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Val Doonican Music Show, The

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Genial, Irish besweatered rocking chair maestro fronted this never-changing pleaser from “the BBC Television Theatre” for pretty much a quarter of a century. Some guests seemingly showed up every week: John Denver, Elaine “Two Ronnies” Paige, horrible 70s supergroup Sky (them of ‘Toccata’) and The Geoff Love Orchestra (‘Up, Up And Away’). Harmless, well-tailored and well-kept entertainment, always discharged with quiet professionalism by the man himself. Christmas Eve specials genuinely fondly remembered by many. Extra bonus points for releasing an album called Val Doonican Rocks…But Gently.

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  1. Arthur Nibble

    July 23, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Let’s see, last week he sang the one about Riley pushing the donkey, so tonight it must be “Rafferty’s Motor Car”.

  2. Kevin

    August 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Val-fucking-Doonican was a blight on the teatime schedules on Saturdays. Who is the name of Christ thought this was what people wanted to watch in 1985?

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