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The Story of Light Entertainment: Pop and Easy Listening

Exploring the relationship between music and light entertainment. Before the advent of youth culture, music had always been at the heart of variety, but when pop arrived on the scene television's reactionary response was to feed viewers a diet of Val Doonican and Engelbert Humperdinck. Even Top of the Pops was predicted to be a flash in the pan, but by the 1970s pop stars such as Cilla Black and Cliff Richard were hosting their own Saturday night shows. Punk put paid to all that, and it has taken over two decades for music to find its way back into the heart of light entertainment.

Episode Info


Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Saturday August 19th, 2006

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)


Guest Stars
Cilla BlackCilla Black
As Herself
Cliff RichardCliff Richard
As Himself
Marty WildeMarty Wilde
As Himself
Nana MouskouriNana Mouskouri
As Herself
Nigel LythgoeNigel Lythgoe
As Himself
Simon CowellSimon Cowell
As Himself
The Vernons GirlsThe Vernons Girls
As Themselves
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