Some of the long-standing members of this community may recall my posts from 5 years ago when I was in the early stages of making a documentary about legendary pop producer Jack Good focusing for the most part on his pioneering TV show 'Oh Boy!'. The documentary has been completed for more than a year now but alas it remains uncommissioned.
I have been invited to talk about the project with film producer Tony Sloman at The Cinema Museum in Kennington, London, on Saturday 16th March so am here today drumming up support for the event. I do hope some of you can attend. Indeed it would be great to be able to finally put faces to some of the names I have conversed with in the past.
The evening will stretch over two and half hours so there will be ample opportunity to show extracts from the 150 min. documentary and individual performances from the three newly discovered 'Oh Boy!' shows. Contributions from the audience will also be welcomed during the question and answer session at the end.
Hi Dave. Two 'Oh Boy!' shows have been found in the last seven years, one by myself and the other by KAL's Chris Perry dated November 1958 and March 1959. They now join the two episodes held in Studio Canal's archive for 60 years bringing the total number of surviving shows to four.
Hopes for the discovery of a further missing show ended in disappointment late last year. On transfer it was found to be yet another copy of one of the two Canal prints.
Performances from both new shows were shown at last year's Cinema Museum event. Any TV producer can license clips from these shows from Canal for broadcast. Unfortunately they have not elicited any interest whatsoever. A sign of the times.
A clip from my lost show will be featured on a forthcoming BBC4 documentary about the Shadows due for broadcast shortly....possibly in the next few weeks. The documentary tentatively titled '60 Years of The Shadows' features their first solo television appearance on 'Oh Boy! in March 1959 with Hank Marvin & Bruce Welch sharing lead vocal on their first single 'Feelin' Fine' . The Shadows -or Drifters- as they were called- saw themselves as a vocal group back then. It's hard to believe they were only 17 years of age. Their first hit Apache was still another 16 months away!
was there some equipment/ studio shating going on between ATV and ABC? on the rehearsal clip oen of the cameras is clearly marked up as ATV Oh Boy was an ABC programme wasn;t it? (Just wondering)
Yes it was quite normal in the early days to borrow each other's facilities ..because don't forget some had not yet finished building their own studios or facilities up since being granted the franchise.
Granada was a very keen player in music television but they had to base their 'Chelsea at Nine' in London in order to grab the passing through American stars onto their shows.So they borrowed studios etc.
Yorkshire TV had to record their early shows (ie Gazette) in other companies' studios...because parts of their own complex was not going to be ready on the launch date.