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Tv Shows We Employed To Watch – BBC Juke Box Jury 1959-67


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Classic 1950s and 60s pop music show in which a panel votes hit or miss on the new releases they are played. David Jacobs presents, with Nina and Frederick, Jill Ireland and David McCallum on the panel.

The show – in which assorted celebrities rated new single releases a ‘hit’ or a ‘miss’ – began on US Television in 1948 starring Hollywood DJ Peter Potter.

One of the highlights of the show’s history was when The Beatles appeared on December 7th 1963. They rated songs by artists such as Billy Fury, Elvis Presley and The Swinging Blue Jeans – all of which became hits.

On the night, seven of the Beatles’ predictions had been correct and three had been wrong.

The show’s format was really straightforward: a panel of four guests would listen to a batch of the latest pop singles and judge them a hit or a miss.

The reality that the programme was efficiency-free meant that during a song the camera would pan about the studio audience, linger on the celebrity panel or cut back to the show’s host, originally the DJ David Jacobs, to no fantastic purpose.

Despite this lack of visual interest, the show proved incredibly common, with a weekly audience peaking at around 12 million, although an look by the Rolling Stones as the panellists attracted 10,000 requests for tickets for the programme’s recording.

The most well-known guests to appear on the show were The Beatles, who generated such pandemonium that the audience drowned out considerably of what they said.

It was axed towards the end of 1967 after falling ratings, but revived on two occasions, the very first time with Noel Edmonds as presenter (in 1979), and the second time with
Jools Holland (from 1989 to 1990). The theme music for the show was called
&quotHit and Miss&quot and was performed by &quotThe John Barry Seven&quot.

The following clip is a section from a programme in 1960.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3y-wNnh3g0

Nina and Frederik were a Danish popular singing duo of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Their repertoire consisted of a blend of folk music, calypsos and standards. The duo consisted of Frederik, Baron van Pallandt and his wife at the time Nina van Pallandt.

Nina and Frederik began singing together at the age of four, but considering that Frederik’s father was the Dutch ambassador to Denmark, his loved ones moved away and the children lost contact with each other. Nevertheless in 1957 he re-established contact with Nina at her parents property and one evening played his guitar for her. To his surprise Nina began singing to it, and it was at that moment that they decided to sing together. Originally they sang only for their pals, and occasionally at residence parties. This led to them being asked to carry out at charity shows and soon they had been in demand professionally. On 1 July 1957, the duo produced their professional show business debut in Copenhagen’s top night club, Mon Coeur. Within a matter of months they had grow to be excellent favourites all through Europe. They married in September 1960 and in 1961 had their own series on British Television, Nina and Frederik at home.

Their earliest identified single was &quotJamaica Farewell&quot/&quotCome Back Liza&quot, both Calypso songs, issued in 1959 on Pye International 7N 25021, but showing a 1957 ‘recording initial published’ date.

Their album, Nina and Frederik, charted at number 9 on the UK Albums Chart in February 1960. Their follow-up collection, also entitled Nina and Frederik, but featuring fully distinct songs, peaked at number 11 in the UK chart in May 1961.

In 1963 they spent 3 weeks performing at the Savoy Hotel, and in December of the identical year they gave a concert at the Royal Festival Hall, and created guest appearances on the panel of Juke Box Jury.

Jill Ireland and David McCallum

David Keith McCallum, Jr. (born 19 September 1933) is a Scottish actor and musician. He is best identified for his roles as Illya Kuryakin, a Russian-born secret agent, in the 1960s television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., as interdimensional operative Steel in Sapphire &amp Steel, and Dr. Donald &quotDucky&quot Mallard in the series NCIS.

He was married to actress Jill Ireland from 1957 to 1967. They had three sons: Paul, Jason – an adopted son who died from an accidental drug overdose in 1989 – and Valentine. He introduced Ireland to Charles Bronson when both were filming The Great Escape. A couple of years later, she left McCallum and married Bronson.

He has been married to Katherine Carpenter considering that 1967. They have a son, Peter, and a daughter, Sophie. David and Katherine McCallum are active with charitable organizations that support the United States Marine Corps: Katherine’s father was a Marine who served in the Battle of Iwo Jima, and her brother lost his life in the Vietnam War.

David and Katherine McCallum live in New York.

Jill Dorothy Ireland (April 24, 1936 – Could 18, 1990) was an English actress, greatest known for her many films with her second husband, Charles Bronson.

