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Stars on Sunday

SUNDAY EVENING. The 1970s. Tinned peaches with Dream Topping. Battenburg. On the telly, your choice was sedate GEOFFREY “WINNER TAKES ALL” WHEELER fronting SONGS OF PRAISE on BBC1, or this atheist-baiting horrorfest on ITV, with the egregious JESS YATES in charge, introducing guests of the calibre of MOIRA ANDERSON and various harpists to faintly religious effect. Jess got his marching orders in 1974 following tabloid coverage of his relationship with showgirl Moira Kay; various guest presenters took over, Deayton-like, for the rest of the decade including WILFRED PICKLES, ROBERT DOUGALL, CLIFF MICHELMORE and GORDON JACKSON.

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