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Cliff Richard -- TV Series and Specials

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This page attempts to organize, analyze and understand all of the various TV shows, specials and series that were created by or for Cliff Richard. It does not address TV shows were Cliff was a guest only. A page for that type of information, although not as well developed, can be viewed HERE.

Over the years, there has been a lot of confusion over Cliff's TV shows. Various facts and figures get mixed up, including song titles, dates and even the names of the shows. Below are the various shows in roughly chronological order of broadcast. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. Where possible, recordings of the actual shows were analyzed in the creation of this document. However, in some cases, the only information is second hand from books or fans. And unfortunately, some of this appears to be inaccurate. The origins of these reviews are identified if possible. An image for the song means that a video of the performance is available and directly able to be reviewed. All dates shown are broadcast dates only, unless otherwise known.

If any errors are noted, please contact me at the email address shown at the bottom of this page. I welcome any assistance to improve this page.


In the early days, Cliff's UK TV specials were almost exclusively with the British ATV network. It was thanks in part to Leslie Grade that Cliff made so many TV appearances, because Leslie Grade was heavily involved in film and television production and he was a manager for Cliff at the time. Cliff's first official TV series was a six episode run in February and March 1961 on ATV simply called Cliff. This short series was a strictly musical show featuring Cliff and a series of guests for each episode singing various songs, although there would often be a small bit of studio chatter to introduce each song.

He featured in another series in the summer of 1968 on the Tyne Tees Television network called Life With Johnny. This series featured a gently religious theme and featured Cliff playing the character of Johnny Brown, who got into various situations where he was faced with a moral dilemma. Music was provided by Cliff and The Settlers, the latter who also acted in some segments as Johnny's friends. Una Stubbs, who would go on to feature in his 1970 series, also played a minor role as a not-so-nice friend. The series was aimed at young people with a mind to teach them how to deal with some of life's problems and also to look toward Christianity for answers.

By the late 1960s and into the 1970s, Cliff began doing shows on BBC as well. This was when Cliff's most significant series, It's Cliff Richard, was created and broadcast. This series was a musical variety show, with Cliff and various guests singing songs, acting in various comedy sketches and occasionally, showing short comedy films. The series first ran for three 13 episode runs in 1970, 1971 and 1972 with each episode running about 25 minutes each. All featured Hank Marvin and Una Stubbs as permanent guests, although Una Stubbs missed about half of the 1972 series on maternity leave with actress Dandy Nichols filling in as her supposed mother. These three series were also a platform for Cliff to present the songs to be chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest for that given year. The series did not return for 1973, most probably because Cliff was making another run for the Eurovision Song Contest himself that year with his song Power To All Our Friends. It did return for a six episode run in 1974 with a slightly different format. This time, each episode ran about an hour and it featured Hank Marvin and Pearly Gates (who did backing vocals on his 1972 series) as the permanent guests. The 1974 series also did not feature any presentations for the Eurovision Song Contest at all. The series did not return at all in 1975 for unknown reasons, but it did return in 1976 with a new name and another new format. For 1976, the series was retitled to It's Cliff & Friends and there was an eight episode run of about 25 minute episodes each. In addition to the name change, the format changed drastically, with no permanent guests and most, but not all comedy sketches eliminated, thus it was almost a completely musical show. The title change also seemed to reflect Cliff's "friends" (the show's guests), who were all new artists and not all musical, with some providing comedy, magic and ventriloquism. This would be the last regular series for Cliff.

On a special note, the song Visions has recieved a reputation as a signature closing song for Cliff's 1970s TV series. However, the reputation may be a bit overstated. For Cliff's series in 1970, the song featured in 9 of the 13 shows, with three of them instead featuring Cliff's latest single The Joy Of Living and one featuring Do You Wanna Dance. It was also featured as the closing number in a special later that year. For the 1971 series, it only featured as the closing number in just under half of the episodes-- 6 of the 13. For the 1972 series, it was only featured twice over the 13 episodes; and only once for the 1974 and 1976 series.

By the late 1970s and later, he was no longer doing his the variety shows. By then, most of his appearances consisted of either straight concerts or documentary type specials (e.g. The Hit List). Details on these later programs will be completed as they are added to this page.

Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular
aka Saturday Spectacular and The Cliff Richard Show
Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular title card
Studio: ATV
Broadcaster: ITV
Running Time: 50 minutes
* March 19, 1960
* May 21, 1960
* July 30, 1960
The first full program dedicated to Cliff is from March 19, 1960. It was a popular ATV variety show entitled Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular, which was a long running show on ATV at the time. His show is sometimes popularly known as simply Saturday Spectacular and in the case of this show, it was introduced (by Alfred Marks) as simply The Cliff Richard Show. So it is popularly known by the latter two titles. In fact, other than the title card of Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular at the beginning of the show, all other title cards show The Cliff Richard Show. It's unclear if this re-titling was unique to this particular episode or not. This show runs approximately 50 minutes. And Cliff also served as compère for all shows.

Although the program was produced by Val Parnell, the orchestra was led by his nephew, Jack Parnell. The Parnell family was heavily involved in the entertainment industry for many years leading up to and after this show.

Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular
Broadcast Date
Saturday, March 19, 1960
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
Unknown
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Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular.
Guest Cast and Support: The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music), Alfred Marks (acting), Peter Elliot (singing), The Shadows (music), Maureen Renè (singing), Peter Crawford Trio (music), Dave Sampson & The Hunters (singing, music)

Episode Discussion: The show's theme is roughly about Cliff Richard and The Shadows returning to England from their recent European tour (they had actually just returned from an American tour a month prior). This plays out over the first half of the show, with the second half being a fairly straightforward stage performance of Cliff and The Shadows performing several songs. The show closes with Cliff singing solo to say goodbye to the viewers.

Commercial Releases: Partial only - Move It (including the comical introduction of The Shadows), Fall In Love With You, and comedy skit before Willie And The Hand Jive on the 1993 Hit List UK video (PMI VHS 4913453).

Available Bootleg Material: The entire show is available, although the ending song is cut short.


Performance Detail:
  • The show opens with actor Alfred Marks introducing the show, in a short comedic way, as "The Cliff Richard Show."
  • Song: A Gentleman From France — This song is performed by Peter Elliott and has no Cliff Richard involvement. It's an introduction to Cliff's entrance, with lyrics about "a gentleman from France" who is admired and eagerly anticipated. The actual song title is uncertain as it is never identified in the show.
  • Lucky PierreSong: Lucky Pierre — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra and the show cast, this song is about "Lucky Pierre," a Frenchman who has just arrived in England and has various bits of luck. The song is taken from the 1952 Broadway play, New Faces of '52 (adapted to the 1954 film renamed as New Faces). In the show, Cliff is seen arriving in a hot air balloon (a stage prop dropped from above) and he steps out to begin the song and dance with the cast.
  • An actor playing a customs inspector approaches Cliff to inquire if he has anything to declare. A large crate on stage is finally opened and Cliff declares his band, The Shadows, who were inside the crate, complete with musical instruments.
  • Move ItSong: Move It — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance of the song.
  • Another short skit with Peter Elliot that introduces Maureen René as if she too had just arrived from overseas.
  • Song: Pillow Talk — This song is performed by Maureen René and has no Cliff Richard involvement. It was played as if Maureen was getting her luggage delivered and by the end of her performance, the last of the bags blocks her view from the camera.
  • Living DollSong: Living Doll (with Maureen René) — Performed as a duet by Cliff Richard and Maureen René with backing by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is an interesting performance as the first half of the song is sung in German and the last half in English.
  • Song: Sabbra Dance — This song is performed by Peter Crawford Trio and has no Cliff Richard involvement. It is an instrumental only song, performed in a faux nightclub with Cliff and Maureen, from the previous number, watching at a stage table.
  • My Grandfather's ClockSong: My Grandfather's Clock (with Peter Crawford Trio) — Performed as a duet by Cliff Richard and Peter Crawford Trio, this is played fairly straightforward except for a recurring comedy bit where at a certain point, one band member is squirted with water. At the last water incident, the particularly soaked and annoyed band member ducks and Cliff gets squirted instead, which momentarily stops the song altogether before the all have a laugh and continue.
  • Another comedy with Cliff Richard, Patrick Newell, Pat Coombs and Alfred Marks where Alfred Marks plays Cliff's 62 year old father trying to break into the rock 'n' roll music business.
  • Willie And The Hand JiveSong: Willie And The Hand Jive — Performed by Alfred Marks and backed by the Shadows (with an intro by the Jack Parnell Orchestra), this is basically a comedy sketch where Alfred Marks, playing Cliff's father, with two others miming guitar, play with him. The performance by Alfred Marks is intentionally bad as if an old man playing rock music. At one moment, Cliff interrupts and begins singing the song himself, before his "father" sends him back off stage. The Shadows are at the back of the stage actually performing the backing.
  • Song: Sweet Dreams — This song is performed by Dave Sampson & The Hunters and has no Cliff Richard involvement. It is a straight stage performance of the song.
  • Cliff and Peter Elliott appear in a pre-recorded comedy sketch about swimming and diving, narrating it live. This is a set up for the following song performance.
  • Love And The Opposite SexSong: Love And The Opposite Sex (with Peter Elliott) — Performed as a duet by Cliff Richard and Peter Elliott and backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is an interesting performance. The audio and orchestra appear to be done live for the TV show, but the actual video is a pre-recorded bit done poolside, following on from the previous sketch.
  • I Cannot Find A True LoveSong: I Cannot Find A True Love — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance of the song.
  • Willie Did The Cha ChaSong: Willie Did The Cha Cha — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance of the song after a brief introduction that makes reference to Cliff's "father's" performance of Willie And The Hand Jive earlier in the show.
  • Fall In Love With YouSong: Fall In Love With You — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance of the song.
  • What'd I SaySong: What'd I Say — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance of the song. The show cast provides additional backing vocals.
  • Goodbye, Farewell, So LongSong: Goodbye, Farewell, So Long — Backed by The Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is a straight stage performance of the song. Note that the recording that was used to review this performance is incomplete, cutting off near the end of the song.

Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular
Broadcast Date
Saturday, May 21, 1960
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
Unknown
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Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular.
Guest Cast and Support: The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music), Peter Elliot (singing), The Shadows (music), Monica Zetterlund (singing), David Kosoff (music), Janette Scott (singing), Al Saxon (singing)

Episode Discussion: This is another edition of Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular that is billed as The Cliff Richard Show, it features Cliff, The Shadows and unknown others. Only a partial episode is available for review at this time, which is mainly just the Cliff and the Shadows performances.

Commercial Releases: Partial only - Fall In Love With You on the 1993 Hit List UK video (PMI VHS 4913453) and 30 second snippets of Willie And The Hand Jive and Fall In Love With You on the 1993 The Story So Far UK video (PMI MVD 4911883).

Available Bootleg Material: Only a handful of the songs performed with The Shadows are available.


Performance Detail:
  • UNKNOWN - There are probably other skits and/or song performances on this program, but they have not yet been identified. Some sources also say that Bobby Rydell was a guest on this show.
  • Twenty Flight RockSong: Twenty Flight Rock — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance of the song.
  • Willie And The Hand JiveSong: Willie And The Hand Jive — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance of the song.
  • A Teenager's RomanceSong: A Teenager's Romance — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance of the song with Cliff on guitar.
  • Fall In Love With YouSong: Fall In Love With You — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance of the song.
  • Mean Woman BluesSong: Mean Woman Blues — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance of the song.
  • Song: You've Got What It Takes (with Monica Zetterlund) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Open Up The Doghouse (with David Kosoff) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: I'm Past My Prime (with Janette Scott) — The song is taken from the 1959 film, 'Lil Abner. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Hungry Women (with Peter Elliott and Al Saxon) — The song is taken from the 1931 film, Whoopee. Al Saxon performs it vaudeville style; Peter Elliot performs it as a ballad; Cliff performs it as a rock 'n' roll song. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Kansas City — This song is performed with The Shadows. Other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Goodbye, Farewell, So Long — Backed by The Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is a straight stage performance of the song.

Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular
Broadcast Date
Saturday, July 30, 1960
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
Unknown
SEE IT ON
Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular.
Guest Cast and Support: The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music), The Shadows (music), Cherry Wainer (music), Don Storer (music), Norrie Paramor (acting), Tito Burns (acting), Bernie Winters (acting)

Episode Discussion: This is another edition of Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular that is billed as The Cliff Richard Show, it features Cliff, The Shadows and others. Only a partial episode is available for review at this time, which is mainly just the Cliff and the Shadows performances.

Both Norrie Paramor, Cliff's producer and musical director, and Tito Burns, Cliff's manager, have acting appearances in this episode.

Commercial Releases: Partial only - Please Don't Tease and Gee Whizz It's You on the 1993 Hit List UK video (PMI VHS 4913453) and a 1 minute and 10 second clip of Down The Line (misidentified on screen as Move On Down The Line) on the 1993 The Story So Far UK video (PMI MVD 4911883).

Available Bootleg Material: Only a partial episode is available.


Performance Detail:
  • UNKNOWN - There are probably other skits and/or song performances on this program, but they have not yet been identified.
  • Short skit with Cliff playing a military role and Tito Burns playing his superior officer. The officer is sending Cliff away for duty in China for two years, which is only a ruse to allow the lorry driver (played by comedian Bernie Winters) to come in and play Living Doll (badly) in Cliff's place.
  • LoveSong: Love (with Cherry Wainer) — Backed by The Shadows, this is a stage performance of the song with Cherry Wainer joining in on organ Don Storer joining in on bongos. Partway through the performance, Cliff leaves the microphone and Cherry leaves the organ to join Don on bongos and they all play a short, wild jam on the bongos.
  • Norrie Paramor plays himself in a mock recording studio, where he kicks out the badly performing Living Doll singer from the previous skit and invites Cliff and the Shadows in to "record" Gee Whizz It's You.
  • Gee Whizz It's YouSong: Gee Whizz It's You — With The Shadows, this is a live performance played in a mock recording studio. Producer Norrie Paramor and an unknown actor sit at a recording desk pretending to be recording the song in their studio.
  • Norrie Paramor presents Cliff with an award for selling "nearly a million" copies of A Voice In The Wilderness.
  • Down The LineSong: Down The Line — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance of the song. [Note: although this song is listed on the Cliff album as Down The Line and that's what it's sometimes known as, the actual song title is Go, Go, Go (Down The Line)
  • Song: Where Is My Heart — Details unknown. Although this song is known to have been performed, this performance is not available for review.
  • Please Don't TeaseSong: Please Don't Tease — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance of the song.
  • Song: Sitting On Top Of The World — This song is performed with the Jack Parnell Orchestra. Other details about this performance are unknown. It may be the 1925 song I'm Sitting on Top of the World, but that remains unconfirmed.
  • Song: Singing In The Rain — This song is performed with the Jack Parnell Orchestra. Other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Happy — This song is performed with the Jack Parnell Orchestra. Other details about this performance are unknown. This song may be Let Me Sing And I'm Happy, written by Irving Berlin, but that is unconfirmed.
  • Song: Do You Remember When We Worked On That TV Show? (with Cherry Wainer) — This song was written and performed as a tribute to the Oh Boy! TV show. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Goodbye, Farewell, So Long — Backed by The Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is a straight stage performance of the song.


Me And My Shadows
Me And My Shadows title card
Studio: ATV
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
Very little is known about this program other than it is an ATV special on this date. It was described in the book The Ultimate Cliff (1996 - Peter Lewry & Nigel Goodall). No other information is currently available.

Me And My Shadows
Broadcast Date
Wednesday, April 13, 1960
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: Unknown

Episode Discussion: No details available at this time.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show is not available in any form.

Performance Detail: No details available at this time.


Cliff
Cliff title card
Studio: ATV
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: 30 minutes
* February 16, 1961
* February 23, 1961
* March 2, 1961
* March 9, 1961
* March 16, 1961
* March 22, 1961
TV Times clippingThere was a six part series, simply titled Cliff, for ATV that was hosted by Cliff in early 1961. It ran for six consecutive Thursday evenings on ATV and each show ran approximately 30 minutes. They were all typically straightforward staged musical performances, without some of the comedy skits that were used on other specials.

All shows featured The Shadows and/or The Jack Parnell Orchestra on most all numbers. The Vernons Girls, a dance troupe, also featured on many numbers providing backing vocals and/or dancing. The Vernons Girls also performed several solo songs, with The Jack Parnell Orchestra providing the music. Each show typically included one special guest.

The order of the episodes shown here come from research into the ATV archives. However, a finding of a clipping from the 1961 TV Times seems to indicate the premiere episode was different. It is known that all six shows were pre-recorded in January 1961, so it's possible that the archive documentation reflects an initial planned sequence which was later changed. In early February, Petula Clark's new single Sailor roared up the charts so, conceivably, they may have decided to open the series with the show that featured the guest with the hot new record.

Cliff
Broadcast Date
Thursday, February 16, 1961
Record Date
January 1961
Series Episode #
1
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Cliff.
Guest Cast and Support: The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music), The Vernons Girls (singing, dancing), The Shadows (music), Alma Cogan (singing)

Episode Discussion: The February 16th show, the first show in the series, included Alma Cogan as the special guest. She sang a duet with Cliff (Happy To Make Your Acquaintance) as well as joining Cliff on stage to help sing the shows final song (Hey Girl, Hey Boy).

Commercial Releases: Partial only - Nine Times Out Of Ten on the 1993 Hit List UK video (PMI VHS 4913453).

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Almost Like Being In LoveSong: Almost Like Being In Love — Backed by The Shadows, The Jack Parnell Orchestra and The Vernons Girls, this is a carefully choreographed performance with Cliff performing in front of the large "Cliff" stage prop and The Shadows on a side stage (and the Jack Parnell Orchestra not visible at all). The Vernons Girls join in near the end of the song by walking on stage from behind the "Cliff" sign and from behind the live audience.
  • Nine Times Out Of TenSong: Nine Times Out Of Ten — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Idle GossipSong: Idle Gossip — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, Cliff sings the song on an empty stage directly in front fo the studio audience.
  • Song: Ten Cents A Dance — Performed by The Vernons Girls, Cliff is not involved with this song. The girls sing the song in and about a hotel balcony stage prop.
  • I Love YouSong: I Love You — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Song: I Whistle A Happy Tune — Performed by The Vernons Girls, Cliff is not involved with this song. The performance features the girls dancing and reacting to several scary masked dancers. This song is taken from the The King And I musical play.
  • Song: Hello, Young Lovers — Performed by Alma Cogan, this is a straight stage performance backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra. This song is also taken from the The King And I musical play.
  • Happy to Make Your AcquaintanceSong: Happy to Make Your Acquaintance (with Alma Cogan) — Performed by Cliff Richard with Alma Cogan and backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this song is sang playfully, as if Alma is trying to advise Cliff on how to meet people and Cliff is resistant, claiming that such talk is "so square" and similar. Most of the song is performed in stage in front of the giant "C" of the giant "Cliff" stage prop.
  • Hey Girl, Hey BoySong: Hey Girl, Hey Boy (with The Vernons Girls and Alma Cogan) — Performed by Cliff Richard with The Vernons Girls and Alma Cogan, the performance is backed by The Shadows and The Jack Parnell Orchestra. Unlike many of the songs featuring The Vernons Girls, this performance features them in much more of a duet role than a backing vocal role. The song is a call/response type in which the male sings to the girl(s) (singing "Hey Girl") then the female(s) sing to the boy (singing "Hey Boy"). The first half of the performance is Cliff duetting with The Vernons Girls, with last half is Cliff duetting with Alma Cogan (where she sings "Hey Cliff" rather than "Hey Boy"). The closing credits of the show scroll across the screen during the song.

Cliff
Broadcast Date
Thursday, February 23, 1961
Record Date
January 1961
Series Episode #
2
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Cliff.
Guest Cast and Support: The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music), The Vernons Girls (singing, dancing), The Shadows (music), Marty Wilde (singing)

Episode Discussion: The February 23rd Cliff show was the second in the six part series. It featured Marty Wilde as the special guest, with whom Cliff sang a duet on the song Rubber Ball. Marty also returned for the big closing song, What'd I Say.

Commercial Releases: Partial only - Travellin' Light on the 1993 Hit List UK video (PMI VHS 4913453).

Available Bootleg Material: The entire show is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Let Me Sing And I'm HappySong: Let Me Sing And I'm Happy — Backed by The Shadows, The Vernons Girls, and the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is a choreographed dance performance. The song is taken from the 1930 Al Jolson film, Mammy.
  • Gee Whizz It's YouSong: Gee Whizz It's You — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Blue MoonSong: Blue Moon — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, the performance has Cliff slowly walking across the stage directly in front of the studio audience and finally ending on a small crescent moon stand.
  • Song: Thou Swell — Performed by The Vernons Girls (with Cliff in a rather static non-singing role), this song is choreographed to follow the song's lyrics. The song, taken from the 1927 A Connecticut Yankee musical play, is performed with the Vernons Girls in Victorian costumes, performing for Cliff in the role of the King. This segues into the next song, King Creole.
  • King CreoleSong: King Creole — Backed by The Shadows and The Jack Parnell Orchestra, the song is performed with The Vernons Girls, in Victorian costumes from the previous song, dancing behind Cliff as he sings.
  • Beat Out Dat Rhythm On A DrumSong: Beat Out Dat Rhythm On A Drum — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this song is a straight stage performance and although the full orchestra is unseen, the drummer (beating out the rhythm on a drum) is at the back of the stage with some of The Vernons Girls dancing about him.
  • Song: Lucky Day — Performed by The Vernons Girls, this song has no Cliff involvement. It features the girls in evening gowns while dancing around a gambling table. This song was originally written for the play George White's Scandals.
  • Rubber BallSong: Rubber Ball (with Marty Wilde) — Performed by Cliff Richard with Marty Wilde, this song is backed by The Jack Parnell Orchestra and The Vernons Girls. It's a straight stage performance with The Vernons Girls dancing about them as they sing the song.
  • Travellin' LightSong: Travellin' Light — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straightforward stage performance.
  • What'd I SaySong: What'd I Say (with The Vernons Girls and Marty Wilde) — Backed by The Shadows, with The Vernons Girls doing the calls in the song. Marty Wilde comes on stage shortly after the instrumental break to dance and sing with Cliff. The closing credits of the show scroll across the screen during this boisterous ending.

Cliff
Broadcast Date
Thursday, March 2, 1961
Record Date
January 1961
Series Episode #
3
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Cliff.
Guest Cast and Support: The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music), The Vernons Girls (singing, dancing), The Shadows (music), Terence Holderway Hale (singing), Lyn Cornell (singing)

Episode Discussion: The March 2nd Cliff show was the third in the six part 1961 series. It featured two special guests, Terence Holderway Hale and Lyn Cornell. Cliff sang a duet with Terence Holderway Hale on the song Beauty And The Beast in a comical manner. Lyn Cornell sang a solo performance. Unlike most special guests in this series, neither Terence nor Lyn returned to perform on the closing song.

Commercial Releases: Partial only - Theme For A Dream on the 1993 Hit List UK video (PMI VHS 4913453).

Available Bootleg Material: The entire show is available.


Performance Detail:
  • The Song Is YouSong: The Song Is You — Backed by The Jack Parnell Orchestra, The Shadows and The Vernons Girls, this performance is a straight stage performance. The Vernons Girls do not come in until late in the peformance, where they are seen singing in a chorus line right in front of the studio audience.
  • Beauty And The BeastSong: Beauty And The Beast (with Terence Holderway Hale) — Performed by Cliff Richard with Terence Holderway Hale, this is a call/answer duet performance with Terence Holderway Hale singing the main song and Cliff singing the answer parts. This is done as if reading his parts off of a sheet of paper for comedic effect.
  • We Kiss In A ShadowSong: We Kiss In A Shadow — Backed by The Jack Parnell Orchestra, this features Cliff singing the song on stage with a silhouetted female dancer (probably one of The Vernons Girls) dancing on stage behind him.
  • Song: Jeepers Creepers — Performed by The Vernons Girls, this song has no Cliff involvement. The girls dance about the stage, sometimes with large pictures of eyeballs in the backdrop, in references to the song's references to peepers (a slang term for eyes).
  • My Heart Stood StillSong: My Heart Stood Still — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this performance picks up almost immediately where the previous performance by The Vernons Girls (Jeepers Creepers) left off. It starts with Cliff standing at the edge of the stage watching The Vernons Girls perform the end of Jeepers Creepers on a pair of binoculars. He even starts singing while watching the girls and his back is to the audience. Eventually he turns and sings the song proper while The Vernons Girls dance about him. At the very end of the song, Cliff and several of the dancers lift the binoculars to their eyes and focus on the camera as the camera zooms in and the song ends.
  • LoverSong: Lover — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, Cliff stands on several blocks in the middle of the stage while singing the song.
  • Song: F.B.I. — Performed by The Shadows, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Bluebeard — Performed by The Vernons Girls, this song has no Cliff involvement. It features the girls in their pajamas dancing about their beds, as if going to bed and reading horror stories about a man named Bluebeard. The actual name of the song and its origins are uncertain.
  • Song: Sweet Life — Performed by Lyn Cornell, this song has no Cliff involvement. It is performed solo on stage with Lyn in an evening dress and a bottle of champagne and a fur stole beside her as a prop.
  • Theme For A DreamSong: Theme For A Dream — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Ready TeddySong: Ready Teddy — Backed by The Shadows and The Jack Parnell Orchestra, the song features Cliff singing on stage with The Vernons Girls dancing about him. The credits roll across the screen during the performance.

Cliff
Broadcast Date
Thursday, March 9, 1961
Record Date
January 1961
Series Episode #
4
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Cliff.
Guest Cast and Support: The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music), The Vernons Girls (singing, dancing), The Shadows (music), Jimmy Carson (singing), Dave Sampson (singing), Petula Clark (singing)

Episode Discussion: The March 9th Cliff show was the fourth in the six part series. It featured Petula Clark as the special guest, with whom Cliff sang a duet on the song I Wish I Was In Love Again. It is unknown if Petula returned for the show's closing song.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: Four songs (Pigtails In Paris, Sentimental Journey, Balling The Jack and Willie And The Hand Jive) from the show are available in video format.


Performance Detail:
  • Pigtails In ParisSong: Pigtails In Paris — This performance is backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra with acting and some support vocals by The Vernons Girls. It features Cliff acting out the role of an English boy meeting a pigtail wearing French girl while in Paris, while singing the song's lyrics.
  • Song: Unknown Title — Performed by Jimmy Carson and Dave Sampson, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Temptation — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Unknown Title — Performed by The Vernons Girls, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Pigtails In ParisSong: Balling The Jack — This performance is backed by The Shadows with further support from the Jack Parnell Orchestra. It shows The Shadows on the side of the stage while Cliff stands center stage performing the song while The Vernons Girls, in Victorian garb, dance behind him.
  • Sentimental JourneySong: Sentimental Journey — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this performance is entirely with Cliff resting in the "C" stage prop.
  • Song: Unknown Title — Performed by The Vernons Girls, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Willie And The Hand JiveSong: Willie And The Hand Jive — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance with their standard microphone dance.
  • Song: Sailor — Performed by Petula Clark, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: I Wish I Was In Love Again (with Petula Clark) — This is a duet with Petula Clark. The backing band is unknown. This song might actually be the song I Wish I Were In Love Again by Rodgers and Hart, but that remains unclear at this time.
  • Song: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On — This performance is backed by The Shadows and The Jack Parnell Orchestra.

Cliff
Broadcast Date
Thursday, March 16, 1961
Record Date
January 1961
Series Episode #
5
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Cliff.
Guest Cast and Support: The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music), The Vernons Girls (singing, dancing), The Shadows (music), The Kaye Sisters (singing)

Episode Discussion: The March 16th Cliff show was the fifth in the six part series. It featured The Kaye Sisters as the special guests, with whom Cliff sang a duet on the song Three Little Peggies. It is unknown if The Kaye Sisters returned for the show's closing song.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: Only three songs from the show are available. Fortunately, this includes the rather unique video of Cliff performing Hank Marvin's guitar parts on Apache.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: There's A Small Town With A Wishing Well — This performance is backed by The Vernons Girls and The Jack Parnell Orchestra. This song might actually be the song There's a Small Hotel With a Wishing Well by Rodgers and Hart, but that remains unclear at this time.
  • Lamp Of LoveSong: Lamp Of Love — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Song: As Time Goes By — This performance is backed by The Jack Parnell Orchestra.
  • Song: Unknown Title — Performed by The Vernons Girls, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Where Did You Learn To Dance — This performance is backed by The Vernons Girls and The Jack Parnell Orchestra. This song is from the 1953 film I Love Melvin.
  • ApacheSong: Apache — Backed by The Shadows, this performance is rather peculiar and amusing. The initial lighting on the performance hides the fact that it's actually Cliff on stage playing Hank's lead guitar parts, while made to look in silhouette like Hank Marvin (complete with eyeglasses). The lights slowly come up and it is revealed to actually be Cliff playing (and he actually is playing, not miming). Near the end of the performance, Hank Marvin walks up to Cliff, looks over his shoulder, and look at the audience in bemusement and amusement. At the end, Cliff gives the guitar to Hank and Hank gives a microphone to Cliff and they launch into the next song, Don't Be Mad At Me.
  • Don't Be Mad At MeSong: Don't Be Mad At Me — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Song: Unknown Title — Performed by The Vernons Girls, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Unknown Title — Performed by The Kaye Sisters, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Three Little Peggies (with The Kaye Sisters) — This is a duet with The Kaye Sisters. The backing band is unknown.
  • Song: Yes Sir, That's My Baby — This performance is backed by The Vernons Girls and The Jack Parnell Orchestra.

Cliff
Broadcast Date
Thursday, March 23, 1961
Record Date
January 1961
Series Episode #
6
Guest Cast and Support: The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music), The Vernons Girls (singing, dancing), The Shadows (music), Cherry Wainer (music), Jill Browne (singing)

Episode Discussion: The March 23rd Cliff show was the sixth and final show in the six part series. Unfortunately, the show is not directly available for review.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show is not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: In the Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Lucille (with Cherry Wainer) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: I'll String Along With You — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Unknown Title — Performed by The Vernons Girls, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Mumblin' Mosie — Backed by The Shadows, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Fever — Backed by The Shadows, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Theme For A Dream — Backed by The Shadows, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Unknown Title — Performed by The Vernons Girls, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Goodness Gracious Me (with Jill Browne) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Day In, Day Out — Details about this performance are unknown.


Christmas Fayre
Christmas Fayre title card
Studio: ATV
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
Cliff produced a one-off Christmas special for ATV in 1962 called Christmas Fayre (although some sources list it as Christmas Fare which is most likely incorrect). Some sources also describe this not as a Cliff Richard special, but rather an ATV Christmas special in which Cliff Richard was the primary guest. Until the full show is available for review, it will be assumed this is a Cliff Richard Christmas special.

Currently only a bootleg audio of the program is known to exist and this was not directly available for this review. The particular order of the songs, and indeed the inclusion of the songs shown, may be incorrect. So much of the detail provided here, which comes second hand from a dodgy bootleg listing, is suspect.

Although this was a one-off Christmas special, Cliff would return with another Christmas special in 1965, 1966 and 1967. It is not believed that he had a Christmas special of any sort for 1963 or 1964.

Christmas Fayre
Broadcast Date
Tuesday, December 25, 1962
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: The Shadows (music)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: This show is available in audio form only.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Dance On — Performed by The Shadows, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Wonderful Land — Performed by The Shadows, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Dancing Shoes — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Next Time — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Bachelor Boy — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Holly And The Ivy — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Silent Night — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Ding Dong Merrily On High — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown.


The Cliff Richard Show
The Cliff Richard Show title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC
Running Time: Unknown
This is a BBC TV special. A partial bootleg audio only recording is available for this review. It's apparently the first BBC special featuring Cliff, although he had appeared on the network several times before as a guest on other shows. There was a series of such specials planned for 1963, but only this one was actually filmed.

Only a partial bootleg audio is available for review, so songs shown below are the best known at this time. The book The Complete Chronicle describes this show stating the Cliff performed his latest single (Summer Holiday) which is available for review and several tracks from the Holiday Carnival EP. Unfortunately, none of the Holiday Carnival tracks are available for review and details on them are unclear at this time. Some sources also state that he sang Bachelor Boy, but that also is unconfirmed.

The order of the songs performed shown here is probably incorrect.

The Cliff Richard Show
Broadcast Date
Sunday, April 28, 1963
Record Date
Monday, April 22, 1963
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: The Shadows (music), Millicent Martin (singing), Sid James (singing)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: This show is available in audio form only.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: All Through The Night — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Greensleeves — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: All Through The Night — Performed by The Shadows only, this song has no Cliff involvement (despite the fact that it was performed with Cliff earlier in the show). It features a choir backing and may have been a lead-in performance to another song, but the audio used for this review is of such poor quality that this remains unclear.
  • Song: Molly Malone/Mairi's Wedding — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown. The song Molly Malone is sometimes known under the title Cockles and Mussels.
  • Song: Walk Right In — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown. Some sources have this as the opening number for the show.
  • Song: Summer Holiday — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Just In Time — Performed by Millicent Martin, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: A New-Fangled Tango — Performed by Millicent Martin, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: If'n (with Millicent Martin) — This song, written by Leon Belasco, Virginia Gibson and Ethel Merman, is taken from the 1956 Broadway play called Happy Hunting. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Nothin' (with Sid James) — Details about this performance are unknown. The song, although available for review in audio format, is unidentified at this time and the title may be incorrect.
  • Song: In My Time Of Dying — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Bachelor Boy — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown. Some sources have this as the opening number for the show.
  • Song: Carnival — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Lucky Lips — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unknown. It was apparently the closing number.


Cliff And The Shadows
Cliff And The Shadows title card
Studio: ATV
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: 40 minutes
The ATV network ran a one-off special on July 15, 1964 called simply Cliff And The Shadows. The show is described in the book The Ultimate Cliff (1996 - Peter Lewry & Nigel Goodall) as simply ATV Spectacular, but that is a description and not a show title.

As usual with the ATV spectaculars, the Jack Parnell and His Orchestra provided support. Adding to the show were The Mike Sammes Singers (billed as The Michael Sammes Singers) and The Pamela Devis Dancers.

The program runs approximately 40 minutes.

This show primarily promoted the Wonderful Life film, with the Cliff singing many songs from the film as well as some actual film clips being shown.

It is sometimes mistakenly called The Hank Marvin Story because of a running joke throughout the show in which Hank Marvin continually tries to steal the spotlight in which he jokingly calls the show by that title.

It also was also the first TV appearance on UK TV for Liza Minnelli.

The show was pre-recorded on June 30, and was originally scheduled for broadcast on July 1 (the night before the Wonderful Life world premiere). However, a brief technician's strike caused the network's programming to be cancelled that evening, and it was rescheduled for July 15.

Much of the performances on this program are actually mimed to the album or single versions, rather than live. In fact, the only Cliff performances that are actually live are Boum, A Swingin' Affair and Wonderful Life.

The full performance of Constantly was released on the 1993 Hit List VHS videotape in the UK (PMI VHS 4913453).

Cliff And The Shadows
Broadcast Date
Wednesday, July 15, 1964
Record Date
Wednesday, June 30, 1964
Series Episode #
1 (only)
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Cliff And The Shadows.
Guest Cast and Support: The Shadows (music, acting), Liza Minelli (singing), The Pamela Devis Dancers (dancing), The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: Partial only - Constantly on the 1993 Hit List UK video (PMI VHS 4913453).

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • The show opens with a comedy sketch spoofing The Hank Marvin Story. It shows Cliff and The Shadows sitting in a mock theater watching "The Hank Marvin Story" on a screen when Cliff complains that it's a terrible idea in instructs Hank, who is dressed to serve tea, to start playing music. This leads into Cliff's performance of Boum.
  • BoumSong: Boum — This is a staged dance number, with the Cliff dancing and singing with the The Pamela Devis Dancers. It's an interesting performance as he sings it part in French and part in English, unlike the studio recording which is entirely in French.
  • Song: Fandango — Performed by The Shadows, this song has no Cliff involvement. If features the band on stage performing in toreador outfits.
  • There is another short comedy bit with Hank, still in his tea serving outfit, talking with Liza Minnelli about how introductions are done on this kind of show, when Cliff approaches and does just as she described. Cliff then invites her to sing (which she does).
  • Song: Meantime — Performed by Liza Minnelli, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • On The BeachSong: On The Beach — This performance is mimed to the album/single version and is a dance number with The Pamela Devis Dancers. It emulates (on stage only) the beach scene performance of On The Beach from the Wonderful Life movie.
  • A Matter Of MomentsSong: A Matter Of Moments — This is a lip synched performance of the album version. It continues on the staged beach scene from On The Beach. During the performance, Cliff sings the song to Liza Minnelli.
  • A Swingin' AffairSong: A Swingin' Affair (with Liza Minnelli, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch) — This performance, backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, also continues on the beach stage. It is a carefully choreographed performance emulating the scene for this song from Summer Holiday with Hank Marvin (still in his tea serving outfit) and Bruce Welch play the competing suitors and Liza Minnelli plays the girl being chased.
  • ConstantlySong: Constantly — The performance has Cliff alone on stage in a black suit. The performance is mimed to the single's studio record and is not live.
  • Hank and Liza (and later Cliff) watch film clips from Wonderful Life of the performances of A Girl In Every Port and Home.
  • Song: The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt — Performed by The Shadows, this song has no Cliff involvement. The Pamela Devis Dancers perform an odd rock/waltz dance in Victorian garb on stage in front of the performing band.
  • There is another short comedy bit coming off of the previous song performance of Hank reintroducing the show as the "The Hank Marvin Show" starring "Wonder Boy Hank Marvin" before he is asked to leave by one of the dancers in Victorian garb, which leads to the next number.
  • True, True Lovin'Song: True, True Lovin' — This is a mimed performance of the single version of the song featuring Cliff and The Shadows. It's a straight stage performance with Hank and Bruce stepping in to "sing" (mime, actually) their backing vocal parts.
  • Wonderful LifeSong: Wonderful Life (with Liza Minnelli) — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is another staged performance with Cliff, Liza and The Pamela Devis Dancers dancing about with formal suits and top hats.


Cliff Richard And The Shadows Live In Concert
Cliff Richard And The Shadows Live In Concert title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: RTBF
Running Time: 40 minutes
This was a concert recording for RTBF, a Belgian TV broadcaster, recorded in Liège, Belgium. It's a straight stage concert, reflecting the current setlist that Cliff and The Shadows were performing on tour.

The actual name of the show is quoted in various media as Cliff Richard And Shadows Live In Concert, but in the tradition of many TV appearances of the era of not using creative names, it may have been just Cliff Richard And Shadows.

The book The Ultimate Cliff gives a September 16, 1965 broadcast date of this concert, although this date is in doubt. This would put the broadcast nearly a year and a half after the performance.

Cliff Richard And The Shadows Live In Concert
Broadcast Date
Thursday, September 16, 1965
Record Date
Sunday, May 8, 1964
Series Episode #
1 (only)
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Cliff And The Shadows.
Guest Cast and Support: The Shadows [Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Brian Locking , Brian Bennett] (music)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: This full show is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt — Performed by The Shadows only, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Song: Sleepwalk — Performed by The Shadows only, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Song: F.B.I. — Performed by The Shadows only, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Do You Wanna DanceSong: Do You Wanna Dance — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Dancing ShoesSong: Dancing Shoes — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Lucky LipsSong: Lucky Lips — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • The Young OnesSong: The Young Ones — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • I Got A WomanSong: I Got A Woman — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance. Cliff gives a very spirited performance, moving all about the stage.
  • Bachelor BoySong: Bachelor Boy — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • ConstantlySong: Constantly — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Maria No MasSong: Maria No Mas — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • La MerSong: La Mer — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • I'm The Lonely OneSong: I'm The Lonely One — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • We Say YeahSong: We Say Yeah — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.


Cliff And The Shadows
Cliff And The Shadows title card
Studio: ATV
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: 25 minutes
* September 15, 1965
* September 22, 1965
* September 29, 1965
The ATV network ran a short series called simply Cliff And The Shadows for three consecutive weekly shows in September 1965. The shows are described in the book The Ultimate Cliff (1996 - Peter Lewry & Nigel Goodall) under the slightly incorrect title of Cliff Richard And The Shadows.

As usual with the ATV spectaculars, the Jack Parnell and His Orchestra provided support. Adding to the show were The Mike Sammes Singers (billed as The Michael Sammes Singers) and The Malcolm Clare Dancers. And dancers Joan Palethorpe and Audrey Bayley, who had recorded and performed with Cliff for the Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp pantomime also feature in many numbers.

Each show runs 25 minutes.

Cliff And The Shadows
Broadcast Date
Wednesday, September 15, 1965
Record Date
April 1965
Series Episode #
1
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Cliff And The Shadows.
Guest Cast and Support: The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music), The Malcolm Clare Dancers (singing, dancing), The Shadows (music), Joan Palethorpe (singing, dancing), Audrey Bayley (singing, dancing)

Episode Discussion: This show extensively used a stage in the shape of an old house. The rough theme is that Cliff wanders into the house and various "statues" (played by The Malcolm Clare Dancers) are in recessed alcoves and they periodically come to life and sing and dance with Cliff. The last half of the show features straight stage performances with the band or the dancers.

