launched their records in London." "We decided if we were going to get the teenage audiences we wanted, we would have to start scooping the London shows."
"That didn't only only mean getting established names to come to Manchester first with their records. It meant digging out new talent before it had been fully recognised elsewhere."
Hamp broke such stars as Freddie and Dreamers for Wednesday's Pop Scene, although when they had been auditioned for Granada, the year before. They were rejected as Granada as their act was though absurd and stupid. The slot itself remained one of the most vibrant and entertaining features of Scene at 6.30, though contrary to imagination. It was not Hamp who broke The Beatles, but it was another programme "People and Places" which the Fab Four had debuted on in October 1962 and from People and Places came Scene at 6.30, though The Beatles always found time when they could to appear on Scene to promote their new singles or be interviewed about their latest exploits.
From the world of Pop Music to the world of Ken Nixon, whose life was focused on by Granada's Travelling Eye with Nixon helping out a Granada crew during the filming of a new drama 'The Villains', which looked at the life of the waterways of Britain and the smugglers there on.
Jack Smethurst and Derek Benfield played a pair of bargee brothers who are apprehended by the law, but as such with trying to play a bargee as Smethurst explains trying to learn the accent of the bargee can be difficult in itself.
"It isn't anything you can localise. A bargee's accent seems to be coloured by every county he passes through."
With travelling on the waterways, Nixon and his family have been enamored with luxuries such as a television set or a telephone. With his life with his wife and three children, he has inherited his lifestyle from his parents who were also bargees as well. As Ken Nixon explains,
"You leave it, and you come back to it. Once it gets into your blood, you can't get rid of it."
But for all this time spent on the waterways, Nixon is reflective about his and his family's future on the water with his children coming upto to schooling age and possibly sending them to the Waterways boarding school in Birmingham and seeing a life beyond the canals, that even if he was to take a job on dry land, he would always be drawn back to the waterways one day.
Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth on the other hand are Johnny Dankworth and his wife Cleo Lane as they put the playwright's words to Jazz, the TV Times interviews Johnny Dankworth about this project which is close to both of their hearts.
Revealing this new type of Shakespeare in Monday night's Lyric by Shakespeare with narration by Tony Britton. Though idea of adapting lyrics from well known work of Shakespeare was not a new idea to Johnny and Cleo, as nine years ago when Cleo recorded an LP called 'Cleo Sing British' and found a modern setting version of "It Was A Lover and His Lass". With the success of the album with fans of Laine and Dankworth plus also lovers of Shakespeare as well.
Such was the success of the project, that schoolteachers were using the album to re-engage children with the works of Shakespeare, from that came the idea of adapting more of his work to music and a television special for Rediffusion. As Dankworth says about the project himself,
"One thing both Cleo and I feel strongly about, We have many times enjoyed the works of Shakespeare, at the theatre, and on TV. But many people who associate the great man with something highbrow have never bothered to see what he has to offer."
"Good modern productions of Shakespeare are usually, witty, lively, and above all entertaining. They use modern resources and techniques to add to their vigour."
"We have tried to do that very thing in our contributions to the world of Shakespeare. To those who bridle at use of jazz in such a context we would say this. Shakespeare in his day was no sacred prerogative of the intellectuals. In those days not the gulf that tends to exist today between so-called art and entertainment."
This week also sees the return for a new series of 'No Hiding Place', with the introduction of two new characters to join Detective Chief Superintendent Lockhart in the fight against crime. But also it sees one of the first major roles for Johnny Briggs later to play Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street, in No Hiding Place, he plays Detective Sergeant Russell alongside fellow new recruit Michael McStay playing Detective Sergeant Perryman. Those these two new characters to the show, had come from the underworld to the front line of detection have both had run-ins before with Lockhart in a previous series. The TV Times looks at the careers of Briggs and McStay and introduction to who they are apart from their characters and what viewers can expect in the new series.
