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Stars and Garters (1963-66)


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Series 1, Edition 1, originally transmitted on ITV, 1 February, 1965

Part 1. Minor music hall artist Tommy 'Pudden' Wright gives a boisterous rendition of 'Mary Ann'. Compere Ray Martine arrives on his bicycle and, after some banter, Wright resumes with 'Can You Look Me in the Eye?' Ray Martine, with a mynah bird as a foil, makes some 'punny' jokes. Steve Perry performs 'Shine on Harvest Moon'. Martine introduces Luciano, an Italian tenor, singing 'Catari'. Next comes genuine pub-singer Kim Cordell with a music-hall medley, before Ray introduces Susan Maugham, the only artist in this edition who had actually had hit records. The play off follows.

Part 2. Johnny Sheldon plays drums, and then sings 'At the End of the Day' in a very convincing evocation of Gracie Fields. Ray does his next piece, Luciano returns for 'The Wedding' and then Steve Perry and Susan Maugham duet on 'Please don't talk about me when I'm gone'. Ray, looking through a telescope, espies Diana Dors, very definitely the bill-topper, who sings 'Make Someone Happy'. There is a joke at Martine's expense, which sees Dors depart, and Martine in almost indecent haste announces Sulky Gowers to close the show with 'Lonely Nights'.