Commercial Releases: Partial only - The Minute You're Gone on the 1993 Hit List UK video (PMI VHS 4913453).

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • The Time In BetweenSong: The Time In Between — Backed by The Shadows, Cliff wanders about the trees outside the house stage and ends the song by walking to the front door.
  • Cliff wanders into the house and looks around at all the decorations and marvels at the statuary (played by the dancers) along the walls. He ends up looking at a grandfather clock, which leads into the next song.
  • Song: My Grandfather's Clock — This song is by The Shadows and has no Cliff involvement. On stage, The Shadows arrive and the various statues come to life and dance around the band. Cliff hides behind the clock, occasionally peeking out in wonder at the dancers.
  • AgainSong: Again — Backed by Jack Parnell and His Orchestra, Cliff wanders out into the room and sings to the living statues. He eventually singles out a single "statue" (played by Joan Palethorpe or Audrey Bayley) and sings to her.
  • Do You Wanna DanceSong: Do You Wanna Dance — Backed by The Shadows, this is a very strange rendition of the song. On stage, The Shadows join Cliff and the dancing statues and they perform a slower, almost waltz/country version of the song. Cliff dances with Joan Palethorpe or Audrey Bayley (it's unclear which) throughout the performance.
  • To end the statue/house scenario, a jazzy instrumental by Jack Parnell and His Orchestra plays while Cliff with his lady statue (again, Joan Palethorpe or Audrey Bayley) along with each of The Shadows who also find a female partner, return to the alcoves. They all, including Cliff who takes the woman in his arms, become statues again and the scene ends.
  • Song: Little Princess — This song is performed by The Shadows and has no Cliff Richard involvement. It features The Shadows (minus Brian Bennett the drummer) sitting on stools at stage left while dancers dance to the tune in front of three giant guitar props.
  • Moonlight BaySong: Moonlight Bay — Supposedly backed by Jack Parnell and His Orchestra, Cliff sings and dance with Audrey Bayley and Joan Palethorpe using hats as props in a choreographed performance. This might actually be a mimed performance to the studio recording used for the Holiday Carnival EP, but it's slightly different. It is a perfect match, including all vocals (Cliff's and the backing) and instrumentation, up until the very end. Where the studio recording fades, the version here diverges, repeating the final chorus three times before it has a non-fading end. This might actually be a previously unreleased edit of the studio recording.
  • Song: Wonderful Land — This song is performed by The Shadows and has no Cliff Richard involvement. It is a straight stage performance of the song.
  • The Minute You're GoneSong: The Minute You're Gone — Backed by The Shadows with Hank and Bruce joining in on harmony vocals, this is a straight stage performance of the song.
  • I've Said Too Many ThingsSong: I've Said Too Many Things — Backed by Jack Parnell and His Orchestra, this is a song and dance performance with The Malcolm Clare Dancers and Audrey Bayley and Joan Palethorpe taking front and center with Cliff.

Cliff And The Shadows
Broadcast Date
Wednesday, September 22, 1965
Record Date
April 1965
Series Episode #
2
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Cliff And The Shadows.
Guest Cast and Support: The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music), The Malcolm Clare Dancers (singing, dancing), The Shadows (music), Joan Palethorpe (singing, dancing), Audrey Bayley (singing, dancing)

Episode Discussion: The first half of the show uses fairly straight stage performances. The last half makes extensive use of simple black and white painted wooden props to stage each song. It is sequenced in a rough theme of Cliff's broken heart, then his search for love, and finally ending with that love being found.

Commercial Releases: Partial only - I'm Looking Out The Window on the 1993 Hit List UK video (PMI VHS 4913453).

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • AngelSong: Angel — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is a staged performance with The Malcolm Clare Dancers and Cliff dancing about ladders placed in a ring around the stage.
  • Song: 500 Miles — This song is performed by The Shadows and has no Cliff Richard involvement. It is straight stage performance with the band standing around a microphone and while singing vocal harmonies and playing all acoustic instruments.
  • SwaySong: Sway — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight staged performance with the band all playing acoustic instruments.
  • My Blue HeavenSong: My Blue Heaven — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is a straight stage performance with Cliff standing alone.
  • Song: Big 'B' — This song is performed by The Shadows and has no Cliff Richard involvement. It's essentially a Brian Bennett drum solo; Brian is on a raised platform playing drums while other Shadows are on side playing and dancers dance between them.
  • I'm Looking Out The WindowSong: I'm Looking Out The Window — Backed by Jack Parnell and His Orchestra, this is the first of the performances in the white wooden buildings with the love lost and found theme. Cliff sings the song while "looking out the window" of the building front while lamenting over a little broken styrofoam heart. He ends the performance by exiting the door and carefully fingering the heart, before noticing The Shadows as they start their next performance behind him.
  • Song: You've Got To Have Heart — This song is performed by The Shadows and has no vocal Cliff Richard involvement. The band is standing in front of a fake "Heart Makers" store. The band is obviously miming their performance as they are playing fake heart-shaped instruments. Near the end of the performance, Cliff brings over his broken heart and the band helps him by giving him a new, unbroken heart.
  • FriendsSong: Friends — Backed the Jack Parnell Orchestra and The Shadows (on backing vocals only), this is a song and dance ensemble with Cliff and The Shadows performing around the counter of the "Heart Makers" shop. The song is taken from the Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp pantomime.
  • Song: Unknown Instrumental — This song is performed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra and has no vocal Cliff Richard involvement. However, Cliff is heavily featured in the scene. He returns to the "house" used in the I'm Looking Out The Window performance with his new, whole heart and encounters a woman (either Audrey Bayley or Joan Palethorpe) who dances provocatively around Cliff and, although reluctant to trust her at first, eventually gives her his "heart," which she promptly tears up and throws on the ground.
  • Song: Unknown Instrumental — This song is performed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra and has no vocal Cliff Richard involvement. However, Cliff is heavily featured in the scene. Standing despondently with his broken heart, Cliff watches as three female dancers enter the stage with their own broken hearts. They enter a door at another fake building marked "Heart Repairs" and come out another door with whole hearts and a man for each woman. Cliff enters the build and meets the clerk (probably played by Audrey Bayley or Joan Palethorpe) and offers his broken heart. She looks at her books and sadly shakes her head, indicating that she has nothing suitable in the book for him.
  • I'm On My WaySong: I'm On My Way — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is a staged performance that picks up where the last part left off. The woman, unable to help Cliff with anyone in his book, instead offers him her own heart. He accepts and he sings to her as he takes her hand and they walk out front of the building. He sings to her, having finally found his love. They end by entering the doorway of the I'm Looking Out The Window house at the beginning of the sequence.
  • Song: I'm On My Way (Instrumental Reprise) — This song is performed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra and has no vocal Cliff Richard involvement. It's basically a static shot of the darkened house while the show's credits roll. At the very end of the sequence, Cliff and the girl appear silhouetted in the doorway.

Cliff And The Shadows
Broadcast Date
Wednesday, September 29, 1965
Record Date
April 1965
Series Episode #
3
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Cliff And The Shadows.
Guest Cast and Support: The Jack Parnell Orchestra (music), The Malcolm Clare Dancers (singing, dancing), The Shadows (music), Joan Palethorpe (singing, dancing), Audrey Bayley (singing, dancing)

Episode Discussion: The first half of the show has a carnival theme with several carnival props and related party songs. The last half is fairly straight stage performances, with some dance choreographed performances.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Make Ev'ry Day A Carnival DaySong: Make Ev'ry Day A Carnival Day — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is a choreographed dance performance on the carnival stage set.
  • Song: The Girl From Ipanema — Performed by The Shadows, this song has no Cliff involvement. The band is playing acoustic guitars (and Brian at his drum set) with the band singing the lead vocal parts. There are some scenes with dancers performing in the background.
  • CarnivalSong: Carnival — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, it mainly features Cliff wandering about the stage, looking at the wares, watching others walk about, and for a few moments, watching and getting involved with some dancing.
  • Song: Guitar Tango — Performed by The Shadows, this song has no Cliff involvement. They perform on their previous set while dancers dance tango numbers about them.
  • Beat Out Dat Rhythm On A DrumSong: Beat Out Dat Rhythm On A Drum — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is a choreographed dance performance on the carnival stage set. Curiously, Cliff is wearing a tattered, vagabond outfit.
  • Song: Kinda Cool — Performed by The Shadows with Hank Marvin on piano, Cliff is not involved with this song. It's mainly a piano piece with Hank on a white piano in the foreground while three women dance on black pianos in the background.
  • Bachelor BoySong: Bachelor Boy — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Willie Did The Cha ChaSong: Willie Did The Cha Cha — Backed by The Shadows, this is a straight stage performance.
  • On My WordSong: On My Word — Backed by the Jack Parnell Orchestra, this is a choreographed dance performance with several female dancers, with Audrey Bayley and Joan Palethorpe (standing out in white dresses) in the forefront of the dance.


Cliff Richard's Christmas Cheer
Cliff Richard's Christmas Cheer title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC
Running Time: Unknown
Cliff's second BBC special and it is his third Christmas themed special. There is contradictory information if the show was called Cliff Richard's Christmas Cheer (possessive) or Cliff Richard Christmas Cheer (not possessive).

This show is available for review in an incomplete audio bootleg only. Many of the songs are Christmas themed and between song performances, Cliff and the various performers do short Christmas themed jokes or song introductions. Guests include comedian Jimmy Tarbuck and singer Frank Ifield. One of the most interesting performances is not by Cliff, but rather a piano version of The Shadows' Wonderful Land performed by bassist John Rostill.

Although this was a one-off Christmas special for 1965, this was the start of a short run of annual Christmas shows by Cliff, although on different networks. These others are Wish Upon A Wishbone on ITV in 1966 and a special adaptation of Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp for Rediffusion in 1967.

Cliff Richard's Christmas Cheer
Broadcast Date
Saturday, December 25, 1965
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: The Shadows (music), Jimmy Tarbuck (singing), Frank Ifield (singing)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: This show is partially available in audio form only.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Christmas Holiday — This song, backed by The Shadows, is actually Summer Holiday with Christmas themed lyrics. It starts off with Cliff singing the opening lyrics to Summer Holiday when The Shadows stop performing in protest. Cliff then offers to change the lyrics and they perform the song again with Cliff singing about having a Christmas Holiday rather than a Summer Holiday.
  • Song: The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) — This performance is by Jimmy Tarbuck only and has no Cliff Richard involvement.
  • Song: My Coloring Book — Details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: Wonderful Land — This performance is by John Rostill and is a piano version of The Shadows' Wonderful Land with John playing Hank's guitar parts in piano instead. It has a backing, but it remains unclear at this time if the backing is by The Shadows (and if so, who is playing bass guitar).
  • Song: Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) — Details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: Welcome To Animal Land — This performance is by Frank Ifield only and has no Cliff Richard involvement. The actual title of the song is uncertain and is simply derived here from the primary lyric used in the song.
  • Song: You're A Real Good Friend (with Frank Ifield) — This is a duet performance with Cliff and Frank Ifield. The song is a rather comedic call and answer format where they praise each other for being "a real good friend" while actually insulting each other.
  • Song: Christmas Medley: We Three Kings/The Holly And The Ivy/Silent Night — Details about this performance are unavailable at this time. It's very likely that Frank Ifield provides some backing and harmony vocals, but that remains unclear.


BBC Show Of The Week
BBC Show Of The Week title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC2
Running Time: Unknown
This was a long running BBC series where a specific guest would host the show each week. This show, of course, featured Cliff and The Shadows as hosts. It was produced by the BBC and broadcast on BBC2 and ran 45 minutes.

Some sources list an ARD Germany special on June 25, 1966 that is thought to be a repeat on German television of this show.

BBC Show Of The Week
Broadcast Date
Tuesday, April 5, 1966
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
Unknown
Guest Cast and Support: The Shadows (music), The Norrie Paramor Orchestra (music)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: This show is available in audio form only, although the end, Wonderful Land, is incomplete.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars — This song is backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra. Other details are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: Everyone Needs Someone To Love — This song is backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra. Other details are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: On The Beach — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: Somewhere — This performance is by The Shadows and has no Cliff Richard involvement.
  • Song: Bachelor Boy — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: My Coloring Book — This song is backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra. Other details are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: Big 'B' — This performance is by The Shadows and has no Cliff Richard involvement.
  • Song: What'd I Say — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: My One And Only Love — This song is backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra. Other details are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: Never On Sunday — This performance is by The Shadows and has no Cliff Richard involvement.
  • Song: Blue Turns To Grey — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt — This performance is by The Shadows and has no Cliff Richard involvement.
  • Song: I'm On My Way — This song is backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra. Other details are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: Wonderful Land — This performance is by The Shadows and has no Cliff Richard involvement.


Wish Upon a Wishbone
Wish Upon a Wishbone title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: ITV
Running Time: Unknown
Wish Upon A Wishbone clippingThis is an ITV Christmas themed special, aired on Christmas day. The show is played in a clever way, as if Cliff and the band (and their guests) are stuck having to perform on Christmas day and would rather be home enjoying the holiday. The songs are weaved into this, as if to tell a story. For example, they start off singing Time Drags By as if they are bored. Finally they go in search of someplace warm and find A Place In The Sun where they think they spy a woman (I Saw Her Standing There) and they eventually find a lot of women (Washer Woman) for each of them. The show ends with all guests appearing and they sing Christmas music. Although this aired on Christmas day, it was most likely pre-recorded.

Recently married entertainers Ivor Emmanuel and Patricia Bredin appear on the show. They each sing a song with Cliff and The Shadows respectively, and eventually they sing an unidentified duet. They also join in on White Christmas at the end of the show.

Although this was a one-off Christmas special for 1966, this was the second of a short run of annual Christmas shows by Cliff, although on different networks. These others are Cliff Richard's Christmas Cheer on BBC in 1965 and a special adaptation of Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp for Rediffusion in 1967.

Wish Upon a Wishbone
Broadcast Date
Sunday, December 25, 1966
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: The Shadows (music), Ivor Emmanuel (singing), Patricia Bredin (singing), Unknown (orchestra and backing vocals)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: This show is mostly available in audio form only.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Wish Upon A Wishbone — This performance is by the house orchestra and unknown choir and has no Cliff Richard involvement.
  • Song: Time Drags By (with The Shadows) — This song is backed by The Shadows. Other details are unavailable at this time.
  • Cliff and The Shadows appear on stage and complain that they have to hang out "here" (on stage) on Christmas day. He wanders off to find somebody while The Shadows stay behind to play a song.
  • Song: Deep Purple — This performance is by The Shadows only and has no Cliff Richard involvement.
  • Cliff returns, having found guest Ivor Emmanuel. After a short discussion of what they should sing together, they settle on It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' while The Shadows wander off to find someone else.
  • Song: It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' (with Ivor Emmanuel) — This song is performed as a duet with Ivor Emmanuel. Further details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • The Shadows return with Patricia Bredin. After a bit of a friendly argument about who is going to sing with her and what they'll sing, Cliff wanders off to find someone else while Patricia sings with The Shadows.
  • Song: A World Of Our Own — This performance is by The Shadows and Patricia Bredin and has no Cliff Richard involvement.
  • Cliff returns with "six dancers and a choreographer" so they decide perform a dance.
  • Song: Unknown Song — This is a song performed by the show's orchestra only, to which the dancers do an interpretive dance. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: The Twelfth Of Never — Backed by house orchestra, further details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: Peace And Quiet (with The Shadows) — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: Unknown Song — This is a song performed by the show's orchestra only. Further details are unknown.
  • Cliff decides he wants to go "somewhere hot." After a bit of a discussion of it, they decide to watch a film of them travelling "somewhere hot."
  • Song: Unknown Song — This is a song performed by the show's orchestra only. It has no Cliff involvement, however it is played while a film is shown of Cliff and The Shadows travelling to a tropical locale.
  • Cliff and The Shadows arrive to the "somewhere hot" place and decide to look around.
  • Song: A Place In The Sun — This performance is by The Shadows only and has no Cliff Richard involvement.
  • Cliff proclaims that the place is inhabited... with women!
  • Song: I Saw Her Standing There — Backed by house orchestra, further details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Cliff and The Shadows discuss how to find and introduce themselves to the women.
  • Song: Washer Woman (with The Shadows) — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: Unknown Song — This is a song performed by the show's orchestra only. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: In The Country (with The Shadows) — Backed by The Shadows, further details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Cliff and The Shadows realize that husband and wife Ivor Emmanuel and Patricia Bredin have yet to perform together. They go to find them.
  • Song: Unknown Song — This is a duet performance by Ivor Emmanuel and Patricia Bredin with the house orchestra providing the music. Cliff and The Shadows have no involvement.
  • Song: Choral Christmas Medley: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Away In A Manger/O Come All Ye Faithful (with The Shadows) — Performed by Cliff and The Shadows, this is a gentle a capella performance with simple bell accompaniment.
  • Song: White Christmas (with The Shadows, Ivor Emmanuel and Patricia Bredin) — Backed by house orchestra, further details about this performance are unavailable at this time.
  • Song: Wish Upon A Wishbone — This performance is by the house orchestra and unknown choir and has no Cliff Richard involvement.


Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard title card
Studio: ATV
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: 35 minutes
This ATV program promotes Cliff's latest music, using five songs from his 1967 Don't Stop Me Now album, as well as other music released within the previous two years. It is the first special in which The Shadows were not involved, probably due to the Don't Stop Me Now album being made mostly without them. Instead, the backing music is supplied by the ATV Orchestra under the direction of Peter Knight (also described as the Peter Knight Orchestra). Joining Cliff are The Breakaways on backing vocals, Glenn Weston in a guest spot (although they do not duet), and The Malcolm Clare Dancers in the choreographed numbers (although they do not contribute vocally).

Interestingly, the music is clearly lip-synched as evidenced by the use of studio recorded type of fade-outs of many of the songs as well as occasional (although rare) mismatches in the lip movements. However, it does not use the various album/single versions. Instead it appears that Cliff recorded newer versions of the songs with the ATV Orchestra and it is these versions that are mimed to. It is curious that if they bothered to rerecord the songs for the special, why did they continue to use the studio recorded type of fade-outs?

Significantly, this show features Cliff singing a vocal version of The Shadows instrumental F.B.I.. This is the only known vocal version of this song and it remains unclear if it originally was supposed to have lyrics or Cliff added them just for this show, although odds are that it was the latter. If so, it remains uncertain who wrote the lyrics.

The video used for this review shows that it was apparently taken from a Hong Kong broadcast as it is prefaced by a "RTN2" logo subtitled "First in Hong Kong", followed the ITC logo. ITC was a British competitor to ATV, so they must have distributed the program in Hong Kong in this instance.

The actual name of the program is a bit of a curiosity too. ATV was known for putting on "ATV Spectacular" programs in the 1960s, but that term seems to be a catch-all name for some sort of variety special and not the actual name of the program in question. Indeed, previous ATV Spectaculars with Cliff were simply titled Cliff And The Shadows and this one is titled just Cliff Richard only. The video used for this review does show the title text of "ATV Spectacular" at one point, but that appears to be a later superimposition over the Cliff Richard title as it is a different font, contrast and there are some video synching problems. Thus it is reasonably certain that the title of the show is simply Cliff Richard.

The vocal group The Breakaways would make their first appearance in a Cliff Richard TV show here. At the time, the group consisted of Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder.

Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Wednesday, May 24, 1967
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular.
Guest Cast and Support: ATV Orchestra/Peter Knight Orchestra (music), The Malcolm Clare Dancers (dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), Glenn Weston (singing)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Move ItSong: Move It — Backed by the ATV Orchestra, this is a carefully choreographed dance number. Cliff, in a black suit dances on stage, part of it on a raised platform, while surrounded by The Malcolm Clare Dancers in shiny mini skirts. As the song fades, Cliff and the dancers dance away from the camera.
  • Hang On To A DreamSong: Hang On To A Dream — Backed by the ATV Orchestra, this is a peculiar performance. It has Cliff meandering through a wooded park, looking forlorn and sad. He does not mime the song, but it is played as if it is a song playing in his head only. At the end of the song, he sits on a park bench and lip-synches the final two lines of the song.
  • Cliff offers a demonstration that a "exciting music" doesn't have to be "fast and loud" by having the band play a quick bossa nova beat (the instrumental of Meditation) which he then uses as an introduction to Meditation.
  • MeditationSong: Meditation — Backed by the ATV Orchestra, Cliff stands isolated on a darkened stage singing the song. The platform used earlier and the show and the band playing the song can sometimes be seen in the dark behind Cliff.
  • Song: Eso Beso — Performed by the ATV Orchestra, Cliff does not sing this song at all. However, he does a dance with The Malcolm Clare Dancers and another female dancer.
  • Song: Don't Go Breaking My Heart — Performed by The Breakaways, this is a Burt Bacharach song and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Fly Me To The MoonSong: Fly Me To The Moon — Backed by the ATV Orchestra, this song is performed with Cliff alone on stage in front of some platform props behind him. The arrangement is the arrangement from the 1966 Kinda Latin album, not the 1965 Love Is Forever album.
  • La La La La LaSong: La La La La La — Backed by the ATV Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while dancing on the platform props, surrounded by the The Malcolm Clare Dancers.
  • Song: I Saw Her Standing There — Performed by the ATV Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement. It is an instrumental version of the Beatles' song, with the The Malcolm Clare Dancers dancing about the stage.
  • I'll Come Runnin'Song: I'll Come Runnin' — Backed by the ATV Orchestra, Cliff performs this song on a darkened stage. When the backing vocal parts of the chorus occur, a raised platform The Breakaways is lit up and they are shown singing their parts with Cliff in the foreground.
  • Song: Let's Build A World Of Our Own — Performed by Glenn Weston, this song has no Cliff involvement. It features Glenn standing alone on the stage with the empty platforms behind him.
  • In The CountrySong: In The Country — Backed by the ATV Orchestra, this is a lip-synched performance, although it is an new recording for this program. It shows Cliff wandering through a park (the same used earlier in the show for Hang On To A Dream) in a white coat and holding a black umbrella. On the final chorus, Cliff throws away the umbrella and sings with abandon as if taking in the rain with no cares.
  • F.B.I.Song: F.B.I. — Backed by the ATV Orchestra, this is a vocal arrangement of The Shadows instrumental song. Cliff, who sings the song along on an empty stage, is obviously lip-synching as he misses a few bits. During the instrumental break, images of The Shadows are flashed on the screen.
  • Baby It's YouSong: Baby It's You — Backed by the ATV Orchestra, the song is mostly Cliff singing alone on stage. About halfway through the song, he climbs one of the stage platforms and the camera zooms in on him. As it zooms back out, four female dancers have arranged themselves on the steps. Cliff leaves the platform and stands on the floor singing the rest of the song while the girls sit and watch behind him.
  • ShoutSong: Shout — Backed by the ATV Orchestra, Cliff performs the song in front of the platform stage while the The Malcolm Clare Dancers stand beside him and on the platform dancing in place to the song. The show's credits are displayed during this song.


Unknown Japanese TV Show
Unknown Japanese TV Show title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
Cliff In Japan LPAccording to The Complete Chronicle Cliff flew to Tokyo, Japan on October 14th, 1967 to perform two concerts and a television spectacular with Norrie Paramor conducting a Japanese orchestra. One of these concerts was recorded on October 18th, 1967 at Shibuya Public Hall and released as the Cliff In Japan LP in the UK during May 1968. It is assumed that this concert was filmed for the television spectactular.

Unknown Japanese TV Show
Broadcast Date
October, 1967
Record Date
Wednesday, October 18, 1967
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: The Norrie Paramor Orchestra (music)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: This show is available as an incomplete recording in audio format only as the Cliff In Japan LP released during May 1968.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: In The Country — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Dynamite — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Bachelor Boy — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Finders Keepers — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: On The Beach — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Evergreen Tree — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Visions — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: What'd I Say — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Shout — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Twist And Shout — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Angel — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: It's All In The Game — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Minute You're Gone — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Day I Met Marie — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: I'll Come Runnin' — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Next Time — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Spanish Harlem — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Move It — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Dizzy Miss Lizzy — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Hang On To A Dream — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Good Golly Miss Molly — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: La La La La La — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Living Doll — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Medley: Let's Make A Memory/The Young Ones/Lucky Lips/Summer Holiday/We Say Yeah — Backed by The Norrie Paramor Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.


Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp
Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp title card
Studio: Associated-Rediffusion
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: 45 minutes
Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp TV clippingAladdin And His Wonderful Lamp TV listing clippingThis program was broadcast on Rediffusion TV on Christmas day. It is a slightly shortened and altered version of the Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp stage pantomime from 1964 and 1965.

The story from the stage play is basically the same, but several songs are missing, including Cliff's Havin' Fun and The Shadows' Genie With The Light Brown Lamp. Included, however, is The Shadows' Snap, Crackle and How's Your Dad from The Shadows' 1967 From Hank, Bruce, Brian And John album which was not part of the original pantomime. Cliff, The Shadows, and Audrey Bayley returned for this special program, but Joan Palethorpe and Faye Fisher did not. Interestingly, several of the performances for this program are not the performances pantomimed to for the stage play, but are newer, possibly live performances. It's unclear why these new recordings were done, but it was probably to accommodate the shortened and altered version of the show used for the TV broadcast.

The video of the performance has not been released or bootlegged and is not available for review. However, an audio recording bootleg exists that, although containing several technical flaws, appears to be relatively complete.

Although this was a one-off Christmas special for 1967, this was the third of a short run of annual Christmas shows by Cliff, although on different networks. These others are Cliff Richard's Christmas Cheer on BBC in 1965 and a special adaptation of Wish Upon A Wishbone for ITV in 1966.

Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp
Broadcast Date
Monday, December 25, 1967
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: Bruce Welch (singing, music, acting), Hank Marvin (singing, music, acting), John Rostill (singing, music, acting), Brian Bennett (singing, music, acting), Vanessa Howard (singing, acting), Arthur Askey (singing, acting), Alan Curtis (acting), Katerina Holden (acting), Bill Tasker (acting), The Maljons (acting), The Lynton Boys (acting), Wendy Padbury (acting), Anna Perry (acting), Julian Orchard (acting), Michael Henry (acting), David Davenport (acting), The Mike Sammes Singers (singing), The Pamela Devis Dancers (dancing)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: This show is available in audio form only.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Me Oh My — Performed by The Shadows only, Cliff has no involvement with this song. This song is pantomimed to the album version of the song.
  • Song: I Could Easily Fall (In Love With You) — Backed by The Shadows, this performance is pantomimed to the standard single/album version.
  • Aladdin (Cliff) states his intention to see the princess' face as she goes by, much to the chagrin of is companions (The Shadows), because there is a death penalty for doing so.
  • Song: Little Princess — Performed by The Shadows only, Cliff has no involvement with this song. This song is pantomimed to the album version of the song, however it's very short and ends much sooner with an early fade.
  • Somehow Aladdin gets injured and is taken in by the princess. He gets to see the princess and he is smitten. She begs him to leave before his is caught. However, his is spotted by the police and they chase him away. On the run, Aladdin encounters his father who chastises him for his actions. Aladdin declares that he will hide in the last place the police would expect them to be, the royal bath, and also declares his intentions to marry the princess.
  • Song: This Was My Special Day — Performed by Vanessa Howard only, Cliff has no involvement with this song. This song is a new performance of the song. It's very similar to the album performance (and may be sung to a tape backing), but it ends early before the Cliff parts begin.
  • Having sneaked into the princess' rooms, Aladdin manages to get alone with the princess and they flirt with one another.
  • Song: I'm In Love With You — Backed by The Shadows and the house orchestra, this performance is pantomimed to the standard album version.
  • Aladdin and friends are chased about the grounds by the police, apparently caught again in the princess' presence.
  • Song: Friends — Backed by The Shadows, this is a whole new performance of the song and it is not pantomimed to the original album version.
  • Aladdin, still trying to hide from the police, encounters his uncle Abanazar. He agrees to hide Aladdin in a secret cave and Aladdin agrees. However, this is actually a ruse to open a magic cave where the magic lamp and various treasures are hidden. For unknown reasons, Abanazar cannot enter the cave, so he gives Aladdin his ring, promising he can have such treasures in the gave if he brings Abanazar the lamp. Aladdin refuses and ends up trapped in the cave.
  • Song: There's Gotta Be A Way — Backed by the house orchestra, this appears to be pantomimed to the standard album version, although there might be additional instrumentation added.
  • Aladdin finds and tries a magic lamp, bringing forth the Genie of the lamp. The genie agrees to grant Aladdin's wishes and takes Aladdin away. Aladdin apparently takes the treasure from the magic cave as well.
  • Song: Make Ev'ry Day A Carnival Day — Backed by Norrie Paramor's orchestra, this performance is pantomimed to the standard album version.
  • Aladdin and the princess are to be married, but the princess is resistant to the idea. But then she finds out he is the boy who chased her earlier in the show.
  • Song: This Was My Special Day (Reprise) — Performed by as a duet with Vanessa Howard and backed by the house orchestra, this is a completely new recording of the song.
  • Aladdin and the princess are married.
  • Song: I've Said Too Many Things — Backed by Norrie Paramor's orchestra, this performance is pantomimed to the standard album version.
  • Song: Snap, Crackle And How's Your Dad — Performed by The Shadows, this performance is pantomimed to the standard album version.
  • Aladdin talks with the princess about his anxiety over an upcoming luncheon. She calms him and he leaves, leaving the lamp in the care of the princess.
  • Song: Evening Comes — Backed by The Shadows, this performance is pantomimed to the standard album version.
  • Aladdin, having returned from the luncheon, cannot find the princess or the lamp. He finds Abanazar's ring and unwittingly brings for the Genie of the ring, who recommends he use a flying carpet to find the missing princess. Aladdin finds the princess, who has been kidnapped by Abanazar, who has also taken the lamp. The princess warns that Abanazar can paralyze Aladdin, simply by looking at him. Returning to the Genie of the ring, Aladdin asks her to enchant a mirror so that it reflects an evil spell instead of an image. Returning to the princess, the princess calls Abanazar and he threatens to kill Aladdin. Using the magic mirror, Aladdin defeats Abanazar. Aladdin calls the Genie of the lamp and commands that they all be transported back to Peking. Upon their return, they are greeted warmly. Aladdin asks the Genie of the lamp to put a spell on Abanazar to make him likeable, which he does.
  • Song: Everybody Loves Me — Performed by the actor portraying Abanazar, Cliff Richard has no involvement with this song. This is apparently an original performance.
  • Song: Friends (Reprise) — Backed by The Shadows, this is a whole new performance of the song and it is extended, with the entire cast performing it.


Cliff Richard At City Hall
Cliff Richard At City Hall title card
Studio: Tyne Tees Television
Broadcaster: ITV
Running Time: 50 minutes
Rare And Unseen DVDThis particular show was broadcast on Tyne Tees Television. The title refers to the Newcastle City Hall where the programme was recorded and Tyne Tees was the station that broadcast in the north-east of England on the ITV network. It was probably shown on a couple of other regions either on the same day or at a later date, but it is unlikely it was fully networked across the whole country.

The program is a mix of Q&A with Cliff about his faith, Cliff speaking directly to the audience about youth in the church, and performances of Christian songs. Cliff plays a 12-string guitar on several performances.

The recording of this particular show was discovered in the Tyne Tees archive in 2009 when it was being properly catalogued. There was a mention of this in the then current issue of the Record Collector magazine. The show was never repeated on TV and remained unseen until only recently.

Cliff Richard At City Hall
Broadcast Date
Sunday, February 18, 1968
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Cliff Richard At City Hall.
Guest Cast and Support: Northern Counties Confederation Choir (singing), George Kirkbride (choirmaster), Unknown (music), Barry Westwood (interviewer), David Winter (interview)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: Partially available - Slightly edited performances of What A Friend We Have In Jesus and How Great Thou Art and an interview and speech, were butchered into multiple segments and used for the 2009 Rare And Unseen DVD release. The video footage on the DVD was also cropped for a widescreen format, cutting off the top and bottom of the images.

Available Bootleg Material: This full show is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Praise My Soul The King Of HeavenSong: Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven — Performed with the Northern Counties Confederation Choir and church organ only. Cliff is standing in with the choir during the performance and the opening credits for the program are shown.
  • Announcer and interviewer Barry Westwood gives a short resume of Cliff's career up to the time of the show is shown, including a clip from Cliff performing Turn Me Loose on Oh Boy!, a dialog scene from Expresso Bongo, an unidentified 1962 public appearance, a clip of Cliff singing The Young Ones in the film of the same name, Cliff at the New Musical Express poll winner award concert, a clip of Cliff and The Shadows performing Bachelor Boy in the Summer Holiday film, and finally, a clip of Cliff performing It Is No Secret at Billy Graham's Greater London Crusade.
  • Cliff is interviewed about his Christian faith.
  • How Great Thou ArtSong: How Great Thou Art — Performed with the Northern Counties Confederation Choir and church organ only.
  • Cliff takes questions from the audience about his faith.
  • We Shall Be ChangedSong: We Shall Be Changed — This is an acoustic performance with Cliff on guitar.
  • Cliff takes more questions from the audience about his faith.
  • It Is No SecrettSong: It Is No Secret — This is an acoustic performance with Cliff on guitar.
  • Cliff takes still more questions from the audience about his faith.
  • Good NewsSong: Good News — This is an acoustic performance with Cliff a 12-string guitar.
  • Cliff takes still more questions from the audience about his faith.
  • What A Friend We Have In JesusSong: What A Friend We Have In Jesus — Performed with the Northern Counties Confederation Choir and church organ only.
  • Cliff is interviewed about his Christian faith. David Winter joins him for the interview.
  • And Can It BeSong: And Can It Be — Performed with the Northern Counties Confederation Choir and church organ only. Cliff is standing in with the choir during the performance and the closing credits for the program are shown.


Cliff Richard & The Settlers
Live In The Hague
Cliff Richard & The Settlers - Live In The Hague title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
This was one of several gospel concerts that Cliff performed with The Settlers across Europe. This particular concert, at The Hague, Netherlands, was broadcast on local TV. Some details are vague on this broadcast, with information coming from various sources. The Complete Chronicle and Billboard mention the series of concerts, but does not state that and were broadcast on TV. Only fan recollections and a recording made from the TV broadcast are available. The actual title of the program is unclear, so it is assumed only as "Cliff Richard & The Settlers." The tour was called the "Help, Hope & Hallelujah" tour.

Cliff Richard & The Settlers - Live In The Hague
Broadcast Date
Saturday, April 27, 1968
Record Date
Saturday, April 27, 1968
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: The Settlers (music, singing)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: An poor quality audio recording of the TV broadcast is available. However, a recent excellent quality audio recording of the entire concert, apparently prepared for radio broadcast, has recently surfaced. This audio recording shows that several songs were not broadcast on the TV show and the order of the tracks were heavily rearranged. Songs not broadcast include: Tear Down The Walls (The Settlers), Questions (Cliff and The Settlers), Star Of Hope (Cliff and The Settlers), In The Bleak Midwinter (Cliff and The Settlers), Glorious Kingdom (The Settlers), Jesus Met The Woman (The Settlers), On The Other Side (The Settlers), It Is No Secret (Cliff and The Settlers), Can It Be True? (The Settlers), Just A Closer Walk With Thee (Cliff and The Settlers), I'm On My Way To Freedom Land (The Settlers), and Children Go Where I Send Thee (Cliff and The Settlers).


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Surely Goodness And Mercy (with The Settlers) — This features Cliff on lead vocals. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: Good News (with The Settlers) — This features Cliff on lead vocals. Further details are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show as a gospel concert.
  • Song: Nowhere Man — Performed by The Settlers, this has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Reflections — This performance features Cliff only singing and playing an acoustic guitar. The Settlers are not involved in the performance.
  • Song: Sinner Man (with The Settlers) — This features Cliff on lead vocals. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: Blowin' In The Wind — Performed by The Settlers, this has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: When I Lay My Burden Down (with The Settlers) — This features Cliff on lead vocals. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: Rock My Soul / He's Got The Whole World In His Hands (with The Settlers) — This is an audience participation performance, where both Rock My Soul and He's Got The Whole World In His Hands are merged into one song with Cliff and half the audience singing one song while The Settlers and the other half of the audience are simultaneously singing the other.
  • Song: If I Had A Hammer — Performed by The Settlers, this has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Think Again — This performance features Cliff only singing and playing an acoustic guitar. The Settlers are not involved in the performance.
  • Song: Is There An Answer — Performed by The Settlers, this has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Mary What You Gonna Name That Pretty Little Baby (with The Settlers) — This features Cliff on lead vocals. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (with The Settlers) — This features Cliff on lead vocals. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: Give Me Oil In My Lamp (with The Settlers) — This features Cliff on lead vocals. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: Come And Go With Me — Performed by The Settlers, this has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Sing Hallelujah — Performed by The Settlers, this has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: What A Friend We Have In Jesus (with The Settlers) — This features Cliff on lead vocals. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: Very Last Day — Performed by The Settlers, this has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: We Shall Be Changed (with The Settlers) — This features Cliff on lead vocals. Further details are unknown.


After Ten, Fellas... Ten!
After Ten, Fellas... Ten! title card
Studio: Associated-Rediffusion
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: 45 minutes
This Rediffusion TV special was produced in celebration of Cliff and The Shadows' tenth anniversary in show business. The title is an acknowledgement of that in an indirect mannner. It refers to a joke in a song's count-in, announcing that the song will start "after ten", then yelling "ten" to take the others by surprise. The use of "ten" is in reference to this anniversary. The special has no other guests and features Cliff and The Shadows only. Musical backing is by The Shadows and/or a Norrie Paramor orchestra for many songs, although some are mimed to the original studio recordings only.

The program is a mixture of new performances, clips from previous shows, and abridged versions of various songs and performances. There are two parts to the program. The first is a take off on Cliff and The Shadows as old men, looking back on films of their career and talking about how they got started. It's all done tongue in cheek, and footage from several old shows is show, as well as several new skits. The second half is mostly staged song performances with a few comedy skits between. For the live performances heard in the program, the drums are by former Shadows drummer, Tony Meehan, rather than Brian Bennett as Brian was ill.

The full program is available for review. However, curiously the show's title card is never shown on screen. It is only from fan recollections and probably broadcast documentation that the title is derived. Some sources list the title as After Ten Follows... Ten!, but this is thought to be a misnomer.

After Ten Follows... Ten!
Broadcast Date
Tuesday, June 11, 1968
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
After Ten Follows... Ten!.
Guest Cast and Support: The Shadows (music, acting, singing), Norrie Paramor Orchestra (music)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' OnSong: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On — This is archived stage footage of the Cliff and the Shadows performing at the 1964 NME Poll Winners' Party (extracted from a TV show called Big Beat '64). It is an incomplete performance.
  • Footage of Cliff and The Shadows coming off a plane and greeting throngs of fans. The camera pulls back and Cliff, made up as an old man, walks in front of the film, sits and the film.
  • Song: Dance On — As the "old man" Cliff watches, more archived stage footage of The Shadows performing at the 1964 NME Poll Winners' Party is shown. Again, it is an incomplete performance.
  • Cliff introduces The Shadows, also dressed as old men and they come on stage, and they sit. They introduce themselves (as old men) and totally flub it up to comedic effect. Cliff then tells the audience about the origins of rock 'n' roll.
  • Song: Unknown Song — The "old men" watch Another film where The Shadows, dressed as cave men, are performing (miming actually) an unidentified song.
  • Cliff, again as an "old man," then talks about his own start in music.
  • Song: Living Doll — The "old men" watch moving pictures of Cliff, standing in front of the Royal Opera House Convent Garden, who soon join The Shadows in miming a Dixieland version of Living Doll with Cliff on trumpet. The song is actually performed by the Norrie Paramor Orchestra. Near the end, Cliff voices over about how the band needs to try to find a style.
  • Song: Apache — The "old men" watch footage of various people playing different musical styles (African, German polka, church choir, etc.) while the first 35 seconds of the standard single version of Apache is played. This is supposed to represent Cliff and The Shadows trying out different musical styles.
  • Move ItSong: Move It — The "old men" watch unidentified archival footage of of Cliff and The Shadows performing Move It at a sock hop dance. The performance is edited, removing the middle section of the song.
  • Willie And The Hand JiveSong: Willie And The Hand Jive — The "old men" watch unidentified archival footage of of Cliff and The Shadows performing Willie And The Hand Jive at a sock hop dance (the same as for the Move It footage. And like Move It, this performance is edited, removing the middle section of the song.
  • Do You Wanna DanceSong: Do You Wanna Dance — The "old men" watch unidentified archival footage of of Cliff and The Shadows performing Do You Wanna Dance on stage. Oddly, the camera pans across the stage behind the band and we only see them performing from behind. This performance, although appearing to be complete, is a greatly shorted version of the song, ending just after the first chorus.
  • Cliff and Hank are shown as old men again, saying that they needed a really big record.
  • Living DollSong: Living Doll — Cliff and The Shadows are shown in an EMI recording studio miming to the standard studio version of Living Doll. The performance is another edited version, using only the last 55 seconds of the song.
  • Song: Wonderful Land — Picking up where the previous song left off, The Shadows are shown in an EMI recording studio miming to Wonderful Land. The performance is an unknown version, using string and a horn section over the standard single version.
  • Cliff is again shown as old men again, talking about a TV series idea. This leads to the next scene...
  • Song: F.B.I. — Cliff and The Shadows outside doing various comedic silent movie sketches, while the full single version of F.B.I. plays.
  • Cliff as the old man again, suggests that movies are better than TV, so...
  • The Young OnesSong: The Young Ones — The "old men" watch footage of Cliff and The Shadows performing The Young Ones on a sound stage. This is believed to be a new performance, just for this special. The actual performance is a greatly shortened version.
  • Summer HolidaySong: Summer Holiday — Cliff and The Shadows performing Summer Holiday on a sound stage. This is believed to be a new performance, just for this special. The actual performance is a greatly shortened version.
  • Song: Foot Tapper — The Shadows performing Foot Tapper on a sound stage. This is believed to be a new performance, just for this special. The actual performance is a greatly shortened version.
  • Bachelor BoySong: Bachelor Boy — Cliff and The Shadows performing Bachelor Boy on a sound stage. This is believed to be a new performance, just for this special. The actual performance is a greatly shortened version.
  • Song: Guitar Tango — This song is performed by The Shadows only and it has no Cliff involvement. It's performed to a dance routine with various Spanish dressed dancers moving about the stage, pretending to play the song in unison. The Shadows are at the back of the stage, although often they take the spotlight when the dancers move away.
  • Go Where I Send TheeSong: Go Where I Send Thee — Backed by the Norrie Paramor Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while dancing on stage with a large group of dancers.
  • A skit of The Shadows and Cliff comedically trying to write a song, they eventually come up with the beginnings of The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt , which, of course, leads into the next segment.
  • Song: The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt — Performed by The Shadows and having no Cliff involvement, this is a straightforward stage performance.
  • The Day I Met MarieSong: The Day I Met Marie — Mimed to the single studio recording, this is a straight stage performance with Cliff standing alone on stage.
  • Song: Cool Water — Performed by The Shadows and having no Cliff involvement, this features Hank and Bruce playing acoustic guitars close together while singing harmony into a microphone.
  • All My LoveSong: All My Love — Mimed to the single studio recording, this is a straight stage performance with Cliff standing alone on stage.
  • Skit where John and Bruce have a pistol duel on the beach.
  • In The CountrySong: In The Country — Backed by the Norrie Paramor Orchestra and performed with The Shadows and the Paddy Stone Dancers, this is an interesting stage performance. Everyone is in 1920s style vaudeville clothing and the dances and song are performed in 1920s style as well.
  • Cliff talks about what the future holds for Cliff and The Shadows, leaving with a positive, upbeat mood.
  • Song: Living Doll — Cliff and The Shadows are once again miming a Dixiland version of Living Doll as they march down the street (carrying on from the scene earlier in the program). The song is actually performed by the Norrie Paramor Orchestra. They wave goodbye to the camera and the program credits roll over a busy London street as they walk away.