Though Johnny Briggs isn't the only Coronation Street regular who makes an appearance in this week's TV Times, as Pat Phoenix, famous for playing Elsie Tanner in the Weatherfield soap, has a weekly column in the magazine meeting its readers and also tips for interviews and things to do. So in the April 5th edition, Pat goes down the coal mine to meet some of the miners and see what they do on a daily basis. Plus it gives her an opportunity to do some of the same by shoveling some coal for a photo.
Pretty much like Elsie Tanner, Phoenix has a broad sassy appeal in her column mixing it with the grizzled miners, but also showing how dangerous it can be for those who do mining on a day to day basis. The Agecroft Colliery in the Agecroft area of Pendlebury in Lancashire which Pat goes down in was said to be one of the most modern of its kind, with the second colliery on the site only opening up in 1960. Plus also with the opportunity for the National Coal Board to show off one of its newest sites in one of the most popular magazines across the Northern ITV region and in some regions beyond as well.
From the fun and frivolity of the week's entertainment programmes, Sir John Newsome, the chairman of the new Educational Advisory Council of the Independent Television Authority looks at the benefits television can have on education in schools and also for teachers as well, looking forward to what effect it will have in the years to come. But with a salutatory warning that even with all the television channels available at that time, they could not cover all subjects available to teachers and students.
But to contrast the article about education comes an interview with 'Double Your Money' hostess Monica Rose, who had originally been a contestant on the programme and was brought back to be the assistant to Hughie Green on the show. Her rise to fame had been a rapid one and at such a young age, Rose was only 16 when she made her debut as a hostess on Double Your Money and previously been a junior accounting clerk at a catering firm.
Her confidence was high that she was going to succeed in show business that she took singing and dancing lessons, as Rose said to the TV Times in that interview,
"If I'm not going to make it, I'll know in a year."
"At my age, I can afford a year, can't I?"
Onto the week's listings themselves, but as this is 1964 era TV Times, we start at Sunday with ABC going through to Saturday with ABC and Granada on the weekdays as well.
So Sunday starts with another 'Sunday Session' of adult education programmes including Transport at 9.55am, Citizenship at 10.15 focusing on leaving school and with a French lesson, number 24 in the series from Mesdames, Messieures at 10.40.
The Sun Eucharist comes from The Parish Church of All Saints, Maidstone at 11am. As Southern covers the service led by Canon Niel Nye A.K.C, The Bishop of Maidstone, the Right Reverend S.W. Betts. The 12th century church itself stands with the Archbishop's Palace, the former College buildings and the Tithe Barn, a group of medieval buildings in the middle of the County Town of Kent.
With a closedown until five past two in the afternoon when follows an edition of Headway, where from illustrations dramatic scenes are performed by a team of actors to make up a story. At 2.25, ABC has ABC Farming Comment with Stuart Seaton looking at the latest rural affairs including in the world of farming. From the world of farming, comes The Flying Doctor at 2.35pm, who this week is called to an outback farm where a highly strung mother-to-be awaits anxiously for treatment, but can drugs or hypnotism help her plight at all?
After another case for O.S.S. involving war-time espionage occurs at five past three, from that action there's more fun involving the Candid Camera team, as David Nixon introduces the Candid Camera team lead by Jonathan Routh meeting the general public as they play pranks and tricks on them at 3.35 pm.
The movie premiere of 'The Big Punch' starring Wayne Morris and Gordon McRae is at 4.05, as Morris stars as Chris Thorgerson, as a graduate from a divinity school and also an all round athlete, is approached by a big fight promoter to become a professional boxer, but Thorgerson's loyalties are split by this decision. After the big punch comes 'The Littlest Hobo' at 5.35, with the hobo and an old women helping an newly release prisoner keep on the straight and narrow after his release.
At five past six, the first news of the day from ITN arrives with the main stories on this day being the first driverless train running on the London Underground and General Douglas MacArthur, US General in World War Two died on this day as well.
