Thank Your Lucky Stars (TV series)

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Thank Your Lucky Stars
GenreMusic Variety
Presented byKeith Fordyce
Brian Matthew
Jim Dale
JudgesJanice Nicholls, Jimmy Savile, Pete Murray, Alan Dell, Sam Costa, Barry Alldis, Kent Walton, Jimmy Young, Don Moss
Country of originUK
Original language(s)English
No. of series8
No. of episodes250
Producer(s)Phillip Jones
Production company(s)ABC Television
Original networkITV
Original release1961 (1961) –
1966 (1966)

Thank Your Lucky Stars was a British television pop music show made by ABC Television, and broadcast on ITV from 1961 to 1966.[1] Of all the show's presenters, Brian Matthew is perhaps the best remembered. Many of the top bands performed on it, and for millions of British teenagers it was essential viewing. As well as featuring British artists, it often included American guest stars.

It would appear from the surviving footage that the bands mimed their latest 45. Occasionally a band was allowed to do two numbers (possibly the A-side and B-side sides of the latest single or an EP or LP track); bands of a higher status such as The Beatles or The Rolling Stones would sometimes play up to as many as four numbers.

A typical 1961 programme listing included The Dale Sisters, Adam Faith, John Leyton, The Brook Brothers, Geoff Goddard and Dion.[2]

Audience participation was a strong feature of Thank Your Lucky Stars, and the Spin-a-Disc section, where a guest DJ and three teenagers reviewed three singles, is a very well remembered feature of the show. Generally American singles were reviewed. It was on this section that Janice Nicholls appeared. She was a former office clerk from the English Midlands who became famous for the catchphrase "Oi'll give it foive" which she said with a strong Black Country accent. After she was dropped from the show she trained as a chiropodist and ran a practice in Hednesford in Staffordshire. Billy Butler was another reviewer.[3]

The Beatles second national television performance was on the programme, the first being on children's programme Tuesday Rendezvous on 4 December 1962. The first theme song was by Peter Knight & The Knightriders and later on "Lunar Walk" by Johnny Hawksworth was used.

The show ended on 25 June 1966, after two thousand artists appearances. The Musicians' Union were not in favour of such shows as the songs were mimed until the change of policy in 1966.[citation needed]

Cultural references[edit]

The Generation X song "Ready Steady Go!" referenced this show in its lyric: "I'm not in love with Juke Box Jury/I'm not in love with Thank Your Lucky Stars".[4]


  1. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Thank Your Lucky Stars (1961-66)".
  2. ^ "ADAM FAITH – "What Do You Want"". FreakyTrigger. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Radio DJ Billy Butler celebrates 40 years of showbusiness with appearance on Inside Out". Liverpool Echo. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  4. ^ Idol, Billy (29 September 2015). Dancing with Myself. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781451628517 – via Google Books.

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