Live At The Talk Of The Town
Live At The Talk Of The Town title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: BBC
Running Time: Unknown
This performance may have been the same as released on the audio only 1970 album of the same name, although the way mono TV and stereo albums were recorded in 1968, they may very well may not be the same performance. If so, then it is known that this concert actually took place on May 30, 1968 but wasn't broadcast until a month later on June 28. It was a BBC broadcast.

The performance was filmed at the London cabaret restaurant called the Talk of the Town, which featured many popular artists at the time. Cliff's performance is backed by The Talk of the Town Orchestra conducted by Norrie Paramor and features The Breakways, a three female backing group that Cliff was using at the time.

Unfortunately, the video is not available for review, therefore all information is from reference books and fan recollections.

Live At The Talk Of The Town
Broadcast Date
Friday, June 28, 1968
Record Date
Thursday, May 30, 1968
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), The Talk Of The Town Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (orchestra conductor)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: Released in audio format only as the Live At The Talk Of The Town album in July 1970, and reissued in 1992 and 2007 on CD. This assumes that the album recording is actually the same as the TV broadcast.

Available Bootleg Material: The TV broadcast is not available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Intro: Congratulations/Shout
  • Song: All My Love
  • Song: Ain't Nothin' But A House Party
  • Cliff introduces The Breakaways and The Talk Of The Town Orchestra.
  • Song: Something Good/If Ever I Would Leave You
  • Song: Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon
  • Song: Hank's Medley: London's Not To Far/The Dreams I Dream/The Day I Met Marie
  • Song: La La La La La
  • Song: A Taste Of Honey — This is not a vocal performance, but is Cliff on guitar only, backed by the Talk of the Town orchestra in some parts.
  • Song: The Lady Came From Baltimore
  • Song: When I'm Sixty - Four
  • Song: What's More (I Don't Need Her)
  • Song: Medley: The Young Ones/Lucky Lips/Living Doll/In The Country
  • Song: Bows And Fanfare (Instrumental) — This performance is by The Talk Of The Town Orchestra only. Cliff has no vocal involvement although he is present and thanks the audience.
  • Song: Congratulations
  • Song: Visions
  • Song: Finale (Congratulations) — This performance is by The Talk Of The Town Orchestra only. Cliff has no vocal involvement. It's basically an instrumental version of Congratulations, although the 1970 labels it as Finale.


Cliff At The Movies
Cliff At The Movies title card
Studio: LWT
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: 50 minutes
This 50 minute program, on the LWT network, featured a theme of Cliff and The Shadows performing various movie related songs as well as their latest singles. It is significant in that it is the last program featuring The Shadows before they disbanded and certainly the last non-concert related Cliff special with them (although individual Shadows would occasionally appear in later programs).

The theme of the program is, of course, movies. The opening has Cliff and The Shadows picking up their dates and heading off to the movie theatre. The meet there, get their tickets and various snacks and sit down to enjoy the show(s). At the end of the special, they leave the theatre, head off to a pub for a drink, then cruise the town. Of course, each of the movies they watch are actually little mini-movies featuring Cliff and The Shadows in little scenarios that allow them to sing a musical number (mostly from a movie). Although there is typically not much connection from number to number, some effort is made to visually link each performance.

Most of the songs are special recordings for this special, although the occasional song (such as Marianne and In The Country) use the original recordings from the single or album. The songs where Cliff and/or The Shadows actually perform the song all appear to be mimed to an earlier recording, although that's not entirely clear because in the performance of Temptation, Cliff's voice wavers as he is pulled across the stage, making it appear to be a live recording.

The actual performance of the music, when not The Shadows, is uncertain as screen credit is never given. Screen credit is given to Mike Sammes Singers for vocal backing and The Paddy Stone Dancers for the dance numbers. Screen credit is also given to Lesley North, Rozeta Ahalyea and "Kim and Karen"; it is assumed that these are some of the featured dancers as the screen credit does not identify their role.

Nearly full program was available for review here, however, apparently the bootleg video commonly available and used for this review is missing a performance of A Matter Of Moments that is performed between Well, Did You Evah! and Marianne. Indeed, with the video available for review, there is a rough cut between these two songs, where this performance was removed.

Cliff At The Movies
Broadcast Date
Saturday, September 21, 1968
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Cliff At The Movies.
Guest Cast and Support: The Shadows (music, singing), Mike Sammes Singers (singing), Unidentified Orchestra (music), The Paddy Stone Dancers (dancing)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available except for the performance of A Matter Of Moments.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: To The Movies — Performed by the Mike Sammes Singers, this song has no Cliff vocal involvement. It is used as an introduction to the show while Cliff and The Shadows act out a set of scenes as they go to the movie theatre. In the scenes, Cliff and The Shadows each independently are seen enjoying various hobbies (bowling, fishing, etc.) when they realize the time, call their female dates, and all bundle into a car to go to the movies. They are seen buying their tickets and snacks and finding their seats as the show begins.
  • Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying MachinesSong: Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines — Backed by an unidentified orchestra, this performance has Cliff singing the song while "piloting" a bi-plane with a female co-pilot behind him. During some scenes, dancers on the wings of the plane (actually a stage set) are also dancing about. The camera flips about, as if Cliff is flying loops and in some scenes, he comedically climbs out of the upside down plane and stands singing (while upside down). At the end of the song, the plane begins to smoke and both Cliff and the female co-pilot bail out, leading into the next song, Don't Forget To Catch Me. This song is taken from the movie Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines Or How I Flew From London To Paris In 25 Hours 11 Minutes. (Yes, really, that's the movie's title.)
  • Don't Forget To Catch MeSong: Don't Forget To Catch Me — Miming the Established 1958 album version, Cliff sings the song to a girl while parachuting to the ground (from the prior scene's plane wreck). There are occasional cuts to The Shadows "performing" the song (complete with guitars) while also parachuting down together. The final scene has the girl saying goodbye and floating away, when Cliff looks to the ground and gasps in surprise, which leads into the next scene. This song was not featured in a movie, but instead is from the just released Established 1958 LP and soon to be single. Curiously, although it is mimed, the intro is actually extended by repeating the instrumental opening, presumably to allow the parachuting scene plenty of time to get started before Cliff has to sing.
  • Cliff lands in American Indian territory, where he is immediately tied to a totem pole. The Shadows, as Indians, tell him that the white man cannot be trusted and threaten him with his life, until Bruce Welch's character sees his medallion that indicates he is a friend of the Indians and puts a feathered headband on him. He then unties Cliff and this leads into the next song, I'm An Indian Too.
  • I'm An Indian TooSong: I'm An Indian Too — Backed by an unidentified orchestra, this is mainly a dance number with several dancers in American Indian clothes dancing about the stage with Cliff in front of a totem pole and two teepees. This song is taken from the 1946 musical, Annie Get Your Gun, which was made into a movie in 1950.
  • Broadway RhythmSong: Broadway Rhythm — Backed by an unidentified orchestra, this is a tap dance performance with Cliff in a tuxedo leading several other dancers in a Broadway style tap dance in front of a stairstep prop. The song ends with the dancers slowly collapsing on stage. The song is taken from the 1944 movie Broadway Rhythm. The song is sometimes mistakenly called Gotta Dance because of the prominent use of that lyric in the song.
  • Song: Happy Birthday/Unknown Song — Performed by the unidentified orchestra, this is an instrumental performance to bridge Broadway Rhythm to Chicago. A large birthday cake is pushed on stage where the overly tired dancers from the previous song get up in surprise. Jumping out of the cake are The Shadows in gangster attire. They all have guitar cases and they carry them to the stair steps and begin to open them. The dancers look on in horror, as if these "gangsters" are about to pull weapons out of the case. In a silent film parody, the scene cuts to placards announcing the end of part one and the beginning of part two.
  • Song: My Kind Of Town — This performance is by The Shadows only. Cliff has no vocal involvement. It's a fun, instrumental version of the song My Kind Of Town, from the 1964 movie, Robin and the 7 Hoods, complete with guitar playing the lead vocal lines, kazoo and cartoonish bulbhorn. This song is often mistakenly called Chicago because of the prominent use of the town's name in the lyrics.
  • I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)Song: I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much) — Backed by an unidentified orchestra, this is a vocal duet with Hank Marvin (mostly him, not Cliff sings) and it is a curious song. The first half of the song is a dance number with Hank in drag, dressed like Carmen Miranda. Halfway through the song, he asks for his gaucho, when Cliff shows up dressed as Groucho Marx (instead of gaucho). The rest of the song, they dance while Hank sings and Cliff delivers Groucho Marx style one liners and occasionally sings along. This song is taken from the 1941 movie, That Night in Rio.
  • Song: Unknown Instrumental — This performance is by the unidentified orchestra only. In Roman stage, actors perform various acts of gluttony and lust while a belly dancer dances about and teases various characters, including The Shadows dressed in Roman garb.
  • TemptationSong: Temptation — Backed by an unidentified orchestra, this performance features Cliff, dressed as a slave, being thrown into the pit of Roman women. He sings the song while being pursued aggressively by the women, but eventually he turns the tables and seduces them himself. The performance ends with Cliff being forced to face Hank Marvin, as the emperor. Hank gives a thumbs up (Cliff should live), but Cliff escapes the grip of those holding him down and turns the thumb downward (he should die). Several big men then lift Cliff and throw him into a hidden pit and a lion's roar is heard. Again, as in silent movies, a placard is displayed announcing the end of part two and the beginning of part three. Although this 1933 song was not originally written for a movie, it was popularized by its use in the 1952 Singin' In The Rain movie. Cliff has previously recorded a version of the song on his 1961 Listen To Cliff! LP.
  • Talk To The AnimalsSong: Talk To The Animals — Backed by an unidentified orchestra, this performance has Cliff swinging Tarzan-like (and wearing only a loincloth) into a set decorated with several stuffed jungle animals. He tells a few jokes, then proceeds to sing the song. The song is taken from the 1967 movie, Doctor Dolittle.
  • Song: The Magical Mrs. Clamps — This performance, by The Shadows only, is (mostly) mimed to the Established 1958 album version. Cliff has no vocal involvement. The Shadows mime to this song from the 1968 Established 1958 album while acting as hillbillies in the yard of an old, decrepit house. Girls flirt with them throughout the song and by the end of they song, they are chasing the girls across a field.
  • Cliff approaches a spooky house and knocks on the door. A strange doorman appears and Cliff announces that he is there for the party. The doorman invites him in, while exhibiting strange and eerie behavior.
  • Song: Unknown Instrumental — Dancers, men in skeleton outfits and the women in witch outfits, dance a macabre waltz in front of a dining table where The Shadows, dresses as various monsters, sit quietly "eating" a meal. At the end of the scene, Cliff is brought in and forced to sit at the table.
  • Well, Did You Evah!Song: Well, Did You Evah! — Backed by an unidentified orchestra, this is a vocal performance by both Cliff and The Shadows. Following on from the previous scene, The Shadows, as various monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, Mummy and a deformed man), throw Cliff onto the table top and they all proceed to sing and dance the song with the witch dressed dancers. Throughout most of the scene, Cliff is clearly afraid and trying to escape and by the scene's end, the does escape through a hidden, moveable wall. This song is taken from the 1939 musical film Du Barry Was a Lady, although it was probably better known at the time for it's use in the 1956 film, High Society.
  • Song: A Matter Of Moments — Details about this performance are unclear at this time.
  • MarianneSong: Marianne — This features slow motion footage of Cliff chasing a blonde girl through a wooded area. He eventually catches and kisses her, then she runs away while Cliff looks on sadly. By the end of the scene, he simply walks away. Cliff does not sing the song on camera and instead, the single version of the song is played only.
  • Happy EndingSong: Happy Ending — Backed by an unidentified orchestra, this performance demonstrates various "happy endings" to movies. In it, Cliff, dressed all in white, dances on a plain stage with a series of actors behind him. He walks off stage in three different scenes to act out scenarios where he saves a girl from The Shadows, dressed all in black, from three classic good/evil scenarios-- saving her from a death tied to railroad tracks, saving her from a death from Indian scalping, and saving her from firing squad. At the end of the song, the girl and The Shadows join Cliff on the main stage and sing and dance the final chorus of the song. This song is currently unidentified and was likely written specifically for this program; the song title of Happy Ending is inferred from its frequent use in the song's lyrics.
  • In The CountrySong: In The Country — Following on from the show's opening, these scenes features Cliff, The Shadows and their dates leaving the movie theatre and going to a pub for a drink. They then leave and are shown driving around the city at night while the show's closing credits flash across the screen. Throughout this, the single/album version of In The Country is played in full.


Cliff In Scotland
Cliff In Scotland title card
Studio: ATV
Broadcaster: ITV
Running Time: 25 minutes
This is Cliff's first TV special in color and the program was designed to take advantage of that. Besides the very colorful sets and costumes, the show starts off in a black and white world as Cliff ventures to Scotland, and changes to color when he enters Scotland. It's also interesting in that there is no spoken parts in the show, but rather all acting is done through miming and dance.

The general theme of the program is quite simple. Cliff wanders over a map of the British Isles with each country clearly marked in big bold letters. As he wanders into the Scotland section of the map, he is transported to a colorful Scottish fantasy world where he is invited to sing and dance with several Scottish people and enjoying several Scottish traditions. In the end, he finds himself magically transported out of the fantasy world and back to the map, where he moves back to the England part of the map and takes a bow to the camera.

The music, as described in the credits, is performed by the rather mysteriously named "The Concert Orchestra" with The Mike Sammes Singers singing the backing vocal parts (and in at least one case, the lead vocal parts). Una Stubbs appears in one skit, with several other featured dancers performing the rest of the cast.

The show was entered in the Montreux Film festival, presumably by Scotland.

There's actually a fair bit of confusion about when and where this special first aired. Most records indicate it aired on November 7, 1969 on Danish TV. The credits state "Color by ATV" and that it's a "Scottish Television Network Colour Production" so why should it first appear on Danish TV. Another source indicates that it's from April 1969 on the ITV network and may have been shown on different days across the UK, but no other information about this date or broadcast network is known. Another source indicates that it was entered into the Montreux Film festival on April 1969, but it was first broadcast on ATV on December 31, 1969. And The Complete Chronicle gives a mysterious date of January 2, 1973! It is likely that it was first broadcast on April 1969 on an unidentified UK station, rebroadcast on November 7, 1969 on Danish TV, possibly rebroadcast on December 31, 1969, and again rebroadcast on January 2, 1973 on an unidentified European station. Until there is clarity, it is assumed that the April 1969 date is the most accurate.

Cliff In Scotland
Broadcast Date
April, 1969
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Cliff In Scotland.
Guest Cast and Support: The Concert Orchestra (music), The Mike Sammes Singers (singing), Una Stubbs (dancing), Louanne Richards (dancing), Jan Golet (dancing), Sheila Coxhill (dancing), Michele Hardy (dancing), Alix Kirsta (dancing), Frances Pidgeon (dancing), Tudor Davies (dancing), Norman Forber (dancing), Robert Isgove (dancing), Rex Rainer (dancing), The Maljons (dancing)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Unknown Instrumental — The song is performed by The Concert Orchestra and has no Cliff Richard vocal involvement, although his acts in it. The opening scene is mostly in black and white. It shows Cliff standing upon a large map of the British Isles and in particular, standing in the southern England area while a rousing English orchestra plays. Each area of the map is marked with large block letters. He dances about and eventually steps foot into the Scotland part of the map, which promptly changes the song being played to a Scottish bagpipe tune. Cliff plays around by moving back and forth between England and Scotland on the map, with the music changing back and forth accordingly. Finally he settles in the Scotland area and finds something interesting in the "O" of Scotland. He picks it up and underneath is a hole. He looks into the hole and sees a colorful group of people in Scottish attire and in a Scottish hall.
  • Hail Caledonia!Song: Hail Caledonia! — Backed by The Concert Orchestra, this scene picks up where the previous left off. The Scottish people invite Cliff from his black and white world into their world by offering him a glass of drink. He accepts and steps into their colorful world. The colorful logo of the program flashes across the screen after Cliff leaves the black and white scene. In the Scottish world, Cliff sings and dances the song with his new Scottish friends.
  • Song: Unknown Instrumental — The song is performed by The Concert Orchestra and has no Cliff Richard vocal involvement, although his dances in it. This is a rather lengthy dance number where the Scottish dancers try to entice Cliff to sing a Scottish song by presenting him with a songbook. He resists and is presented with several other traditional options. Resisting it all, he finally gives in and agrees to sing, at which point, they surround him and his clothes magically change to traditional Scottish garb. Again, all this is done in an elaborate dancing routine.
  • The Skye Boat SongSong: The Skye Boat Song — Backed by The Concert Orchestra, Cliff stands alone on the Scottish decorated stage singing the song while holding the Scottish songbook.
  • Courting In The KitchenSong: Courting In The Kitchen — Backed by The Concert Orchestra, this is an interesting song and dance number of Cliff courting a young Scottish girl. It starts by Cliff, from the previous performance, looking into a picture on the wall of a group of people and surprisingly finding himself in the picture. The camera zooms in and the viewer is taken into the picture to watch Cliff's character chasing the maiden in various kitchen settings. The maiden's father comes home and confronts them, having him taken to jail for taking advantage of his daughter. He gets accused of robbing the house and ends up paying his dues by scrubbing the kitchen floors. The scene ends with the camera pulling back and the outside-the-picture Cliff doing a double take at the picture because he is now gone from it. Note that there is not even an attempt to mime the song, which is simply played over the dancing/acting scene.
  • Song: O Soldier Won't You Marry Me? — Performed by The Concert Orchestra and The Mike Sammes Singers, Cliff has no vocal performance for this song, although he does dance and act in it. This song is again performed while acting out the scene. In it, Cliff wanders through the castle and finds a statue wearing some traditional Scottish military clothes. In a moment of cinematic magic, Cliff and the statue change clothing and Cliff finds himself in the military clothes. Back outside the castle, Cliff (with other soldier dancers), encounter a Scottish lass (played by Una Stubbs) who is taken by Cliff the soldier. As the song progresses, it plays out the song's lyrics of the girl wanting the soldier to marry her, but he refuses because he doesn't have the right accoutrements. As the song progresses, she brings him various clothes and he eventually transforms into a civilian, much to his superior's surprise. He still refuses because he has a wife at home (declared through the song's lyrics). So she then turns her attention to another soldier and begins the process all over again. Back in the castle, Cliff is in his regular clothes again, as if he'd been daydreaming. But when he looks at the statue again, it is now wearing the civilian clothes. Shocked, he walks away.
  • Song: Unknown Instrumental — Performed by The Concert Orchestra and being a bagpipe march only, Cliff has no vocal performance for this song, although he does dance and act in it. It song starts with a bagpipe progressing into an ornate dining room. Cliff is seated at the head of the table and presented with a dish of food. He moves to cut into it, but instead they decide to do a toast first. Not liking the drink, Cliff instead pours it over the food, plants a flower or candle into it, light it and quickly breaks into the next song, Let's Have A Ceilidh.
  • Let's Have A CeilidSong: Let's Have A Ceilid — Backed by The Concert Orchestra, this picks up immediately where the prior song left off. It in the dancers quickly clear the table as the song proper starts and they do an elaborate, rousing, acrobatic dance in the large dining hall set.
  • Bonnie Mary Of ArgyllSong: Bonnie Mary Of Argyll — Backed by The Concert Orchestra, the rousing dance from the previous number slows down and the dancers arrange their bodies in a rather clever arrangement resembling a grand piano. Cliff sits on the "bench" (some dancers' backs), adjusts the "music sheet" (a dancer's hands) and "plays" the opening notes on the "keys" (some dancer's interlocked arms). He then sings the song while moving about the dining room set (with the dancers leaving the scene after he stands and walks away).
  • Scotland The BraveSong: Scotland The Brave — Backed by The Concert Orchestra, this scene picks up when Cliff is offered a glass of drink. All the dancers are back in their clothes from when Cliff first entered the colorful world and they all raise a glass and march toward the camera while singing the song. It's done as a short transition back to the opening scenes. He then backs away from the crowd, moving out of camera range.
  • Song: Unknown Instrumental — The song is performed by The Concert Orchestra and has no Cliff Richard vocal involvement, although his acts in it. The song is the same melody as the opening song, but without the bagpipe Scottish parts. Back in the opening black and white world, a startled Cliff looks at the camera, then back into the "O" of Scotland, and puts the letter back where he found it. He dances his way back to England on the map and takes a bow. This scene whisks away and the credits flash across the screen.


The Cliff Richard Show
The Cliff Richard Show title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC1
Running Time: Unknown
There was a one off BBC show in 1969. Many details are uncertain about this show. It is described in The Complete Chronicle as "May 17, 1969: Cilla Black and Hank Marvin guest on BBC 1's Saturday night Cliff Richard Show." It has been described by some fans as The Cliff Richard Show (with the article "the"), and it is believed that the latter is most correct.

Thankfully audio evidence exists and it presents and interesting picture. This show appears to be an early working version of what would eventually be Cliff's regular 1970s TV series. It features Hank Marvin and Una Stubbs in guest starring roles and sharing many jokes throughout. It also features a special musical guests, Cilla Black and Sheila White, who also contribute some acting and jokes. Further, it features a big musical number. This was the pattern of many of the 1970s TV series, so this may have been an early working version of those shows.

In addition, a cover of the Simon and Garfunkel song, The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) (popularly known as simply Feelin' Groovy) has been popularly available in bootleg circles. So obviously at least part of the audio of the program has survived the BBC wiping policy. However, it does not appear that the full show is available in any format. On this show, Cliff and Cilla Black also duet on the song Passing Strangers. This song has been bootlegged, but it is taken from a March 12, 1968 broadcast of the song on Cilla Black's Cilla show, and not from this Cliff Richard show.


The Cliff Richard Show
Broadcast Date
Saturday, May 17, 1969
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (music), Cilla Black (singing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), Una Stubbs (singing), Sheila White (singing, acting)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: An audio recording only of the entire show exists.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: My Babe — Backing is with the BBC Orchestra, The Breakaways and Hank Marvin. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Congratulations — Backing is with the BBC Orchestra and The Breakaways. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: It's All In The Game — Backing is with the BBC Orchestra and The Breakaways. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show, mentioning his guests and comments that Cilla won't be appearing until later in the show.
  • Song: Goodnight Dick — The song is performed by Hank Marvin and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) (with Hank Marvin) — This song is performed as a duet with Hank Marvin, who also plays guitar. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff and others perform a "Long Lost Lovers" comedy sketch, where Sheila plays the lead female role, Una her lower class servant, and Cliff is the "long lost lover" that has returned. Hank makes an appearance at the end of the sketch.
  • Song: Medley: Something Good/The Minute You're Gone/The Day I Met Marie — Backing is with the BBC Orchestra and The Breakaways. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: What D'You Know, We've Got A Show & Vaudeville Routine (with Hank Marvin, Una Stubbs and Sheila White) — Backing is with the BBC Orchestra and The Breakaways. This is a full version as in the The Young Ones film, but the Vaudeville routine from the middle of the song is a completely different routine with a whole new set of jokes.
  • At this point, Cliff welcomes Cilla back on stage and they share a few jokes.
  • Song: Age Of Aquarius — The song is performed by Cilla Black and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Passing Strangers (with Cilla Black) — Backing is with the BBC Orchestra. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Big Ship — Backing is with the BBC Orchestra and The Breakaways. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Visions — Backing is with the BBC Orchestra and The Breakaways. Further details about this performance are unknown.


Life With Johnny
Life With Johnny title card
Studio: Tyne Tees Television
Broadcaster: ITV
Running Time: 22 minutes
* June 1, 1969
* June 8, 1969
* June 15, 1969
* June 22, 1969
* July 6, 1969
* July 29, 1969
The Life With Johnny series was a six episode series on Tyne Tees Television (a division of ITV) from 1969. Known records indicate that the series ran weekly from June 1 to June 22, then July 6 and July 29. Each episode featured Cliff as Johnny Brown with his friends, played by the male members of The Settlers, in various adventures as young adults of the era. The shows were a sort of stage play musical and episodic television hybrid, because the story would have a clear beginning, middle and end, but it was all done on a stage setting (with obvious stage props) and musical numbers to tell much of the story. Also, in each episode there would be some sort of moral story that Johnny would have to learn, teaching a parable from Jesus.

All songs are performed with The Settlers. The Settlers of the time were John Fyffe (banjo), Mike Jones (guitar), Geoffrey Srodzinski (bass) and Cindy Kent (percussion and occasional lead vocal). In fact, although not all episodes are available for review, it appears that each episode included at least one vocal duet performance with Cliff and Cindy Kent. Episodes also included some guests and regulars, such as Lynda Marchal as Cliff's girlfriend and Michael Hall as the vicar, but they did not have singing parts. All songs in the show are mimed to studio recordings at Abbey Road that had been completed earlier from December 1968 to March 1969.

These studio recordings are fairly well documented, although they do not include the song Chuck A Brick that is heard in the series and the documentation includes two additional songs, Johnny and The Story, that are not identifiable in the series. The latter two may be the two instrumental only songs by The Settlers that are heard but unidentified in the series.

Due to TV politics of the day, the series aired only one time each episode on the smaller stations in the UK that were associated with ITV. It did not get wide distribution. As such, the show caused a financial crisis for Tyne Tees Television.

The opening song for the shows, simply entitled Life With Johnny, used the same filmed footage and audio for all shows, similar to other TV programs of the era.

Apparently there was a worker's strike occurring at Tyne-Tees Television during this period, which may account for the long delay in the airing of the last two episodes in the series.

Life With Johnny
Broadcast Date
Sunday, June 1, 1969
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 — Johnny Up The Creek
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Guest Cast and Support: The Settlers (music, singing), Leslie Dwyer (acting), Johnny Briggs (acting), Michael Hall (acting), Bari Jonson (acting)

Episode Discussion: This episode has Johnny (Cliff) meeting Carol (Cindy Kent) in a pub. He is annoyed by another patron (Leslie Dwyer) who is spouting bigotry and they decide to leave together. Unfortunately, they miss the bus to take her home and they find themselves "up the creek" (a euphemism for being in a difficult situation) trying to figure it out how to get her home now. After trying various options and failing, they are finally offered a ride by a kind, black man.

The lesson here is about racial bigotry and personal responsibility.

In a small role as a policeman is actor Johnny Briggs who went on to fame in the long running ITV series, Coronation Street. Other roles include Michael Hall as the Vicar and Bari Jonson as the unnamed black man.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Life With JohnnySong: Life With Johnny (with The Settlers) — This is the opening song for the show, featuring Cliff and The Settlers alone on stage singing the song.
  • EnglandSong: England (with The Settlers) — This is a very short segment showing various images of racial bigotry in England while stating the "England is for the English" and similar declarations. It's designed to set the stage for the program about racial bigotry.
  • A man in a pub complains about the non-English in England being lazy. Johnny and Cindy, sitting a few tables away, meet and talk. During their conversation, Johnny expresses his annoyance with the complaining man's ignorance. Disgusted, they get up and leave. Outside, Carol says she needs to go home, which is ten miles away. They just miss the bus, don't have enough for a taxi, and Carol's shoe is broken so they can't walk. They consider their options. During all this, Johnny begins falling in love with Carol.
  • Love Is More Than WordsSong: Love Is More Than Words (with The Settlers) — Johnny and Carol sing the song to each other (as a duet) while walking along a raised platform.
  • Johnny and Carol look for assistance from a vicar (possibly played by Michael Hall), but he refuses, saying they should be more responsible. They also ask for help from a policeman (played by Johnny Briggs), but he tells them no.
  • Help!Song: Help! (with The Settlers) — In a staged dance number, Cliff and The Settlers sing the song asking for "help" to get Carol home. This is a cover of the 1965 Beatles song.
  • Johnny and Carol still try to figure out a way out of their problem. And Johnny expressed that he's still bothered by the man's bigoted comments earlier in the pub.
  • No One Seems To CareSong: No One Seems To Care (with The Settlers) — Johnny sings the song to Carol. This is a "falling in love" song where they start off sitting on the park bench, but as Johnny expresses his emotions (through song), he stands and walks about the park while three silhouetted dancers dance behind him. Eventually, he ends up sitting back on the bench and holding her in his arms.
  • Still despondent over their situation, Johnny and Carol sit on a park bench and consider their problem. In a budding romance, they express how they like each other and Carol even starts daydreaming about being married. Eventually, a kind, black man (Bari Jonson) stops and asks them if they need help. They state they need to get her home and he offers his assistance.
  • Compassion RoadSong: Compassion Road (with The Settlers) — The closing number, Cliff and The Settlers sing and dance the song. About halfway through, the closing credits scroll across the bottom of the screen.

Life With Johnny
Broadcast Date
Sunday, June 8, 1969
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
2 — Johnny On The Rocks
Guest Cast and Support: The Settlers (music, singing), Lynda Marchal (acting), William Hartnell (acting), Unknown Others (acting)

Episode Discussion: This episode has Johnny (Cliff) getting into trouble with gambling. He lies to borrow money, then loses the bet and can't pay. In desperation, he steals the money from his father's store (William Hartnell). He gets caught in the lies and the theft, but is eventually forgiven because he is repentant. When he lies again to make yet another bet, his girlfriend Janet (Lynda Marchal) catches him again. Johnny asks forgiveness yet again.

The lesson here is about lying and stealing.

Lynda Marchal reprises her role as Johnny's girlfriend Janet and William Hartnell returns as his father. There are other actors playing Johnny's friends and the bookie, but it is unclear who these actors are.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: An audio recording only is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Life With Johnny (with The Settlers) — This is the opening song for the show, featuring Cliff and The Settlers alone on stage singing the song.
  • Song: He Does It For The Money (with The Settlers) — The lyrics of this song are about how Johnny gambles "for the money". Further details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • Johnny is excitedly watching a racing event on his television with his girlfriend Janet (Lynda Marchal). After the game, he decides he wants to place a bet on more games so he lies to a friend about needing to borrow money for a birthday gift. Janet catches him in the lie.
  • Song: He Does It For The Money (Reprise #1) (with The Settlers) — The lyrics of this song are about how Johnny gambles "for the money". Further details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • Johnny talks on the phone with the bookie and the conversation gets ugly as Johnny has obviously lost the bet. The bookie demands payment by Thursday. He doesn't have the money to pay it and he laments this to Janet, who suggests he get a loan to pay it. Instead, he decides to pawn some of his valuables.
  • Song: He Does It For The Money (Reprise #2) (with The Settlers) — The lyrics of this song are about how Johnny regrets having lost a "sure thing" bet and is now in trouble for it. Further details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • Johnny laments the low cash he got for his pawned items as it's not enough, and Janet suggests he talk to his father (William Hartnell), a shop owner, about it. He asks his father to borrow money, but doesn't tell him what it's for. His father says he can't as he doesn't have the money to spare. Later, the bookie calls up for his money and pressures Johnny again. The bookie threatens to vandalize his father's store. Desperate, Johnny steals the money from the store's cash register.
  • Song: Now I've Done It (with The Settlers) — The lyrics of this song are about how Johnny has made a great error (he's "done it") by stealing from his father's till. Further details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • Johnny's father notices the missing money. Johnny plays coy about it, so his father accuses another boy who was in the shop earlier. Feeling guilty, Johnny finally admits that he was the one who took the money to pay the bookie. His father reproaches him for lying and stealing, claiming that he knew Johnny took it all along. Because Johnny is repentant, he forgives him for these sins.
  • Song: You Held My Hand (with The Settlers) — The lyrics of this song are about how Johnny was scared over the mistakes he had made he he had held his girlfriend's hand (Janet) quite tightly over worry, although now he tries to shake it off as not that big of a deal. Further details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • Janet asks him what he is going to do next time, but he swears there won't be a next time.
  • Song: He Does It For The Money (Reprise #3) (with The Settlers) — The lyrics of this song are about how Johnny has fallen to gambling again, despite the frights he had just experienced. Further details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • Johnny laments being broke, having gambled and lost yet again, despite his earlier comments to Janet. He again tries to borrow money from a friend and things get ugly with Johnny getting belligerent when his friend refuses. Janet chastises Johnny for getting himself back into the same predicament, especially after his father forgave the first error.
  • Song: Forgive Me (with The Settlers) — The lyrics of this song are about how Johnny asks forgiveness for his sins. Further details about this performance are unknown at this time.

Life With Johnny
Broadcast Date
Sunday, June 15, 1969
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
3 — Johnny Come Home
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Guest Cast and Support: The Settlers (music, singing), Una Stubbs (acting), William Hartnell (acting), Lynda Marchal (acting)

Episode Discussion: This episode has Johnny (Cliff) deciding that he's tired of his dull life and he wants to move to the London, against the advice of his father (William Hartnell) and friends. There, he meets a Michelle (Una Stubbs) who takes advantage of him and eventually uses up all his money. Despondent and admitting his error in judgment, Johnny goes home, having learned a lesson.

The lesson here is about how life is not always easy and even when things may look impossible, they can work out.

Guest stars include Una Stubbs (who was a cast member in Summer Holiday and Wonderful Life) as Michelle in what appears to be her first ever appearance in a Cliff Richard series. She would go on to be a regular on several of his 1970s series. Also of interest is that Johnny's father is played by William Hartnell, who was best remembered for playing the first Doctor Who on the BBC a few years earlier. Another guest is Lynda Marchal as Janet, as his girlfriend.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Life With JohnnySong: Life With Johnny (with The Settlers) — This is the opening song for the show, featuring Cliff and The Settlers alone on stage singing the song.
  • Johnny arrives a pub with his friends (The Settlers) and talks about how he wants to get out of there small town and go to London, much to his friends' surprise.
  • Small WorldSong: Small World (with The Settlers) — Johnny, sitting in the pub with his friends, sings the sentiment about wanting to get away from the "small world" he lives in.
  • Johnny continues his discussion with his jealous friends. They ask how his girlfriend, Janet, and father will react, but he confidently brushes this aside, saying that an old friend, Michelle, lives there in London now and is doing very well for herself. He leaves to tell his father of his plans. He then tells his father (William Hartnell), expecting him to be upset, but his father accepts Johnny's decision in a matter-of-fact manner and goes to get the money, 200 pounds, that he has been saving him for him. With his father gone, Johnny calls Michelle (Una Stubbs), his friend in London and tells her of his plans. She seems indifferent, but when she finds out about his money, she greedily invites him to see her. She obviously has plans to spend his money.
  • Turn It Into CashSong: Turn It Into Cash (with The Settlers) — Johnny sings the song while transitioning to London. The opening scene has him gathering his bank book from the store. He then packs his suitcase and goes to the bank to withdraw his money as cash. He then walks out and travels to London.
  • Johnny meets Michelle, talking of his plans in London. She confirms he has the cash and proceeds to entice him into a party atmosphere.
  • Song: Unknown Instrumental — This is an instrumental performance only by (supposedly) The Settlers. It shows Johnny, Michelle and two other girls dancing, partying, and greedily spending Johnny's cash. Near the end of the song, Michelle jealously brushes off the other girls because she wants Johnny (and his cash) to herself. This song may be either of two songs known to have been recorded for the series but unidentified in the series: Johnny and The Story.
  • This Is My Kind Of LifeSong: This Is My Kind Of Life (with The Settlers) — Johnny and Michelle (lip-synching Cindy Kent's parts) sit at a table and sing to each other about how they love each other. At the end of the scene, they leave the restaurant as it is closing up.
  • Johnny speaks with Janet (Lynda Marchal) on the phone and it's clear that he is greatly missed back home, but Johnny is too caught up in his own events to really notice. This scene transitions to one where Johnny talks to Michelle about needing a job because he's now broke. She carelessly brushes him off as no longer any fun, so he decides to leave. This scene transitions to another scene of a conversation with Janet, where Johnny is afraid of what his father will think, but Janet convinces him that he needs to come home.
  • I Will Arise And GoSong: I Will Arise And Go (with The Settlers) — Johnny and Michelle (lip-synching Cindy Kent's parts) sit at a table and sing to each other about how they love each other. At the end of the scene, they leave the restaurant as it is closing up.
  • Johnny speaks with Janet (Lynda Marchal) on the phone and it's clear that he is greatly missed back home, but Johnny is too caught up in his own events to really notice. This scene transitions to one where Johnny talks to Michelle about needing a job because he's now broke. She carelessly brushes him off as no longer any fun, so he decides to leave. This scene transitions to another scene of a conversation with Janet, where Johnny is afraid of what his father will think, but Janet convinces him that he needs to come home.
  • CelebrateSong: Celebrate (with The Settlers) — Johnny (Cliff) and The Settlers return to the raised dias and sing the song. Near the end, the closing credits scroll across the screen.

Life With Johnny
Broadcast Date
Sunday, June 22, 1969
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
4 — Johnny Faces Facts
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Guest Cast and Support: The Settlers (music, singing, acting), Lynda Marchal (acting), Michael Hall (acting), John Warner (acting)

Episode Discussion: This episode has Johnny (Cliff) complaining about the commentators on television talking about how to solve various problems, accusing them of being hypocritical. His girlfriend, Janet (Lynda Marchal) chides him for complaining, but doing nothing about it. Eventually he does decide to confront them and he learns that he really hasn't been listening and things aren't how he imagined them to be. The ending is a rather overt Christian message about God in our lives.

The lesson here is that things aren't as simple as the youth seem to think it is and they should really try to listen to the authorities; and although it may not always be overt, God it part of our daily lives and He is always trying to guide us.

Guest stars include Lynda Marchal as his girlfriend Janet in a recurrent role. Michael Hall also plays the vicar, another recurrent role. And John Warner as the commentator on the television.