After the news at 6.15, TWW invites you to their 'Land of Song' where Ivor Emmanuel introduces Marian Davies, Sian Hopkins, Phillip Potter, Harry Price and the Portcanna Children Choir plus the TWW Singers as well sing music from Wales. After an appeal for the Student Movement House at five to seven, About Religion looks at the work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in association with ATV and Oxfam who co-operated on the film.
With a further ITN news headlines at 7.25pm, the American detective series Hawaiian Eye follows that with private detective Tom Lopaka, played by future Cannon star Robert Conrad and Phillip Barton played by Troy Donahue, investigate when a priceless Stradivarius violin goes missing on the island and they have to find for renowned violinist Stafford Price.
Sunday Night means 'Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium' from ATV London at 8.25pm. This week Bruce Forsyth introduces a bill of Peter, Paul and Mary bringing their pop folk sounds to the Palladium stage, along with The Kuban Cossacks dancing their way into people's homes, all ably supported by Jack Parnell and his Orchestra and The Tiller Girls. Plus there's another chance to win big prizes in Beat the Clock and see if anyone can win the Jackpot.
The ABC Armchair Theatre at 9.35pm this week is 'Prisoner and Escort' starring Alfred Lynch as Jupp, a Private in the army who is under arrest and being taken to Catterick Barracks by Blake, the arresting officer played by Norman Rossington. Jupp who has a list offence 'as long as your arm' tells all to a girl who is invited to share the train carriage with him and Blake also tells her the truth about himself and it is not all palatable at all. More conventional entertainment returns at 10.35 with 'Here's Magic' with 'Presidigiator' M. Koran showing off their magic tricks produced by ABC's Peter Dulay, who earlier had produced Candid Camera as well. John Russell appears as 'Lawman' Dan Troop at 10.40pm, investigating two new minister who want to raise funds for a new church in Laramie, as he thinks what they appear not to be.
To round off the evening at 11.10, Tempo from ABC presents Dame Ninette de Valois in Postscript to the Ballet. Looking at Dame Ninette's career with the Royal Ballet and her thirty-years upto 1964, spent nuturing the next generation of ballet performers at the Ballet School and also he achievements outside of there with the performing side as well.
With the Easter Holidays for schools during this week, Monday morning starts at 10.55am with a preview of schools programmes for teachers under the banner 'Out Of School', a taster service of what ITV normally offers during term time for educationalists to make an informed decision about whether to use television in their classrooms as a learning aid.
So Granada does not officially start up until the afternoon with children's programmes, the first of which at 5pm has Seeing Sport introduced by Peter Lloyd, showing Clay Pigeon Shooting this time and as the TV Times puts it "Instruction on shooting, with emphasis on gun safety."
Following that, is another kind of a sharpshooter. As there's another adventure for William Tell at 5.25. Who this week has to rescue two men from the enemy, two men in particular as they had served with the Austrian army in the episode this week entitled 'The Assassins'
After all that daring do from Switzerland's number one marksman, the early evening news from ITN comes along at five to six. Ten minutes later 'My Favourite Martian' makes a valuable sculpture disappear from a museum all by itself, as Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Cecil Kellaway, Harry Lauter and Maurice Marsac star in this comic adventure.
Highly popular on both sides of the Atlantic, the series ran for three series between 1963 and 1966, with the latter series filmed in colour but only seen in black and white for its first showing in the UK. Ray Walston and Bill Bixby, were to team up in an episode of The Incredible Hulk called 'My Favourite Magician' which took the names of the two previous shows as a nod to them.
Local and international events are looked at in Scene at 6.30, as Michael, later to become Mike Scott introduces them along with Peter Eckersley, James Murray and Denis Pitts also with three very familiar names to viewers and television historians nowadays in the production crew. As we saw earlier Johnny Hamp was producer along with David Plowright, later to become Granada's Controller of Programmes between 1969 and 1979, later still to become its Chairman taking over from Denis Forman in 1987. Plus also the name of Michael Parkinson as well acting as a reporter/presenter/producer on the programme.
