Seaside Special

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Seaside Special
Genre Family
Presented by Various
Theme music composer Mike Batt
Opening theme Summertime City
Ending theme Summertime City
Composer(s) Mike Batt
Country of origin UK
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Hurll
Producer(s) Michael Hurll
Broadcast
Original channel BBC1
Original run 5 July 1975 – 8 September 1979

Seaside Special was a BBC light entertainment show broadcast from 1975. It was an outside broadcast filmed at a big top in a British seaside resort. Originally the big top belonged to various circuses (mainly Gerry Cottle's Circus), but in later seasons, the BBC bought its own to be the venue. The programme was developed by producer Michael Hurll.

The show[edit]

It was essentially a variety show, hosted by Radio 1 and Radio 2 DJs, consisting of a music act, a comedy act, and dancers New Edition. The 1977 series featured a beauty competition.

Typical acts were Little and Large, Keith Harris and Orville, Lena Zavaroni, The Jimmy Brown Dancers, Bernie Clifton, Showaddywaddy, The Wurzels, Sacha Distel, Peters and Lee, Val Doonican, Ronnie Corbett, The Goodies and Nana Mouskouri. Some segments of the show were shot outside the big top, including one occasion when the Brotherhood of Man sang "My Sweet Rosalie" sitting in a particularly unstable looking lifeboat.

The show's theme, "Summertime City", written and sung by Mike Batt, was a UK Top 10 hit in 1975.

History[edit]

Although very successful in its day, the show was briefly revived in the 1980s, but by then the tastes of the viewing public had moved on (see Variety shows history).

1975[edit]

5 July 1975
Location - unknown - Torbay? Although most of the Torbay shows were at Brixham Pontins Wall Park Holiday Camp.
guests - The Spinners were filmed on a pontoon in Brixham harbour.

12 July 1975
Location - unknown - Torbay?
guests - The New Seekers, Clive Dunn, and Peters and Lee.

19 July 1975
Location - Blackpool
guests - Mike & Bernie Winters, The Three Degrees, Peter Gordeno & New Edition. With hosts David Hamilton and Paul Melba

26 July 1975
Location - unknown - Torbay?
guests - unknown

2 August 1975
Location - unknown - Torbay ?
guests - unknown

9 August 1975
location - Gerry Cottle's Circus, Torbay
hosts - Noel Edmonds and Val Doonican, guests - Windsor Davies and Don Estelle (from the TV comedy It Ain't Half Hot Mum) singing Whispering Grass, Ronnie Corbett, Lynn Rogers, Peter Hudson, Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee (both from Dad's Army), John Inman and Radio 1 DJs Mike Read, David Hamilton, Tony Blackburn (and his wife Tessa Wyatt)

16 August 1975
Location - unknown - Torbay
guests - New Edition sing & dance to "The Main Attraction", "Be A Clown" & "Funky Gibbon", Dailey & Wayne "Keep The Customer Satisfied" "Hey There", Des Lane "Yellow Rose of Texas" & "Long Way to Tipperary", Lulu "I Was Raised On Rock" & "Boy Meets Girl", ABBA "Waterloo" "S.O.S.", Janet Brown "The Pleasure Of Your Company", Kimberley Clarke "Call The Preacher", Kenneth McKellar "Without A Song" & "O Sole Mio", Mike Batt "Summertime City", Tony Blackburn "Tie A Yellow Ribbon"

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23 August 1975
Location - unknown - Torbay ?
guests - unknown

30 August 1975
Location - unknown - Torbay ?
guests - unknown

1976[edit]

19 June 1976
location - Gerry Cottles Circus, Blackpool
guests - Wendy Richard, Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton, John Inman, (all from Are You Being Served?), Showaddywaddy and The Goodies, with hosts Tony Blackburn, Dave Lee Travis.

26 June 1976
location - unknown - Scarborough ?
guests - Dana, Jim Davidson, with host David Hamilton

3 July 1976
Location – Scarborough (American Bicentennial edition)
guests The Three Degrees, Kenneth McKellar, Brother Lees, Dailey and Wayne, New Edition

10 July 1976
Location - Southsea
guests Lulu, Mike & Bernie Winters, Janet Brown, Dream Express, Ron Martin, host Paul Burnett, and New Edition

17 July 1976
Location - Blackpool
guests Al Dean, Kate T. Fields Rod Hull and Emu, Little and Large, New Edition

24 July 1976
Location - Southsea
featured acts from Gerry Cottles Circus.
guests Tony Monopoly, Paul Daniels, Cannon and Ball, Surprise Sisters, Mary Chipperfield – chimpanzee act, Jacko Fossett and Little Billy, Cimarro Brothers, host Mike Reid, New Edition

31 July 1976
Location - Weymouth
guests The Bachelors, Sacha Distel, The Grumbleweeds, Keith Harris and Orville, Kenny Lynch, Jimmy Tarbuck, New Edition