Records indicate this particular episode first aired on June 22, 1969.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Life With JohnnySong: Life With Johnny (with The Settlers) — This is the opening song for the show, featuring Cliff and The Settlers alone on stage singing the song.
  • The Fellow Next To MeSong: The Fellow Next To Me (with The Settlers) — Johnny and his friends (Cliff and The Settlers) sing the song while the camera films them from the chest up in various artistic poses.
  • Johnny and his friends (The Settlers and Lynda Marchal) are watching a commentator on TV talking about what is wrong with the country. While he is speaking, they complain that he's a stuffy, rich man and eventually they switch off the set. The boys are complaining that the man, who must be a rich aristocrat, has no right to tell them what to do; Janet (Lynda Marchal) is arguing against this, insisting they are making a lot of assumptions and the man may be right. By the end of the discussion, she has inadvertently convinced them to go find the man and tell him what they think of his opinions.
  • Chuck A BrickSong: Chuck A Brick (with The Settlers) — Johnny and his friends dance and sing on a city street as protesters against the establishment. They sing about how they shouldn't discuss their problems with the authorities, but should just "chuck a brick" at them to express their dissatisfaction. The last scene has them imitating chucking bricks at an off camera target and it ends with the sound of breaking glass and them all skulking away.
  • Johnny and his friends are in the pub waiting for Janet to arrive. She is late so his friends are teasing him and he begins to feel uncomfortable and leaves. He meets Janet outside and scolds her for being late. She pushes back saying that he is often late himself. This leads into the song Don't Blame Me.
  • Don't Blame MeSong: Don't Blame Me (with The Settlers) — Johnny sings to Janet his apology for being late in the past. She appears resistant to his charms, as he tries to get near her on the park benches and she runs from bench to bench to (teasingly) get away from him.
  • Johnny and Janet sit at home watching television. They see a vicar talking about lonely people and turning to God, but Johnny again complains that he's a hypocrite and switches off the set. Like before, Janet chides him for not being open minded and not doing anything about it but complaining. He is sensitive to her words, feeling unsure, and she expresses her concern for him.
  • Johnny Wake Up To RealitySong: Johnny Wake Up To Reality (with The Settlers) — On a darkened stage, with The Settlers silhouetted behind him, Johnny sings the song. He also occasionally faces and sings to a double, as if Johnny is singing to himself to "wake up to reality."
  • Johnny meets with the vicar from the television, just as Janet suggested, and confronts him with his opinions. The vicar gently tells Johnny that he missed the end of the program where he suggested the others help those who are lonely. Embarrassed and admitting that he missed the end of the program, Johnny backs down. The vicar kindly invites him for tea and Johnny accepts.
  • Where Is That ManSong: Where Is That Man (with The Settlers) — This song is sung as a duet with Cindy Kent on a darkened stage. There is a silhouetted cross in the middle of the stage while Cindy stands on a small platform to the left of the cross and Cliff, singing and playing guitar (actually miming) on the right of the cross.
  • The programs credits roll silently, unlike other programs where music is typically performed during the credits.

Life With Johnny
Broadcast Date
Sunday, July 6, 1969
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
5 — Johnny In A Blind Rage
Guest Cast and Support: The Settlers (music, singing), Lynda Marchal (acting), Unknown Others (acting)

Episode Discussion: This episode has Johnny (Cliff) and Janet (Lynda) encountering Mr. Carpenter, a blind man who has a seeing eye dog and getting kind words from him when Johnny is feeling down about life. Later, he discovers that the man is going to be forced to move from his apartment because the landlord has changed the rules and will not let him keep his dog in the apartment. Feeling upset over this, Johnny confronts the landlord and shames him into letting the man stay with his dog, for which the man is quite grateful.

The lesson here is about looking at life positively and helping others.

Lynda Marchal reprises her role as Johnny's girlfriend Janet. There are other actors playing Mr. Carpenter and the landlord, but it is unclear who these actors are at this time.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: An audio recording only is available, however the last half of Nowhere Man is missing.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Life With Johnny (with The Settlers) — This is the opening song for the show, featuring Cliff and The Settlers alone on stage singing the song.
  • Song: Nowhere Man (with The Settlers) — Details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • Johnny is agitated and feels that "the world is going on without them" and laments this to Janet (Lynda Marchal). Janet tries to comfort him.
  • Song: Happy World (with The Settlers) — The lyrics of this song are about how Johnny is not happy in this "happy world". Further details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • In the park, Johnny and Janet encounter a blind man (who later in the show identifies himself as Mr. Carpenter). He states he has a seeing eye dog, although the dog is not with him that day. The man talks to them about how he gets along in life and takes a positive outlook; he tells them that if they keep their eyes and ears open, they can do almost anything.
  • Song: Seeing Is Believing (with The Settlers) — The lyrics of this song are about how beautiful things are all around if only one keeps their eyes open to it. There is a Christian message about all the things that God has created. Further details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • Janet talks to Johnny about love, saying wishes he would say he loves her.
  • Song: Till Winter Follows Spring (with The Settlers) — The lyrics of this song are about how Johnny will love Janet until "winter follows spring" which is an impossible state (which is reminscent of the lyrics to The Twelfth Of Never. Further details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • Johnny and Janet make simple plans together, showing that their love is growing. Later, Johnny encounters Mr. Carpenter again. They talk about him having to move because the landlord made a new rule about no pets and he needs his dog. Johnny is outraged, but the blind man tells him not to worry. Later, Johnny confronts the landlord. The landlord says they cannot make exceptions. Johnny then asks to use the phone and he calls the local news in front of the landlord, implying that the landlord will get bad press for what he is doing. Later, Johnny and Janet meet the blind man and the thanks them for helping as apparently the landlord has reconsidered the new policy.
  • Song: Is There An Answer (with The Settlers) — Details about this performance are unknown at this time.

Life With Johnny
Broadcast Date
Tuesday, July 29, 1969
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
6 — Johnny In Love
Guest Cast and Support: The Settlers (music, singing), Lynda Marchal (acting), Cindy Kent (acting), Una Stubbs (acting)

Episode Discussion: This episode has Johnny (Cliff) taking a job that requires a great deal of travel. He reluctantly leaves Janet (Lynda Marchal) behind and travels to London. There he encounters Carol (Cindy Kent) and begins dating her. When she breaks up wiht him, he turns to Michelle (Una Stubbs) for sympathy, but she teases him about it instead. Frustrated, Johnny returns home. There, he realizes that he loves Janet and wants to be with her, so he quits his job.

The lesson here is about... it's not really clear there is one other than following your heart.

Lynda Marchal and Cindy Kent reprise their roles as Johnny's girlfriends Janet and Carol respectively. Una Stubbs also reprises her role as Michelle, his mischievous friend in London.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: An audio recording only is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Life With Johnny (with The Settlers) — This is the opening song for the show, featuring Cliff and The Settlers alone on stage singing the song.
  • Johnny is on a job interview for a company that will have him do a lot of travelling. When questioned on whether he can handle the travelling, Johnny states that he feels restless and stuck where he's at, so he look forward to getting out and seeing the world; however, he does so with a bit of reticence in his tone. The interviewer also brings up the fact that Johnny is not married, which in his mind is good because it means he won't mind the travel. Johnny states that he's not thinking of getting married any time soon, but again there is reticence in his tone. Later, Johnny meets with Janet who gives him encouragement about getting the job. All the same, they both seem somewhat melancholy about it and they say they will miss each other.
  • Song: Unknown Instrumental (by The Settlers) — This song is by The Settlers only. Cliff had no vocal performance on this song. Further details about this performance are unknown at this time. The song appears to have been played while Johnny was "travelling" for his job. This song may be either of two songs known to have been recorded for the series but unidentified in the series: Johnny and The Story.
  • Having travelled, Johnny is in London and encounters Michelle (Una Stubbs) and she encourages him to stay and have a good time, but Johnny begs off and leaves. Later, Johnny is on the phone with Carol (Cindy Kent), whom he mistakes for Janet, because he's obviously missing her. They make plans for a date.
  • Song: The Carnival's Just For Me (with The Settlers) — Details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • Johnny and Carol are on their date and Carol daydreams about what life will be like when she's married.
  • Song: That's What Love Is (with The Settlers) — Details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • On yet another date, Carol complains that life is becoming a bore. She leaves Johnny for good. Johnny meets Michelle again and talks about Carol leaving him. She teases him and feeling lonely, he asks her for a date. She turns him down. Later, Johnny is back home talking with Janet and lamenting his new job. When questioned by Janet about it, Johnny cannot take Janet with him, but loves her very much and is willing to give up the new job for his love to Janet, which in turn shows Janet he is for real. Johnny and Janet express their love for each other.
  • Cliff speaks directly to the audience, not as Johnny, but as himself. He talks about the love of Christ and asks "can it be true?"
  • Song: Can It Be True? (with The Settlers) — Details about this performance are unknown at this time.
  • Song: Life With Johnny - Close (with The Settlers) — Details about this performance are unknown at this time. It's the same as the opening number, only longer.


It's Cliff Richard
It's Cliff Richard (1970) title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC1
Running Time: 30 minutes
* January 3, 1970
* January 10, 1970
* January 17, 1970
* January 24, 1970
* January 31, 1970
* February 7, 1970
* February 14, 1970
* February 21, 1970
* February 28, 1970
* March 7, 1970
* March 14, 1970
* March 21, 1970
* March 28, 1970
The opening series of the 1970s was to be the format of several Cliff Richard TV series of the 1970s. These series were of a musical variety show format, typically running half an hour each. The series would featuring one or more recurring guests, special guests and several recurring comedy skits. In addition, the shows would feature an opening theme song used at each show (and for a while, a closing song as well).

Recurring guests for the 1970s series were Hank Marvin and Una Stubbs. Both Hank and Una would feature in the song performances (Hank on guitar and Una dancing) and comedy skits. And on some occasions, Hank would perform his own song or Una would dance to a song played by Hank or the BBC Orchestra. In addition, Cliff's backing vocal group, The Breakaways, would feature in all episodes. The BBC Orchestra would supply most of the shows music, with Norrie Paramor leading the orchestra each week. Also featured each week were a dozen teenage girl dancers from the Corona Stage School under the direction of choreographer Nita Howard.

In addition, the show served as a tool to display all songs for England's entry in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest, with Mary Hopkin performing a different song each week from January 24 to February 28, then all of them back-to-back in a special show on March 7. The nation was allowed to vote on the song and on the March 11 episode, entertainer Billy Cotton announced the winner of Knock, Knock Who's There?.

In a recurring comedy sketch that poked fun at the Eurovision Song Contest, Hank Marvin performed a song each week during this period which he called the Hankovision song. Each song was done in a comedic style, not meant to be taken seriously with such titles as Moustaches I Doodle, Frozen Foods, M.A.R.V.I.N., My Grandfather's Clock, The Peasant's Lament and The Hooter Song. Eventually the votes were tallied (it's unclear who exactly voted in this, although on screen they credit viewer write-in votes) and a winner announced for this faux contest.

Another running gag on the show was Una Stubbs continual pining for Cliff's affections. Yet each week, she would lose out to the show's female guests, gaining the audience's sympathies for her unrequited love.

The opening song for each show was a shortened, 30 second version of the Cliff and Hank Marvin duet, The Joy Of Living. The song would be played live with footage of Cliff driving across the beach in a dune buggy while the show's opening credits played across the screen. Eventually it would fade to the studio where Cliff was performing the song and Cliff would end the song to start the show. The beach scenes from this opening sequence were filmed at Saunton Sands on the North Devon coast in England.

The closing song, apparently by popular demand, was Cliff's 1966 hit, Visions. This song was used as the closing number in all but four of the episodes in the series. The story goes that the song was not intended to be a traditional closing song, but it became so popular and was by public demand that it was elected for the role and the studio got phone calls on the shows in which it was not used.

All episodes were pre-recorded in color before a live audience at BBC's Wood Green Theatre. It was produced by Michael Hurll, a man who has had a long history in British television.

The series has never been commercially released. In fact, all evidence indicates that the entire series has been wiped from the BBC archives except for one episode from January 31, 1970. Off air audio recordings by fans might exist, but that remains unconfirmed at this time.

One of the comedy writers for the show was Butlins Redcoat Stan Edwards, known to be a fan of Cliff in the very early days and is responsible for some of the very early live recordings of Cliff and The Drifters.

Special thanks to Paul Rumbol who did an excellent and extensive write-up for this series on Williams Cliff Chart Site.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 3, 1970
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Cheryl Kennedy (acting), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing)

Episode Discussion: This is the first in the 1970 series, the first featuring Visions as the closing song. It does not feature any of the Mary Hopkin Eurovision Song Contest performances or Hankovision songs that would appear later in the series. Cheryl Kennedy made the first of three appearances on this show with others on January 24 and February 21.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: An audio recording only is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the song chorus only, used only over the show's opening credits and ending with Cliff on stage. stage.
  • Song: Shout — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is a straight stage performance. Partway through the song, Cliff stops singing while the music continues and announces the show's guests.
  • Song: With The Eyes Of A Child — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is a straight stage performance.
  • The show is officially introduced by Cliff, followed by various introductions to the guest stars, Hank, Una and Cheryl Kennedy, using jokes for each of them by way of introduction. This makes fun of Cliff's name, Una's marriage and Cheryl's antique collection.
  • Song: Chelsea Boot — Performed by Hank Marvin and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement. It features dancing by Una Stubbs and the shows dancers.
  • Cliff, Cheryl Kennedy, Hank and Una perform a comedy play described as "Rose-Marie" which is based on the 1920's Broadway musical (although the skit here is non-musical). Cheryl plays the title role with Hank playing her brother, Una her "woman" and Cliff as the Canadian Mountie searching for Hank's character for a series of crimes he's committed.
  • Song: Throw Down A Line (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Cliff, Cheryl Kennedy, Hank and Una perform a series of short comedy medical sketches, where they play various doctors, nurses and patients to deliver the jokes.
  • Song: Oh Happy Day — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Song: Go Where I Send Thee — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Cliff mentions that this is the first episode of the series and thanks the audience for watching as well as the show's guest stars.
  • Song: Visions — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is a straight stage performance.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 10, 1970
Record Date
Thursday, January 8, 1970
Series Episode #
2
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Daliah Lavi (singing, acting), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing)

Episode Discussion: This episode is the second in the series and continues with the ending song of Visions. Guest star was Daliah Lavi, an Israeli actress and singer who is probably best known for her role in the 1967 satirical James Bond film, Casino Royale. This was her first appearance on the series as she would again be the special guest on the February 14th episode as well.

The big number to end the show was a 1960s musical number dubbed "The Super Sixties".

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: An audio recording only is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the song chorus only, used only over the show's opening credits and ending with Cliff on stage.
  • Song: Good Times — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Twist And Shout — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • The show is officially introduced by Cliff, followed by various comedy sketches with Cliff, Hank and Una where they present things that they think should get awards, then offer a punchline about someone winning the award.
  • Song: Love's Song — Performed by Daliah Lavi and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff, Daliah Lavi, Hank and Una perform a comedy play described as "Mata Hari" with Daliah playing the title character and the others playing a cast of spies playing espionage roles.
  • Song: This Guy's In Love With You — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the Hal David/Burt Bacharach song. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • There are comedy sketches where Cliff reminisces about the 1960s, offering a "potted history" through his experiences.
  • Song: The Super Sixties (with Hank Marvin, Una Stubbs and Daliah Lavi) — This is a song and dance medley featuring various guests singing various songs from the 1960s while dancers dance. It's a medley, bookended by an original "Super Sixties" song, with the middle part including Hank singing Tiptoe Through The Tulips; Una singing Those Were The Days and Cliff and Daliah Lavi singing Goodness Gracious Me.
  • Cliff thanks the audience for watching as well as the show's guest stars.
  • Song: Visions — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 17, 1970
Record Date
Thursday, January 15, 1970
Series Episode #
3
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Judith Durham (singing, acting), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing)

Episode Discussion: This is the third in the series and continues with the ending song of Visions. Guest star was Judith Durham, former lead singer of The Seekers.

This episode also marked the first entry in Hank Marvin's Hankovision song contest.

The big number to end the show was a tribute to musicals, including Thank Heaven For Little Girls and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: An audio recording only is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the song chorus only, used only over the show's opening credits and ending with Cliff on stage. stage.
  • Song: One Fine Day — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Words — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this song is a Bee Gees song that was originally written for Cliff in 1968, but he rejected it. It's unclear if Cliff was aware of this fact in 1970 when he performed this song on this show.
  • Cliff attempts to officially introduce the show, but doesn't get very far before being interrupted by Hank.
  • Song: Moustaches I Doodle — By Hank Marvin, with comedic interaction with Cliff, this is the first performance of the "Hankovision" song, played as a parody of the Eurovision Song Contest. It is only played for laughs and several jokes and bits of dialog were also involved. It is not described as a "Hankovision" song at this point, but rather a song that Hank has written for the Eurovision contest.
  • Song: Maggie's Samba — Performed by Hank Marvin and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement. Una and the show's dancers dance during the song.
  • Cliff, Hank, Una and guest Judith Durham perform various comedy sketches, first telling several jokes about Australian terms and their misunderstanding to English audience, then about "favorite holidays" they have been on.
  • Song: The Light Is Dark Enough — Performed by Judith Durham and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff and Hank perform various comedy sketches described as "Cliff's Favourite Films" with Cliff naming a film and Hank acting out a scene from him.
  • Cliff, Judith Durham, Hank and Una perform a comedy play described as "Ned Kelly" which is a reference to the Australian outlaw. Hank plays the title character, Una plays Ned's relative (sister?), Judith play's a kidnapped woman and Cliff plays a character named Fortescue who is a lawman searching for Ned Kelly.
  • Song: Soul Deep — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this song is a cover of the 1969 Box Tops song.
  • Song: Tribute To Musicals (with Hank Marvin, Una Stubbs and Judith Durham) — This is a song and dance medley featuring various guests singing various songs from movie musicals while dancers dance. It's a medley, starting with an original melody in which Cliff and others sing lyrics that are names of various movie musicals. Following this Hank Marvin and Judith Durham sing a portion of Anything You Can Do from the 1964 film Annie Get Your Gun, followed by Cliff, in a French Maurice Chevaliar accent, singing Thank Heaven For Little Girls from the 1958 film Gigi. The original song with the movie musical lyrics is continued and Cliff sings the line "The Young Ones-- Hey, that's me!". The big closing number is sung by all four and is the song Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from the 1964 film Mary Poppins.
  • Cliff thanks the audience for watching as well as the show's guest stars.
  • Song: Visions — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 24, 1970
Record Date
Thursday, January 22, 1970
Series Episode #
4
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Cheryl Kennedy (acting), Mary Hopkin (singing), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing)

Episode Discussion: This particular episode features the first of Mary Hopkin's Eurovision Song Contest performances, when she performs Three Ships. Cheryl Kennedy made the second of three appearances on this show with others on January 3 and February 21.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: An audio recording only is available, excluding the Mary Hopkin performance of Three Ships.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the song chorus only, used only over the show's opening credits and ending with Cliff on stage.
  • Song: With The Eyes Of A Child — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Hitchin' A Ride — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • The show is officially introduced by Cliff, followed by Cliff announcing that Mary Hopkin will be performing for the Eurovision Song Contest later and he says 'hello' in multiple languages as a result. This is followed by a series of sketches and jokes about phone calls with Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Song: Curly Headed Red Rooster — Sung by Una Stubbs, this song is backed by the BBC Orchestra. It is a dance number for Una and the show's other unidentified dancers.
  • Cliff and Hank perform a setup for later in the program. Cliff says that they will perform a skit about the Foreign Legion and cliff will play the role of the dashing character, The Sheik. Hank objects, saying he want to play the dashing role, so they agree they will both play The Sheik and see who is better. but first a couple of songs.
  • Song: The Lady Came From Baltimore — This performance is Cliff alone on acoustic guitar.
  • Song: Wake Up Little Susie (with Hank Marvin) — Performed as a duet with Hank Marvin, with the BBC Orchestra providing the backing.
  • Cliff, Cheryl Kennedy, Hank and Una perform "The Sheik" sketch. First Hank and Cheryl perform "The Sheik, Part 1" with Hank taking the role of The Sheik. Although Cheryl's Foreign Legion character is somewhat flirty, Hank is woefully ignorant and crass and fails to woo her. Next Cliff shows up with Una and they perform "The Sheik, Part 2" with Cliff acting suave and cloyingly sweet to Una. However, things turn around as Una is all too eager for his attentions and Cliff begins to balk.
  • Song: Frozen Foods — By Hank Marvin, with comedic interaction by Cliff, this is the second performance of the "Hankovision" song, played as a parody of the Eurovision Song Contest. It is only played for laughs and there are several jokes delivered throughout the performance.
  • Cliff introduces Mary Hopkin as performing the first song for the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest selection.
  • Song: Three Ships — This is the first of six songs that Mary Hopkin performed on this series for the UK entry in the Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #3 in the voting. The backing is by the BBC Orchestra and it has no Cliff involvement. This song is missing from existing bootleg material.
  • Song: Holiday Time (with Hank Marvin, una Stubbs and Cheryl Kennedy) — This song, with the BBC Orchestra backing, is a song and dance medley performance. All songs are original songs about being on holiday in various locals around the world, with each having a theme, such as Una singing in a thick German accent about visiting Germany.
  • Cliff thanks the audience for watching as well as the show's guest stars.
  • Song: Visions — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is a straight stage performance. As heard on the bootleg, the performance is incomplete as the BBC announcer interrupts to make an announcement.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 31, 1970
Record Date
Thursday, January 29, 1970
Series Episode #
5
SEE IT ON
It's Cliff Richard.
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), The Shadows (music), Mary Hopkin (singing), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing)

Episode Discussion: The Shadows would feature in this episodes, although it should be noted that at this time, The Shadows were going through a bit of an identity crisis as Bruce Welch was not involved. Instead, The Shadows were Hank Marvin, John Rostill, Brian Bennett and Alan Hawkshaw.

Mary Hopkin performed the second song for the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, performing Early In The Morning Of Your Life written by Ray Cameron and Alan Hawkshaw, the latter whom was performing on stage in this show as a member of The Shadows.

This is the only known show to have survived the BBC tape wiping policy of the 1970s, although all available bootleg material is missing the last few moments of the show, cutting off during the performance of Jailhouse Rock in the rock 'n' roll medley. It is speculated that this particular episode survives due to the special nature of it featuring The Shadows.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This episode survives in bootleg form, although it cuts off near the end, during the performance of Jailhouse Rock so even this show is not complete.


Performance Detail:
  • The Joy Of LivingSong: The Joy Of Living — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the song chorus only, used only over the show's opening credits and ending with Cliff on stage.
  • Move ItSong: Move It — Backed by The Shadows, this performance features the band on stage with Cliff out front singing the song. Later in the song, the Corona Stage Academy dancers come on stage and dance to the song.
  • Cliff introduces the show and Cliff, Una and Hank perform various comedy skits about the cast's various favorite teams, such as Lone Ranger and Tonto, Henry the VIII and Ann Boleyn, and more.
  • Song: Wonderful Land — Performed by The Shadows and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this has no Cliff involvement. It is a straight stage performance by the band.
  • Cliff talks about "pet hates" while he, along with Una and Hank, make jokes and perform various skits about them. The bit ends with a barber skit with Hank playing the role of a talkative barber and Cliff as his customer.
  • Hey GirlSong: Hey Girl — Backed by the BBC Orchestra, this performance starts off with Cliff singing the song alone on stage. Shortly into the performance, it changes to footage of Cliff alone rowing a small boat around a lake for the rest of the song.
  • Cliff and Una discuss various dancing styles, with Una demonstrating several crazy and animated styles.
  • Song: Foot Tapper — Performed by The Shadows only, Cliff does not sing on this song. The Shadows do not feature on stage singing the song; instead the Corona Stage Academy dancers featured in the first half of the song, and in the second half they are joined by Cliff and Una dancing with them.
  • Song: Hankovision Song #3 — Performed by Hank and Una, this short comedy bit feature Hank on guitar while both Hank and Una sing a love song ditty in a manner that irritates Cliff.
  • Song: Early In The Morning Of Your Life — This is the second of six songs that Mary Hopkin performed on this series for the UK entry in the Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #6 in the voting. The backing is by the BBC Orchestra and it has no Cliff involvement.
  • There is another short skit where Cliff once again rejects Una's affections.
  • Rock 'n' Roll MedleySong: Rock 'n' Roll Medley: The Girl Can't Help It/Great Balls of Fire/Lucille/Jailhouse Rock/Rock 'n' Roll Music/Do You Wanna Dance — Backed by The Shadows, this performance features the band on stage with Cliff out front singing the song. Later in the song, the Corona Stage Academy dancers come on stage and dance to the song. The bootleg source of this performance cuts out the last part of the performance during Jailhouse Rock. Also, Cliff later performed this medley with a short excerpt of Good Old Rock 'n' Roll (the Cat Mother and The All Night Newsboys song) just before the Rock And Roll Music excerpt (the Chuck Berry song). He probably also included the Good Old Rock 'n' Roll portion here, but that remains unconfirmed.
  • Song: Do You Wanna Dance (Reprise) — Following a brief farewell to the audience, this performance, backed by The Shadows, closes the show. Further details are uncertain at this time.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 7, 1970
Record Date
Thursday, February 5, 1970
Series Episode #
6
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), John Rowles (singing, acting), Mary Hopkin (singing), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing)

Episode Discussion: This particular episode features the third of Mary Hopkin's Eurovision Song Contest performances, when she performs I'm Gonna Fall in Love Again.

The closing song for this show was the Cliff and Hank single The Joy Of Living as it was their newest single, which was released on February 6 of 1970. The song would go on to peak at #25 on the UK singles chart.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This episode is not available in any format


Performance Detail:
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the song chorus only, used only over the show's opening credits and ending with Cliff on stage.
  • Song: Tracy/Sugar, Sugar — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown. Both songs, performed as a medley, were a tribute to the 1969 bubblegum pop. Both songs were 1969 UK chart hits sung by Ron Dante in The Cuff Links (Tracy) and The Archies (Sugar, Sugar).
  • Song: The Minute You're Gone — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff begins to introduce the show, mentioning guest John Rowles as a great actor when Hank interrupts thinking that Cliff is talking about him. After a few jokes, Hank goes to great lengths to introduce his new song for the "Hankovision" song contest (the first time he mentions it by this name). He says he will be using The Breakaways for the song.
  • Song: M.A.R.V.I.N. — By The Breakaways, with comedic interaction by Cliff, this is the fourth performance of the "Hankovision" song, played as a parody of the Eurovision Song Contest. The girls sing the song as "M is for..." etc., extolling the wonderful things about Hank Marvin. The song is, of course, a joke only.
  • Song: Classical Gas — Performed by Hank Marvin and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff explains the idea of marks for a television show, which are marks placed on the floor where actors are to go for the camera. However, on this show, they use pictures of footprints as the marks. This is a setup for later in the show. For now, though, Cliff presents various footprints and the punchline to the joke is whose footprint it is. He ends with an introduction of John Rowles.
  • Song: Save The Last Dance For Me — Performed by John Rowles and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff introduces Una to John and she swoons. They then agree to sing some country and western songs when Hank shows up and wants to join them. Cliff is resistent to the idea, but John finally agrees.
  • Song: Country Medley: Flowers On The Wall/He'll Have To Go/Hey Good Lookin' (with Hank Marvin and John Rowles) — This song is performed with Hank Marvin and John Rowles and is backed by the BBC Orchestra. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff and Una perform a comedy sketch, wherein the demonstrate how the footprint marks described earlier in the show are used. They play reunited lovers, Eunice and Timothy, who are overjoyed to see each other. However, the prop man has poorly placed the footprints, so they have a difficult time acting out the scene as they are stuck in awkward places around the stage.
  • Cliff introduces Mary Hopkin singing the third song for the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Song: I'm Gonna Fall in Love Again — This is the third of six songs that Mary Hopkin performed on this series for the UK entry in the Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #2 in the voting. The backing is by the BBC Orchestra and it has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff briefly describes the process of the Eurovision Song Contest for the rest of the series. This is followed by a short sketch where John says he wants to meet Mary, however Una, disguised as Mary shows up and impersonates her to get close to John. After the ruse is uncovered, Cliff thanks his guests and the audience. He then explains that he and Hank will perform their new single The Joy Of Living as the closing song rather than the traditional Visions and that they are both written by the same songwriter, Paul Ferris.
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — This song is performed with Hank Marvin and is backed by the BBC Orchestra. It is performed in full to close the show, instead of the regular song Visions as it was Cliff's new single this week.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 14, 1970
Record Date
Thursday, February 12, 1970
Series Episode #
7
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Daliah Lavi (singing, acting), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Mary Hopkin (singing)

Episode Discussion: This episode would continue the ending song of Visions. Guest star was Daliah Lavi makes her second appearance in the series, having earlier been in the January 10th episode.

The big number to end the show was a tribute to movies using song and dance, but the exact songs performed is unknown at this time.

As this is the Valentine's Day episode, there is a running gag about Una vying for Cliff's attentions and him avoiding her or pretending not to notice.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This episode is not available in any format


Performance Detail:
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the song chorus only, used only over the show's opening credits and ending with Cliff on stage.
  • Song: Big Ship — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff begins the show introduction when he is interrupted by Una about his Valentine's card. She's hurt when she says she has one for Cliff, but Cliff didn't get her one. Following this, Cliff, Una and Hank perform a Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In inspired skit about delivering Valentines. , Hank and Una perform various Valentine's Day sketches after show introductions.
  • Song: Love's Song — Performed by Daliah Lavi and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff presents a comedy routine described as "Traffic Signs". This routine is missing from the available bootleg material.
  • Song: The Girl That I Marry/The Folks Who Live On The Hill — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is a medley of the two songs. Further details are unknown.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a kindergarten comedy sketch while dressed as babies. They make jokes as if meeting each other for the first time, however they all fall into their usual routines of Hank being the clown and Una pining for Cliff.
  • Song: My Grandfather's Clock — By Hank Marvin, with comedic interaction with Cliff, this is the fifth performance of the "Hankovision" song, played as a parody of the Eurovision Song Contest. It is only played for laughs and Hank sings it in an unusually low voice.
  • Cliff introduces Mary Hopkin singing the fourth song for the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Song: You've Everything You Need — This is the fourth of six songs that Mary Hopkin performed on this series for the UK entry in the Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #5 in the voting. The backing is by the BBC Orchestra and it has no Cliff involvement.
  • Una finally gives Cliff his Valentine's card and whacks him because he didn't get her one in return. Cliff then sets up the next musical skit by talking about favourite films and asks the audience to "join us at the movies."
  • Song: Let's Get Away From It All At A Movie (with The Breakaways) — This is mostly all sung by The Breakaways, although Cliff does sing the second verse solo. Backed by the BBC Orchestra, this is an unusual variety show type of performance. The Breakaways sing the main song about the movies (with a short solo segment by Cliff in the first part) followed by short sketches acting out a movie scene (Hank plays a beast from a creature feature and Daliah is a spy in a spy drama). This pattern of song segment and movie scenes is repeated several more times before a big song finish to end the performance. The song performed is all the same song, sung in five separate parts. The actual title of the song is uncertain as it's never identified, but "let's get away from it all at a movie" is the main lyric at the start of each segment.
  • Cliff thanks the audience for watching as well as the show's guest stars.
  • Song: Visions — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 21, 1970
Record Date
Thursday, February 19, 1970
Series Episode #
8
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Cheryl Kennedy (acting), Cindy Kent of The Settlers (singing), Mike Jones of The Settlers (music), John Fyffe of The Settlers (music), Mansel Davies of The Settlers (music), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Mary Hopkin (singing)

Episode Discussion: Guest star, Cheryl Kennedy makes her third appearance in the series, having earlier appeared in the January 3 and 26 episodes. In a slightly unusual move, the show also features a second guest star with the band, The Settlers, who provide musical performances.

The big number to end the show was a gospel medley, performed with The Settlers.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This episode is not available in any format


Performance Detail:
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the song chorus only, used only over the show's opening credits and ending with Cliff on stage.
  • Song: Angel — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show, followed a series of jokes with Hank, Una and Cheryl Kennedy as they introduce each other. Hank tries to sing a romantic Frank Sinatra inspired song, but is continually interrupted by Una. Then Hank and Cheryl do a Sonny and Cher imitation, singing a parody of I Got You Babe wherein they introduce themselves as Sonny and Cher.
  • Song: Down Waterloo Road — Performed by The Settlers, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff and Hank perform a BBC canteen comedy sketch, as if they are in the establishment for a meal, while also practicing for upcoming acting scenes. As Hank tries to act out his Shakespeare scenes, he makes a mess of the food to Cliff's disgust.
  • Song: Let It Be Me (with Hank Marvin) — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Peasant's Lament — By Hank Marvin, with comedic interaction by Cheryl and Cliff, this is the sixth performance of the "Hankovision" song, played with a Latin flair and the usual comedy bits.
  • Song: Honey Pie (with Una Stubbs and Cheryl Kennedy) — Backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song is the Beatles song, performed in vaudeville style with dancing by Cliff, Una and Cheryl.
  • Cliff introduces Mary Hopkin singing the fifth song for the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Song: Can I Believe — This is the fifth of six songs that Mary Hopkin performed on this series for the UK entry in the Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #4 in the voting. The backing is by the BBC Orchestra and it has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff again explains how the Eurovision Song Contest voting will progress over the next few weeks. He and Hank then introduce the "Samson and Delilah" sketch, explaining that it was written by Una.
  • Cliff, Cheryl, and Una perform a comedy play described as "Samson and Delilah". In it, Cliff plays Samson with a long wig and Una plays Delilah, in pursuit of Samson. As this was (supposedly) written by Una, she continually tries to get close to Cliff (as Samson) and he continues to spurn her, much to her frustration.
  • Song: Gospel Medley: Good News/Mary What You Gonna Name That Pretty Little Baby/We Shall Be Changed (with The Settlers) — Backed by the BBC Orchestra, this is a medley of various gospel songs. Most of the music is by The Settlers only and the BBC Orchestra only comes in during the We Shall Be Changed segment.
  • Cliff thanks the audience for watching as well as the show's guest stars.
  • Song: Visions — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 28, 1970
Record Date
Thursday, February 26, 1970
Series Episode #
9
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Sheila White (singing, dancing, acting), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Mary Hopkin (singing)

Episode Discussion: For once, Norrie Paramor and the BBC Orchestra stepped out from behind the curtain and were featured in the show in a short comedy bit with Cliff and Hank, followed by a staged performance with the band. This show also featured the last of the "Hankovision" songs, as well as the sixth and final UK Eurovision song by Mary Hopkin, Knock, Knock Who's There, which would be the official UK entry for 1970.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This episode is not available in any format


Performance Detail:
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the song chorus only, used only over the show's opening credits and ending with Cliff on stage.
  • Song: Ain't Nothin' But A House Party — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show and makes a special welcome to Sheila White, who mentions she's seen Cliff's show in the past and a repeat of Hank as the beast (from the Let's Get Away From It All At A Movie sketch in episode 7) is shown. This leads to the appearance of Hank and a talk of couples. And this is followed by an "unlikely couples" comedy sketch where various couples are suggested and Hank, Una and Sheila act them out.
  • Song: One Note Samba — Performed by Hank Marvin with dancing by Una Stubbs and the Corona Stage Academy dancers (and backing by the BBC Orchestra), this song as no Cliff involvement.
  • In another comedy sketch, Cliff narrates a dramatic serial while Hank, Una and Sheila act out the scenes being narrated.
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown. It is performed in full in order to support the then charting single.
  • Song: The Hooter Song — By Hank Marvin, with comedic interaction by Cliff, this is the seventh performance of the "Hankovision" song, played as a parody of the Eurovision Song Contest. It is only played for laughs. At first Cliff refuses to let Hank play until Hank tells him that he can participate. Cliff agrees, but then finds that his role is to honk a horn as Hank plays the song.
  • Cliff introduces Mary Hopkin singing the sixth song for the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Song: Knock, Knock Who's There? — This is the sixth of six songs that Mary Hopkin performed on this series for the UK entry in the Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #1 in the voting and it represented the UK in the contest. The backing is by the BBC Orchestra and it has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: What D'You Know, We've Got A Show & Vaudeville Routine (with Hank Marvin, Una Stubbs and Sheila White) — Backing is with the BBC Orchestra and The Breakaways. This is a full version as in the The Young Ones film, but the Vaudeville routine from the middle of the song is a completely different routine with a whole new set of jokes.
  • Cliff, Hank and Norrie Paramor have a chat where Cliff tries to introduce Norrie, but Hank resists it, insisting that if he speaks, then the Union will have to pay him extra. Norrie does eventually speak, but what he says is quite minimal.
  • Song: I Saw The Light — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra led by Norrie Paramor, the song was performed with the orchestra in full view, which was atypical of the series.
  • Cliff thanks the audience for watching as well as the show's guest stars. He also reminds viewers to turn in for the following shows and how the Eurovision Song Contest selection will be done.
  • Song: Visions — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, March 7, 1970
Record Date
Thursday, March 5, 1970
Series Episode #
10
Guest Cast and Support: BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Mary Hopkin (singing)

Episode Discussion: This was a special episode used to showcase Mary Hopkin's six song for the UK entry in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest. It bypassed the usual comedy variety show format and instead focused on her songs only. She performed all six songs and the audience was instructed to vote for the song they thought the UK should use for the UK entry in the contest.

The opening song was Cliff's performance of his 1968 Eurovision song contest entry, Congratulations, rather than the usual The Joy Of Living. Instead, The Joy Of Living was used as the closing song (rather than the usual Visions). It's unclear if these were abbreviated or full performances of the songs.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This episode is not available in any format


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Congratulations — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown. It was used to open the show, although it's unclear if it was the whole song or the usual 30-seconds-over-the-opening type.
  • Song: Three Ships — This is the first of six songs that Mary Hopkin performed on this series for the UK entry in the Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #3 in the voting. The backing is by the BBC Orchestra and it has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Early In The Morning Of Your Life — This is the second of six songs that Mary Hopkin performed on this series for the UK entry in the Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #6 in the voting. The backing is by the BBC Orchestra and it has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: I'm Gonna Fall in Love Again — This is the third of six songs that Mary Hopkin performed on this series for the UK entry in the Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #2 in the voting. The backing is by the BBC Orchestra and it has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: You've Everything You Need — This is the fourth of six songs that Mary Hopkin performed on this series for the UK entry in the Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #5 in the voting. The backing is by the BBC Orchestra and it has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Can I Believe — This is the fifth of six songs that Mary Hopkin performed on this series for the UK entry in the Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #4 in the voting. The backing is by the BBC Orchestra and it has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Knock, Knock Who's There? — This is the sixth of six songs that Mary Hopkin performed on this series for the UK entry in the Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #1 in the voting and it represented the UK in the contest. The backing is by the BBC Orchestra and it has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, March 14, 1970
Record Date
Saturday, March 14, 1970
Series Episode #
11
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Mary Hopkin (singing), Billy Cotton (presenting), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing)

Episode Discussion: Much of this episode is about the announcement of the winning song for the UK entry in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest. There was a build-up to the announcement with Cliff, Hank and Una using a comedy sketch to announce the winner of the farcical winner of the Hankovision song contest, as well as Mary Hopkin singing an earlier hit, All My Trials, and another short comedy sketch shortly before the announcement. Finally, presenter Billy Cotton announces the winning song of Knock, Knock Who's There? which won with over 120,000 points in the mail-in votes and 34% of the overall points. Following the announcement, Mary Hopkins sings the song. The song would eventually place #2 in the international Eurovision contest, being beat out by Ireland's All Kinds Of Everything by Dana.