All Our Yesterdays at 7pm, has the second part of a look at back at the events and news of the Spanish Civil War introduced by Brian Inglis. In the first edition of Coronation Street of the week at 7.30, Miss Nugent played Eileen Derbyshire is worried about the future of the Mission hall and Elsie Tanner has to face facts, what about? The listings do not tell us on this occasion.
From the streets of Weatherfield to the streets of London at 8pm as No Hiding Place returns, as Detective Chief Superintendent Lockhart is delivered a strange set of letters and he has to work out what they are all about and if they have some kind of hidden meaning or threat for him. With not only the debut appearances of Michael McStay and Johnny Briggs, the cast this week features Ken Jones, Irene Richmond, Leon Sinden and also Brian Cant playing Detective Sergeant Barnes.
The evening's ITN News appears at five to nine and after that at ten past nine. Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth bring Lyrics by Shakespeare to the screen, aided by Tony Britton who narrates the other parts of Shakespeare's sonnets. With a Party Political Broadcast at 9.30pm, leading into The Play of the Week, starring George A. Cooper as Leslie Bullingham in Finger on the Balance.
As after a busy day at the office, Bullingham steps into his car that is going to drive him to a conference in Birmingham. But when the car finally stops, he steps out into a very unfamilar world from the one he set off into earlier in the day, one full of unreality and nightmare.
After the news headlines nationally and internationally, plus a check on local events at 11.05pm, Bernard Braden goes 'On The Braden Beat' at 11.20 and Granada has a Monday Journey at 11.40pm looking at faces and events going on around the world.
Tuesday afternoon, like Monday starts with sporting endeavors at 3pm. As Granada's Travelling Eye journeys to Rusholme, Manchester for a challenge Snooker match between Lancashire and Yorkshire. With John Spencer, the Northern amateur champion of 1964 of Radcliffe playing Yorkshire champion Denis Robertson from Middlesborough. With Ted Lowe making one of his earliest television appearance commentating alongside Harold Phillips.
Following an hour's closedown, today's programmes for children begin with The Five O'Clock Club featuring Rick Jones plus Freddie and the Dreamers along with resident members Muriel Young, Jay Denyer and Jimmy Hanley. The Barnstormers appear at 5.25 with this week's episode 'Camberley's Quest' featuring a young Dennis Waterman in the cast.
After ITN's first news of the day, The New Phil Silvers Show has Silvers starring as Harry Grafton, the man who has a sixth sense of how to make money according to the TV Times. Local and national affairs are put in the spotlight from Scene at 6.30. Cardiff University face New Hall College, Cambridge in another round of University Challenge introduced by Bamber Gascoigne at 7pm. From those with knowledable brains, to those with medical know-how in Emergency Ward 10 at 7.30, as Mr Harrison has to make a decision about Charlie Turner's arm.
There action, danger and suspense with The Detectives return for a new series at 8pm starring Robert Taylor as Captain Matt Holbrook assisted by Tige Andrews as Lieutenant Johnny Russo, Mark Goddard as Sergeant Chris Ballard and Adam West, pre-Batman still fighing crime though as Sergeant Steve Nelson with special guest Edward G. Robinson in this week's episode called 'The Legend of Jim Riva' . As Big Jim Riva, the king of the gangsters comes out of prison to a changed world and so have his underworld associates.
After the ITN News at 8.55 is Love Story as featured on the cover of the TV Times with this week's drama called 'Three Piece Suite'. About a women gets more then she bargains for when she looks to buy some new furniture and enters a dream world from it. 10.05 pm has Second City Reports looking at another controversial aspect of British life, followed by more news headlines both locally and around the world. Another edition of Thriller has Boris Karloff in the leading role as Clay Mace, a mind reader who is a fake but experiences a genuine vision of the future during his act revealing violence, mystery and sudden death, but for who?
