Post by williammcgregor on Apr 15, 2019 9:54:49 GMT
The Francie and Josie concept first appeared on The Five Past Eight Show in the Alhambra Theatre Glasgow during the 1958 season, and was a brainwave of Stanley Baxter, Stan Mars and Rikki Fulton. Over the season the idea grew and they refined the concept. Often there would be a sketch from Francie alone and a sketch from Josie alone and then the two together at the end.
In 1962 Scottish Television gave them their own show. The show became a hit; being shown by Anglia, Border Television, Grampian Television, Tyne Tees and UTV
In 1965 the last series was produced, with the pair returning to The Five Past Eight Show the following year (1966). Both Jack Milroy and Rikki Fulton were given their own show on Scottish Television. The double act toured around Scotland and also created a Panto. During 1970 the pair did a successful tour around Northern Ireland.
Over its course 32 episodes were created between 1962 and 1965. No series was made in 1964 due to a technician strike, but Series 1 and 2 were repeated instead.