This particular episode is the only one that was done live, due to the nature of announcing the winner of the UK voting for the Eurovision song. The playing of Cliff and Hank's The Joy Of Living record to film footage was done to allow time for the stage to be cleared in preparation for the announcement of the winner of the voting.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This episode is not available in any format


Performance Detail:
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the song chorus only, used only over the show's opening credits and ending with Cliff on stage.
  • Song: My Baby Loves Lovin' — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una make introductions for the show and give the results of the Hankovision song contest in their usual comedic style. The winner of the votes was Hank's song The Hooter Song.
  • Song: The Hooter Song — Performed by Hank with comedic support by Cliff and Una, this song is only played just for laughs. It includes both Cliff and Una honking horns during the song.
  • Song: All My Trials — Performed by Mary Hopkin and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a comedy sketch described as "Embarrassing Train Passengers". Hank plays himself on a train coming in to work on the show when Cliff and Una, playing other train passengers, recognize Hank and proceed to annoy him as big, annoying fans.
  • Cliff talks about the show intro that shows him driving around the beach in Devon. He also states that it was filmed by helicopter by the RAF. He thanks the RAF then announces that they will show a film while playing his new single, The Joy Of Living, with footage from the RAF shown.
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — This is not done live, but is a playing of the record only while showing location footage of Cliff.
  • Song: Bye Bye Love (with Hank Marvin) — This song is performed by Cliff and Hank alone, on acoustic guitars.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a comedy sketch about the Eurovision Song Contest voting where Una is seen trying to count the votes (already in the 40,000s) when she is interrupted by Cliff and Hank and has to start all over.
  • Song: When I'm Sixty - Four — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • The results of the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest are presented by Bill Cotton. The winning song is Knock, Knock Who's There?. From the available audio bootleg material, much of this is missing with only Cliff's introduction to Bill Cotten available.
  • Song: Knock, Knock Who's There? — Performed by Mary Hopkin and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement. From the available bootleg material, this is missing.
  • Cliff wishes Mary well in the competition with the selected song, then thanks the audience for watching as well as the show's guest stars.
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is an abbreviated version of the song performed over the closing credits of the show.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, March 21, 1970
Record Date
Thursday, March 19, 1970
Series Episode #
12
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Nanette (singing), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing)

Episode Discussion: This is the penultimate episode of this 1970s series. A poor quality video recording of part of this show of origin unknown gives hope that the full-length original may survive in private hands.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: Only 10 minutes of poor quality footage exists, including the opening song (On The Beach) and the closing rock 'n' roll medley.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the song chorus only, used only over the show's opening credits and ending with Cliff on stage.
  • Song: On The Beach — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Travellin' Light — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una introduce the show with Una once again trying to win Cliff's affections, then Hank tells about TV show trailers. This is followed by a skit with Cliff narrating TV trailers and Hank and Una acting out the scenes.
  • Song: Flying Machine — Performed by Nanette and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement. It should be noted that although they share the same name, this is not the same song that Cliff recorded and released as a single in 1970.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a ventriloquist comedy sketch. Cliff plays the ventriloquist while Hank and Una play the dummies. It ends with Hank and Una performing the Kahn/Woods song, Side By Side.
  • Song: Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a "Una's overacting" comedy sketch. They show a sketch they had been practicing in the BBC canteen and how it should have gone (rather sedate and normal), then how it actually went (with Una overacting). Afterwards another quick TV trailer is shown with Hank acting out the parts.
  • Song: Rock 'n' Roll Medley: Rip It Up/See You Later Alligator/All Shook Up/Rock Around The Clock/Peggy Sue/Razzle Dazzle (with The Breakaways and Hank Marvin) — Backed by the BBC Orchestra, lead vocals for each song in the medley are are: Cliff Richard (Rip It Up), The Breakaways (See You Later Alligator), Cliff Richard (All Shook Up), The Breakaways (Rock Around The Clock), Hank Marvin (Peggy Sue) and Cliff Richard (Razzle Dazzle).
  • Cliff says thanks and good night. He also informs viewers that next week will be his last show with guest Cilla Black and that Mary Hopkin will be representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest later that same evening.
  • Song: Visions — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, March 28, 1970
Record Date
Thursday, March 26, 1970
Series Episode #
13
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Cilla Black (singing, acting), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing)

Episode Discussion: This is the last of the first 1970s series.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This episode is not available in any format


Performance Detail:
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the song chorus only, used only over the show's opening credits and ending with Cliff on stage. For the bootleg audio that is available, this track is missing. It may not have actually been featured, considering that The Joy Of Living was also performed live at the beginning of the show.
  • Song: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — Performed with Hank Marvin and backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is the full song performance.
  • Cliff, Hank, Una and guest Cilla Black introduce the show and perform comedy sketches. First, there are some jokes about Cilla watching Cliff's TV show. Hank sings "Hank's song for Cilla" where he asks her to invite them on her next show. Una swoons when she is introduced to Cilla.
  • Song: Una's Lovelorn Spinster Song — Performed by Una Stubbs and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement other than a spoken part at the end. It's a bit of a silly song about Una chasing Cliff.
  • Cliff introduces Cilla singing the next song.
  • Song: Sweet Inspiration — Performed by Cilla Black and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a comedy sketch about Hank's sweater, which is marked "KIM" for Kim Novak, and possible other women's names that could be on it.
  • Song: Slippin' And Slidin' — Performed by Una Bland and the Corona Stage Academy dancers and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement. It was probably a dance number only, so it remains unclear if there was any actual singing.
  • Cliff, possibly with Hank and Una, perform a comedy sketch that Cliff calls "What is a hat?" It's all about various hats and what they say about the wearer.
  • Song: Sacha — Performed by Hank Marvin and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff, Cilla Black, Hank and Una perform a comedy play described as "Octavius". Cilla Black plays the role of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, Hank and Una play roles in the queen's employ, and Cliff plays Octavius the slave.
  • Song: Hits Medley: Dancing Shoes/Bachelor Boy/Living Doll/Do You Wanna Dance — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff gives his final farewells for the series.
  • Song: Visions — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.


The Cliff Richard Show
The Cliff Richard Show title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC1
Running Time: 45 minutes
This special is typically called the "Bank Holiday Special" because it was shown on the BBC on a bank holiday (the last Monday in August). The title card only lists the title as The Cliff Richard Show, so it is believed that the "Bank Holiday Special" name is simply a colloquialism.

This particular special was a continuation of sorts of Cliff's 1970s It's Cliff Richard series as it featured the same format, although extended to 50 minutes. Like the series earlier in the year, it featured Hank Marvin and Una Stubbs in their familiar roles of acting, dancing, and music; a special guest, comedy sketches, the opening song of The Joy Of Living and the closing song of Visions.

The special guest for this show was American Aretha Franklin. She had had only moderate success in the UK at the time, so she sang her previous hit from 1968 (I Say A Little Prayer) which had reached number 4 on the UK singles chart to help remind the audience who she was, as well as her latest single, Don't Play That Song. She did not provide anything other than the singing of these two songs, except a very brief interview with Cliff where they traded jokes about her touring England while there.

Cliff and the entire cast (except for Aretha Franklin and her backing singers) participated in a rousing performance of the gospel song I Saw The Light in a similar presentation, with Norrie Paramor and the full orchestra in view, as they had done on the February 28, 1970 episode of It's Cliff Richard.

The show survived the BBC wiping policy and the full show is available, however it only survives in black and white format. The show was recorded and broadcast in color, but a color copy has not survived.

The Cliff Richard Show
Broadcast Date
Monday, August 31, 1970
Record Date
Wednesday, July 29, 1970
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
The Cliff Richard Show.
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director, piano), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Aretha Franklin (singing), Estelle Brown, Sylvia Shemwell and Myrna Smith as Sweet Inspirations (singing), Unknown (dancing)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: This episode fully survives in bootleg form, although in black and white only.


Performance Detail:
  • The Joy Of LivingSong: The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) — This song, backed by The Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, is the same shortened version from the It's Cliff Richard series earlier in the year, although the images played across the screen are different. It includes the same Devon beach scenes, but also several clips from the films created for song performances during the series as well.
  • Hitchin' A RideSong: Hitchin' A Ride — This song, backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, features Cliff dancing on stage backed by the dancers. In the middle of the song, Cliff introduces the show's guests (Hank Marvin, Una Stubbs and Aretha Franklin), giving each of them a thumbs up as if he wants to "hitch a ride" with them. The guests are each seen driving and returning a thumbs down to Cliff, indicating they won't pick him up.
  • It's All In The GameSong: It's All In The Game — This song, backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, features Cliff alone on stage singing the song.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a comedy sketch around a brick being thrown through a window. In filmed footage, Hank and Una appear in gangster outfits outside of a jewelry store and throw a brick through the window to rob it. Before they can get the goods, Cliff comes out of the store with the brick, proceeds to throw it through the gangster's car window and steals their jewelry. Back in the studio, Hank walks on stage with the brick and several jokes are made with it, such as Cliff throwing it and breaking a camera and Una wanting to keep it as a lovelorn souvenir of Cliff. Hank takes it away and we see him once again back at the jewelry store where he throws the brick again, but before he can get away with the goods, someone inside the store pelts him with dozens of bricks and he runs away.
  • Goodness Gracious MeSong: Goodness Gracious Me (with Una Stubbs) — Backed by the BBC Orchestra, the performance is played for laughs with Cliff playing the Indian doctor examining Una and Una the lovelorn patient whose heart is beating uncontrollably for Cliff.
  • At the end of the previous song, Cliff the doctor gives a bill to Una the patient. Angry at the rejection, she storms off. Within moments, a rock is thrown through the window and lands on the doctor's desk. Cliff says that it must be Hank Marvin as a way to introduce the next song.
  • Song: Sacha — Performed by Hank Marvin and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement. It features Hank alone on stage performing the song, interspersed with film footage of a deserted beach.
  • In another comedy sketch, Cliff is dressed as a Coldstream guard, standing guard at a palace, unable to move. In a voiceover, we hear his thoughts and apparently he's just come back from a costume party and was inadvertently roped into guard duty. Hank and Una come by and try countless tricks to get him to break character, including drawing a ridiculous mustache on his face, but to no avail. Cliff never breaks character in front of them, so they leave. At the end, another women (unidentified) comes by and Cliff finally breaks character to introduce Aretha Franklin.
  • Song: I Say A Little Prayer — Performed by Aretha Franklin and backed by the BBC Orchestra and the Sweet Inspirations, this song has no Cliff involvement. It is a straight stage performance.
  • Cliff chats briefly with Aretha, welcoming her to England and discussing whether she's seen the tourist sites in London.
  • In another comedy sketch, Hank and Una return to the jewelry store as robbers again. As they exit the car, brick in hand, Cliff dressed as a police officer stops him and demands that he enter some coins into the parking meter (seemingly oblivious to the obvious signs that Hank is there to rob the store). Not having change for the meter, Hank goes next door to the bank. Cliff and Una act surprised and saddened when they hear the sounds of gunfire and violence coming from the bank, but are not moved to action as if there is nothing to be done.
  • MedleySong: Medley: Spanish Harlem/Bird Dog/Proud Mary (with Hank Marvin) — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this performance features both Cliff and Hank on a darkened, candlelit stage. During the Spanish Harlem part of the medley, Hank is in the foreground on guitar while Cliff is in the background singing and very slowly walks toward Hank. At the instrumental break of Spanish Harlem, the camera focuses on Hank and Cliff, off camera, gets his guitar. The stage lights come up and the song quickly moves to Bird Dog. Cliff and Hank sing harmony vocals and play guitars on Bird Dog and Proud Mary for the rest of the medley.
  • Next on the show is a comedy sketch about a plane trip to New York features Hank as the annoyed flier in the center seat while Cliff and Una are the extremely annoying couple on either side of him. By the end of the skit, we find that it was all a ruse to get Hank to move (which he does) so they could have the row to themselves.
  • Song: Don't Play That Song — Performed by Aretha Franklin and backed by the BBC Orchestra and the Sweet Inspirations, this song has no Cliff involvement. It is a straight stage performance with Aretha on piano.
  • Cliff, Una and Hank perform a comedy sketch they call "Nelson and Lady Hamilton." Cliff plays the role of Horatio Nelson and Una plays the role of Lady Hamilton in a love scene about him going off to bottle... er... battle. Cliff claims early on in the sketch that they haven't had time to practice and will use cue cards, provided by Hank, so this is where the comedy comes in as they try to read the cards from odd angles and many of them are marked incorrectly, leading to several jokes.
  • When I'm Sixty-FourSong: When I'm Sixty-Four — This song, backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, features Cliff dancing on stage backed by the dancers.
  • I Ain't Got Time AnymoreSong: I Ain't Got Time Anymore — This song, backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, features Cliff singing alone on a darkened stage.
  • I Saw The LightSong: I Saw The Light — Backed by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra led by Norrie Paramor on piano, the song was performed with the orchestra in full view as well as dancers behind Cliff during the last half of the song.
  • Cliff says farewell to the audience and thanks the show's guests.
  • VisionsSong: Visions — This song, backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, features Cliff singing alone on a darkened stage.


Cliff Richard In Scandinavia
Cliff Richard In Scandinavia title card
Studio: BBC (UK) & Unknown (Scandinavia)
Broadcaster: BBC1 (UK) & Unknown (Scandinavia)
Running Time: 60 minutes
This special was an interesting one as it was a joint production by both the BBC and Scandinavian TV. Various song and comedy bits were filmed in various cities in Sweden, Norway and Finland, while the main studio part of the production was filmed in Stockholm, Sweden. In total, it runs a full hour. Like the It's Cliff Richard series before it, it features a variety of song and comedy sketches, regulars Hank Marvin and Una Stubbs, and special guests. In this case, because it is a joint production with Scandinavian TV, the special guests are Anne Lise Gjøstøl from Norway, Pirjo Viitanen from Finland, and Cia Lowgren and The Christian (a vocal group) from Sweden. In many ways, this special plays as a tourist advertisement for Scandinavia and it goes out of its way to show off the various cultures and sites of the respective countries. It was filmed in July and/or August of 1970, in the height of the summer.

There is some confusion and uncertainty about the original broadcast date and channel. Most sources give the broadcast date as simply October 1970, but one official source states that it was aired October 1st 1970 at 20:15 on BBC One. Some sources also list it as being broadcast on the BBC on December 26, 1970, but that is believed to be a repeat airing only.

It's curious that Cliff did not promote his latest singles in this special, which included Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha and I Ain't Got Time Anymore. Instead, he sings some of his more recent older favorites such as In The Country and Congratulations as well as a several songs he had not recorded before. It may be that the nature of the way the show was produced, as a joint BBC and Scandinavian TV production, that it was not entirely clear when the special would air or what the single would be at the time.

A small portion of Cliff performing a concert in Skansen (an open air museum and zoo in Stockholm) during this special. A full concert was apparently filmed as it was aired (in edited form) in April 1971 on Scandinavian TV under the title Cliff På Skansen.

This full program, in color, has survived the BBC archive purging and is available on the bootleg market. This is most likely due to the nature of the joint production, with the material surviving not from the BBC archive, but a Scandinavian TV archive.

Cliff Richard In Scandinavia
Broadcast Date
October 1, 1970
Record Date
July and/or
August 1970
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
The Cliff Richard Show.
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), Hans Orkester (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Nick Ingman (musical direction), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Unknown (dancing), Anne Lise Gjøstøl (singing, acting), Pirjo Viitanen (singing, acting), Cia Lowgren (singing, acting), The Christians (singing), Unknown (dancing)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: This episode fully survives in bootleg form.


Performance Detail:
  • Summer HolidaySong: Summer Holiday — This song, backed by Hans Orkester, is an original performance of the first minute of the song. Cliff does not feature on screen singing the song, instead it is used over the show's introduction and opening credits. Cliff and Hank Marvin are seen boarding the plane Heathrow Airport in London when they spot Una Stubbs, heavily overloaded with bags, approaching. They move to help her, but only take a couple of bags, still leaving her overloaded with about a dozen other bags. She struggles to get them up the ramp to the plane. The plane is seen flying away. Una is then seen at the top of the plane-less ramp with the bags, indicating that the plane left without her and the bags before she could even reach the top of the ramp. The plane is then seen landing at Arlanda Airport in Sweden. Cliff and Hank disembark the plane (with their single bags) and we see Una sadly approaching with a large cart holding the many bags across the airstrip. Using quick cut photography, it appears as a plane crashes into Una on take off and she is then seen sitting on the ground, with the cart and bags scattered all about her. This then fades to the title card of the show and audience laughter and cheering.
  • In The CountrySong: In The Country — This performance is backed by Hans Orkester and The Breakaways and shows Cliff singing on stage, with The Breakaways in the foreground around a single microphone and dancers dancing on a raised stage behind him. The stage performance is intercut with filmed footage of Cliff out "in the country." He is seen driving a horse and buggy into Sweden when he bypasses a hitch hiking Una with a "Stockholm" sign. Later, Una is seen dragging a cart with all the luggage from earlier in the show. Then Cliff is shown driving a motorized cart carrying Hank and their sparse bags from earlier in the show. Next, Cliff is seen motorboating to Finland when he turns and waves a "come on" gesture behind him. This cuts to a shot of Una desperately rowing a rowboat with Hank standing and waving for her to row harder. Then Cliff is on a jetski in Norway when he gives the same "come on" gesture. He is next seen in a cablecar lifting him up a hill with a beautiful Norway town down in the valley.
  • Girl You'll Be A woman SoonSong: Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon — This performance is backed by Hans Orkester and The Breakaways and shows Cliff singing alone on a darkened stage. The camera often focuses on a young girl in a yellow blouse, as if Cliff is singing to her.
  • Cliff introduces the show and stands before a large wall map showing the British Isles and the Scandinavian countries. Cliff introduces his guests, Anne Lise Gjøstøl from Norway, Cia Lowgren from Sweden, and Pirjo Viitanen from Finland and they each pop their heads out from hidden doorways on their respective countries on the map behind Cliff. As Cliff and the audience warmly greet then, Una opens a door on the British Isles part of the map and makes a comment about being jealous and wishing she'd stayed in England. Hank pops his head out from a hidden doorway in the water portion of the map and they exchange several jokes, using various doorways as props.
  • In filmed footage, Cliff and Hank fly a sea plane into Bergen, Norway. They greet three lovely young ladies, with Hank stealing kisses from each. They joke about their family coming and a large marching band is seen in the distance. One of the young ladies explains that Bergen is celebrating its 900th anniversary as a town. This leads to the performance of Congratulations.
  • Song: Congratulations — On the dock in Bergen, the unidentified marching band perform an instrumental version of Congratulations. The camera moves about showing the various players, but at one point, Hank is seen playing a tuba while a child stands by covering his ears in pain at Hank's "playing" of the tune.
  • CongratulationsSong: Congratulations — This performance, featuring The Breakaways and the Hans Orkester on backing, is performed while Cliff is on stage with only The Breakaways around behind him around a single microphone. This is intercut with film footage of Cliff wandering through a market in Bergen, looking at fish, vegetables, flowers and other local products.
  • Cliff sits down and has a short conversation with Anne Lise Gjøstøl. He compliments her on her English and she offers to help teach him Norwegian. A jealous Una appears and gives Cliff a book on teaching himself Norwegian before storming off.
  • Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My HeadSong: Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (with Anne Lise Gjøstøl) — Backed by Hans Orkester, this performance as a duet with Anne Lise Gjøstøl features Cliff and Anna on stage, sitting on swivel chairs and singing the song to each other and the audience. This is intercut with film footage of Cliff and Anna dancing down a Scandinavian street carrying umbrellas and while rain is pouring down on them.
  • Cliff demonstrates an antique Viking horn that is so powerful that it shatters the glasses of a doubtful Hank Marvin.
  • Song: Something — Performed by Hank Marvin and backed by the Hans Orkester, this song has no Cliff musical involvement. It features Hank alone on stage performing the song, interspersed by film footage of Hank, dressed as a Viking, blowing the Viking horn and knocking the horns and mustache off of a Viking dressed Cliff. Hank the Viking continues to blow the horn and demolished other things around Cliff the Viking before a modern jet airplane flies over and destroys Hank's glasses. At the end of the song, Cliff once again on stage blows the horn and breaks Hank's glasses.
  • Next is a very short comedy sketch featuring Una and Pirjo Viitanen acting as customs agents welcoming Cliff and Hank into the country. This is followed by another comedy sketch featuring Cliff, Una and Hank in a library where they are trying to politely remain quite, but have to deal with continual, unexpected noises.
  • The Day I Met MarieSong: The Day I Met Marie — Cliff, backed by Hans Orkester, stands alone on a darkened stage singing the song. This is interspersed by film footage of a blond woman dancing in various locations on a waterfront (presumably Finland).
  • Cliff, Pirjo Viitanen and Hank have a discussion about Cliff not being able to dance, although he wants to learn. Pirjo offers to teach him and this leads into the performance of Zorba's Dance.
  • Zorba's DanceSong: Zorba's Dance (with Pirjo Viitanen, Hank Marvin and Una Stubbs) — This song, backed by the Hans Orkester, is mostly played as a comedy song with the other trying to teach Cliff how to dance the steps to Zorba's Dance. Hank plays guitar, Una sings the dance steps, Pirjo demonstrates the dance steps, and Cliff follows each step (with occasional comedic timing). After the first round, Hank hands off his guitar and the four of them sing and dance together.
  • In a filmed sketch in the streets of Helsinki, Finland, Hank pretends to be an Olympic torch bearer running through the city and asking the locals for directions to the Olympic Stadium in a hidden camera bit. The joke is that the stadium last hosted the Olympics in 1952, 18 years prior. The sketch ends with Hank finally arriving at Olympic Stadium where he lights the Olympic flame to disastrous results.
  • Back in the studio, there is a very short comedy sketch of Cliff and Una getting their picture taken by Hank.
  • Song: Down By The Riverside — This song is performed by the vocal octet group, The Christians, and has no Cliff involvement. It features the group on a raised platform on stage while singing the song.
  • Oh Happy DaySong: Oh Happy Day (with The Christians) — Backed by The Christians, The Breakaways and the Hans Orkester, this is a staged performance with the octet group, The Christians, on the same raised platform as their previous performance. On another platform, the three Breakaways are on also on stage. Cliff stands in front singing the song. It is a straight stage performance.
  • In a comedy sketch, Hank and Cliff are in a hotel room trying to get some sleep during the long daylight hours of a Swedish summer. Hank can't sleep and does various things that end up annoying and waking a sleeping Cliff. Cliff then uses a device to call room service and gets delivered various things by scantily clad and very sweet acting Cia Lowgren, Pirjo Viitanen and Anne Lise Gjøstøl. When Hank finally tries it, he gets a grouchy Una in a frumpy outfit. When he complains, she beats them both with her feather duster.
  • Song: Do You Know the Way to San Jose — Performed by Cia Lowgren and backed by The Breakways and Hans Orkester, this song has no Cliff involvement. It features Cia on stage singing the song with The Breakaways singing on a platform behind her and a large number of dancers on and off platforms behind her. This is intercut with filmed footage of Cia being driven around in an open top blue convertable car.
  • I Remember It WellSong: I Remember It Well (with Cia Lowgren, Hank Marvin and Una Stubbs) — This performance, backed by a piano only, is mostly played for laughs. Cliff and Cia have a short conversation about an event they did a couple of years prior. Cliff doesn't remember, but tries to bluff his way through and that's when the song starts. As they sing, Hank and Una join them.
  • In filmed footage, Cliff and Cia Lowgren are in Skansen enjoying a meal when Una and Hank show up, annoying them by trying to get close. Cliff and Cia run around Skansen, trying to avoid Una (who's chasing them because of her interest in Cliff) and Hank (who is a cop). They finally find refuge on a stage, which leads to the performance of the rock medley.
  • Rock MedleySong: Rock Medley: C'mon Everybody/Johnny B. Goode/Yellow River/Move It/Wake Up Little Susie/Do You Wanna Dance — This song is interesting in the way it is presented. At first it is filmed as part of a concert on stage in Skansen before a live audience. It features Hank on guitar and The Breakaways on backing vocals, with the rest of the band, a rock band with drums, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and piano, as unidentified. In the middle of the Johnny B. Goode portion, the camera focuses on The Breakways singing on stage during a chorus and then it cuts to The Breakways on the special's studio stage in Stockholm, no longer in Skansen with the film footage. All the same players are there and they continue with the medley to the end. Cliff grabs a guitar and performs starting the Move It part of the medley. Hank steps up to the microphone to sing harmony vocals during the Wake Up Little Susie portion. And several dancers come on stage during Do You Wanna Dance. The latter part is encored after Cliff shouts "one more time!" and Una, Cia Lowgren, Anne Lise Gjøstøl and Pirjo Viitanen come on stage to stand by Cliff during the final part.
  • Do You Wanna DanceSong: Do You Wanna Dance — Performed by Cliff with unknown backing (likely The Breakaways and Hans Orkester), the song is played while filmed footage is shown of Cliff, Hank and Una returning to England and the film's closing credits are show. Reflecting the events from the opening scenes, Cliff and Hank are shown leaving the studio and then arriving at the airport to leave while Una is left carrying their many bags. Hank tries to sneak a beautiful blonde local onto the plane in a large case, but Cliff doesn't let him. They finally spot the overloaded Una as she approaches the plane and they run to help. Cliff waves goodbye while Anne Lise Gjøstøl, Cia Lowgren and Pirjo Viitanen stand together and wave them off. Arriving back in England, Hank leaves the plane and commences to blow the antique Viking horn. This causes the plane to fall apart around him. The scene ends with them running madly away from the broken plane.


The Cliff Richard Show
The Cliff Richard Show title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC1
Running Time: Unknown
Details about this special are unclear. It is confirmed that there was a program called The Cliff Richard Show on the 24th of December, 1970 and that it featured Hank Marvin and Una Stubbs, much like his series earlier in the year. Some sources also list it as "Cliff Richard Special" although that is believed to be a colloquialism. It is apparently a precursor to Cliff's 1971 It's Cliff Richard series, but further details about the program are unknown at this time.

This is the first appearance of Olivia Newton-John in a Cliff Richard TV show, where she sang an unknown song and the Don't Move Away duet with Cliff. It also features the newly formed Shadows off-shoot, Marvin, Welch & Farrar, singing their song My Home Town. Both guests would go on to make numerous appearances on the 1971 It's Cliff Richard series.

The Cliff Richard Show
Broadcast Date
Thursday, December 24, 1970
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (acting, music, singing) Una Stubbs (acting), Unknown (music), Bruce Welch (music, singing), John Farrar (music, singing), Olivia Newton-John (singing)

Episode Discussion: No details available at this time.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show is not known to be available in any form, except possibly a bootleg audio recording of Keep The Customer Satisfied.

Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff (and possibly others) introduce the show, talk about Christmas, and perform some Christmas related sketches. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: My Home Town — By Marvin, Welch And Farrar, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff and Hank perform a "wishbone" sketch and a "fairy" sketch. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: Unknown Title — By Olivia Newton-John, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Don't Move Away (with Olivia Newton-John) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Twelve Days Of Christmas — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Hank (and unknown others) perform a Christmas dinner sketch. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: (You've Got Me) Dangling On A String — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff performs a Christmas road sign sketch. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: Keep The Customer Satisfied — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • The cast performs a "Cinderella" pantomime. It's unclear what this really is, but it is thought to be a comedic and/or shortened version of the 1966 stage pantomime. Further details are unknown.
  • Song: Christmas Medley: Ding Dong Merrily On High/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Once In Royal David's City/O Come All Ye Faithful (with Hank Marvin, Una Stubbs, Olivia Newton-John) — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
It's Cliff Richard (1971) title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC1
Running Time: 30 minutes
* January 2, 1971
* January 9, 1971
* January 16, 1971
* January 23, 1971
* January 30, 1971
* February 6, 1971
* February 13, 1971
* February 20, 1971
* February 27, 1971
* March 6, 1971
* March 13, 1971
* March 20, 1971
* March 27, 1971
Cliff's second It's Cliff Richard BBC series ran in early 1971 after a teaser special (presumably titled The Cliff Richard Show) was broadcast earlier on December 24, 1970. Like the series from 1970, this featured Hank Marvin and Una Stubbs as the regular weekly guest, each week featured a special guest and various comedy skits, and it was used as a means to present the UK's entry into the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest with singer Clodagh Rodgers. Backing vocal group The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra provided musical support with Norrie Paramor serving as musical director.

Once again, the series was used to showcase the songs for UK's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest by Clodagh Rodgers. For six straight weeks, starting January 9, she sang a song for the contest. The week after this, she sang all six songs on the same show and the audience was encouraged to send in their votes. On February 27, the winning song Jack In The Box was announced, on Cliff's show. This song was go on to place #4 in the final contest that year.

The format of the show did change a bit from the 1970s series. Each week's guest was typically a musical guest instead of an acting guest (although some guests did both tasks in both the 1970 and 1971 series). The Hank-o-vision song contest concept was dropped as well as the usual big production number at the end of each show. Instead of the latter, Cliff would perform his own song.

New on the popular UK music scene at the time was Olivia Newton-John, who made a guest appearance on four different episodes. Making six appearances were the new band Marvin, Welch & Farrar, made up of Shadows Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, as well as future long-term Olivia Newton-John producer, John Farrar. At each show, they perform at least one song of their own, a duet with Cliff, and even joined in on some of the comedy bits.

The opening song for each show was an instrumental version of Cliff's latest single, Sunny Honey Girl, performed by the BBC Orchestra. No video footage survives, but apparently it involved images of Cliff and a girl travelling about in a motorboat, as audio from the February 13th episode features a skit where Hank describes the show's intro and comedically offers up an alternate version.

A regular comedy feature during this series was the "Good News/Bad News" bit. In it, usually Cliff would give a bit of good news with Hank and/or Una sometimes acting out the scene (such as Hank as a cop saying he was not going to give a parking violation ticket), followed immediately by the accompanying bad news (such as Hank saying he wasn't giving the ticket because the vehicle in question was just stolen). This would go on to be a regular part of Cliff's TV series throughout much of the 1970s.

Another running gag throughout the series was Hank's new catchphrase, a simple cough. It is introduced at the beginning of the series, much to Cliff's dismay, and it makes an audible appearance at least once on nearly every episode and always gets a laugh. Another running gag is about Una's hairstyles, with her sporting several different looks on occasion as she searches for the perfect hairstyle.

It is known that the Corona Stage Academy dancers provided dancing backup for Cliff's 1970 series, but it's not clear if they were also featured on this 1971 series. It is assumed here that they were featured, as there was little change in the format and guests for both series. Although, for the dance numbers performed, Cliff typically introduces them as a "Malcolm Claire interpretation", so details are still hazy.

The entire series was wiped from the BBC archives as a result of their wiping policy. What does survive is a primitive, poor quality, and incomplete audio recording. This recording was done by someone using a tape machine to record the TV audio output. The person recording this was obviously a Cliff fan and they only wanted to record the Cliff parts as they switched off the recording during many of the non-Cliff portions of the program (such as the Clodagh Rodgers Eurovision performances). As such, the recordings are spotty, with large chunks missing here and there, including even some of the Cliff performances. The sound is poor and it is incomplete, but this is the only known surviving recording of this series.


It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 2, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Julie Felix (singing, acting)

Episode Discussion: A running gag throughout this episode is Hank's desire to create a new catchphrase for himself. The chosen catchphrase is actually a simple cough. Cliff is bemused by the idea, but it comes up periodically during the episode, including the very end, after Cliff says goodnight to the audience.

Clodagh Rodgers does not appear in this episode for the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest feature. Cliff announces at the end of the show that it will begin the following week.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: A dodgy, incomplete audio recording exists. This recording is missing (1) Cliff's performance of My Head Goes Around, (2) Hank's performance of Georgia On My Mind, (3) Cliff's performance of I (Who Have Nothing), (4) Julie Felix's performance of Snakeskin, and (5) Cliff's closing performance of Visions.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: My Head Goes Around — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Nothing Rhymed — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show and the series. He then introduces Hank and Una and they perform a short comedy sketch around strange catchphrases they want to use (a cough and a heavy sigh). This is followed by another sketch where Cliff plays a doctor, Una his nurse and Hank the patient; and they are all trying to help Hank with his cough.
  • Song: Georgia On My Mind — This song is performed by Hank with backing by the BBC Orchestra. It has no Cliff involvement. The song is introduced by Cliff as "an instrumental version of Georgia" however the audio recording, the only known surviving recording, cuts off before Hank's performance starts. It is believed this is a performance of Hoagy Carmichael's Georgia On My Mind and Cliff simply used a shortened version of the name of the song during his introduction.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform some additional comedy sketches, the first about various bowls of food they have, then about Una's exercising.
  • Song: I (Who Have Nothing) — Details about this performance are unknown
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Song: Snakeskin — This song is performed by Julie Felix and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Ad-Lib Folk Songs (with Hank Marvin and Julie Felix) — Performed by Cliff, Hank and Julie Felix, this is mostly played for laughs. They each start a bit of a limerick set to a folk song (Hank is assumed to be on guitar) and the others have to come up with rhymes for the rest of the song, which leads to some comedic results as they struggle to come up with the rhymes. Afterwards, they perform a different quick little ditty.
  • Song: Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff thanks the audience and reminds them that next week they will begin the competition to pick the UK's entry into the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest with Clodagh Rodgers. They close with one more joke about Hank's cough catchphrase
  • Song: Visions — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 9, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
2
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Clodagh Rodgers (singing), Bruce Welch (music), John Farrar (music)

Episode Discussion: This particular episode features the first of Clodagh Rodgers' Eurovision Song Contest performances, when she performs Look Left, Look Right.

The trio Marvin, Welch and Farrar were the show's special guests. The group was newly formed and this is one of (if not the) first public appearance by them.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: A nearly complete bootleg exists that is only missing Clodagh Rodger's performance of Look Left, Look Right.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: It's So Easy — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, this is a cover of the song made famous by Andy Williams. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Twelfth Of Never — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show, including a mention of Clodagh Rodgers to appear later in the show. This is followed by several come sketches, including another set of jokes about Hank's new catchphrase (the cough) and dodging flag sellers.
  • Song: Faithful — This song is performed by Marvin, Welch & Farrar and has no Cliff involvement. It is touted by Cliff in the introduction as being their very first release. Further details are unknown.
  • Both Cliff and Una perform a sketch where they are attending a wedding reception and discussing the ceremony. Cliff expresses misgivings about the marriage, which Una pines about the romanticism.
  • Song: Medley: (They Long To Be) Close To You/The Minute You're Gone — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff, Una and Hank perform a comedy sketch about a series of funny images related to a skit earlier in the show, followed by several jokes about Una's hairstyle.
  • Song: When I'm Dead And Gone (with Marvin, Welch & Farrar) — Backed by the BBC orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Cliff introduces Clodagh Rodgers and they discuss her appearance on the show and the plan to vote for the UK's song for the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Song: Look Left, Look Right — This is the first of six songs that Clodagh Rodgers performed on this series for the UK entry in the 1971 Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #5 in the voting. This song is performed by Clodagh Rodgers and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a comedy sketch identified as "The Revengers". It is a take-off on spy drama, with several comedic results.
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff thanks the audience and says goodnight.
  • Song: Visions — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 16, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
3
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Clodagh Rodgers (singing), The New Seekers (music)

Episode Discussion: This particular episode features the second of Clodagh Rodgers' Eurovision Song Contest performances, when she performs In My World Of Beautiful Things.

Cliff does not close this show with the semi-traditional Visions, but instead sings George Harrison's My Sweet Lord. Given Cliff's Christian faith, it's interesting to note that in this performance, he changed all the original "hare Krishna" lyrics to "Hallelujah" instead.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: A mostly complete audio recording exists. This recording is missing (1) The New Seekers' performance of There's A Light, (2) the BBC Orchestra's performance of Apeman that Una Stubbs danced to, and (3) Clodagh Rodger's performance of In My World Of Beautiful Things.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: Lovin' Things — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Home Lovin' Man — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show, followed by a series of jokes with Hank being obnoxious and Una being demure. This is followed by a sketch about accidents happening in the home.
  • Song: There's A Light — This song is performed by The New Seekers and has no Cliff involvement
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a sketch where Una plays the role of a fan, ironically named "Raquel Welch", who has won a raffle for a night out with Cliff. She shows up on the show and several jokes ensue with the implication being the Hank set it all up.
  • Song: I'm Looking Out The Window — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: (Dance With The) Guitar Man — Backed by Hank Marvin and the BBC orchestra, this is a cover of the 1962 Duane Eddy song.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a comedy sketch about crossed phone lines.
  • Song: Apeman — Performed by the BBC Orchestra only, this is the 1970 hit song by The Kinks as a dance number by Una Stubbs and the show's dance troupe. Cliff has no involvement in this song.
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Song: In My World Of Beautiful Things — This is the second of six songs that Clodagh Rodgers performed on this series for the UK entry in the 1971 Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #6 in the voting. This song is performed by Clodagh Rodgers and has no Cliff involvement.
  • In another comedy sketch, Cliff plays the role of a patient in the hospital who gets a visit from Hank. Hank becomes very annoying
  • Song: My Sweet Lord — Backed by Hank Marvin, the BBC orchestra and The Breakaways, this is a cover of the recently released George Harrison song. Curiously, the backing vocalists drop the song's original "hare Krishna" lyric and sing the "Hallelujah" only. As this is the closing song, rather than the semi-traditional Visions, Cliff pauses singing and thanks the audience and his guests on the show.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 23, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
4
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Clodagh Rodgers (singing), Elton John (singing, music), Sweet Rain (singing)

Episode Discussion: This particular episode features the third of Clodagh Rodgers' Eurovision Song Contest performances, when she performs Jack In The Box which would go on the be the UK entry into the contest.

Guest Elton John makes an appearance singing Your Song (and probably playing piano, although that's unconfirmed). He had just had his first big hit with the song in the United States and at the time of this performance, the song was climbing the UK charts. He had not yet reached superstar status, making this a rare early appearance. Unfortunately, the audio and video of this performance does not survive in any format.

Again, Cliff does not close this show with the semi-traditional Visions, but instead performs the rock and roller It'll Be Me. Most sources list It's All Over as being performed on this show and this is believe to be accurate, however the bootleg audio is incomplete and there is no definitive information for when during the show it was performed.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: A dodgy, incomplete audio recording exists. This recording is missing (1) the Sunny Honey Girl instrumental intro, (2) Cliff's performance of It's All Over, (3) Elton John's performance of Your Song, (4) Clodagh Rodger's performance of Jack In The Box, (2) Cliff's performance of It'll Be Me, and (6) several comedy bits are incomplete or missing.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: Get Ready — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra (and possibly Hank Marvin), further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show, then presents a series of skits and gags about "things people would like to see on television."
  • Song: It's All Over — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Little Pleasure Acre — Performed by Sweet Rain, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff presents a short comedy film about Una's recent driving test.
  • Song: Fire And Rain — Backed by the BBC Orchestra (and possibly Hank Marvin), further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff another short segment about "things he would like to see on television." This is followed by a series of jokes about Una's hairstyle and Hank's cough catchphrase.
  • Song: Your Song — Performed by Elton John, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Song: Jack In The Box — This is the third of six songs that Clodagh Rodgers performed on this series for the UK entry in the 1971 Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #1 in the voting and was the UK entry in the contest. This song is performed by Clodagh Rodgers and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a comedy play that he calls "The First of the Mohicans" with Una and Hank playing an American Indians and Cliff playing a European visitor.
  • Cliff says goodnight and thanks the audience and the show's guests.
  • Song: It'll Be Me — Backed by Hank Marvin and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 30, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
5
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Clodagh Rodgers (singing), Labi Siffre (singing)

Episode Discussion: This particular episode features the fourth of Clodagh Rodgers' Eurovision Song Contest performances, when she performs Another Time, Another Place.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: A dodgy, incomplete audio recording exists. This recording is missing (1) the Sunny Honey Girl instrumental intro, (2) Cliff's performance of Ain't Nothin' But A House Party, (3) Labi Siffre's performance of Thank Your Lucky Star, (4) Una Stubb's dancing number to The Mixture's The Pushbike Song, (5) Cliff's performance of All My Love, (6) Clodagh Rodger's performance of Another Time, Another Place, (7) Cliff's performance of Soul Deep, (7) Cliff's performance of Visions, and (8) a few comedy bits are incomplete or missing.
Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: Ain't Nothin' But A House Party — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: My Cherie Amour — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show (or tries the best he can despite interruptions from Hank's entrance). Hank and Una come on stage and they share jokes about various movie stars and other entertainment personalities.
  • There is another comedy sketch here, but details are hazy. It may have something to do with a "doctor farmer" bit.
  • Song: Thank Your Lucky Star — Performed by Labi Siffre, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a comedy sketch about Una's hairstyle. Cliff announces that they will present six hairstyles and there will be a vote for the best one (similar to the Eurovision Song Contest) with several jokes provided by Hank during the introduction. This is followed by the presentation, with Cliff playing the role of a Chinese hairdresser and Una showing off the styles.
  • Song: Everybody's Talking (with Labi Siffre and Hank Marvin) — Backed by the BBC Orchestra, Hank supplies guitar and harmony vocals while Labi Siffre provides duet vocals.
  • Song: All My Love — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a comedy sketch where they are in a library where they are supposed to have "absolute silence" but various noises and surprises continually break the silence.
  • Song: The Pushbike Song — Performed by the BBC Orchestra only (or possibly a playing of the record), this is the 1971 hit song by The Mixtures as a dance number by Una Stubbs and the show's dance troupe. Cliff has no involvement in this song.
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a comedy sketch where Una tries to bring Hank up on charges for various crimes.
  • Song: Another Time, Another Place — This is the fourth of six songs that Clodagh Rodgers performed on this series for the UK entry in the 1971 Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #4 in the voting. This song is performed by Clodagh Rodgers and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a comedy sketch that Cliff describes as "Eternal Triangle" where the three play characters in a love triangle, but Hank is also a bird. (Sounds strange, but that's what it is.)
  • Song: Soul Deep — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Visions — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 6, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
6
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Clodagh Rodgers (singing), Olivia Newton-John (singing), Bruce Welch (music), John Farrar (music)

Episode Discussion: Marvin, Welch & Farrar make a return visit to the show, having earlier appeared on the January 9th episode. On both shows they performed their latest single, Faithful. They had also appeared on the 1970 Christmas Eve special, that was a precursor to this 1971 series.

Olivia Newton-John also returned. She had previously appeared on the 1970 Christmas Eve special as well, when she also sang Don't Move Away with Cliff. On this show, she sang her newest breakout hit, If Not For You.

This episode features the fifth of Clodagh Rodgers' Eurovision Song Contest performances, when she performs Wind Of Change.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: A dodgy, incomplete audio recording exists. This recording is missing (1) the Sunny Honey Girl instrumental intro, (2) Cliff's performance of I'll Be Back, (3) Olivia Newton-John's performance of If Not For You, (4) Marvin, Welch & Farrar's performance of Faithful, and (5) Clodagh Rodger's performance of Wind Of Change.

Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: Proud Mary — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show, then Cliff and Hank run a series of jokes about Una's new hairstyle.
  • After presenting Una's new hairstyle, Cliff, Hank and Una make various jokes about getting a new wardrobe for Una as well.
  • Song: I'll Be Back — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Don't Move Away (with Olivia Newton-John) — Backed by the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff narrates a filmed sketch about a recent visit to Una's home where things continually go wrong.
  • Song: If Not For You — This performance is by Olivia-Newton John and the group Marvin, Welch & Farrar. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff comedically introduces The Breakways and talks about how they met.
  • Hank plays the role of a stand-up comedian and he and Una trades several insults about each other's talent. The bit ends with them on stage singing a short vaudeville song.
  • Song: Faithful — This performance is by Marvin, Welch & Farrar. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Song: Wind Of Change — This is the fifth of six songs that Clodagh Rodgers performed on this series for the UK entry in the 1971 Eurovision song contest. This song eventually tied for #2 in the voting. This song is performed by Clodagh Rodgers and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff, Hank, Una and an unknown female perform a Western comedy sketch that takes place in a saloon. Cliff pays the hero, Hank plays the villain, the unknown female plays the hussy, and Una plays a county bumpkin girl.
  • Cliff thanks the audience and his guests and wishes everyone a good night.
  • Song: Love The One You're With — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown. Other guests, including Una, Hank, Olivia, Bruce and John may have joined in on this number as there is a big vocal performance at the end of the song.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 13, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
7
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Clodagh Rodgers (singing), Roger Whittaker (singing, acting)

Episode Discussion: This episode features the fifth of Clodagh Rodgers' Eurovision Song Contest performances, when she performs Someone To Love Me.

As stated previously, this series was completely wiped from the BBC archives only a dodgy, incomplete bootleg audio recording now exists. This episode features a skit of Hank offering up an alternate intro to the show, which gives a clue that the official opening for the whole series Cliff and an unknown girl travelling about in a motorboat.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: A dodgy, incomplete audio recording exists. This recording is missing (1) the Sunny Honey Girl instrumental intro, (2) Cliff's performance of Good Times, (3) Cliff's performance of With The Eyes Of A Child, (4) Roger Whittaker's performance of Why, (5) Una Stubb's dancing number to Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell song The Onion Song, (6) Cliff's performance of Sunny Honey Girl, (7) Clodagh Rodger's performance of Someone To Love Me, and (8) various comedy bits.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: Good Times — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: It's The Same Old Song — Backed by the BBC orchestra and The Breakaways, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: With The Eyes Of A Child — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show, then Cliff, Hank and Una perform a skit about song titles, with Hank and Una making statements, then Cliff comedically offering up a popular song title.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una present various jokes and skits about fans contacting the show, including a fake news cast, complete with comical ads inserted.
  • Song: Why — This performance is by Roger Whittaker. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff, Hank, Una a Roger Whittaker perform some jokes about Cliff introducing Una to Roger, and there is added confusion from a star struck Una (although its unclear if she's star struck with Cliff, Roger or both!).
  • Hank presents Cliff with a new idea for the series introduction. It's not entirely clear what it is, but apparently the normal intro to the series features Cliff in a motorboat and this new intro from Hank features similar footage, set to the theme music of Hawaii Five-O. The scene ends with a crash and Cliff rejects the new intro. It's not entirely clear, but Hank may be playing guitar over this theme music intro.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una present jokes and sketches about housewives as part of a Valentine's Day theme.
  • Song: The Onion Song — Performed by the BBC Orchestra only (or possibly a playing of the record), this is the 1969 hit song by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell as a dance number by Una Stubbs and the show's dance troupe. Cliff has no involvement in this song.
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Song: Someone To Love Me — This is the sixth of six songs that Clodagh Rodgers performed on this series for the UK entry in the 1971 Eurovision song contest. This song eventually tied for #2 in the voting. This song is performed by Clodagh Rodgers and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff and Clodagh have a conversation about her songs.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una present a comedy sketch were viewers can "see what they say" if they don't have sound during the show.
  • Song: I'm Moving On (with Hank Marvin and Roger Whittaker) — With lead and harmony vocals by Roger, Cliff and Hank, this is a cover of the 1950 Hank Snow country song. Backing is by the BBC orchestra and further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff thanks the audience and his guests and wishes everyone a good night.
  • Song: Visions — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 20, 1971
Record Date
Wednesday, February 17, 1971
Series Episode #
8
Guest Cast and Support: BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Clodagh Rodgers (singing, acting), Hank Marvin (music), Bruce Welch (music), John Farrar (music), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing)

Episode Discussion: This is a special episode, showcasing all of Clodagh Rodgers songs for the UK entry in the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest. She is given an opportunity to sing all six songs, then Cliff has a short discussion with her before a quick recap and instructions on how to vote.

Cliff also sings a solo version of Mary Hopkins' Knock, Knock Who's There, the UK's entry in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest. Perhaps because it was a themed show, this was appropriate.

It is understood that the group Marvin, Welch & Farrar sang three songs at the start of the show, however, this remains unconfirmed as it is not available on the partial audio bootleg that survives. Cliff does mention in the show that Una Stubbs and Hank Marvin are not present, yet Hank is a member of Marvin, Welch & Farrar. Either Cliff meant that Hank was not there in his usual acting capacity, the Marvin, Welch & Farrar songs were taped/video performances, or the trio wasn't there at all and reports are wrong.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: A dodgy, very incomplete audio recording exists. This recording is missing (1) the Sunny Honey Girl instrumental intro, (2) all songs by Marvin, Welch & Farrar, (3) all songs by Clodagh Rodgers, (4) and a handful of presentations and talks by Cliff. Really, the only song that is included in this recording is Cliff's singing of Knock, Knock Who's There.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: You're Burning Bridges — This performance is by Marvin, Welch & Farrar. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Faithful — This performance is by Marvin, Welch & Farrar. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: My Home Town — This performance is by Marvin, Welch & Farrar. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Knock, Knock Who's There — Backed by The Breakaways and the BBC orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show, commenting on the format being a showcase for Clodagh Rodgers Eurovision Song Contest entry and that Hank and Una are not present. He does, however, manage to add a few jokes about Una's hairstyle and Hank's cough catchphrase.
  • Cliff introduces Clodagh and they discuss her appearances and songs on the show, trading a few more jokes along the way.
  • Cliff presents "the trail to find the Song for Europe 1971", although what exactly this presentation is is unknown.
  • Song: Look Left, Look Right — This performance is by Clodagh Rodgers. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: In My World Of Beautiful Things — This performance is by Clodagh Rodgers. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Jack In The Box — This performance is by Clodagh Rodgers. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Another Time Another Place — This performance is by Clodagh Rodgers. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Wind Of Change — This performance is by Clodagh Rodgers. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Someone To Love Me — This performance is by Clodagh Rodgers. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff talks with Clodagh and they trade a few jokes about Ireland (where Clodagh is from) and the songs she just sang.
  • Cliff and Clodagh present clips from each song again to allow the viewers to make a final decision on which they want to vote.
  • Cliff explains to the viewers how to vote for the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1971. It's interesting that because the country was experiencing a postal worker's strike at the time, viewers were instructed not to mail in their votes, but instead to find selected voting stations in their town and secretly submit their vote.
  • Cliff thanks Clodagh and the audience and encourages them to tune in next week.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 27, 1971
Record Date
Saturday, February 27, 1971
Series Episode #
9
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Clodagh Rodgers (singing), Petula Clark (singing), Olivia Newton-John (singing), Billy Cotton (presentation)

Episode Discussion: This episode was filmed live, to present the winning song for the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest. Presenter Billy Cotton was present to help count the votes and present them live. Due to a UK postal strike at the time, voters were unable to mail their votes in. Instead, special representatives were selected from around the country and they were to take the local votes and they would be presented on the show. As such, Billy Cotton was able to read off the votes live for each representative. The winning song was Jack In The Box by songwriters John Worsley and David Myers and Clodagh Rodgers sang the song live to close the show.

There remains some doubt if Olivia Newton-John actually performed on this episode. The dodgy bootleg that is available does not include it or any reference to it.

This episode did include a response to an earlier comedy sketch. On the February 13th episode, Cliff, Hank and Una performed a comedy sketch that poked fun at housewives. In response, this episode responded to that and poked equal fun at husbands.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: An incomplete audio recording exists. This recording is missing (1) an unknown song by Petula Clark, (2) Olivia Newton-John's performance of If Not For You, (6) Una Stubb's dancing number to the song Me Lady's Milady from The Virgin And The Gypsy, and (7) Clodagh Rodger's performance of Jack In The Box.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: Move It — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: It's Impossible — Backed by the BBC orchestra, this song had been a recent hit for Perry Como in the UK. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show and talks about how the process has and will work for the selection of the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. He also thanks all the songs' songwriters, who are present in the audience.
  • Hank, Una and Cliff perform a comedy sketch where they answer fan's questions, but without the questions (thus only giving answers where the questions are implied).
  • Cliff introduces Clodagh Rodgers and he does a short comedy bit with Hank, where Hank is anxious that people are talking about him behind his back.
  • Song: Song Of My Life — This performance is by Petula Clark. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: I Want To Hold Your Hand (with Petula Clark) — Backed by the BBC orchestra, this The Beatles' song performed in an interesting gentle and orchestrated rendition. Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Una, Hank and Cliff present jokes and sketches about husbands, done as a couterpart to the jokes two shows earlier about housewives.
  • Song: Big Ship — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: If Not For You — This performance is by Olivia Newton-John. It has no Cliff involvement.
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Song: Me Lady's Milady — Performed by the BBC Orchestra only (or possibly a playing of the record), this is a song from the 1970 film The Virgin And The Gypsy as a dance number by Una Stubbs and the show's dance troupe. Cliff has no involvement in this song. The title of Me Lady's Milady is uncertain as Cliff introduces the song with this title (or at least, that's what it sounds like), but no such song is found on the film's soundtrack release.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a Victorian era sketch described as "The Wicked Sir Jasper" which features Hank as the title character who interferes in the love affair of Cliff and Una's characters.
  • The results of the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest are presented by Bill Cotton. As this is a live broadcast, the votes are tallied live in front of the cameras. The winning song is Jack In The Box.
  • Song: Jack In The Box — Performed by Clodagh Rodgers and backed by the BBC Orchestra, this song has no Cliff involvement.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, March 6, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
10
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Olivia Newton-John (singing, acting), Bruce Welch (music), John Farrar (music)

Episode Discussion: This is the first episode without Clodagh Rodgers following a series of episodes featuring her in her Song For Europe 1971 bid.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: An incomplete audio recording exists. This recording is missing (1) a small portion of the Sunny Honey Girl instrumental intro and (2) Olivia Newton-John's performance of If Not For You.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: You're Ready Now — Backed by the BBC orchestra and The Breakaways, this is a cover of the 1966 Frankie Valli hit. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show, then Cliff, Hank, Una and Olivia perform a comedy bit about song titles where they act out a scene, then Cliff sings the song title as the punchline.
  • Cliff and Hank trade a few jokes, follow by a sketch described as "Dragnet on bikes" with Cliff being the Dragnet announcer while various comedic scenes (presumable filmed) play out on screen.
  • Song: The Next Time — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Take Her Away — Performed by Marvin, Welch & Farrar, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff and Hank present a fake trailer they've filmed for the series that parodies American movie trailers. Apparently it's a filmed sequence, with Hank narrating, that shows Cliff, Hank, Una, The Breakaways and Norrie Paramor in various comedic situations.
  • Song: If Not For You — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Walk On By/The Look Of Love (with Olivia Newton-John) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Song: Saturday Night At The World — Backed by the BBC Orchestra, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Hank, Cliff and Una perform a comedy sketch identified as "Marvin of Arabia" which is a loose parody of Lawrence of Arabia with Hank playing the title character, Una playing his friend, and Cliff playing a Frenchman challenging Marvin.
  • Song: Down On The Corner (with Marvin, Welch & Farrar) — Sung by Cliff with music and backing vocals by Marvin, Welch & Farrar, this is a cover of the 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival song. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff says goodnight and thanks his guests and the audience.
  • Song: Visions — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, March 13, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
11
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Labi Siffre (singing), Bruce Welch (music), John Farrar (music)

Episode Discussion: Labi Siffre makes his second appearance in the series, again singing Thank Your Lucky Star.

Rather than closing the show with the traditional Visions, Cliff closes with the rock 'n' roller Shake, Rattle And Roll.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: A dodgy, incomplete audio recording exists. This recording is missing (1) the Sunny Honey Girl instrumental intro, (2) Cliff's performance of Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon, (3) Labi Siffre's performance of Thank Your Lucky Star, (4) Marvin, Welch & Farrar's performance of Brownie Kentucky, and (5) Cliff's performance of Time Drags By.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: Rose Garden — Backed by the BBC orchestra and The Breakaways, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show, followed by a series of comedic impressions with Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a sketch that Cliff describes as their "party pieces." It's a series of short comedic, impressions with musical accompaniment.
  • Song: Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Thank Your Lucky Star — Performed by Labi Siffre, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Song: Brownie Kentucky — Performed by Marvin, Welch & Farrar, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Time Drags By — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff and Una perform a comedy sketch introduced by Hank as "A Brief Encounter with Private Lives in Bittersweet." Cliff and Una play two domestic people in an overly dramatic (so much so it's funny) sketch where they demostrate incredible angst about various things going on in their lives. They end the sketch with their performance of In Love.
  • Song: In Love (with Una Stubbs) — Carrying on from the previous sketch, Cliff and Una sing this vaudeville style song (backed by the orchestra) about how being in love. What makes it amusing is that Una sings the lines as "You are..." a sweet nothing (such as "apple of my eye") while Cliff sings the lines "You were..." a sweet nothing, implying that he no longer loves her. Despite this, they come together and sing the final lines in harmony. The actual title of the song is uncertain and In Love is simply derived from the song's lyrics. The song was likely written just for this sketch.
  • Cliff thanks the audience and his guests and says good night.
  • Song: Shake, Rattle And Roll — Backed by the BBC orchestra and The Breakaways, further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, March 20, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
12
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Olivia Newton-John (singing), Bruce Welch (music), John Farrar (music)

Episode Discussion: Olivia Newton-John made her fourth appearance in this series, singing the Freda Payne song, Band Of Gold. She also sings a duet with Cliff of the Sonny and Cher song, United We Stand.

In a unusual twist, Una Stubbs sings the closing song of Visions. Cliff mentions that people have written in wanting to know why Cliff doesn't let Una sing on the show, so he allows her to sing the closing song. She does a mangled performance, with occasional interrupts from Hank as he pokes fun at her.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: A dodgy, incomplete audio recording exists. This recording is missing (1) the Sunny Honey Girl instrumental intro, (2) Cliff's performance of As I Walk Into The Morning Of Your Life, (3) Cliff's performance of Travellin' Light, (4) Marvin, Welch & Farrar's performance of Wish You Were Here, (5) Olivia Newton-John's performance of Band Of Gold, and (6) Cliff's performance of The Lady Came From Baltimore.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: As I Walk Into The Morning Of Your Life — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Travellin' Light — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show when he is interrupted by Una, playing Raquel Welch, and Hank and they deliver several jokes as if Raquel is there to deliver her vote for the 1971 Song For Europe, although she is obviously too late.
  • Song: Wish You Were Here — Performed by Marvin, Welch & Farrar, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff and Hank perform a sketch where Cliff performs several funny faces to show his emotions.
  • A miniature documentary film is show about the upbringing of Hank, which is narrated by Cliff.
  • Song: Band Of Gold — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: United We Stand (with Olivia Newton-John) — Backed by the BBC orchestra and The Breakaways, this is a cover of the song made popular by Sonny and Cher. Cliff and Olivia perform this song as a duet. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Lady Came From Baltimore — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a potted (and comedy) version of the the recent documentary shown on the BBC called The Six Wives of Henry VIII.
  • Song: Paperback Writer (with Marvin, Welch & Farrar) — Backed by Marvin, Welch & Farrar, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff thanks the audience and his guests, then announces that Una is going to sing the closing song.
  • Song: Visions — Performed by Una Stubbs as a comic version (with interruptions by Hank), this song has no Cliff involvement.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, March 27, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
13
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (singing, guitar, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, dancing), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), BBC Orchestra (music), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Corona Stage Academy dancers (dancing), Clodagh Rodgers (singing)

Episode Discussion: This was the final episode in the 1971 series. Clodagh Rodgers returned as the musical guest, singing a duet with Cliff, Reach Out For Me, and her own performance of Jack In The Box which she would take to the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest the following week.

Cliff closes out the show and the series with Visions, the semi-traditional closing number for most of his series.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: A dodgy, incomplete audio recording exists. This recording is missing (1) the Sunny Honey Girl instrumental intro, (2) Hank Marvin's performance of Sacha, (3) Clodagh Rodger's performance of Jack In The Box, and (6) Cliff's performance of Silvery Rain. Although the bootleg recordings of this series cut most of the performances of Visions as the closing song, this, the last in the series, includes the full song.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Sunny Honey Girl (Instrumental) — This is a short instrumental version of Sunny Honey Girl performed by the BBC Orchestra used to introduce the show. It does not feature Cliff on vocals.
  • Song: Tears Of A Clown — Backed by the BBC orchestra and The Breakaways, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff introduces the show and announces that it's the last show in the series.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una share various jokes, many which play on some of the themes seen throughout the series, including Hank's cough catchphrase, Una's hair and Hank's lusting for Raquel Welch. It ends with a revisit to Hank blowing the Viking horn as seen in the Cliff In Scandinavia special.
  • Song: Sacha — Performed by Hank Marvin, this song has no Cliff involvement.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una welcome Clodagh Rodgers on stage by way of a funny limerick.
  • Song: Jack In The Box — Performed by Clodagh Rodgers, this song has no Cliff involvement. This song is presumed to be performed as she had not yet been to the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest with it. The available bootleg recording doesn't include the song, however, Clodagh is introduced, then the tape cuts off.
  • Cliff, Hank and Una perform a sketch where they turn the TV cameras on the studio audience, zoom in on unexpected attendees, then deliver jokes about each of them in turn.
  • Song: Honey Pie (with Hank Marvin and Una Stubbs) — Backed by the BBC orchestra and The Breakaways, this song is performed by Cliff, Hank and Una mostly as a comedy song. It is a cover of The Beatles song. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una.
  • Song: Reach Out For Me (with Clodagh Rodgers) — Backed by the BBC orchestra and The Breakaways, this is a cover of the Dionne Warwick song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff, Hank, Una and Clodagh perform a sketch that Hank describes as "Long Cliff Silver" (in a take-off on the pirate Long John Silver). Cliff plays the title character, Hank one of the pirate crew, Una a pirate wench, and Clodagh a visiting maiden.
  • Song: Silvery Rain — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff thanks the audience and the entire cast and crew and says goodnight.
  • Song: Visions — Backed by the BBC orchestra and The Breakaways, further details about this performance are unknown.


Cliff In Berlin
Cliff In Berlin title card
Studio: SFB
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: 45 minutes
Cliff In Berlin DVDThe German broadcaster SFB (Sender Freies Berlin) featured a concert of Cliff in Berlin, performed April 2, 1971 at the Sportpalast venue. The music was provided by the SFB Tanzorchester led by Paul Kuhn and backing vocals with a vocal group called the Rosy Singers. This special is only known to have been shown on German television.

The performance is a concert with Cliff front and center on a multi-tiered stage and the band and backing group on various tiers. All of Cliff's spoken parts are overdubbed in German. Although this is mainly a concert only, there are several breaks between the songs featuring interviews with Cliff that are overdubbed in German. And much of the footage during the stage performances feature film footage of Cliff touring around Berlin, meeting various people, and getting ready for the show.

Two stand-out features from the program include an acoustic performance of The Lady Came From Baltimore. The film shown is mostly of a rehearsal performance, although it ends on the actual stage performance. As such, it's unclear which performance this is or if it's a hybrid of the two. Archive footage of Cliff and The Shadows performing Move It from an unidentified 1967 British TV recording is also shown, with Cliff shown watching the performance on a small TV monitor.

The concert also includes a rare cover version of Cliff performing the Bee Gees song, Words, which was originally written specifically for Cliff, but he never officially recorded in a studio.

As this is a shortened set, it is believed that some songs that Cliff performed at the concert were omitted from the final broadcast.

A slightly recut version of this special, in black and white only, also exists and was produced for German broadcast. It's unclear when this special originally aired or why it was recut. It removes all the interview parts, starts the show at I Saw The Light, inserts The Day I Met Marie after Travellin' Light, and cuts the Move It archive footage portion. Because of how it is edited, Tracy/Sugar, Sugar and It's All In The Game are not part of the recut version. The film footage is basically the same except the archive footage of the British girls screaming during Move It is inserted into the rock 'n' roll medley part, giving the impression that the girls are present and screaming during the medley.

Cliff In Berlin
Broadcast Date
Friday, April 2, 1971
Record Date
June 1970
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Cliff In Berlin.
Guest Cast and Support: SFB Tanzorchester (orchestra), Paul Kuhn (musical director), Rosy Singers (backing vocals)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: The full program was released on the Cliff In Berlin DVD (ZYX Music DVD 3214) in May 2013.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • Tracy/Sugar, SugarSong: Tracy/Sugar, Sugar — With backing by the SFB Tanzorchester, this is a straight, energetic stage performance that merges a performance of The Cuff Links' Tracy with two verses and choruses of The Archies' Sugar, Sugar inserted before the closing choruses of Tracy. The video features Cliff on the show's stage performing, with filmed footage of Cliff touring Berlin and meeting several locals inserted over the stage performance.
  • It's All In The GameSong: It's All In The Game — With backing by the SFB Tanzorchester, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Cliff greets the audience and talks about the show. He is overdubbed by a German translator, therefor he cannot be clearly heard.
  • The Day I Met MarieSong: The Day I Met Marie — With backing by the SFB Tanzorchester, this is a straight stage performance. The video is of Cliff on stage performing the song, intercut with Cliff touring Berlin.
  • I Saw The LightSong: I Saw The Light — With backing by the SFB Tanzorchester, this is a straight stage performance.
  • While the audience cheers wildly following the I Saw The Light performance for nearly a full minute, several very quick cuts of film footage of Cliff touring about Berlin are shown.
  • Travellin' LightSong: Travellin' Light — With Cliff on acoustic guitar and backing by the SFB Tanzorchester, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Cliff is further interviewed (overdubbed in German so Cliff can't be heard clearly) while various filmed footage of him poolside is shown. Eventually, Cliff and music director Paul Kuhn are shown sitting in the audience seats at Sportpalast before the show, watching a monitor.
  • Move ItSong: Move It — Cliff and Paul Kuhn watch an old performance from an unidentified 1967 British TV broadcast of Cliff and The Shadows performing Move It. In the footage, the camera focuses more on the screaming girls in the audience than Cliff and the band. Cliff, in Berlin and watching himself in the monitor, seems to laugh at his looks by pointing to his bangs and sideburns.
  • Rock MedleySong: Rock Medley: The Girl Can't Help It/Great Balls Of Fire/Lucille/Jailhouse Rock/Good Old Rock 'N' Roll/Rock And Roll Music/Do You Wanna Dance — With backing by the SFB Tanzorchester, this is a straight stage performance. The performance includes a quick encore performance of Do You Wanna Dance at the end. The film mainly shows Cliff on stage performing, however it does cut in some footage of the screaming girls from the earlier Move It performance footage and several old time, 1920s era film footage of people dancing during Good Old Rock 'N' Roll and Rock And Roll Music.
  • Cliff is further interviewed (overdubbed in German so Cliff can't be heard clearly) while film footage of Cliff getting ready for the show is shown.
  • The Lady Came From BaltimoreSong: The Lady Came From Baltimore — Featuring Cliff on guitar only, this is a solo, acoustic performance. The film that accompanies it shows Cliff rehearsing the song on stage, with the other performers on stage or in the audience watching as he performs. At the very last scene, Cliff is seen on stage during the real performance. As such, it's impossible to know if the performance heard is actually the rehearsal performance or the final performance.
  • When I'm Sixty-FourSong: When I'm Sixty-Four — With backing by the SFB Tanzorchester, this is a straight stage performance. Cliff has a little fun with the audience during the song's false endings.
  • WordsSong: Words — With backing by the SFB Tanzorchester, this is a straight stage performance. This song is a cover of the Bee Gees that was originally written for Cliff, but he never recorded.
  • CongratulationsSong: Congratulations — With backing by the SFB Tanzorchester, this is a straight stage performance. The film is entirely of Cliff on stage performing the song, except that during the slow part of the song, more footage of Cliff out and about in Berlin is shown
  • Cliff bows the the cheering audience and then walks off stage. Various shots of the audience cheering are shown as the show's credits roll up the screen.


Cliff På Skansen
Cliff På Skansen title card
Studio: BBC/NRK/Oy Yleisradio Ab/Sveriges Radio
Broadcaster: SR2
Running Time: 55 minutes
This is a concert, performed in Skansen, an open air museum and zoo in Stockholm, Sweden during the summer of 1970. Although it was filmed nearly a year earlier, it wasn't broadcast until April 1971. It was only known to have been broadcast on Scandinavian TV. The original title is Cliff På Skansen, although it is popularly known by its English translated title, Cliff In Skansen. The performance was recorded at the time the Cliff In Scandinavia special was filmed, as a small portion of Cliff on stage is seen during that special.

The vocal trio, The Breakaways provide backing vocals and an unidentified orchestra, led by Norrie Paramor, provide all music. In addition, about halfway through the concert, Hank Marvin comes on stage and provides guitar for the rest of the show. Cliff performs a variety of songs from his touring setlist, including his latest single, Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha.

The full concert was not broadcast, however it remains unclear which portions were not included or if perhaps Cliff did multiple shows. Throughout the recordings for this broadcast, the musical performance was supplied by the orchestra led by Norrie Paramor (and also by Hank Marvin in some parts) except when Cliff did his solo part on The Lady Came From Baltimore. However, for the small portion of this concert seen on the Cliff In Scandinavia special, the backing is supplied by Cliff's regular backing band (drums, bass, guitar and piano) and not the orchestra. Clearly it is the same performance as Cliff, Hank, the piano player and the drummer are in the same positions wearing the same clothing, but the orchestra is missing from the portion seen during Cliff In Scandinavia. In addition, during the Cliff In Scandinavia special, Cliff performs a medley that starts with C'mon Everybody and Johnny B. Goode (with the rest of the medley performed in studio in Stockholm, thus meshing the Skansen and studio performances); however, during the Cliff På Skansen concert, he performs different medley that does not include these songs. It is believed that some subtle editing was done to these performances, which makes it unclear what really happened.

Cliff På Skansen
Broadcast Date
Sunday, April 11, 1971
Record Date
July and/or
August 1970
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Cliff På Skansen.
Guest Cast and Support: Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing), Norrie Paramor (orchestra conductor), Hank Marvin (guitar), unidentified orchestra (music)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • Song: Congratulations (Instrumental Intro) — By the orchestra only, this is a short instrumental piece played over the shows title card and when Cliff comes on stage.
  • Move ItSong: Move It — With backing by The Breakaways and the orchestra led by Norrie Paramor, this is a straight stage performance. This performance is the version from the Don't Stop Me Now! album.
  • Goodbye Sam, Hello SamanthaSong: Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha — With backing by The Breakaways and the orchestra led by Norrie Paramor, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Cliff thanks the audience and introduces The Breakaways and Norrie Paramor.
  • Something Good/If Ever I Would Leave YouSong: Something Good/If Ever I Would Leave You — With backing by the orchestra led by Norrie Paramor, this is a straight stage performance. The arrangement is mostly simple piano accompaniament until later the change to If Ever I Would Leave You when the horns slowly join in. Near the very end of the song, the full band joins in for a big finish.
  • Cliff introduces Hank Marvin, who comes on stage to play the rock 'n' roll medley.
  • Rock MedleySong: Rock Medley: The Girl Can't Help It/Great Balls Of Fire/Lucille/Jailhouse Rock/Good Old Rock 'N' Roll/Rock And Roll Music/Do You Wanna Dance — With backing by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the orchestra led by Norrie Paramor, this is a straight stage performance.
  • The Day I Met MarieSong: The Day I Met Marie — With backing by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the orchestra led by Norrie Paramor, this is a straight stage performance.
  • La La La La LaSong: La La La La La — With backing by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the orchestra led by Norrie Paramor, this is a straight stage performance.
  • The Lady Came From BaltimoreSong: The Lady Came From Baltimore — Featuring Cliff on guitar only, this is a solo, acoustic performance.
  • Hit MedleySong: Hit Medley: The Young Ones/Living Doll/In The Country — With backing by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the orchestra led by Norrie Paramor, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Bachelor BoySong: Bachelor Boy — With backing by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the orchestra led by Norrie Paramor, this is a straight stage performance.
  • When I'm Sixty-FourSong: When I'm Sixty - Four — With backing by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the orchestra led by Norrie Paramor, this is a straight stage performance.
  • CongratulationsSong: Congratulations — With backing by Hank Marvin, The Breakaways and the orchestra led by Norrie Paramor, this is a straight stage performance.
  • Song: Congratulations (Instrumental Reprise) — By the orchestra only, Cliff has no musical involvement in this song. It is played as Cliff leave the stage, then returns and bows to the audience. The TV show credits roll across the screen during much of the song.


It's Cliff
It's Cliff title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
Very little is known about his program other than it is a TV special on this date. It was described in the book The Ultimate Cliff (1996 - Peter Lewry & Nigel Goodall). No other information is currently available.

It's Cliff
Broadcast Date
Friday, June 18, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: Unknown

Episode Discussion: No details available at this time.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show is not available in any form.

Performance Detail: No details available at this time.


Get Away With Cliff
Get Away With Cliff title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC1
Running Time: 45 minutes
This 45 minute BBC special was filmed mostly in the south of France and Monte Carlo. The theme, very roughly, is about Cliff travelling from England to the south of France and visiting various locations before returning. It features various songs from the era and several guest appearances, thus it is somewhat similar in style to Cliff's It's Cliff Richard series, however it features no stage performances and instead consists of various skits and sketches from many different places.

Much of it was filmed in the south of France and one clue that some audio (and very little video) may have been taken from a concert is during the performance of Don't Move Away with Olivia Newton-John when they are seen singing on stage together with Norrie Paramor directing the band behind them, and a banner is briefly seen draped overhead that reads "Antibes Juan-Les-Pins" (places in the south of France) and "Festival International de la..." with the rest unseen. It is known that both Cliff and Olivia performed at the Rose D'Or song festival that year, so this is probably where this is from.

Special guest appearances include: Olivia Newton-John who sings a solo song, a duet with Cliff and acts in several skits; Marvin, Welch & Farrar who provide a non-Cliff performance, some backing for Cliff's performances, and some acting in the skits; and Séverine, who sings her recent 1971 Eurovision Song Contest winning song, Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue.

Hank Marvin makes several appearances in several running sketches. When not appearing as himself, he also appears as Pierre Marvin, an artist and Pedro Marvin, a waiter. The first appearance has him appearing as Pedro when he takes the order of a man who demands wine with his meal. The wine is apparently far away, so he leaves to pick it up. Thus, throughout the show he occasionally is seen in a long line of waiters on a quest to find wine for the diner. By the end of the show, he finds the wine, apparently in England, and he and the other waiters rush to return it to the diner from the beginning of the show. By this point, the diner is old and gray and is so startled at Pedro Marvin's return, that he breaks the bottle of wine that they went to so much trouble to bring to him in the first place. Pierre Marvin is also seen from time to time working on various paintings and scultures that usually have some funny ending to them.

One scene during the filming of When I'm Sixty-Four, filmed in Camber, Sussex, almost caused a media frenzy. In the scene, fitting with the song's lyrics, Cliff playes the role of a new husband with his bride exiting the front door of a local church. Some people saw this, not realizing it was for the TV special, and thought they were witnessing the actual wedding of Cliff Richard.

The special was broadcast on a UK bank holiday, so sometimes it is referred to as a Bank Holiday Special. It was produced by Michael Hurll with the script written by Eric Davidson.

Get Away With Cliff
Broadcast Date
Monday, August 30, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Get Away With Cliff.
Guest Cast and Support: Olivia Newton-John (singing, acting), Hank Marvin (music, acting), Bruce Welch (music, acting), John Farrar (music, acting), Séverine (singing), Norrie Paramor (musical director), Robert Parvin (acting), Milton Reid (acting), Marty Swift (acting), Johnny Wade (acting), Zena Clifton (acting), The Barking Playleader Majorettes (dancing), Norrie Paramor Orchestra (music), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • Flying MachineSong: Flying Machine — This is a disc recording played over the show's intro, although added sound effects are included. The scene is of Cliff riding various carnival rides with shots that closely mimic the song's lyrics ("I go up, I go down, I go round and round"). During the course of this, Hank Marvin is introduced when writing the "Ghost Train" and comes out with a skeleton; Olivia Newton-John is introduced when Hank Marvin knocks her over in a game of skill; and both Bruce Welch and John Farrar are introduced as statues in the Ghost Train ride. Near the end of the song, Hank Marvin is introduced as a fictious artist character named Pierre Marvin who works on a large sculpture that disastrously falls down. After this, he is again introduced as another fictious waiter character named Pedro Marvin who prepares a table for a gentleman at an outside diner. This last leads to the show's first comedy sketch.
  • Hank, as the Pedro the waiter, takes the man's order and he wants wine. Because, as he claims, no restaurants nearby are licensed, he must leave to get it from far away. This starts a long procession of him walking around town while a growing succession of waiters from other restaurants walk behind him. In the midst of this, Cliff walks up to a series of lockers and puts his bag inside one. As he goes to remove the key, the bag pops out of another. This keeps up until locks all the locks. Cliff then runs across a man stacking slates against a fence. As the man turns his back, Pierre Marvin the artist quickly paints images all over them. Cliff then walks into an open air arena with a marqee stating "cliff Richard in live broadcast now". Looking pleased, he enters, quickly followed by Pedro Marvin, the waiter who sits in an empty theatre but for a woman (a man in drag) wearing a large hat. He signals to the woman to remove her hat as it's blocking his view and she complies.
  • Do You Wanna DanceSong: Do You Wanna Dance — Cliff performs on the empty stage while the woman chair dances with a small transister radio to her ear and Pierre Marvin watches approvingly. The choruses use film footage that is quickly run forwards and backwards during the "do you, do you, do you" parts, giving funny images of people and animals sort of "dancing" to the song. At the end, Pedro is seen dancing on a bus, as if he's still in search of wine. This is most likely a mimed performance as during the stage parts, no band is present. This also means it's unclear who is providing the backing music, but given the rock 'n' roll nature of the music, it is likely provided by Marvin, Welch & Farrar.
  • Pierre Marvin is shown working on a bit of artwork on the street. To avoid passing cars damaging his work, he rolls up the artwork and each time he unrolls it, it reveals different things. This is used eventually to introduce Marvin, Welch & Farrar.
  • Song: Lady Of The Morning — Performed by Marvin, Welch & Farrar, this song has no Cliff involvement. The band is shown performing the song outside in a statue garden near a campfire.
  • The string of waiters is again seen walking for the wine when Pedro pauses at a billboard advertising "Terry's Perfumed Tissues". A man rolls up a piano and Pedro begins to play to the sign. The scene on the billboard, a Victorian era woman in a dress standing before a man sitting on a bench, comes to life (via a fade). Cliff is the man on the bench with the woman trying to attract his attention. This leads to a crazy chase seen with Hank as a policeman and an inidentified man as a jogger, with tissues being strewn about. The scene ends with a curtain closing and Pedro standing up from the piano and taking a bow.
  • Cliff is seen driving down the road when he stops for a mannequin on the side of the road. As he stops, Pedro runs out of the woods, puts the top half of the mannequin in the car's back seat, then jumps in for a ride. They drive by a policewoman when the arm of the mannequin falls off.
  • In The CountrySong: In The Country — Pedro Marvin walks across a field, finds a scarecrow wearing a tuxedo, changes clothes with the scarecrow, and begins conducting to a flock of sheep as In The Country begins to play, as if the sheep are performing. The version of the song heard is not live, but playback of the 1967 recording. During the song, a series of scenes are show, including Cliff sitting on a bail of hay singing the song and a long sequence of events where Cliff tries to enjoy being out in the country, but Hank in various authoritarian roles points out signage that says what he is doing is forbidden (e.g. no fishing, no riding, etc.). At the end, he gets arrested because "no singing" is allowed and the song ends with Hank conducting the sheep again.
  • Pierre Marvin is seen standing on the side of the road getting ready to paint a picture when Cliff drives up and asks for directions in French. After a bit of back and forth in both French and English, Hank hands Cliff the image and it is of the Mona Lisa. Shocked at the artwork, Pierre turns it over and it's a portrait of Olivia Newton-John on the other side. This is all done by way of an introduction of Olivia who then sings...
  • Song: Love Song — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement. Olivia performs this song, written by Lesley Duncan, while walking around a sculpture garden in Fountain Maeght Museum near Nice.
  • Cliff finds a small girl at the entrance to a garden maze who is crying because she lost her mother inside. Cliff offers to help and hands the girl the end of a string, then goes inside with the string trailing behind him, planning that it will help him find the way out once he finds the girl's mother. Her mother arrives, not having been in the maze and all, and ties the string to the chair of a nearby sleeping old man. We then see that the old man is holding a bag that holds yarn for a woman knitting on a nearby bench. This leads to a tug-of-war with the old man in the middle as each tries to get control of the respective lines.
  • Don't Move AwaySong: Don't Move Away (with Olivia Newton-John) — Cliff and Olivia sing the song on stage before a large audience. Footage of this stage performance is liberally intermixed with film footage of the pair singing the song in various settings, including out of a pair of windows, riding a double bike, and peddling a double-seated boat. At the end of the song, Cliff and Olivia are seen again performing on stage when the camera pans back and a large banner over the stage can be seen. The banner reads "Antibes Juan-Les-Pins" (places in the south of France) and "Festival International de la..." with the rest unseen. Obviously this concert was at a music festival in the south of France.
  • Pierre Marvin is walking across the countryside when he spots a white horse. This inspires him to sculpt a very large image of the horse on the side of a hill. It then rains and washes the image away, much to his frustration.
  • Fire And RainSong: Fire And Rain — Cliff, playing on guitar, moves around the deserted cobbled streets of Biot, a 16th Century village, while performing the song. Clearly this is a mimed recording to an original live performance (complete with strings), although it is not the live recording from the Help It Along album.
  • Pedro Marvin is seen taking several pictures with a camera that oddly capture his subject and turn them into and out of black and white cardboard cut-outs of themselves. He finally spots Cliff and Olivia leaving a small chapel, having just wed. This leads to the next song...
  • When I'm Sixty-FourSong: When I'm Sixty - Four — This is a pre-recording of the song, played back over the filmed segment. In several filmed skits and quick flashes of still photography, the song's lyrics are played out with Cliff and Olivia playing the roles of the couple in the song. Although Olivia features as an actress in the song, she does not sing on the song.
  • The long line of waiters seeking the wine for their customers are seen again when they encounter a couple of dressing booths on the beach. Inside adjoining booths are Cliff and Olivia who decide they want to go sit in the deck chairs down the beach, despite not having any French currency to pay for them. Hank Marvin, as a cop, spots them down the beach and instead of going to fine or arrest them, attempts to tunnel under the sand to them. He keeps coming up in various other places, not where Cliff and Olivia are. Finally he gives up and the camera pans back to reveal writing on the beach that introduces the next musical performance.
  • Song: Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue — Performed by French singer Séverine, this performance shows the singer walking around the Royal Palace in Monaco, where special permission was need from the Minister of Information. It has no Cliff involvement. This song was the winner of the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest. Permission was given to film a the Royal Palace with the suggestion that Monaco could be used for the location of the 1972 Eurovision Song Festival, although it ended up in Edinburgh, Scotland that year instead.
  • Pierre Marvin is again seen on the roadsign painting, this time painting a picture of a girl in a paint-by-number scheme, when Cliff drives up and again asks for directions. Next a large boat is seen sailing out of a French port. Then Cliff and Marvin, Welch & Farrar are seen riding down the road in a convertable with Olivia driving, when they pass a sign showing that they are headed to London. The implication is that they are heading back home, which is expressed in the lyrics to the next song: "Gee, but it's great to be back home."
  • Keep The Customer SatisfiedSong: Keep The Customer Satisfied (with Marvin, Welch & Farrar) — Performed with Marvin, Welch & Farrar, this is a mimed performance to a pre-recorded song. The film footage again shows Cliff, Hank, Bruce and John riding in the convertable driven by Olivia, intercut with various scenes related to earlier in the special. The main filmed scene shows the long line of waiter running with a bottle of wine in a relay style race, as if they are hurrying to get it back to the person who originally ordered it at the beginning of the show. At the end, Pedro Marvin finally arrives with the wine to the man's table, but by this time he is an old man and he is sleeping soundly. when he wakes the man, the man accidentally knocks the wine off the table, breaking the bottle after all that work to get it there.
  • Song: Keep The Customer Satisfied (Instrumental Reprise) — Played by a brass band, this song has no Cliff involvement. It is a repeated sequence of the song's chorus, played on brass instruments, while the various show performers come down a long series of steps and bow to the audience, all while surrounded by a dancing majorettes.
  • My Sweet LordSong: My Sweet Lord — Cliff comes down the steps and sings the song while the the dancers dance around him and the show's credits flash across the screen. Various scenes of the show's other performers are sometimes shown singing the backing vocals as well as snippets of scenes from earlier in the show. The scene ends with Cliff along on the steps singing the song.


A Day In The Life
A Day In The Life title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: Evangelische Omroep
Running Time: 30 minutes
This special is a half hour Christian oriented program. It was produced by Dutch television and was broadcast on the Christian channel they have called Evangelische Omroep. The show was meant to gently proselytize to the audience. It follows "a day in the life" of Cliff Richard from the moment he leaves his bedroom until late in the day. It features a handful of musical performances, but it is more oriented to speaking parts showing Cliff's day. Not all of it is religious oriented, with much of it taken up with Cliff enjoying breakfast, rehearsing and signing autographs. By the end of the show, however, there is a rather overt message about Jesus and how people ought to accept him into their daily lives.