So to calm everyone down after that, there is Music for Guitar as John Willams plays Preludes by Villa-Lobos, Valse Crillo No. 2 by Antonio Lavro and Overture by Weiss to make a peaceful end to Tuesday.
Wednesday afternoon has Ice Skating from Altrincham at 3pm before Zoo Time at 5pm introduced by Desmond Morris comes from London Zoo meeting a spider monkey and Rhema the Chimp from Desmond's den within the zoo. Meanwhile Hawkeye and the last of the mohicans fight crime in the backwaters of the tough Canadian backwoods at 5.25pm, as Hawkeye and Chingachgook arrive in Morristown, finding that notorious renegade Simon Girty is terrorising the local residents.
After the ITN News at 5.55, then we take a trip to Petticoat Junction as Kate calls in a handsome doctor - to interest Billy Jo in a medical career. But Kate has another method to tempt her into the medical profession as well as that, starring Bea Benaderet as Kate Bradley plus with Adam West making his second appearance of the week. The series lasted for seven years from 1963 to 1970 itself made by CBS in America, with spin-off Green Acres running from 1965 to 1971. Both shows shared the same fictional universe and occasionally the characters would cross over to each others show, but also they would have links to The Beverley Hillbillies as well.
Scene at 6.30, as it is Wednesday features Johnny Hamp's 'Pop Scene'. Showcasing the latest in pop music and also introducing the North to new pop acts as well, from pop entertainment to quiz time with Robert, later to be Bob Holness in 'Take a Letter' at 7pm. As this crossword and spelling game, this week features James Oxenbould of Sutton Coldfield, the returning champion in the middle of a game against Wilfred Hedges of Walton-on-Thames. Though waiting in the wings are Monica Hughes of Croydon, Alan Cross of Liverpool and Patricia Corry of Harrow to challenge either of them, plus there is the chance for viewers to enter the viewers competition.
Wednesday's edition of Coronation Street at 7.30pm, in the episode itself has Elsie Tanner taking her revenge and Ena Sharples gets a shock. As Elsie refuses to listen to Laurie Frazier's excuses and he tells Dennis Tanner that he's not blaming him for this. Meanwhile Myra Booth's played by Susan Jameson, her fitted furniture arrives much to Jerry, her husband's horror. Plus The Fraziers leave the street and return to London and a man called Stuart Hodges comes to take over the Mission of Glad Tidings from Leonard Swindley. But Emily is concerned by the low attendances at services will force Mr Hodges to close the mission for good.
Burke's Law returns at 8pm, as someone murders a fake archduke with poison pills, though could a equally as fake necklace be the reason why he was killed. Apart from Gene Barry as Amos Burke, there are several soon to famous names who star in the episode called 'Who Killed His Royal Highness?' such as Elizabeth Montgomery and Telly Savalas alongside guest star Mickey Rooney who plays Archie. After the news at 8.55pm, Alan Freeman interviews 'The Crystals' at ten past nine, who as the title of the programme suggests 'We've Sold a Million' as they band are interviewed by 'Fluff' in a bowling alley.
Also on the agenda after Campaign Questions and a Party Political Broadcast at 9.50pm is liver coverage of the Ready Steady Go Mod Ball from the Empire Pool, Wembley featuring such acts as Cilla Black, The Fourmost, Freddie and the Dreamers, Kathy Kirby, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Kenny Lynch, Manfred Mann, The Merseybeats, The Rolling Stones, The Seachers and Sounds Incorporated are introduced by Keith Fordyce with Cathy McGowan and Michael Aldred. As well loads of teenagers dancing and in the audience as well.
Wednesday sees another bill of Professional Wrestling at 10.50pm, this week from The Civic Hall, Solihull, this week featuring Les Kellett in Light-Heavyweight action. With the ITN news at 11.30pm, with Northern Newscast afterwards.