7 August 1976
Location - Weymouth and Cherbourg (Anglo-French edition)
guests Brotherhood of Man, Frank Carson, Alan Randall, Child (Dave Cooper, Graham Bilbrough, Tim Atack & Keith Atack), Santus Julian troupe, Sacha Distel, New Edition

14 August 1976
Location - Torbay
guests Vince Hill, Roger De Courcey and Nookie the Bear, Patton Brothers, Fivepenny Piece, Jodie Grey, Alan Stewart, Peters and Lee, New Edition

21 August 1976
Location - Torbay
guests Roy Hudd, Moira Anderson, Don Maclean, Black Abbots, Sidney Devine, Wayne King, hosts Tony Blackburn, Dave Lee Travis, David Hamilton, Paul Burnett, New Edition

28 August 1976
Location - Torbay
guests Nicky Benton, Peters and Lee, Larry Grayson, Frankie Vaughan, Roy Hudd, Diane Solomon, Wurzels, Fiddlygig, Terry Turner, New Edition

7 September 1976
Location - Southsea
David Hamilton, Boney M and New Edition

1977[edit]

11 June 1977
Location Eastbourne
First heat of Miss Seaside Special 1977 Natural Beauty Contest
guests Ronnie Corbett, Anne Hart, Nolans, Janet Brown, Patton Brothers, Dick Sheppard, host Tony Blackburn, New Edition

18 June 1977
Location Eastbourne
Second heat of Miss Seaside Special 1977 Natural Beauty Contest
guests Roy Hudd, Diane Traske, Don Maclean, Roger De Courcey and Nookie the Bear, Jeff Phillips, host Tony Blackburn, New Edition

25 June 1977
Location Great Yarmouth
Third heat of Miss Seaside Special 1977 Natural Beauty Contest
guests John Inman, Ronnie Dukes, Ricki Lee, Berni Flint, Miquel Brown, Mike Hope, Albie Keen, host David Hamilton, New Edition

2 July 1977
Location Lowestoft
Fourth heat of Miss Seaside Special 1977 Natural Beauty Contest
guests Les Dawson, Dana, Bernie Clifton, Brother Lees, Stuart Gillies, host David Hamilton, New Edition

9 July 1977
Location – Great Yarmouth
Fifth heat of Miss Seaside Special 1977 Natural Beauty Contest.
guests Cilla Black (performed "I Wanted To Call It Off"), Vince Hill, Frank Carson, Dream Express, Jeff Phillips, Lennie Bennett, host Tony Blackburn, New Edition

16 July 1977
Location Bournemouth
Sixth heat of Miss Seaside Special 1977 Natural Beauty Contest.
guests Little and Large, Bachelors, Showaddywaddy, Dave Ismay, James Boys, Shades of Love, host Tony Blackburn, New Edition

23 July 1977
Location Bournemouth
Seventh heat of Miss Seaside Special 1977 Natural Beauty Contest.
guests Peters and Lee, Stu Francis, Michael Barrymore, Bobby Crush, Jodie Grey, host David Hamilton, New Edition

30 July 1977
Location Bournemouth
Eighth heat of Miss Seaside Special 1977 Natural Beauty Contest.
guests Val Doonican, Fiddlygig, Stan Boardman, Les Wilson, Van Buren & Greta, host Tony Blackburn, New Edition

6 August 1977
Location Honfleur
First of two programmes from France
guests Cliff Richard, Claude Francois, Half Wits, Norman Caley, host Tony Blackburn

13 August 1977
Location Honfleur
Second of two programmes from France
guests Mireille Mathieu, Boney M, Marie Myriam, host Tony Blackburn

20 August 1977 8pm to 9pm BBC1
Location Torbay
The Final of the Miss Seaside Special 1977 Natural Beauty Contest
guests Jeff Phillips, Tony Blackburn, Vera Lynn, Jim Davidson, Wurzels, Tony Selby, Patton Brothers, host David Hamilton, New Edition

27 August 1977
Location Jersey
Features the first colour TV transmission of the `Battle of the Flowers'.
guests Johnnie and Roy, Mission Hall Jazz Band, Des O’Connor, Jack Douglas, George Truzzi, Roger Kitter, Brian Taylor, Shades of Love, Californians, Page Three, host David Hamilton, New Edition

30 September 1977 6.55pm to 7.40pm BBC1
Special end of Summer edition.

1978[edit]

8 July 1978
Location Torbay
guests Little and Large, Caterina Valente, Sheila B. Devotion, Brotherhood of Man, Showaddywaddy, Hoppe's Unrideable Mules

15 July 1978
Location Torbay
guests Clive Webb, Boney M, Joe Dassin, Plastic Bertrand, Matia Bazar, Ian Dury, Roy Walker, Peter Hudson

22 July 1978 7.35pm to 8.25pm BBC1
Location Torbay
guests Marti Caine, Roy Castle, Jean Vallee, Brother Lees, Black Gold, Colin `Fingers' Henry, Inarros Sisters

29 July 1978 8.20pm to 9.10pm
Location Torbay
guests Rolf Harris, Nicole Croisille, Smokie, Bernie Clifton, Stu Francis, Paul Nicholas, Charivari. Rolf sang a variation of 'Flogging Molly' with the chorus 'Come day go day, Wish in my hearty it was Sunday, Drinking buttermilk all the week, And whiskey on a Sunday.'