It features an interesting glimpse into Cliff's home and the people in Cliff's life at the time, including participation of Bill Latham, David Bryce, Brian Bennett, Gill Snow and Bill Latham's mother. As they are not actors, it's sometimes a little obvious that it's a rehearsed performance.

The show is available for review, however the intro and closing of the show are missing so no show credit information is available. Unfortunately, this also means that a unique live performance of Reflections is incomplete and the disc recording of Throw Down A Line is mostly missing.

A Day In The Life
Broadcast Date
Saturday, November 20, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
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A Day In The Life.
Guest Cast and Support: Bill Latham (acting), David Bryce (acting), Brian Bennett (acting), Gill Snow (acting), Bill Latham's mother (acting), Undentified female vocalists (singing, acting)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available, except the intro and closing are missing.

Performance Detail:
  • Throw Down A LineSong: Throw Down A Line — This is a disc recording only over the opening of the program. The song is played over various filmed scenes around the streets of London, however the available material is limited, so there may be more.
  • Cliff is first seen leaving an upstairs bedroom and meeting Bill Latham and his mother for breakfast. At the table as they eat, Bill and Cliff discuss Cliff's agenda for the day. They get a call from David Bryce (unseen) and they continue to discuss his schedule. Apparently Cliff has some time planned for an appearance at a youth rally where Cliff will discuss his religion and sing a few songs.
  • Images of busy streets are shown, implying that people are travelling. Next we see an unidentified man (possibly David Bryce) on the phone discussing Cliff's upcoming TV series. He mentions how there will be a forerunner show on Boxing Day, followed by the full series from January to March. Bill is then seen on the other end of the line confirming Cliff's availability and how he will appear at a youth rally later that day.
  • Silvery RainSong: Silvery Rain — Cliff is shown rehearsing for an upcoming performance by playing his Silvery Rain single, and singing and playing along on guitar. He is interrupted several times, once from Peter (identified by name and possibly Peter Gormley) about him practicing, then another by Bill Latham, about the upcoming youth rally where Cliff states he will be singing Reflections, Good News and You'll Never Change (likely an early title for Yesterday Today Forever). This cuts to footage of Cliff in a small room with two unidentified female backing singers and Brian Bennett as they continue to practice on the song.
  • Give Me Oil In My LampSong: Give Me Oil In My Lamp — Cliff plays guitar and sings with classroom full of children. The performance seen in the program is only a partial performance, mainly the "sing hosannah" chorus. The actual place of performing is not identified, but a banner stating "Finchley Crusaders" is seen on the wall behind Cliff so it is likely a Finchley Crusaders class.
  • Cliff is seen with a French translator trying to memorize the French lyrics to a song he will be performing at some point in the future. This is likely in relation to his recordings of La Ballade De Baltimore and L'Amandier Sauvage that Cliff did late later in 1971.
  • Cliff is seen in his office signing photos for fans while having a conversation with his assistant, Gill Snow.
  • Yesterday Today ForeverSong: Yesterday Today Forever — Cliff sings while playing guitar on stage at the youth rally discussed earlier. Bill Latham and an unidentified man sit on stage behind Cliff. Partway through the performance, footage is shown of people arriving at the event, described in signage as the "Bookbang".
  • Cliff and Bill, on stage at the youth rally, discuss Yesterday Today Forever and Cliff's faith.
  • ReflectionsSong: Reflections — Cliff sings while playing guitar on stage at the youth rally discussed earlier. The footage of Cliff on stage is intercut with filmed footage of sad and desolate places around the city. The music pauses while Cliff is shown walking down the street while his voice is heard in a voiceover thinking about the various people around him and how they are missing out on the love of Jesus. The interrupted music then continues to finish. The material available for review is incomplete, cutting off before the song's end.


It's Cliff Richard
It's Cliff Richard (1972) title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC1
Running Time: 30 minutes
* December 24, 1971
* January 1, 1972
* January 8, 1972
* January 15, 1972
* January 22, 1972
* January 29, 1972
* February 5, 1972
* February 12, 1972
* February 19, 1972
* February 26, 1972
* March 4, 1972
* March 11, 1972
* March 18, 1972
Unidentified TV magazine clippingCliff's third It's Cliff Richard BBC series ran in early 1972 after an early Christmas Eve episode broadcast on December 24, 1971. Like the series that preceded it, this series again featured Hank Marvin and Una Stubbs (but for an exception noted below) as the regular weekly guest, each week featured a special guest and various comedy skits, and it was used as a means to present the UK's entry into the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest with the band The New Seekers. Backing vocal group The Flirtations and the BBC Orchestra provided musical support with Norrie Paramor serving as musical director. In addition, Olivia Newton-John was involved for additional music and acting for much, if not all, of the series.

For several episodes, Una Stubbs was not available for the show due to a maternity leave. Temporarily taking her place during her absence was Dandy Nichols, playing a role of Una's mother. Interestingly, the two women were also known as stars of the hit UK TV series, Till Death Us Do Part. This connection is likely what led Dandy to the show during Una's absence.

The resident vocal group during the series was the American trio, The Flirtations, featuring Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups. The 1970 and 1971 series had featured The Breakaways (a British all-girl trio), but they were replaced for this series by The Flirtations. It's unclear why The Breakaways had been replaced as Cliff had enjoyed a long relationship with the trio, having them on his shows and as part of his stage act when on tour.

Once again, Olivia Newton-John featured heavily in the show singing several duets and solo performances as well as participating in many of the comedy sketches. She seems to have been involved in the entire run of the series, perhaps to offset the missing Una Stubbs.

Once again, the series was used to showcase the songs for UK's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, this time by The New Seekers. For six straight weeks, starting January 1, they sang a song for the contest. The week after this, she sang all six songs on the same show and the audience was encouraged to send in their votes. On February 19, the winning song Beg, Steal or Borrow was announced, on Cliff's show. The song easily won the six-song competition on Cliff's show, winning more than twice as many as the song that came second. Beg, Steal or Borrow would go on to place #5 in the final Eurovision contest in Edinburgh that year.

Unfortunately, the series does not survive in any way. The BBC, as part of their tape wiping policy in the early 1970s, destroyed all tapes of the series. No known audio recording by a fan is known to survive or exist either. This review is based upon information from other fans.


It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Friday, December 24, 1971
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing), Keith Potger, Eve Graham, Lyn Paul, Marty Kristian, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton as The New Seekers (music), Olivia Netwon-John (singing), Dandy Nichols (acting)

Episode Discussion: Details about this first episode are unclear. Like the Christmas Eve specials from 1970 and 1971, this is a special that was actually used as the first episode for the 1972 It's Cliff Richard series. It is sometimes listed with the title of Cliff Christmas Eve Special, but this is thought to be inaccurate and that is actually a description rather than a title. The episode probably had several Christmas themes, but this remains unclear.

Like rest of the series, it included backing by The Flirtations and Olivia Newton-John as a regular guest. It also included The New Seekers in a special appearance, who would go on to be the UK's 1972 Eurovision Song Contest representative with the songs being featured and chosen during the series run.

It's unknown if Hank Marvin was involved in any way.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Introduction, although details about this are unclear.
  • Song: We Can Work It Out — With backing by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) — Performed by The New Seekers, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Mary What You Gonna Name That Pretty Little Baby — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Banks Of The Ohio — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff performed an unidentified sketch with guest Dandy Nichols.
  • Song: Sing A Song Of Freedom — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 1, 1972
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
2
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing), Keith Potger, Eve Graham, Lyn Paul, Marty Kristian, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton as The New Seekers (music), Olivia Newton-John (singing, acting), Dandy Nichols (acting), Una Stubbs (acting (unconfirmed)), Hank Marvin (music, acting)

Episode Discussion: This particular episode features the first of The New Seekers' Eurovision Song Contest performances, when they perform Out On The Edge Of Beyond.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Get Ready — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Marianne — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Keep On Searching — Performed by The Flirtations, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Cliff chats with Olivia Newton-John.
  • Song: (They Long To Be) Close To You — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Pigeon — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Reason To Believe — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: I Got You Babe (with Olivia Newton-John) — This is a cover of the song made popular by Sonny and Cher. Cliff and Olivia perform this song as a duet. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Good News/Bad News presented by Cliff, Hank and Una(?).
  • Song: Out On The Edge Of Beyond — This is the first of six songs that The New Seekers performed on this series for the UK entry in the 1972 Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #3 in the voting. This song is performed by The New Seekers and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: I Saw The Light — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 8, 1972
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
3
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing), Keith Potger, Eve Graham, Lyn Paul, Marty Kristian, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton as The New Seekers (music), Olivia Newton-John (singing, acting), Dandy Nichols (acting), Una Stubbs (acting (unconfirmed)), Hank Marvin (music, acting)

Episode Discussion: This particular episode features the second of The New Seekers' Eurovision Song Contest performances, when they perform Sing Out.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Shout — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: You've Got A Friend — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Dancing In The Street — Performed by The Flirtations, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Lady Mannerings Pearls — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Flying Machine — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Homeward Bound — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Sing Out — This is the second of six songs that The New Seekers performed on this series for the UK entry in the 1972 Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #5 in the voting. This song is performed by The New Seekers and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Let It Be (with Olivia Newton-John and The New Seekers) — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 15, 1972
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
4
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing), Keith Potger, Eve Graham, Lyn Paul, Marty Kristian, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton as The New Seekers (music), Olivia Newton-John (singing, acting), Dandy Nichols (acting), Una Stubbs (acting (unconfirmed)), Kevin Peek (guitar), Hank Marvin (music, acting)

Episode Discussion: This particular episode features the third of The New Seekers' Eurovision Song Contest performances, when they perform Why Can't We All Get Together?.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: My Babe — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: I Just Can't Help Believing — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: If You Could Read My Mind — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Silvery Rain (with Kevin Peek) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Baby It's You (with Olivia Newton-John) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Why Can't We All Get Together? — This is the third of six songs that The New Seekers performed on this series for the UK entry in the 1972 Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #4 in the voting. This song is performed by The New Seekers and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Day By Day — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 22, 1972
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
5
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing), Keith Potger, Eve Graham, Lyn Paul, Marty Kristian, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton as The New Seekers (music), Olivia Newton-John (singing, acting), Dandy Nichols (acting), Una Stubbs (acting (unconfirmed)), Hank Marvin (music, acting)

Episode Discussion: This particular episode features the fourth of The New Seekers' Eurovision Song Contest performances, when they perform One By One.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Put Your Hand In The Hand — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: It's All In The Game — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: If Not For You — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me — Performed by The Flirtations, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Long And Winding Road — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: One By One — This is the fourth of six songs that The New Seekers performed on this series for the UK entry in the 1972 Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #2 in the voting. This song is performed by The New Seekers and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Song To Dandy — Details about this performance are unknown. The actual song title is uncertain. It may be a comedy song in reference to guest Dandy Nichols.
  • Song: Rock Medley: The Girl Can't Help It/Great Balls Of Fire/Lucille/Jailhouse Rock/Good Old Rock 'N' Roll/Rock And Roll Music/Do You Wanna Dance — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 29, 1972
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
6
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing), Keith Potger, Eve Graham, Lyn Paul, Marty Kristian, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton as The New Seekers (music), Olivia Newton-John (singing, acting), Elton John (singing), Dandy Nichols (acting), Una Stubbs (acting (unconfirmed)), Hank Marvin (music, acting)

Episode Discussion: This particular episode features the fifth of The New Seekers' Eurovision Song Contest performances, when they perform Songs Of Praise.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Can't Let You Go — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Morning Has Broken — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Battle Of Sexes — Performed by an as-yet unidentified artist, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: I Want You Back — Performed by The Flirtations, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Love Song — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Living Doll — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Horse With No Name — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Songs Of Praise — This is the fifth of six songs that The New Seekers performed on this series for the UK entry in the 1972 Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #6 (last) in the voting. This song is performed by The New Seekers and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Unknown Title — Performed by Elton John, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Move It — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 5, 1972
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
7
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing), Keith Potger, Eve Graham, Lyn Paul, Marty Kristian, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton as The New Seekers (music), Olivia Newton-John (singing, acting), Dandy Nichols (acting), Una Stubbs (acting (unconfirmed)), Hank Marvin (singing, acting)

Episode Discussion: This particular episode features the sixth and final of The New Seekers' Eurovision Song Contest performances, when they perform Beg, Steal Or Borrow.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Eso Beso — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Baby I Could Be So Good At Loving You — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Me And You And A Dog Named Boo — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Beg, Steal Or Borrow — This is the sixth of six songs that The New Seekers performed on this series for the UK entry in the 1972 Eurovision song contest. This song eventually placed #1 in the voting. This song is performed by The New Seekers and has no Cliff involvement.
  • Song: Bachelor Boy — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Baby I'm-a Want You (with Olivia Newton-John) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Need Your Loving — Performed by The Flirtations, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Visions — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 12, 1972
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
8
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing (unconfirmed)), Keith Potger, Eve Graham, Lyn Paul, Marty Kristian, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton as The New Seekers (music), Dandy Nichols (acting (unconfirmed)), Una Stubbs (acting (unconfirmed)), Hank Marvin (singing, acting (unconfirmed))

Episode Discussion: This episode is a review of all six of the 1972 Eurovision songs by The New Seekers. They performed all six songs and viewers were instructed to vote for the winner.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Out On The Edge Of Beyond — Performed by The New Seekers, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Sing Out — Performed by The New Seekers, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Why Can't We All Get Together? — Performed by The New Seekers, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: One By One — Performed by The New Seekers, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Songs Of Praise — Performed by The New Seekers, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Beg, Steal Or Borrow — Performed by The New Seekers, this song has no Cliff involvement. This is the song that would eventually be chosen to represent the UK in the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest. Further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 19, 1972
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
9
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing), Keith Potger, Eve Graham, Lyn Paul, Marty Kristian, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton as The New Seekers (music (unconfirmed)), Cilla Black (singing, acting), Dandy Nichols (acting (unconfirmed)), Una Stubbs (acting (unconfirmed)), Hank Marvin (singing, acting (unconfirmed))

Episode Discussion: Although it remains unconfirmed, if the pattern holds for the Eurovision Song Contest presentations for the Cliff Richard series, then on this episode, the winning song, Beg, Steal Or Borrow was announced. The New Seekers may have performed something as well, but that's unknown at this time.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Twist And Shout — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Day I Met Marie — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Little Bit Of Sunshine — Performed by Cilla Black, this song has no Cliff involvement. This is a cover of the New Seekers song. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: I Heard It Through The Grapevine — Performed by The Flirtations, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Lady Came From Baltimore — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Make It With You (with Cilla Black) — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 26, 1972
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
10
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing), Olivia Newton-John (singing, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, singing), Hank Marvin (singing, acting)

Episode Discussion: This episode may have been the return of Una Stubbs to the series, following her absence due to a pregnancy.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: One Fine Day — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Moon River — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: A Smile For Europe (with Una Stubbs) — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Dizzy Miss Lizzy — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: What Is Life — Details about this performance are unknown. This may be a cover of the George Harrison song.
  • Song: I Could Easily Fall (In Love With You) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Don't Move Away (with Olivia Newton-John) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Jesus — Details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, March 4, 1972
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
11
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing), Olivia Newton-John (singing, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, singing), Hank Marvin (singing, acting)

Episode Discussion: No important details about this episode are known.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Got To Get You Into My Life — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: I Ain't Got Time Anymore — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Cliff's Improvised Song — Details about this performance are unknown. Given the song's "title", this is probably part of a comedy routine.
  • Song: Give Me Love — Performed by The Flirtations, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: For All We Know — Performed by The Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Streets Of London — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Sir Toby's Prize — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: With A Little Help From My Friends (with Olivia Newton-John) — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Save The Last Dance For Me — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, March 11, 1972
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
12
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing), Olivia Newton-John (singing, acting), Una Stubbs (acting, singing), Hank Marvin (singing, acting), Bruce Welch (music), John Farrar (music), Norrie Paramor (music)

Episode Discussion: No important details about this episode are known.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Down On The Corner — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Can't Help Falling In Love — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Marmaduke — Performed by Marvin, Welch & Farrar, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Respect — Performed by The Flirtations, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: In The Country — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: London's Not Too Far — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: What Is Life — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement. Further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Mr. Sun (with Marvin, Welch & Farrar) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Congratulations (with Norrie Paramor) — Details about this performance are unknown. Sources show this song as a duet with Norrie Paramor, which seems highly unusual.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, March 18, 1972
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
13
Guest Cast and Support: Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Viola Billups as The Flirtations (singing), Petula Clark (singing), Una Stubbs (acting, singing), Hank Marvin (singing, acting), Keith Potger, Eve Graham, Lyn Paul, Marty Kristian, Peter Doyle and Paul Layton as The New Seekers (music)

Episode Discussion: No important details about this episode are known.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show in not available in any form.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Storm In A Teacup — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown. This may be a cover of the 1972 UK hit by The Fortunes.
  • Song: Jesus — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: A Groovy Kind Of Love (with Petula Clark) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Where Did Our Love Go (with The New Seekers) — Details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Medley: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Tutti Frutti/Rave On/Have Some Fun Tonight/Saturday/Rip It Up/Dancing Shoes — Backed by The Flirtations, further details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Visions — Details about this performance are unknown.


The Case
The Case title card
Studio: BBC (UK) & SR/NRK/YLE (Scandinavia)
Broadcaster: BBC1 (UK) & Unknown (Scandinavia)
Running Time: 60 minutes
This is another joint production with the BBC and Scandinavian TV. It's an interesting presentation because it's a hybrid of Cliff's variety show and an actual movie with a coherent story. Like the previous BBC Scandinavian TV joint project, Cliff Richard In Scandinavia, this one is used to present Cliff and others performing various songs and comedy skits, as well as Scandinavian artists performing their own songs, and also as a tour guide of the Scandinavian countries. Running time is one hour.

The framework of the show is the movie, which consists of Cliff and guest Tim Brooke-Taylor getting their luggage (a leather case) mixed up with the case full of money from a recent bank robbery. This case full of money (the MacGuffin) then becomes the focus of the movie. Cliff and Tim, playing themselves, travel across Scandinavia from a taping of It's Cliff Richard in Helsinki (Sweden) to an undefined appearance in Norway. The mixup of the cases occurs early on and the rest of the movie is a series of comedy sketches and musical numbers around this case full of money that Cliff doesn't realize he has, yet the robbers are intent to get from an unwitting Cliff. The madcap chase is by car, train, boat, foot and ski lift. In addition, Tim spends much of the film in women's clothing due to several mixups with his original clothing.

Noticably different from recent series and specials, this one does not feature Hank Marvin or Una Stubbs. Tim Brooke-Taylor, well known at the time from the TV comedy The Goodies, plays the role of Cliff's wacky sidekick, much as Hank Marvin had done. There's female role similar to Una Stubb's previous roles, although Olivia Newton-John does make a few appearances in the middle of the film. Musical guests include Family Four, singing an unidentified song. Family Four were Sweden's entry in the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest (with the song Vita vidder). Also appearing are an unidentified folk group singing an unidentified song and another unidentified quartet singing a medley of pop music. The role of the bank robbers are played by Scandinavian actors Matti Ranin and Pekka Laiho.

The songs that are featured on the special are sparse Cliff's latest material. His new single, Living In Harmony, is played as background music during a couple of scenes only. With Tim he duets briefly on Friends (from 1964's Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp) and with Olivia Newton-John on the complete original song If I Was Close To You. A rousing version of Move It is played during the opening credits. Also a rock 'n' roll medley (featuring a segment of The Move's California Man never before or since performed by Cliff) and a taped performance of Can't Let You Go are included.

Like the It's Cliff Richard series, The Breakaways provide backing vocals and Norrie Paramor leads the orchestra. The orchestra is credited as Hans Orkester.

This full program, in color, has survived the BBC archive purging and is available on the bootleg market. The source is uncertain, but it could be that it was released on DVD at one time. The bootleg used for this review features a "Passport DVD Collection" logo at the beginning. Passport is a label known to release cheap video and DVD of questionable source.


The Case
Broadcast Date
Saturday, September 2, 1972
Record Date
1972
Series Episode #
1 (only)
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The Case.
Guest Cast and Support: Tim Brooke-Taylor (acting, singing), Olivia Newton-John (acting, singing), Matti Ranin (acting), Pekka Laiho (acting), Lothar Lindtner (acting), David Bryce (acting), Elisabeth Granneman (acting), Bert-Åke Varg (acting), Norrie Paramor (orchestra leader), Margo Quantrell, Vicki Haseman and Jean Ryder as The Breakaways (singing)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None that has been confirmed. It might have gotten limited release on a low budget DVD company called passport, but it remains unclear.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • The soon-to-be bank robbers are seeing driving around the streets of Helsinki when they pass by a YLE TV studio and the camera zooms in on a sign reading "YLE TV presents Cliff Richard with Tim Brooke-Taylor in It's Cliff Richard".
  • FriendsSong: Friends (with Tim Brooke-Taylor) — Performed by Cliff and Tim Brooke-Taylor, this is back by the Norrie Paramor Orchestra. It is an incomplete performance of Cliff and Tim performing the song on a small soundstage with camera's filming, as if the end of an It's Cliff Richard special.
  • In several intercut scenes, Cliff and Tim go to the dressing room to leave when there is a mixup of their cases which forces Tim to have to leave in his show outfit-- the guise of an old woman. David Bryce is seen packing their cases and sending them off ahead, hence the confusion over Tim's clothing. Also, the robbers rob a bank and put the money in a black case. Cliff, with an identical black case, and Tim (dressed as a woman) drive to the train station in a green rental car. At the same time, the robbers ditch the car they used for the robbery and steal an identical green car.
  • Move ItSong: Move It — This is a lively performance with the Norrie Paramor Orchestra on backing. The song is not seen on screen sung by Cliff. Instead it plays while the show's opening credits are shown and Cliff and the bank robbers are shown driving about down in identical green cars. Eventually Cliff and Tim arrive at the train station.
  • The robbers arrive at the train station and happen to park next to Cliff's car and this is where the confusion begins. In the train station, Cliff and Tim get separated. Tim has Cliff's case while Cliff accidentally taking the robber's bag full of money. A rental car agent arrives and takes Cliff and Tim's rental car, leaving the stolen car. Tim boards the train and leaves Cliff behind. Cliff decides to take the rental car to meet Tim at the next station and in doing so, he inadvertently takes the robber's stolen rental car. The robber's see this and give chase in a taxi. He is unaware that he's in a stolen car and with the stolen cash, but he does hear about the robbery on the radio.
  • Living In HarmonySong: Living In Harmony — This is a playback of the single recording only; it is not a new performance. The song is played as background music while some scenes play out of Tim trying and failing to get into some men's clothing. His actions causes a fistfight on the train.
  • Thanks to another radio announcement, Cliff finds that he's in the stolen car. He is chased by police, so he ditches the car. The robbers spot him and they give chase on foot. Cliff manages to board the train but just as he does, he sees that the robbers have boarded as well and Tim has gotten off. Cliff and Tim agree to meet at the next train station.
  • Living In HarmonySong: Living In Harmony — Again, this is a playback of the single recording only; it is not a new performance. The song is played as background music during some comedic chase scenes on the train between Cliff and the robbers. When the train stops, Tim meets the robbers and unknowingly tells them where he will meet Cliff, so they all agree to go there together. Cliff, hiding from the robbers, hears all this.
  • Everyone arrives at the boat (the SVEA Regina) to Sweden. The robbers leave to find Cliff while Tim, realizing he can't get on the boat with is passport as he's in the guise of a woman, alters his passport and boards the boat. Cliff manages to evade the robbers and board the boat before they do, thus the chase moves to the boat. Cliff finds that Olivia Newton-John is doing a cabaret performance on the boat so Cliff goes to her for help. They agree to sing a duet.
  • If I Was Close To YouSong: If I Was Close To You (with Olivia Newton-John) — Although the song is clearly pre-recorded with backing by the Norrie Paramor Orchestra, Cliff and Olivia Newton-John sing the song as if in concert on the ship while it is travelling. They are on a stage with a banner behind it stating "SVEA REGINA CONCERT" and people sit or stand all around them watching them perform. After singing the song, Cliff runs away, as if evading the robbers.
  • Tim is finally able to get back into his men's clothing. However, given the chance to secretly room with a beautiful young woman, he changes back into the women's clothing for the deception.
  • Song: Just A Little Too Much — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement. She sings it on the stage on the boat from earlier. Cliff has no involvement. During the song's instrumental break, Cliff is seen evading the robbers around the ship.
  • Song: Unknown — Performed by an unidentified Scandinavian group, this song has no Cliff involvement. The band performs the song near the bow of the ship with an audience watching. This is intercut with footage of the ship traveling along.
  • Still evading the robbers, Cliff now thinks they are police agents after him for the earlier stolen car. He still does not realize his case is full of money. During the chase, Cliff meets Tim when Cliff accidentally lowers himself on a lifeboat. They agree to meet later on shore. Tim returns to his cabin to find that the robbers have been there looking for the case of money and have destroyed Cliff's case with his clothing.
  • Song: Unknown — Performed by The Family Four, this song has no Cliff involvement. The band performs the song in the bar of the ship. During the performance, there are several intercuts of young people playing in and around a pool on the ship.
  • Cliff comes ashore and through an encounter with a police officer there, he finally realizes he has the case of stolen money so he runs from the police. Tim realizes he can't exit the ship in men's clothing with his altered passport, so he once again changes into the old woman's clothing.
  • Song: Banks Of The Ohio — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, this song has no Cliff involvement. Olivia is seen wandering around the homes and docks of the area while singing the song. This is interspersed with various footage of Cliff trying desperately to get rid of the case and being unsuccessful.
  • Cliff finds a shop selling cases just like the one he is trying to get rid of, so he secretly swaps it for an empty case. The robbers finally catch him, but find that he now has an empty case. Tim, meanwhile, decides to replace the damaged case and ends up inadvertently buying the same one with the stolen money that Cliff had left. There is a car chase and a foot chase as the robbers are chasing Tim (still dressed as a woman) and Cliff is following. They end up at a record shop near a dock and Cliff is invited to sing by the locals.
  • Medley: Good Old Rock And Roll/Rock And Roll Music/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/California Man/Do You Wanna DanceSong: Medley: Good Old Rock And Roll/Rock And Roll Music/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/California Man/Do You Wanna Dance — Cliff sings the song on stage at an outdoor market surrounded by a large audience including a lot of children near the stage.
  • Song: Unknown — Performed by an unknown quartet, this song has no Cliff involvement. The group is the same from the record shop that invited Cliff to sing earlier. The performance is in front of the record shop and appears to be a mix of various bits of songs put together in a fun, comedic way.
  • Cliff and Tim finally meet up and they realize they have the stolen money and are being chased by the robbers. They decide to turn it in, but the robbers have slashed their tires. To get away, they jump into the back of a truck. The robbers give chase in their car.
  • Can't Let You GoSong: Can't Let You Go — This is a taped recording with backing supposedly by the Norrie Paramor Orchestra. The song is played while the robbers give chase along some windy roads on the side of a mountain. Cliff and Tim attempt to slow the robbers down by throwing tires at them out of the back of the truck. The chase eventually moves to a raft in a river where Cliff and Tim go for a while ride in the rapids.
  • The chase moves to a ski lift and Cliff and the money get caught in the middle of the lift with a struggle between Tim and the robbers on which direction he is moving. Eventually they all get on the lift and meet in midair while on the lift. Tricking the robbers, Cliff opens the case and spills all the money down the mountainside just as the police arrive. Fade to the police station and all is well. The money is all recovered and back in the case and the robbers are in jail. Cliff and Tim give their thanks and drive away, once again accidentally taking the case with the stolen money with them.
  • Friends (Reprise)Song: Friends (Reprise) (with Tim Brooke-Taylor) — The song is played while Cliff and Tim drive away (with the wrong case) as the credits roll.


It's Cliff Richard
It's Cliff Richard (1974) title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC1
Running Time: 45 minutes
* August 24, 1974
* August 31, 1974
* September 7, 1974
* September 14, 1974
* September 21, 1974
* September 28, 1974
Cliff's fourth It's Cliff Richard BBC series ran in late summer of 1974. A series was not produced in 1973, presumably because of Cliff's schedule and his second run in the Eurovision Song Contest with Power To All Our Friends. This series marked several significant changes to the format, including many around guests, scheduling and sketches.

The series only featured six episodes and the episodes were extended from 25 mintues to 45 minutes. Thus, because the episode length was doubled, the same approximate amount of airtime was the same, but it was condensed. It's not clear why this was done this way. Perhaps it was a scheduling issue with both Cliff and his guests.

Completely missing for the first time in Cliff's series were regular guests, Una Stubbs and Hank Marvin. They were likely engaged in other pursuits, although Hank was a guest on the first episode of the series. Instead, Pearly Gates from The Flirtations (part of the backing vocal group from Cliff's 1972 series) was the regular guest, providing some comedy bits and acting, similar to Una's role. As she was a singer in her own right, she also provided some guest singing for each show. The vocal group, The Nolan Sisters, were also regular guests providing singing and occasional backing vocals only. Each week, Cliff would also feature at least one musical guest and sometimes acting only guests as well.

As Norrie Paramor had retired by this series, the series instead featured musical backing by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra. The musicians are never seen on screen except during one segment. Curiously, The Jean Hawker Singers are shown in the closing credits of all episodes (except the first one), however they are never seen on screen and they never get any screen mention by Cliff or anyone else. Little else is known about them or what role they played. It is believed that The Nolan Sisters may have provided some backing vocals, but that remains unconfirmed. It is clear that in many cases, the singers are singing to a taped backing track, so that may be why Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra and The Jean Hawker Singers are not on screen as they were not actually present during filming. The series was produced by Bryan Whitehouse.

The comedy sketches were greatly reduced, turning the series into more of a musical variety show. Those comedy bits that were shown were often forced and not particularly funny. Four of the episodes featured a short comedic play, typically with music, in the middle of the show in which Cliff and the cast would appear in a period piece. Sketches include "The Strudel Prince: A Romance of the Heidelberg" (German officers in a German restaurant), "The First Kung Fu Musical" (Chinese in the American West), "Return To Zenda" (a fictional kingdom in the Victorian era), and "Le Scarlet Pimpernel" (the French revolution). All featured Cliff singing some dialog except "Return To Zenda".

Each episode also featured a medley at the end, mostly around a particular decade in Cliff's past. Each medley would feature Cliff and others singing short parts of songs with occasional trivia thrown in and the closing number being a big production to end the show. Medleys include the themes of 1963, 1959, 1962, 1969, The Sound of Philadelphia and a medley that "spans the whole decade".

A special guest of note is Olivia Newton-John, who had been a semi-regular on Cliff's 1972 series, but had gone on to have huge success in America with I Honestly Love You.

Cliff does use the show to promote some of his music from the last few albums and singles, although strangely he does so only sparingly, singing only one recent song at least per show.

The series, in a sense, appears to have suffered with a loss of identity. With the loss of Una Stubbs and Hank Marvin and the change of format, there was a clear struggle to find itself. The comedy bits seemed forced. Early episodes tried to establish a recurring series of jokes with short film clips around Cliff reading from his diary, however soon the short film clips stopped and the whole concept was dropped. Other comedy bits were added early on, but seemed to fade and be almost non-existant in later episodes. The comedy sketch parts were included in early episodes, to be dropped in later ones with a return in the final episode. Early episodes had the Segment dancers shouting out at the end of each episode, which was quite jarring and unnecessary, and it was dropped in later episodes. Early episodes feature Cliff singing a viewer's request, but this is also later dropped. Even the medley used to close the show, was initially used to focus on things happening during a particular year in Cliff's career, but in the next to last episode, to honor guest The Three Degrees, a medley of The Sound of Philadelphia was used. The final episode, the medley turned into a strange mix that is only described by Cliff as a medley that "spans the whole decade" although it's unclear which decade he should be referring to.

The entire series survived the BBC tape library wiping and is available on the bootleg market.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, August 24, 1974
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1
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It's Cliff Richard.
Guest Cast and Support: Pearly Gates (singing, acting), Hank Marvin (music, acting), John Farrar (music), The Nolan Sisters (singing), Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra (music), Segment (dancing, acting)

Episode Discussion: The first half of the show is a series of songs with very short comedy segments between several song performances. The second half features a musical sketch called "The Strudel Prince" with a German theme and acting by Cliff, Hank and Pearly. All singing and acting by Cliff is done with a strained voice and a fake German accent. This is followed by a lengthy song and dance sequence celebrating the music and events of 1963.

Musical guests include Hank Marvin and John Farrar, the duo being the result of the Marvin, Welch & Farrar group being further reduced. They perform their latest single, Music Makes My Day. Pearly Gates and The Nolan Sisters also provide some duet and/or backing vocal parts and well as performing some songs of their own.

Cliff sings (You Keep Me) Hangin' On, his single from earlier in the year, Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling from his most recent album, 31st Of February Street, and I'd Love You To Want Me, a hit for Lobo earlier in the year. Otherwise he sticks to older material.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:

  • Song: Dance The Night Away — A shortened pre-recording of the song is played while various footage of a couple of gliders are shown flying around the English countryside. Near the end of the segment, the top of one of the gliders comes into view and "It's Cliff Richard" is written across the wings.
  • Give Me Back That Old Familiar FeelingSong: Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while standing alone on stage.
  • Cliff briefly introduces the show.
  • Song: Got To Get You Into My Life — Performed by Pearly Gates, this song is performed on stage while the dance troupe, Segment, dances around her. Cliff has no involvement.
  • Cliff presents jokes by reading from his diary, while Hank Marvin, Pearly Gates and various others act out scenes from the diary.
  • Song: Now I'm Stuck On You — Performed by The Nolan Sisters, this song is performed by the group alone on stage while standing on a platform. Cliff has no involvement.
  • (You Keep Me) Hangin' OnSong: (You Keep Me) Hangin' On — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while standing alone on stage.
  • I'd Love You To Want MeSong: I'd Love You To Want Me — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra and The Nolan Sisters, Cliff sings the song while standing on stage and The Nolan Sisters standing in a row to the side of Cliff.
  • Cliff and Hank Marvin perform a quick comedy bit as German officers.
  • Song: Music Makes My Day — Performed by Hank Marvin and John Farrar, this song is performed by the group alone on stage while standing on a platform. Cliff has no involvement.
  • Cliff and Hank Marvin perform a quick comedy bit as slaves on a ship at sea.
  • Willie And The Hand JiveSong: Willie And The Hand Jive (with Hank Marvin and John Farrar) — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff, Hank and John sing the song on an empty stage, with Cliff center on the microphone while Hank and John stand on either side playing guitar and singing the backing vocal parts.
  • Cliff, Hank, Pearly Gates and many others perform (from Segment) a sketch called "The Strudel Prince: A Romance of the Heidelberg" where Cliff plays the title role (the prince), Hank plays his friend and Pearly plays a waitress at a Heidelberg restaurant. They are students and the story, told partly in song, is about the prince meeting and falling in love with the waitress.
    • Song: Unknown Title — Hank, as the friend of the prince, sings a drinking song in the restaurant with his friends establishing that this is a local place where they go to relax from their school studies.
    • Hank asks where his friend, the prince, is at and makes several jokes about his delays.
    • Unknown TitleSong: Unknown Title — Cliff, as the prince, arrives and sings a quick ditty about his being delayed. He sings it with a strained voice and German accent.
    • Hank complains about the service at the restaurant being too slow. Most of the patrons finally give up and leave the restaurant. Finally, Pearly as the waitress arrives with a cart full of food.
    • It's Been A Long, Long TimeSong: It's Been A Long, Long Time (with Hank Marvin and Pearly Gates) — Cliff, Hank and Pearly sing the song, with altered lyrics to fit the sketch they are performing. Pearly sings about the various dishes she has available while Cliff and Hank sing that "it's been a long, long time" that they've been waiting for the food. Cliff and Pearly become obviously smitten and she sings that he can pay her with a kiss.
    • Cliff and Hank discuss that Cliff has fallen in love with the waitress, cracking a few jokes in the process. Hank leaves the restaurant.
    • Unknown TitleSong: Unknown Title (with Hank Marvin and Pearly Gates) — This song, in two parts, is first sung by Cliff and Pearly and its how they profess their love for one another and agree to get married. In the second part, Hank and the rest of the actors come back and they sing a song of celebration about the wedding.

  • Cliff and Hank joke about Hank's acting before presenting the 1963 segment.
  • The entire cast performs a series of jokes and short song and dance segments themed around 1963. All songs performed or played were hits from 1963.
    • Summer HolidaySong: Summer Holiday — This is a disc recording of the standard album/single version of the song while various scenes of the red double decker bus from the Summer Holiday film is shown.
    • Bachelor BoySong: Bachelor Boy — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this performance has Cliff performing on stage the first verse and two choruses, while the Segment dancers dance around him.
    • Hank and Pearly present a few jokes about things in 1963.
    • Song: Then He Kissed Me — By Pearly Gates, she stands on stage singing a shortened version of the song while the Segment dancer dance around her. Cliff has no involvement in this song.
    • Cliff and Hank present more jokes about things in 1963 and about The Shadows' Dance On song.
    • Song: Dance On — By Hank Marvin and Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this has only the Segment dancers dancing on stage to the song. It's unclear if Hank is actually playing on the song as he is never seen on screen.
    • It's All In The GameSong: It's All In The Game — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this performance has Cliff alone on stage and sitting on a stool while singing the song.
    • Song: Be My Baby — Performed by The Nolan Sisters, this performance has five of the sisters singing and dancing alone on stage. They perform a shortened version of the song. Cliff has no involvement in the song.
    • Hank and Pearly present more jokes about things in 1963.
    • She Loves YouSong: She Loves You — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this performance has Cliff performing on stage the first verse and two choruses, while the Segment dancers dance around him.
    • Cliff thanks the audience and the crew and wishes everyone a good night
    • Lucky LipsSong: Lucky Lips — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra and The Nolan Sisters on backing vocals, this performance has Cliff performing on stage while the Segment dancers dance around him. Partway through the song, Pearly Gates joins Cliff on stage (although she does not sing) and The Nolan Sisters come on after this, singing their backing vocal parts. The show's credits roll across the screen over the last half of the song.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, August 31, 1974
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
2
SEE IT ON
It's Cliff Richard.
Guest Cast and Support: Pearly Gates (singing, acting), Roy Kinnear (singing, acting), Lyn Paul (singing), The Nolan Sisters (singing), Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra (music), Segment (dancing, acting)

Episode Discussion: The first half of the show is a series of songs with very short comedy segments between several song performances. The second half features a musical sketch called "The First Kung Fu Musical" with a theme of the Chinese in the American west and acting by Cliff, Roy and Pearly. This is followed by a lengthy song and dance sequence celebrating the music and events of 1959.

Musical guests include Lyn Paul, singing her latest single Who's Sorry Now?. Lyn had recently left her group, The New Seekers, who were the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest entry for the UK as featured on Cliff's 1972 series.

