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Encyclopedia > Sunday Night at the London Palladium

Sunday Night at the London Palladium was a British television variety show made by ATV for the ITV network, originally running from 1955 to 1967, with a brief revival in 1973 and 1974. The London Palladium is a theatre in London's West End. The programme was one of ITV's most watched, reaching its biggest audience in January 1960 while Bruce Forsyth was the host, in an edition featuring Cliff Richard and The Shadows, watched by more than 20 million people. However according to the book 'Television's Greatest Hits' written and researched by Paul Gambaccini and Rod Taylor the biggest viewing audience was 9.7 million in 1964. This was on Sunday 19 April when Bruce Forsyth introduced The Bachelors, Bob Hope and Keen and Frank Ifield with the Pamela Devis Dancers. A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television. ... The ATV colour logo, used from the start of the colour standard in 1969 until the companys demise in 1981. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is a 2,286 seat West End theatre located off Oxford Street in the City of Westminster. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Bruce Forsyth, CBE (born Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson on 22 February 1928) is a British showman and entertainer who achieved celebrity on the show Sunday Night at the London Palladium, and became a household name in the UK, going on to present the television shows The Generation Game, Play Your... Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ... The Shadows were an English instrumental rock n roll group active from the 1950s to the 2000s. ... Paul Matthew Gambaccini (born April 2, 1949, New York) is a radio and television presenter in the United Kingdom. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... The Bachelors is a popular music group, originating from Dublin, Ireland. ... Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ... Frank Ifield (born November 30, 1937) is an Australian/English easy listening country music singer. ...


A part of the show was the game show, Beat The Clock, the format of which was rather like Bruce Forsyth's later hit in The Generation Game. For other uses, see Beat the Clock (disambiguation). ... The Generation Game is a British game show produced by the BBC in which four teams of two (usually people from the same family, but different generations) compete to win prizes. ...


The regular hosts of the Palladium show were Tommy Trinder (1955-1958), Bruce Forsyth (1958-1960 and 1961), Don Arrol (1960-61), Norman Vaughan (1962-1965) and Jimmy Tarbuck (1965-67). Cover of Tommy Trinders publicity pamphlet for his 1952 Australian tour Tommy Trinder (24 March 1909 - 10 July 1989) was an English stage, screen and radio comedian. ... Jan. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Norman Vaughan (10 April 1927-10 May 2002) was an English comedian. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Jimmy Tarbuck OBE (born 6 February 1940, Liverpool, Lancashire, England) is an English comedian, emcee and the father of actress and television presenter Liza Tarbuck, he attended the same school as Beatle John Lennon and newscaster Peter Sissons. ...


Perhaps the most famous episode took place during a strike by the British acting union Equity, who refused to allow its performers to appear that week. Exempt from this, Bruce Forsyth and comedian Norman Wisdom appeared in the entire show, improvising wildly to the delight of the audience. The British Actors Equity Association (now called Equity) is the British actors trade union. ... Sir Norman Wisdom, OBE (born 4 February 1915) is an English comedian, singer and actor. ...


In 1967 TV mogul Lord Grade axed the show. The reasons for this remain obscure, but he was first to admit that that, and dropping the axing of soap opera Emergency Ward 10 at the same time, were the two biggest mistakes he made.[citation needed] Emergency Ward 10 was a British television series shown on ITV between 1957 and 1967. ...


The format was revived in the 1980s as Live From Her Majesty's, Live from the Piccadilly and Live From the Palladium with comedian Jimmy Tarbuck again host. Live from Her Majesty's is mainly remembered as the show on which comedian Tommy Cooper suffered a fatal heart attack, collapsing midway through his act. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Live From Her Majestys was a Sunday night variety show which ran on ITV1 for three seasons from 1982 - 85. ... Live From Her Majestys was a Sunday night variety show which ran on ITV1 for three seasons from 1982 - 85. ... Live From Her Majestys was a Sunday night variety show which ran on ITV1 for three seasons from 1982 - 85. ... For the documentary about Jerry Seinfeld, see Comedian (film). ... Live From Her Majestys was a Sunday night variety show which ran on ITV1 for three seasons from 1982 - 85. ... Tommy Cooper (March 19, 1921 – April 15, 1984) was a Welsh [1] prop comedian and magician. ...


A further revival, in 2000, was called Tonight at the London Palladium, fronted by Bruce Forsyth, however this was not a ratings success. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


References

'Television's Greatest Hits' written by Paul Gambaccini and Rod Taylor. By Network Books (BBC Books) This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... Oxford University Press (OUP) is a highly-respected publishing house and a department of the University of Oxford in England. ... The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


External links

  • Theatre History with many pictures and original Programmes.

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