5 August 1978 8.30pm to 9.20pm
Location Torbay
guests Jim Davidson, Roger De Courcey and Nookie the Bear, Berni Flint, Larry Parker, Samson and Delilah, Udo Jürgens, Annie Cordy

12 August 1978 8.30pm to 9.20pm
Location St Malo
guests Joe Dassin, Chantal Goya, Laurent Voulzey, Était Une Fois, Café Crème, Arlene, Tony Crosse

19 August 1978 8.15pm to 9.05pm
Location St Malo
guests Band a Basile, Chris Woodward, Arthur Scott and his Sealions, Dionne Warwick, Baccara, Alain Souchon, Annie Cordon, Patrick Juvet, Jeane Manson, Martin Circus

26 August 1978 8.10pm to 9.00pm
Location Jersey and features the `Battle of the Flowers' (again)
guests Jackie Hall, Terry Wogan, Wurzels, Stuart Gillies, Black Abbots, Tony Hatch, Jackie Trent, Bobby Bennett

2 September 1978 8.10pm to 9.00pm
Location Jersey
guests Charlie Daze, Memory Lane, Peters and Lee, Mike Burton, Dooleys, Brian Marshall, Californians, Good Vibrations, Ron Martin

9 September 1978 8.20pm to 9.10pm
Location Weymouth
guests Mike Carter, Lenny Henry, Mike Hope, Albie Keen, John Inman, Dana Gillespie, Salena Jones, Norman Collier, Bobby Crush

22 September 1978
Location Weymouth
guests Lennie Bennett, Jerry Stevens, Allan Stewart, Valerie Masters, Diane Cousins, Bobby Knutt, Turnstyle

1979[edit]

This series was more of a Eurovision production with French, Dutch and Swiss TV companies involved as well as the BBC.

Snowtime Easter Special

Monday 16 April 1979, BBC1 at 7.45pm to 8.30pm
Repeated Sunday 2 December 1979 BBC1 at 5.35pm to 6.30pm

A show filmed in a winter setting at the BBC big top in Switzerland, for broadcast across Eurovision at Easter 1979, with a Christmas Special being taped at the same time.

Location Leysin, Switzerland (The ski-ing scenes were filmed 25 minutes away at Les Diablerettes. The ice-skating scenes were filmed at 9pm one evening at the Leysin village ice-rink.)

guests Geoff Richer's First Edition danced to "Jump Shout Boogie", "Take A Chance On Me", "The King Has Lost His Crown",

Roxy Music "Dance Away",
ABBA "The Name Of The Game", "Eagle" (with footage of balloon race and actor David Niven) introduced by Björn, "Mamma Mia" introduced by Frida, "Kisses of Fire", "Lovers (Live A Little Longer)",
Kate Bush "Wow",
ABBA "Chiquitita", "Does Your Mother Know", "Thank You For The Music"

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14 July 1979 at 8.15 to 9.05pm
Location Blackpool guests Little and Large, Mick Miller

21 July 1979 at 8.25 pm to 9.15pm
Location Bruges guests Boney M, Amii Stewart, Clive Webb, Chantal Goya, Patrick Hernandez, Gerard Lenorman, Jeane Manson

28 July 1979 at 8.25 to 9.15pm
Location Blackpool
guests Tony Brutus, Angels, Ken Dodd and his Diddymen, Brother Lees

4 August 1979
Location Poole
guests Cilla Black sang Bright Eyes with some kids holding rabbits

11 August 1979
Location Honfleur
guests Rod Hull and Emu, Plastic Bertrand, Eruption, Gibson Brothers, Santos `Loonies', Amanda Lear

18 August 1979
Location unknown
guests The Krankies

25 August 1979
Location Isle of Man
guests Frank Carson, Bobby Knutt, Diane Cousins, Tony Kent, Greg Bonham, Iris Williams

1 September 1979
Location Poole
guests unknown

9 September 1979
Location unknown
guests Lennie Bennett and Ruby Winters.

Snowtime Christmas Special

Saturday 22 December 1979 BBC1 6.35pm to 7.25pm

Location Leysin, Switzerland
This show used a mixture of previously recorded and broadcast segments from the Snowtime Easter Special plus additional guests.

Songs performed in this show:

- ABBA - Chiquitita ***(1)
- Boney M - Mary's Boy Child ***(2)
- Leo Sayer - When I Need You (3)
- The Jacksons - Destiny (4)
- Bonnie Tyler - It's a Heartache (5)
- Kate Bush - December Will Be Magic Again (6)
- Wolfgang Danne and Jillian Denise Biellmann skate to "I Wonder (Departure)" (7)

  • with Geoff Richer's First Edition dance troupe doing their thing behind them

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