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Wednesday at Eight

BRIAN ROGERS-SATURATED variety show replete with much dreary singing, FRANK CARSON and most notably NAME THAT TUNE, with compere TOM O’CONNOR and two members of the public guessing piano notes “in three” accompanied by hypnotically humming, glitter-covered plywood wheel with points on.

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  1. Glenn Aylett

    June 27, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Again it is easy to knock the tastes of people from 30 years ago, but these hoofing, singing and joke cracking shows were huge in the ratings and, if done by Thames or ATV, were usually done to a very high standard with a large budget. Maybe it might look dated now, but Wednesday at Eight and its successor London Night Out often topped the ratings and were the perfect escape for millions from strikes, fuel shortages and hyper inflation. At least TV then tried to entertain people at a time of economic crisis, not make them give up the will to live with depressing soaps and braindeath reality shows like now.

  2. Ian Wood

    January 30, 2011 at 10:30 am

    There was never a show called Wednesday Night Out on ITV in the 1970s, and if there were, would not have been produced by London Weekend Television. Award yourself 10 Jimmy Saville Old Record Club points if you can work out why.

    Glenn got the titles right. Is TV Cream going to correct this?

  3. TV Cream

    January 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    It is and we have. Thanks folks!

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