Thursday's Afternoon Sport comes from Sale, Cheshire as the South African Tourists play Brooklands Select XI in hockey action at 3pm, that's followed by a closedown until 5pm when Bob Holness returns for an edition of Junior Criss Cross Quiz, though in an action packed programme of 'The Terrific Adventures of the Terrible Ten' as they interfere in the plans of Dr. Archimedes to kidnap a famous rocket scientist.
The evening continues after the news at five past six with Car 54, Where Are You starts its run on British television. Starring Joe.E Ross as Patrolman Toody and Fred Gwynne as Patrolman Muldoon, in this first episode after 25 years in the force Sgt. Sol Abrams should get a medal, but gets something for his feet instead.
After Scene at 6.30, there a chance to Double Your Money at 7pm as Hughie Green asks the questions with Monica Rose and Barbara Roscoe helping him. But as this is a special edition, the contestants in the studio get the chance to go on the Commonwealth Treasure Trail an appear on a future edition of the show in Australia. At 7.30m there another chance to see "It's Little Richard" as the dynamic pop star performs for the Granada cameras. There's another case for The Saint, this week featuring Alfred Burke. The evening's ITN News is at 8.55pm followed by This Week reporting on the issues of the week.
At 9.40pm is the Alfred Hitchcock Hour with murder and mystery never far away, starring Diana Dors and John Gavin this week with the weekly review of the papers in 'What The Papers Say' at 10.40.
Friday's highlight's include The Beverley Hillbillies and Take Your Pick, followed by Emergency Ward 10 and Bonanza. At 10.35, the weekend starts here with Ready Steady Go! As Keith Fordyce, Cathy McGowan and Michael Aldred introduce The Searchers and Peter, Paul and Mary.
Saturday starts at 1.15pm with the ITN News, followed by Saturday Sportstime, this week featuring Snooker for the Amateur Invitation Trophy between Ray Edmonds of Lincolnshire and Mario Berni of Wales at the National Liberal Club. Also there's Amateur Boxing featuring the Schoolboy Championships of Great Britain, three races from Catterick, Professional Wrestling, this week at the Empire Sports Stadium in York and with the Full Football results as well.
At 5.15, there's Puddytat Trouble for Tweety Pie as Sylvester has a new plan to capture him, along with appearance from Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales. 5.50pm is the time for 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' after an ITN news bulletin, this week Lucky Stars features Brian Matthews introducing Millicent Martin, Kenny Lynch and Manfred Mann amongst others in a action packed show. After that at 6.35, Mike and Bernie Winters have a 'Big Night Out' with Don Arrol, Kathy Kirby, along with Lionel Blair and his dancers plus Bob Sharples with The ABC Television Showband.
7.25pm and there's another case for G.S.5, where Tony Miller is sent to a Balearic island, but its no holiday as he investigates the disappearance of another undercover agent and runs into the island's virtual 'dictator' Emillio Zafra. Morecambe and Wise return at 8.25pm with their guests this week Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, after the ITN News at 9pm, the Protectors have a routine assignment but this soon turns to violence when they are framed by a ring of gambling racketeers.
At ten past ten, there's Sergeant Cork with John Barrie as the Sergeant in this week's episode 'The Case of the Six Suspects' as Sgt. Cork has a problem to unravel when he releases that six people are under suspicion for the murder of Stephen Lancing, the Managing-Director of an African Gold Mining company. After this at 11.10pm, Gazette has look at the latest beat scene including 'The Scaffold' bringing a look at the local Merseybeat scene through their local eyes.
With a musical end to the week, with a look at the 5th to the 11th April 1964 through the TV Times and in particular the Northern edition of the magazine, before the TV Times became a national listings magazine.
Join us next time as we take another week and year to view of the TV Times to see what visual treats lay in store for us and what the magazine was like itself as 'I Didn't Know There Was So Much in it'.