Ireland was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984. Right after her diagnosis, Ireland wrote two books chronicling her battle with the disease (at the time of her death, she was writing a third book) and became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. In 1988, she testified before Congress about medical costs and was awarded the Medal of Courage from then-President Ronald Reagan.

On Could 18, 1990, Ireland died of breast cancer at her home in Malibu, California.

For her contribution to the motion picture market, Jill Ireland has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6751 Hollywood Boulevard.

In 1991, Jill Clayburgh portrayed Ireland in the produced-for-tv film Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story, which told of her later years, such as her fight with cancer.

David Lewis Jacobs CBE (born 19 May possibly 1926) is a British actor and broadcaster who rose to prominence as presenter of the peak-time BBC Television show Juke Box Jury and of the BBC Radio four political forum, Any Questions?

Jacobs was born in London and educated at Strand School. He served in the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1947, and initial broadcast on Navy Mixture in 1944. He became an announcer with the British Forces Broadcasting Service and was chief announcer on Radio SEAC in Ceylon (1945-47). He was later assistant-station director.

A BBC staff announcer in the early 1950s, his voice eerily intoned the title for a lot of of the 53 episodes of the popular space adventure series Journey Into Space. He also played no fewer than 22 acting parts in the course of the series.

He also broadcast on Radio Luxembourg.

Jacobs became greatest known as presenter of Juke Box Jury on BBC tv in between 1959 and 1967. He was 1 of the 4 original presenters of Top of the Pops when it began in 1964. He had earlier, in between 1957 and 1961, established the chart show format of the Light Programme’s Choose of the Pops, to which he briefly returned in 1962.

In between 1957 and 1966 Jacobs was the presenter of A Song for Europe and did the UK commentary at many Eurovision Song Contests. He hosted the well-liked panel game What’s My Line? when it was revived on BBC2 from 1973 to 1974. In 1973 he hosted a brief-lived version of the American game show The Who, What, or Where Game.

From December 1967 until July 1983 Jacobs chaired the influential Radio four live topical debate programme Any Questions? 1 episode notoriously descended into chaos when some of the audience heckled Enoch Powell: they had been evicted, and a stone was thrown via the stained-glass window of the church from which the programme was becoming broadcast. Jacobs later for a time presented a similar series referred to as Questions for TVS.

Jacobs appeared as himself in the 1974 film Stardust, compèring a 1960s award ceremony. He also appeared as himself in an episode of the BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, where he played the presenter of a fictional house improvement show.

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Power of Three

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The Power of Three will set us free.

Thanks, sisters, for all your help!
You guys are the greatest!

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The Vulcan and the Redhead – How Lucy Became the Power Behind Starfleet

The Vulcan and the Redhead – How Lucy Became the Power Behind Starfleet

Pop quiz. What do Lucille Ball, an ex-cop and a certain pointy-eared, green skinned alien have in common? Believe it or not, the cop and the Vulcan both worked for the redheaded comic icon during the early days of “Star Trek.”


Writer/producer Gene Roddenberry’s military drama, “The Lieutenant,” caught the attention of senior executives at Desilu Productions, the production company owned by

Lucille Ball. By the early 1960′s, Desilu was one of the most successful production companies in television and looking to expand and Gene Roddenberry was one of the writer/producers recruited by the studio.


Because Desilu had a first look deal with CBS, they originally took “Star Trek” there, only to be told that the network had already bought a science fiction show from producer Irwin Allen and just wanted ideas for what would become “Lost in Space.” Shortly thereafter, they successfully sold NBC on shooting a pilot.


Gene Roddenberry was an idealist in many ways and wanted “Star Trek” to reflect his own ideas of equality and social justice, making it the first network series to feature people of multiple nationalities, races and even species working together in that first pilot, “The Cage.” But apparently he crossed the line when he cast a woman, actress Majel Barrett, as the ship’s second in command.


NBC liked the concept, but hated the pilot, ordering a second one and in the process demoting Ms. Barrett from Executive Officer to nurse. But she ultimately married the boss and became the only actor to have been in every “Star Trek” series (She’s the voice of the ship’s computer on all the Trek series and had a recurring role in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”). As for that second pilot, it sold the series to NBC and began what would become one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time.

About Us: On Tuesday, November 14, Majel Barrett Roddenberry joins son Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry and writer/director Nicholas Meyer for a special 40th Anniversary “Star Trek” Celebration at the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatres Complex in Hollywood, California following a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” as part of the “Story Makers Studio” series at the Chinese. Tickets are available at the Chinese Theatre’s box office and online at www.stiylagency.com/startrek

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