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The Six-Five Special was a television programme launched in February 1957 when both television and rock and roll were in their infancy in Britain. It was the BBC's first attempt at a rock and roll programme, a great innovation at the time and subsequently much imitated. It was called the "Six-Five Special" because of the time it was broadcast - it went out, live of course as all programmes did then, at five past six on a Saturday evening. It began immediately after the abolition of the "Toddlers' Truce", which had seen television close down between 6 and 7 p.m. so that young children could be put to bed. 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion... The Toddlers Truce was a piece of early British television scheduling policy. ...

Jack Good was the producer and disc jockey Pete Murray was its presenter who used the catchphrase "Time to jive on the old six five". Its resident band was Don Lang's Frantic Five. The show opened with film of a steam train accompanied by the programme's theme song, played and sung by the Frantic Five, which began with the words "The Six-Five Special's comin' down the line, The Six-Five Special's right on time..." Jack Good at Rancho de Chimayo Restaurante. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... There have been several well-known people named Pete Murray, including: Pete Murray (disc jockey) Pete Murray (singer-songwriter) Pete Murray (British pop musician) Pete Murray (Ice Hockey coach) ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... Don Lang (born Gordon Langhorn, 18 January 1925, in Halifax, Yorkshire died August 1992, in Surrey), was a trombone player who led his own British band called Don Langs Frantic Five. ...

The resident band Lord Rockingham's Eleven had a UK number one instrumental hit in November 1958 with "Hoots Mon" (Decca). Lord Rockingham was the show's musical director Harry Robinson (aka Robertson)(1932-1996) Henry Macleod Robertson (19 November 1932 — 17 January 1996), son of Henry Robertson of Elgin, Morayshire, was a composer who wrote the music for a number of film and television productions. ...

The show was originally scheduled to last six weeks but, as a result of Jack Good ignoring the guidance given to him by the BBC management not to show the young audience alongside the performers, it continued indefinitely.

The BBC interfered with Good's vision of what the show should be by cluttering it with educational and information elements, as per their Public Service Broadcasting policy. The relationship between Good and the BBC became strained and they eventually fired him, resulting in a big loss of viewing audience.

Jack Good would quickly join an ITV company to create "Oh Boy!", which was the show he'd wanted to make from day one. It featured non-stop music and lost the tedious "public service–inspired" elements as part of its more frenzied pace, and trounced the further-diluted "Six-Five Special" in the ratings. The BBC management, never keen on the show in the first place, took this as vindication of their initial viewpoint and therefore good reason to pull the show from the schedules. It was to be many years before Top of the Pops came along to restore some semblance of credibility to the BBC coverage of contemporary popular music in general and "pop" in particular. It has been suggested that Channel 3 (UK) be merged into this article or section. ... Oh Boy! was the first teenage all-music show on British TV 1958-1959. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, is a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ...


Among the artists who performed on the show are:- Lonnie Donegan, Jim Dale, Petula Clark, Joan Regan, Johnny Dankworth, Bernie Winters, Paddy Stone, Leigh Madison, Finlay Currie, Peter Murray, Freddie Mills, Cleo Laine, Jimmy Lloyd and Josephine Douglas. Lonnie Donegan Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. ... Jim Dale MBE (born James Smith on August 15, 1935) is a British singer, songwriter, and actor. ... Petula Clark, CBE (born November 15, 1932), is a British singer, actress and composer of Welsh and English parentage, best known for her upbeat popular international hits of the 1960s. ... Joan Regan is a popular singer and actress, born 19 January 1928 in Romford, Essex, England from Anglo-Irish descent. ... Born in London, England, in 1927, John Dankworth was brought up in a musical environment amongst a family of musicians. ... // The Act Mike & Bernie Winters were a double-act of British Comedians who were very popular in the United Kingdom from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. ... Finlay Currie was a Scottish-born British actor on stage, screen and television. ... Freddie Mills, (June 26, 1919 Parkstone, England - July 25, 1965 London, England ) was a British boxer. ... Dame Cleo Laine, Lady Dankworth DBE, (born Clementina Dinah Campbell on October 28, 1927 in Middlesex, England) is a scat and jazz singer and an actor. ...


  • Six Five Special at Whirligig TV.
  • "Six-Five Special" (1957) TV-Series 1957-1958 Internet Movie Database
  • Six-Five Special (1957-58) British Film Institute
  • Six-Five Special MSN Movies



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