Making its debut in 1955, Sunday Night at the London Palladium became a huge hit for ATV and its creator Val Parnell.
Making its debut on Independent Television’s opening weekend in 1955, Sunday Night at the London Palladium swiftly established itself as one of the weekly televisual highlights for the British viewing public from ATV.
Gaining average viewing figures of 14 million and Top Ten placings almost every week, it is undoubtedly one of the main shows that helped establish commercial television in the UK.
This was a weekly television event that appealed to all classes, denominations and age groups – an unquestionable success which still provides a high benchmark that today’s variety shows can only aspire to. This DVD set – released to celebrate the London Palladium’s centenary – contains some of the best of what remains in the archives for the original run from the 1950s and ’60s, with hosts including Tommy Trinder, Bruce Forsyth and Hughie Green.
It also includes the special two-hander show from December 1961 that featured only Norman Wisdom and Bruce Forsyth, alongside some of the remaining shows from the 1970s revival. These editions include Beryl Reid, Adam Faith playing with the John Barry Seven, Bobby Darin, Pinky & Perky, Sarah Vaughan, Freddie and the Dreamers, Mario Lanza, Larry Grayson, Jim Dale, Paul Anka, Rod Hull and Emu, Ted Rogers, Sacha Distel, Cliff Richard, Bob Monkhouse, Clodagh Rodgers and many more.
- Extensive image galleries featuring pictures of performers from shows that no longer exist – these include Pete and Dud, The Beatles, Judy Garland (including her final performance in 1969), Frankie Howerd, Morecambe and Wise, Sammy Davis Jr., The Supremes and many behind-the-scenes images, including some from itsfi rst transmission rehearsals in 1955 and several variety spectaculars, such as the Royal Variety Shows
- Original production and promotional paperwork, alongside an exhaustive guide to the show in PDF format
24/11/1957: Hughie Green, Les Maturines, George Holmes, Les Maragones and Mario Lanza.
13/04/1958: Tommy Trinder, Pinky and Perky, Marvin Rainwater, Dick Shawn and Sarah Vaughan (her first UK TV appearance).
10/04/1960: Bruce Forsyth, Trio Rayros, Bobby Darin and the cast of “The Most Happy Fella”.
17/04/1960: Bruce Forsyth, Beryl Reid, Risë Stevens, The John Barry Seven and Adam Faith.
03/12/1961: Transmitted during an Equity strike this edition became a two-hander for Bruce Forsyth and Norman Wisdom, who performed the entire show themselves. What started as a means to an end ensured that this show became, arguably, the most celebrated of the entire three-decade run.
22/03/1964: Bruce Forsyth, The Trapinos, Freddie and the Dreamers, Billy Russell, and Antonio and Rosario.
25/11/1973: Larry Grayson, Jim Dale, Paul Anka, and Rod Hull and Emu.
06/01/1974: Jim Dale, The Cuban Cossacks, Cliff Richard, Bob Monkhouse and Engelbert Humperdinck.
24/03/1974: The Second Generation, Ted Rogers, Allan Stewart, The New Dollys, Clodagh Rodgers, and Mike and Bernie Winters.
14/04/1974: The Second Generation, Ted Rogers, The Drifters, Nino Frediani, Penny Lane and Sacha Distel.