Monday, 23 March 2015
121 We Want To Sing
First watched : 1973
This had been on before but I don't think I caught it until it replaced The Basil Brush Show in the post-Grandstand slot in February 1973. It's little-celebrated ; away from Genome there's not much on the 'net.
It ran for four series from 1971 and 1974 and was based in Manchester. The premise was very simple; a rotating cast of presenters ( most often Ken Dodd or Bernard Cribbins ) led an audience of children ( around 300 ) in a singalong of popular songs with the help of some worthy middle of the road act such as The Spinners, New Seekers and yes Middle of The Road and the Northern Dance Orchestra conducted by Bernard Herrman. I seem to remember "Lord of the Dance " featuring a lot. It was harmless , moderate fun ( one hopes it stayed that way when Rolf presented it ) but the shows were never repeated and almost certainly junked very soon afterwards . You can't imagine anyone trying to revive it today.