Cliff sings Help It Along, from his Help It Along album from earlier in the year. He also sings the full version of the show's theme song, Dance The Night Away as well as a cover of Love Song, the popular 1970 song by Elton John and Lesley Duncan.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Dance The Night Away — A shortened pre-recording of the song is played while various footage of a couple of gliders are shown flying around the English countryside. Near the end of the segment, the top of one of the gliders comes into view and "It's Cliff Richard" is written across the wings.
  • The Most Beautiful Girl In The WorldSong: The Most Beautiful Girl In The World — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while standing alone on stage. Possible backing by The Nolan Sisters and/or Pearly Gates as female backing vocals can be heard, but are not seen on screen.
  • Cliff briefly introduces the show.
  • Dance The Night AwaySong: Dance The Night Away — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, the song is performed on stage with the Segment dancers dancing around Cliff. This is a full version of the show's theme song and it's the only time it's heard in full.
  • Cliff presents jokes by reading from his diary, while he, Roy Kinnear and various others act out scenes from the diary. Pearly Gates arrives and they tell a few jokes before introducing Lyn Paul.
  • Song: Who's Sorry Now? — Performed by Lyn Paul with backing by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, she sings the song while standing alone on stage. Cliff has no involvement in the song.
  • Cliff and others perform quick comedy bit about a baby, then Cliff sets up the next song.
  • Song: Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long — By Lyn Paul and Pearly Gates with backing by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this is a curious song about a tailor making perfect clothes, but the pants are too long. Lyn, Pearly and the Segment dancers dance the song on stage while Lyn and Pearly sing and all are wearing pants that are... too long. The visual of everyone dancing with extra long pants is quite interesting to see. Cliff has no involvement in the song.
  • Help It AlongSong: Help It Along — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while standing alone on stage.
  • Love SongSong: Love Song (with The Nolan Sisters) — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while standing in the forefront on the left side of the stage and The Nolan Sisters stand on a platform slightly behind Cliff, singing their parts of the song.
  • Cliff and others perform quick comedy bit about a lost man, then Cliff introduces Don't Talk To Him.
  • Don't Talk To HimSong: Don't Talk To Him — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while standing alone on stage.
  • Cliff, Pearly, Roy Kinnear and many others (from Segment) perform a sketch called "The First Kung Fu Musical" (with subtitle "Karate Chops And Noodles") set in a Chinese restaurant in the American Old West. Cliff plays an American Indian manager of the restaurant called Kung Fu King, Roy plays a bad man all in black called Liverlips Louie, and Pearly plays Louie's girl, Diamond Lil. The story, told in song, is about Louie coming into the restaurant and causing trouble that only Kung Fu King can solve.
    • Song: Unknown Title — Dancers on a stage sing and dance the song to the restaurant's patrons, many in Chinese costumes. The singers, patrons and wait staff are all taken from the Segment dance troupe.
    • The waiters, Segment dancers acting as Chinese waiters, shout a warning that the meanest man in the west is coming-- Liverlips Louie (Roy Kinnear) with Diamond Lil (Pearly Gates) on his arm.
    • Song: Unknown Title — Sung by Pearly and Roy, they enter the restaurant with fanfare, singing the song that makes many plays on Liverlips Louie's name (e.g. "buy me some chop suey, louie").
    • Song: Home On The Range — Sung by Roy, he sings the song, with alternate lyrics, to describe how happy he is to be back.
    • Louie orders chop suey from the nervous waiter. Upon eating it, he declares it's not chop suey, but egg foo young and demands to see the manager. Cliff as the manager Kung Fu King (an American Indian), enters.
    • Unknown TitleSong: Unknown Title — Cliff sings a quick ditty to introduce his character. The song he sings incorporates the Hokey Pokey song. He ends by chopping the table in half where Louie and Lil are sitting.
    • Kung Fu King asks what's wrong and Louie explains in song...
    • Unknown TitleSong: Unknown Title (with Roy Kinnear) — Roy and Cliff sing about Louie being served the wrong dish.
    • Kung Fu King disagrees it's the wrong dish, so Louie challenges him to a bout of fisticuffs. They fight, in artificial slow motion, when Kung Fu King uses his kung fu moves to known out Louie. Everyone (including Lil) is so impressed they offer to make him mayor, but he refuses.
    • Unknown TitleSong: Muscles And Toes (with Roy Kinnear and Pearly Gates) — Pearly, Cliff and Roy (Louie regaining consciousness) sing about how impressed they are with Kung Fu King's moves, singing "you can't go wrong with muscles and toes." Louie wanders off again and collapses unconscious again.

  • Cliff and Roy trade jokes to introduce the 1959 Medley.
  • The entire cast performs a series of jokes and short song and dance segments themed around 1959. All songs performed or played were hits from 1959.
    • Living DollSong: Living Doll — This is a performance of Cliff lip-synching to the single version of the song. However, the recording is slightly enhanced with additional live piano and the middle guitar part is completely edited out. Cliff mimes the song while dancing alone on stage.
    • Pearly talks about things in 1959 and makes fun of Cliff's 1959 hairstyle.
    • It Doesn't Matter AnymoreSong: It Doesn't Matter Anymore — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while dancing with four female dancers from Segment. The performance is a shortened version of the song.
    • Pearly, Roy and Cliff crack jokes about things in 1959.
    • Song: To Know Him Is To Love Him — Sung by Pearly, she stands alone on stage singing a shortened version of the song. Cliff has no involvement.
    • Cliff and Pearly joke about Roy's singing to set up the next song.
    • Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back SeatSong: Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat (with Roy Kinnear and The Nolan Sisters) — This is an interesting performance with Cliff, Roy and The Nolan Sisters sitting in a car while rear projection makes it appear they are driving down the road. Roy sings the main lines about the "seven little girls sitting in the back seat, kissing and a hugging" and he's quite annoyed about it. Cliff, surrounded by the girls, sings the chorus with them as they act out the kissing and hugging parts. The scene ends with Roy nearly crashing the car. Due to the choral nature of the chorus parts, Cliff's vocals are not really heard clearly.
    • Cliff and Pearly use jokes about 1959 to set up the next song.
    • Travellin' LightSong: Travellin' Light — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while dancing with four female dancers from Segment. The performance is a shortened version of the song.
    • Roy and Pearly make another joke about 1959.
    • Song: Lipstick On Your Collar — Sung by Lyn Paul, she sings the song with four male dancers form Segment dancing around her. Cliff has no involvement in the song.
    • PersonalitySong: Personality (with Pearly Gates and Lyn Paul) — Cliff, Pearly and Lyn sing a portion of the song together on stage as the Segment dancers slowly dance on stage. As The Nolan Sisters come on stage to stand around them, the song pauses and Cliff thanks all the guests. The song continues with The Nolan Sisters providing further backing vocals. All music is by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, September 7, 1974
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
3
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It's Cliff Richard.
Guest Cast and Support: Pearly Gates (singing, acting), Dora Bryan (singing, acting), Labi Siffre (singing, music), The Nolan Sisters (singing), Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra (music), Segment (dancing, acting), Ronnie Brody (acting)

Episode Discussion: The first half of the show is a series of songs with very short comedy segments between several song performances. The second half features a musical sketch called "Return To Zenda" with a theme of a kingdom in a mythical country of Zenda with Cliff as king and his evil brother trying to take over the throne. There is actually very little music in this musical sketch and no songs performed by Cliff. Despite this, the title is a take-off on Elvis Presley's Return To Sender. This is followed by a lengthy song and dance sequence celebrating the music and events of 1962.

Musical guests include Labi Siffre, singing his latest single Dreamer. Labi had been a musical guest on Cliff's earlier 1972 series.

Cliff sings No Matter What and Nothing To Remind Me from his 31st Of February Street. He also sings a stunning version of Fire And Rain with a beautiful harmony vocal arrangment with Labi Siffre and Pearly Gates. The song featured on his recent Help It Along album, but this is, of course, a unique harmony version.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Dance The Night Away — A shortened pre-recording of the song is played while various footage of a couple of gliders are shown flying around the English countryside. Near the end of the segment, the top of one of the gliders comes into view and "It's Cliff Richard" is written across the wings.
  • No Matter WhatSong: No Matter What — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while standing alone on stage.
  • Cliff introduces the show.
  • Nothing To Remind MeSong: Nothing To Remind Me — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the first half of the song with the camera close to his face and colorful overexposed images of the Segment dancers superimposed over his face. The last half has Cliff on stage dancing with the Segment dancers while singing the song.
  • Cliff presents jokes by reading from his diary, while Cliff and various others act out scenes from the diary.
  • Song: Dreamer — Labi Siffre sings the song and plays keyboard while sitting at an electric piano alone on stage. Cliff has no involvment with this performance.
  • Fire And RainSong: Fire And Rain (with Labi Siffre and Pearly Gates) — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff on guitar and Labi on keyboard, the trio (Cliff, Labi and Pearly) sing the song in harmony together on stage.
  • In a quick joke, Cliff and Pearly play a scene as doctors performing surgery.
  • Song: Rock The Boat — Pearly Gates sings the song while dancing on stage with the Segment dancers. Cliff has no involvment with this performance.
  • Cliff reads a letter request for the song Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon.
  • Girl You'll Be A Woman SoonSong: Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while standing alone on stage.
  • Cliff makes a special announcement of The Nolan Sisters upcoming performance of (I Don't Know Why) But I Do, making a reference to the previous week's show and the fact that the youngest sister, Coleen, is on lead vocals for the song.
  • Song: (I Don't Know Why) But I Do — Performed by The Nolan Sisters with Coleen Nolan on lead vocals, the girls sing and dance the tune together on stage. Cliff has no involvment with this performance.
  • Cliff, Dora Bryan and many others (from Segment) perform a sketch called "Return to Zenda" (with subtitle "or Rupert's Revenge") set in a mythical kingdom where Cliff is King Lazlo III, an unidentified person (probably Ronnie Brody who is mentioned in the credits) is his evil brother Rupert and Dora Bryan is his long lost ex-fiancee (the character's name is given, but it's long and convoluted). The story, appearing to be set during a Victorian era, takes place in a room supposedly in King Lazlo's palace and is about Rupert trying to take over as King while the ex-fiancee appears and complicates matters. The story actually features very little music.
    • Song: Unknown Title — The Segment dancers sing a song about the kingdom.
    • There is an announcement that there is someone outside to see the king. When it is said that it is the king's brother, Prince Rupert, no one seems happy that he is there. Rupert enters and announces that he has kidnapped King Lazlo, therefore the person in front of them is an imposter. No one believes him, though. Next entering is the king's ex-fiancee and they seem happy to see each other. The others all leave but Rupert, remains long enough to state that he has an evil plot to take over the kingdom. Lazlo and his ex-fiancee reminisce and Lazlo offers to play a song he's written and he imitates a little piano ditty. They ask what happened to each other after they split up and tell jokes about each other and their adventures. Finally, in a moment of tenderness, Lazlo reveals that he really is an imposter. The ex-fiancee states that she's an imposter too. It turns out that both imposters knew each other from long ago. The rest of the people enter again and they pretend they are who they claim to be to hide their identities. The imposter Lazlo announces they are to be married. Rupert reenters and threatens Lazlo as the imposter. Lazlo recognizes Rupert as an imposter as well, so they decide to continue with the planned wedding (which seems odd since everyone is now exposed as an imposter).
    • Song: Unknown Title — The cast (including Cliff) sing a short closing ditty to celebrate the coming nuptuals and "The End" is displayed.

  • The entire cast performs a series of jokes and short song and dance segments themed around 1962. All songs performed or played were hits from 1962.
    • Cliff and Dora make several jokes about the tribute to 1962 and when she asks Cliff what he did that year, a very interesting outtake clip from The Young Ones is shown. The clip shows Nicky (Cliff) getting ready for the big show and Toni (Carole Gray) helping him with makeup. The scene ends when Toni puts a paste-on handlebar mustache on Nicky and they have a laugh. After the clip, Dora asks Cliff to sing a song, so naturally he sings...
    • The Young OnesSong: The Young Ones — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this performance is of Cliff alone on stage singing the song.
    • Cliff and Dora tell more jokes about 1962.
    • Song: Things — Sung by Pearly Gates and The Nolan Sisters, this performance has Pearly standing in the forefront of the stage singing the main vocal with The Nolan Sisters in a row behind her singing additional vocals. Cliff has no involvement.
    • Good Luck CharmSong: Good Luck Charm — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this performance has Cliff standing on stage with an acoustic guitar and four male Segment dancers behind him with similar guitars. As Cliff sings the song, they all sling their guitars and do exaggerated Elvis-like hip and leg movements to comedic effect. Cliff is obviously miming as clearly no one is really playing the guitars and Cliff's lip movements frequently do not match the vocal performance.
    • Cliff and Pearly introduce Dora singing...
    • Song: Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend — Sung by Dora Bryan, this performance has her standing on a darkened stage singing the song while wearing a sparkly diamond-like dress and extensive jewelry. Several male Segment dancers come on stage to woo her, only to be turned away by her desire only for diamonds in the song. Cliff has no involvement.
    • Cliff and Dora talk about doing the dance, The Twist, to introduce the song...
    • Let's Twist AgainSong: Let's Twist Again — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this performance has Cliff singing while twisting with Dora Bryan still in her sparkly dress from the previous performance. He is quickly joined on stage by the female Segment dancers, Pearly Gates and The Nolan Sisters. He pauses during the performance to thank his guest, after which the performance continues and the show's credits roll across the screen.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, September 14, 1974
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
4
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It's Cliff Richard.
Guest Cast and Support: Pearly Gates (singing, acting), Ireen Sheer (singing), Aimi MacDonald (singing, acting), The Nolan Sisters (singing), Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra (music), Segment (dancing, acting), Joe Baker (acting)

Episode Discussion: The first half of the show is a series of songs with very short comedy segments between several song performances. The second half is a lengthy song and dance sequence celebrating the music and events of 1962. The extended comedy sketch normally found in the middle of the show is completely excluded for this show with extra music included instead.

Musical guests include German pop singer, Ireen Sheer, singing If You Ever Leave Me. She also sings the 1969 Clodagh Rodgers hit, Come Back And Shake Me as a duet with Cliff. Aimi MacDonald also appears, signing a cover of The Beatles song Drive My Car and If They Could See Me Now, while also heavily promoting her 1970 album (although strangely not singing any songs from it).

Cliff sings Winning, Baby I Could Be So Good At Loving You and Power To All Our Friends from the previous few years, thus not promoting is latest material at all. He also performs a moving version of Blowin' In The Wind with nice harmony vocals supplied by The Nolan Sisters.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Dance The Night Away — A shortened pre-recording of the song is played while various footage of a couple of gliders are shown flying around the English countryside. Near the end of the segment, the top of one of the gliders comes into view and "It's Cliff Richard" is written across the wings.
  • WinningSong: Winning — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while the Segment dancers dance about him.
  • Cliff introduces the show.
  • Baby I Could Be So Good At Loving YouSong: Baby I Could Be So Good At Loving You — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while the Segment dancers dance about him.
  • Cliff presents jokes by reading from his diary, while Cliff, Joe Baker and various others act out scenes from the diary.
  • Cliff has a short chat with his guest, Ireen Sheer, by way of introduction to her performance of...
  • Song: If You Ever Leave Me — Ireen Sheer sings the song while standing alone on a darkened stage.
  • Cliff and Joe Baker perform a short comedy sketch about ordering beer at a bar.
  • Cliff and Pearly introduce Aimi MacDonald with a knock knock joke.
  • Song: Drive My Car — Aimi MacDonald sings the song while surrounded by the male dancers from Segment dressed in chauffeur uniforms. She performs the song while interacting with the dancers, as if saying they are the sexy ones who can drive her car.
  • The Day I Met MarieSong: The Day I Met Marie — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while the Segment dancers dance about him.
  • Cliff, Aimi MacDonald, Pearly Gates and Joe Baker deliver a series of jokes about visits to the doctor.
  • The Nolan Sisters are introduced individually by name, partially in song.
  • Blowin' In The WindSong: Blowin' In The Wind (with The Nolan Sisters) — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff contributes guitar and both he and The Nolan Sisters provide vocals. The performance is done while Cliff and the girls are sitting on platforms on the stage.
  • Cliff and others perform a quick comedy sketch about a car theft.
  • Cliff reads the song request of the week while cracking a few jokes.
  • Power To All Our FriendsSong: Power To All Our Friends — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while the Segment dancers dance about him.
  • Aimi MacDonald and Cliff introduce the 1969 Medley, with her heavily promoting her record from several years prior, which seems to irritate Cliff in the process.
    • Good TimesSong: Good Times — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this performance is of Cliff alone on stage singing the song.
    • Song: Get Back — Sung by Pearly Gates, this performance has Pearly singing and dancing on stage with the Segment dancers dancing around her. Cliff has no involvement.
    • Joe Baker and Cliff make jokes about things in 1969.
    • Song: If They Could See Me Now — Sung by Aimi MacDonald, this performance has Aimi singing while sitting on a fur lined lounge chair, seeming to enjoy the good life as depicted in the song. Cliff has no involvement.
    • Pearly does a "do you remember" segment talking about hit songs from 1969.
    • You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'Song: You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this performance is of Cliff alone on stage singing the song.
    • Come Back And Shake MeSong: Come Back And Shake Me (with Ireen Sheer) — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this performance has Cliff and Ireen standing close together and singing the song. They are along but for part of the performance where the female Segment dancers come on stage and dance behind them.
    • Cliff and Aimi present more jokes about things in 1969.
    • Aquarius/Let The Sunshine InSong: Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (with The Nolan Sisters) — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this performance is of The Nolan Sisters standing on stage right singing the opening part before Cliff begins the main vocal. The segment dancers come on stage at the Let The Sunshine In part. Aimi, Joe, Pearly and Ireen come on stage and the song momentarily pauses so Cliff can thank his guests, then the song continues to the end while credits roll and everyone dances to the performance.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, September 21, 1974
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
5
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It's Cliff Richard.
Guest Cast and Support: Pearly Gates (singing, acting), Fayette Pinkney, Valerie Holiday and Sheila Ferguson as The Three Degrees (singing), The Nolan Sisters (singing), Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra (music), Segment (dancing, acting), The Jean Hawker Singers (singing)

Episode Discussion: The first half of the show is a series of songs with very short comedy segments between several song performances. The second half is a lengthy song and dance sequence celebrating the music and events of The Sound of Philadelphia. The extended comedy sketch normally found in the middle of the show is completely excluded for this show with extra music included instead.

Musical guests only include The Three Degrees, who inspire the medley for The Sound of Philadelphia. They contribute performances of their latest singles, including the popular When Will I See You Again. In an unusual display for the series, Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra are fully visible at the back of the stage performing during The Sound of Philadelphia medley.

Cliff promotes none of his latest material, only performing Silvery Rain from three years prior as the most recent song. Otherwise he sings his 1960s singles, All My Love and In The Country, and a cover of the 1965 Four Tops song, I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch). He also performs covers of recent songs during the The Sound of Philadelphia medley, closing with a rousing rendition of the O'Jays' Love Train with all the show's guests joining in.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Dance The Night Away — A shortened pre-recording of the song is played while various footage of a couple of gliders are shown flying around the English countryside. Near the end of the segment, the top of one of the gliders comes into view and "It's Cliff Richard" is written across the wings.
  • I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)Song: I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, the song is performed by Cliff on stage while the Segment dancers dance around him.
  • Cliff introduces the show.
  • All My LoveSong: All My Love — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, the song is performed by Cliff standing alone on stage.
  • Cliff presents jokes by reading from his diary, while Cliff and various others act out scenes from the diary.
  • Song: Up In A Puff Of Smoke — Pearly Gates sings the song while dancing with various Segment dancers.
  • A quick joke is shown about hunting for ivory.
  • Silvery RainSong: Silvery Rain — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, the song is performed by Cliff standing alone on stage. Various reflective effects are added to the screen to emulate the "rain" around Cliff as he sings.
  • A quick joke is shown about an encounter in Colbitz, Germany during the war.
  • Song: Waterloo — Five of The Nolan Sisters stand in a row in front of three microphones singing the song.
  • Cliff and Pearly perform a series of knock-knock jokes, many of which are based on Cliff's hit songs.
  • In The CountrySong: In The Country — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff stands alone on stage singing the song. This is intercut with archive footage of Cliff and Hank Marvin's country antics from 1971's Get Away With Cliff, including Hank conducting the sheep on the "ba-ba-ba-ba-bah" parts, Cliff fishing and catching a boot, and more.
  • Cliff introduces The Three Degrees.
  • Song: When Will I See You Again — The Three Degrees deliver a choreographed performance while singing the song alone on stage.
  • Cliff and The Three Degrees introduce The Sound of Philadelphia medley. They do so with a series of jokes where Cliff brings a clipboard with fact he is going to present, but the girls from The Three Degrees keep beating him to the punch. Afterwards, a back wall opens, revealing Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra performing and the girls begin to sing...
    • Song: Year Of Decision — Sung by The Three Degrees, they perform the song in the front of the stage while the orchestra plays live behind them. Cliff has no involvement.
    • The Love I LostSong: The Love I Lost — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this performance features Cliff singing on stage by himself with the orchestra behind him. The performance ends with a close-up of Cliff when Pearly Gates and The Nolan Sisters come on stage ready to perform their next number.
    • Song: Back Stabbers — Sung by Pearly Gates and The Nolan Sisters, this performance features Pearly in the front of the stage singing the lead vocal with The Nolan Sisters in a row behind her singing the choral chorus and repeated vocal parts. The orchestra plays at the back of the stage behind them. Cliff has no involvement although, at the end he comes on stage ready to sing his part.
    • If You Don't Know Me By NowSong: If You Don't Know Me By Now — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, this performance features Cliff alone on stage with the orchestra continuing to play at the back of the stage. The camera stays focused close-up on Cliff through most of the performance, allowing Pearly and The Nolan Sisters to leave the stage unseen at the beginning and The Three Degrees to come on stage unseen at the end, ready to sing their next song.
    • Song: Dirty Ol' Man — Sung by The Three Degrees, this performance shows the girls singing and dancing at the front of the stage again while the band performs at the back of the stage. Cliff has no involvement.
    • Love TrainSong: Love Train (with The Nolan Sisters, Pearly Gates and The Three Degrees) — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, is a rousing performance with all of Cliff's guest performing at the front of the stage with the band performing at the back of the stage. It starts with The Nolan Sisters, Pearly, Cliff and The Three Degrees standing in a row, dancing and singing as if on a "train" as depicted in the song. The segment dancers begin dancing about them. Cliff sings the first verse with The Three Degrees doing the backing vocals, Pearly sings the second verse with The Nolan Sisters doing the backing vocals, while everyone sings the choruses together. The last half of the song shows the show's credits scrolling across the screen.

It's Cliff Richard
Broadcast Date
Saturday, September 28, 1974
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
6
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It's Cliff Richard.
Guest Cast and Support: Pearly Gates (singing, acting), Olivia Newton-John (singing), The Nolan Sisters (singing), Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra (music), Segment (dancing, acting), The Jean Hawker Singers (singing), David Gates (music), Julian Orchard (acting), Ronnie Brody (acting)

Episode Discussion: The first half of the show is a series of musical performances with only a few, very short comedy bits. The series returns to a musical comedy sketch with a short play called "Le Scarlet Pimpernel" in which Cliff plays the title character and sings a few short songs themed for the play.

The medley segment that ends the show is simply introduced as a medley that "spans the whole decade". Selections performed are pop songs from the 1960s and 1970s.

Musical guests only include a return of Olivia Newton-John, who sings her recent US hit, I Honestly Love You as well as a duet of I'm Leaving It Up To You which, in Cliff's words, are in honor of Donny & Marie Osmond who had had a hit with the song earlier in the year, itself a cover of the 1957 US hit by Don & Dewey. Note: the correct title of this song is actually I'm Leaving It Up To You, although due to the nature of the lyrics on the chorus, is commonly known as I'm Leaving It All Up To You.

Curiously, Cliff does no promotion of his latest material, instead singing a cover of The Beatles' Good Day Sunshine, A Matter Of Moments from the 1964 Wonderful Life soundtrack, and a cover of Kris Kristofferson's Why Me which he would later record in the studio for the 1978 Small Corners album. Cliff also does an incredible cover of The Guitar Man by Bread, featuring David Gates, the song's original songwriter, singer and guitarist for the song. In the performance, David Gates does not sing. Instead, the first half of the song is an instrumental (with David on guitar). Near the end of the song, Cliff sings a verse and chorus over the performance.

Cliff closes the show with Visions, a song he closed many of his shows from previous years' series, but in this series he had never sung until this episode.

The closing credits show the Kevin Peeke performed in the show, but it's unclear what role, if any, he had on the show. As David Gates is not listed in the show's credits, it is thought that the Kevin Peeke credit may have been in error-- with someone listing Kevin's name instead of David's by mistake.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: Dance The Night Away — A shortened pre-recording of the song is played while various footage of a couple of gliders are shown flying around the English countryside. Near the end of the segment, the top of one of the gliders comes into view and "It's Cliff Richard" is written across the wings.
  • Good Day SunshineSong: Good Day Sunshine — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, the song is performed by Cliff as he dances around the stage with the Segment dancers.
  • Cliff introduces the show.
  • A Matter Of MomentsSong: A Matter Of Moments — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, the song is performed by Cliff as he stands alone on a darkened stage.
  • Cliff does a quick comedy sketch about sweeping the lawn.
  • The Guitar ManSong: The Guitar Man (with David Gates) — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, the song an interesting artistic performance. David Gates (from the band Bread) plays guitar only and has no vocal performance. He is seen sitting alone on stage playing guitar, which is intercut by images of the Segment dancers with mainly on a single blond-haired female dancer. At first the song is slow, but then it gets very lively. Eventually it returns to showing David playing guitar again where Cliff is superimposed standing behind him singing the song. The image of Cliff is faded out so that David is once again sitting alone and the song ends.
  • Cliff introduces The Nolan Sisters.
  • Song: (I Don't Know Why) But I Do — Performed by The Nolan Sisters with Coleen Nolan on lead vocals, the girls sing and dance the tune together on stage. Cliff has no involvment with this performance.
  • A short comedy sketch about Cliff gardening is shown.
  • Why MeSong: Why Me — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, the song is performed by Cliff on guitar and sitting alone on a stool on stage.
  • Cliff introduces Olivia Newton-John. In doing so, he plays up her recent great international success.
  • Song: I Honestly Love You — Performed by Olivia Newton-John, she sings the song while sitting alone on stage. Cliff has no involvment with this performance.
  • Cliff has a short chat with Olivia to introduce their next performance of...
  • I'm Leaving It Up To YouSong: I'm Leaving It Up To You (with Olivia Newton-John) — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, the song is performed by Cliff and Olivia standing together on stage, singing much of the song in harmony.
  • Cliff, Julian Orchard, Ronnie Brody and Pearly Gates and many others (from Segment) perform a sketch called "Le Scarlet Pimpernel" that is a parody of The Scarlet Pimpernel, the story of a wealthy Englishman who went undercover to save French aristocracy from the guillotine during the French Revolution era.
    • Song: Unknown Title — Several Segment dancers, dressed in rags, are around a guillotine singing an introductory song.
    • Julian Orchard (as Sir Andrew Ffoulkes) appears and sets up the sketch as being set during the French Revolution and Percy (aka the Scarlet Pimpernel) is out to save the French aristocracy from execution. He wonders what disguise he will be in today and soon Cliff (as Percy) appears and is wearing a Santa Claus suit as a disguise. They share a few jokes before Percy says that they must rescue Marie Antoinette from a prison nearby. They look into the prison window and Pearly Gates (as Marie Antoinette) appears behind the bars.
    • What Queen Is That Froggie In The Window?Song: What Queen Is That Froggie In The Window? — Percy and Ffoulkes sing a take off of (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window? using alternate lyrics, including "what queen is that froggie in the window?" This is, of course, a reference to Marie Antoinette in the prison window.
    • Percy leaves with a plan to rescue Marie Antoinette. Ronnie Brody (as Citizen Chauvelin) appears and complains about the actions of the Scarlet Pimpernel, rescuing the aristocrats. He vows to stop him
    • Unknown TitleSong: Unknown Title — Percy appears with a hooded figure and sings a short, introductory song to say 'hello' to Ffoulkes and to ask about Citizen Chauvelin's being there.
    • Citizen Chauvelin threatens and soon discovers that the hooded figure is the rescued Marie Antoinette and that Percy is the Scarlet Pimpernel. A sword fight ensues and Chauvelin is stabbed.
    • Goodbye Paris FranceSong: Goodbye Paris France — Percy, Marie Antoinette, Ffoulkes and Chauvelin sing the song together, singing that they have had enough of the revolution and will flee to England.

  • Cliff introduces a medley that "spans the whole decade."
    • PigeonSong: Pigeon — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while dancing alone on stage.
    • Song: Stop! In The Name Of Love — Sung by Pearly Gates, she sings the song with the female Segment dancers in rows behind them. As she sings the song, they act out the song by holding their hands up on the "stop" parts.
    • All I Have To Do Is DreamSong: All I Have To Do Is Dream (with Olivia Newton-John) — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff and Olivia sing the entire song in harmony while standing alone on stage and looking into each other's eyes.
    • Song: Sweet Talking Guy — Sung by The Nolan Sisters, this song features the girls in long, pink dresses singing and dancing the song together on stage.
    • Proud MarySong: Proud Mary — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song while much of the cast is on stage dancing alone. In the forefront, standing beside Cliff are Olivia and Pearly and they provide backing vocals on the choruses. Behind Cliff are The Nolan Sisters who also provide backing vocals on the choruses. Throughout the performance, the Segment dancers come on and off stage, dancing to the song.
    • Cliff thanks all his guests and the support talent, then wishes everyone a good night. While his is speaking, the camera focuses on his face so that the others can leave the stage unseen.
    • VisionsSong: Visions — Backed by Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra, Cliff sings the song alone on stage with a single spotlight on him throughout the performance. The show's credits roll across the screen as he sings.


Cliff In Korea
Cliff In Korea title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
This MBC broadcast of Cliff's concert at Citizen Hall in Seoul, Korea has a bit of an interesting history. It's a straightforward concert recorded while Cliff was on tour in the far east. It was filmed for TV in 1969, but as far as is known, did not actually get an initial TV broadcast until 1975. If it was broadcast earlier, no known records exist. It was only known to have been recorded in black and white.

The audio for the recording was pressed onto bootleg LPs and reportedly released in March 1970, theoretically predating the TV 1975 broadcast. The bootleg LP was a double album affair with the first three sides containing the TV recording audio with the Shadows Medley that ends side 2 cutting Bachelor Boy from the medley and instead tracking the song alone at the beginning of side 3. Side 4 of the album contains Dynamite, Evergreen Tree, What'd I Say, Twist And Shout, Spanish Harlem and Medley: Let's Make A Memory/The Young Ones/Lucky Lips/Summer Holiday/We Say Yeah from the official 1968 Cliff In Japan album and the studio recording of Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) (incorrectly titled as Toy Soldier). This gives the impression that these were tracks performed in Korea, which they were not. As this was a very early bootleg of a Cliff Richard concert and details were sketchy, the album has sometimes appeared in official discographies.

The Shadows backed Cliff at the concert (and on the Far East tour), but it is a version of the band that was going through a bit of an identity crisis. The band included Hank Marvin, Brian Bennett and John Rostill, but guitarist Bruce Welch was not present. Instead, Alan Hawkshaw featured on keyboards as one of The Shadows. Three local and unidentified Korean singers were hired to provide backing vocals and seven local and unidentified Korean men were hired to provide the brass band backing.


Cliff In Korea
Broadcast Date
January 3, 1975
Record Date
October 16, 1969
Series Episode #
1 only
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Cliff performing Early In The Morning on Cliff In Korea.
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (guitar), Brian Bennett (drums), John Rostill (guitar), Alan Hawkshaw (keyboards), Unknown 3 Korean singers (backing vocals), Unknown 7 Korean men (brass)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: The full audio only is available and is somewhat infamous from the bootleg Cliff Live In Korea vinyl LP, reportedly released in March 1970 (Universal K-APPLE 7117) and including several Cliff In Japan tracks. A video clip of Cliff's performance of Early In The Morning from this show is known to survive.

Performance Detail:
  • Song: Intro: Congratulations/Shout — This performance includes a 30 second instrumental version of Congratulations by the orchestra which merges with a rousing performance of Shout. Other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Move It — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: It's All In The Game — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows and the orchestra, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Big Ship — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows and the orchestra, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Good Times — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Throw Down A Line — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: The Day I Met Marie — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows and the orchestra, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: La La La La La — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows and the orchestra, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: A Taste Of Honey — This is performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows with Cliff, rather than singing, playing lead acoustic guitar.
  • Song: The Lady Came From Baltimore — This is performed by Cliff along, singing and playing guitar.
  • Song: Ain't Nothin' But A House Party — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Shadows Medley: The Young Ones/Living Doll/In The Country/Bachelor Boy — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows and the orchestra, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Something Good/If Ever I Would Leave You — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows and the orchestra, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: When I'm Sixty - Four — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows and the orchestra, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Early In The MorningSong: Early In The Morning — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows and the orchestra, this is a straight stage performance that is prefaced briefly by a bit where Cliff wipes sweat from his brow with a hankerchief, pretends to blow his nose into it, then throws it to the screaming audience members, much to their delight.
  • Song: Congratulations — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows and the orchestra, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Visions — Performed by Cliff and backed by The Shadows, other details about this performance are unknown.
  • Song: Congratulations (Instrumental Reprise) — Performed by The Shadows and the Korean orchestra, Cliff has no involvement in this performance.


Cliff In Copenhagen
Cliff In Copenhagen title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: 35 minutes
This special was produced for Danish TV and was directed by Inger Stilling. It's mainly Cliff wandering around various sites in Copenhagen, performing his songs to the camera and no audience at all. There also features a short interview segment with the Danish press. It plays as if Cliff arrives in Copenhagen and passes through the customs office to show his passport (which is where the title card is featured), then a short ride to a hotel and an interview with Danish press, then he wanders around the city singing various songs before ending up at an empty theatre where he goes on stage and performs some songs to the empty theatre. No other actors are involved at all.

The songs performed were all from Cliff's latest material only, with the earliest song going back to 1967's The Day I Met Marie. That is the only pre-1970 song featured other than a short montage of early works put together by the producers. All songs are mimed to their album or single versions, so no original material is actually performed.

The special was actually rather simplified and cheaply produced compared to previous shows. With all songs mimed and no band as well as no audience present, it offered very little visually other than Cliff singing to the camera other than the short medley and interview at the beginning.

Some details are unclear about the special as the only known source available cuts off the end of the program after the end of Cliff's last known performance of Help It Along. If there were any credits produced that would give further insight, they are not available.

Cliff In Copenhagen
Broadcast Date
Saturday, April 26, 1975
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Cliff In Copenhagen.
Guest Cast and Support: None

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available except the end credits appear to be cut.


Performance Detail:
  • Travellin' LightSong: Travellin' Light — Most of the The 31st Of February Street version of Travellin' Light is played over images of Cliff travelling through the Danish airport, passing through customs (when the title card is shown by way of Cliff's passport), then riding in a car toward his destination in Copenhagen.
  • Hit MedleySong: Hit Medley — A medley of the studio records of Cliff's hit songs are played over various archive images of Cliff through the years. The medley continues as Cliff reaches his destination, greets fans, then enters a studio to be interviewed by the Danish press. Songs played in the medley are Move It, Living Doll, Do You Wanna Dance, Theme For A Dream, Bachelor Boy, Lucky Lips and Congratulations.
  • Cliff is interviewed by the Danish press who ask him questions about touring in Denmark, The Shadows, the Eurovision Song Contest and his Christian faith.
  • 31st Of February StreetSong: 31st Of February Street — The opening album version of 31st Of February Street is played (short as it is) while Cliff miming and standing near a window with a night time view of Copenhagen.
  • The SingerSong: The Singer — The album version of the song is played while Cliff mimes the song while sitting in front of a window with a daytime view of a busy street in Copenhagen. This is intercut with various street level footage of people walking about on the busy street. Many of the people laugh and react in various ways to the camera. The song played is incomplete, cutting off just after the first chorus.
  • The Joy Of LivingSong: The Joy Of Living — The single version of the song is played while Cliff mimes the song while walking around the streets of Copenhagen. As he walks, several scenes that demonstrate the song's lyrics about urban growth are shown.
  • Throw Down A LineSong: Throw Down A Line — The single version of the song is played while Cliff mimes the song and wanders around a large, empty room in a high rise building. He occasionally looks out the windows at the city.
  • Cliff wanders onto a balcony (seemingly from the room of the last song) and silently watches the city for several moments.
  • WinningSong: Winning — The album version of the song is played while Cliff, not miming this time, walks briskly around the streets of Copenhagen. He pointedly walks past and through several construction sites. The song ends with Cliff pausing at a sign that says "Lukket" (Danish for "Closed"). As he's reading it, a passerby walks through, ignoring the sign. Cliff sees that and chooses to ignore the sign as well, walking through.
  • The Day I Met MarieSong: The Day I Met Marie — The single version of the song is played while Cliff mimes the song and stands in a park. The song plays out the song's lyrics in part. At first, Cliff is standing in a park with a pagoda behind him. During the first verse, the screen goes black, then slowly fades in on the line "I open my eyes kinda slow" and a watery image is seen, as if Cliff is opening his eyes and we see things from his perspective. For the rest of the song, Cliff is standing at the water's edge miming the song.
  • Give Me Back That Old Familiar FeelingSong: Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling — The album version of the song is played while Cliff mimes the song and wanders around a closed pavilion in a closed amusement park. Near the end of the song, he walks away and eventually walks toward a large building in the distance.
  • Cliff walks into an empty theatre and wanders down the center aisle while looking about. He eventually walks on stage to sing...
  • It's Only Me You've Left BehindSong: It's Only Me You've Left Behind — The single version of the song is played while Cliff mimes the song and sings to the empty theatre.
  • CelestialHousesSong: Celestial Houses — The album version of the song is played while Cliff mimes guitar and vocals for the song to the empty theatre.
  • Help It AlongSong: Help It Along — The album version of the song is played while Cliff mimes the song and sings to the empty theatre. Cliff ends the performance with a bow to the camera.


In Concert
In Concert title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC
Running Time: 30 minutes
This special was part of a regular BBC set of specials called In Concert where various artist would give a half hour concert. The specials had started on the BBC as early as the mid-1960s and are still shown from time to time today. Cliff only appeared on the show once, from a recording done in July of 1975.

The broadcast was a straightforward concert with Barrie Guard and his orchestra, which featured in much of Cliff's live show at the time and Cliff occasionally providing acoustic guitar. The songs performed were almost exclusively from his 1974 The 31st Of February Street album, with the only songs not taken from this album being Yesterday, Today, Forever from the 1974 Help It Along and the original Love On (Shine On) Cliff written song, destined to be the B-side of his 1976 Devil Woman single.

The actual date of the broadcast is in question as the timing is odd. Most sources give a recording date of July 9, 1975 and the broadcast date of July 24, 1976 (over a year later). If true, then why the large delay? The The 31st Of February Street had been released in October of 1974 and had already proven to have been a commercial flop. The It's Only Me You've Left Behind single was released in March of 1975 and it too was a failure. However, Cliff's comeback projects, the April 1976 Devil Woman single and the May 1976 I'm Nearly Famous album had proven successful. So it seems peculiar that (1) the BBC would not air the special in 1975 when it was recorded and promoting Cliff's latest material and (2) the BBC would air the special in 1976 when it only featured old, failed material and not the newer, successful material.

Given these broadcast date oddities, and that fact that a bootleg recording of the concert clearly shows a 1975 date on the closing title card, it is believed that the quoted 1976 date may be in error. If the July 24 date is to be believed, then the special was actually broadcast on Thursday, July 14, 1975 and not Saturday, July 24, 1976. This, however, remains pure conjecture and until proven otherwise, the 1976 broadcast date will be assumed to be accurate.

In Concert
Broadcast Date
Saturday, July 24, 1976
Record Date
Wednesday, July 9, 1975
Series Episode #
Unknown
SEE IT ON
In Concert.
Guest Cast and Support: Barrie Guard (musical director), Unknown (orchestra)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:
  • Song: 31st Of February Street — Performed by Barrie Guard and his orchestra while the show's title card is shown, then Cliff is shown on stage listening to the orchestra behind him and preparing for the show.
  • The SingerSong: The Singer — Backed by Barrie Guard and his orchestra, this is a straight stage performance of Cliff at the microphone singing the song.
  • Travellin' LightSong: Travellin' Light — Backed by Barrie Guard and his orchestra, this is a straight stage performance of Cliff at the microphone singing the song and playing an acoustic guitar. The arrangement is the The 31st Of February Street album arrangement.
  • Cliff gives a quick introduction, saying how pleased he is to be on In Concert and gives an introduction to Barrie Guard as musical director.
  • No Matter WhatSong: No Matter What — Backed by Barrie Guard and his orchestra, this is a straight stage performance of Cliff at the microphone singing the song.
  • The LeavingSong: The Leaving — Backed by Barrie Guard and his orchestra, this is a straight stage performance of Cliff at the microphone singing the song.
  • You Will Never KnowSong: You Will Never Know — Backed by Barrie Guard and his orchestra, this is a straight stage performance of Cliff at the microphone singing the song.
  • Yesterday, Today, ForeverSong: Yesterday, Today, Forever — Backed by Barrie Guard and his orchestra, this is a straight stage performance of Cliff at the microphone singing the song and playing acoustic guitar.
  • Love On (Shine On)Song: Love On (Shine On) — Backed by Barrie Guard and his orchestra, this is a straight stage performance of Cliff at the microphone singing the song and playing acoustic guitar.
  • Nothing To Remind MeSong: Nothing To Remind Me — Backed by Barrie Guard and his orchestra, this is a straight stage performance of Cliff at the microphone singing the song.
  • Song: Nothing To Remind Me (Instrumental Reprise) — Performed by Barrie Guard and his orchestra, this is played when Cliff leaves the stage and the show credits are shown. Cliff comes back briefly on stage to say goodbye again.


It's Cliff & Friends
It's Cliff & Friends (1975) title card
* September 6, 1975
* September 13, 1975

Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC
Running Time: 35 minutes
For 1975, Cliff recorded a one-off performance, split into two separate shows aired in September of that year. It was a rather peculiar program, being part series and part special. It took the name of It's Cliff & Friends, in a sort of variation of his It's Cliff Richard series. Unlike the series, however, it eschewed the comedy bits and party atmosphere for a more intimate arrangement. The program served as a sort-of pilot for the full It's Cliff & Friends series to be run in 1976.

The series was recorded in one single performance as noted by the stage, the audience and Cliff's clothing being the same in both shows as well as some Cliff comments from a bootleg copy of the shows that were not meant to be part of the broadcast. The actual date of recording is uncertain, but it is believed to have been just a few days before the initial September 6th broadcast.

The setup was clearly experimental, being a sort of hybrid of a musical variety show and a talk show. It included the typical musical performances by himself and various guests; it also included other non-musical guests such as comedians, scultors, painters and designers. The entire show happened on one single stage that was multi-tiered, allowing the guests to walk up and down the steps or stand at the top, bottom or in front of the stage. The audience was scattered about on the stage itself, facing the filming cameras. Further, the band/orchestra was in an area just behind and slightly lower than the stage so that they are only partially seen throughout the shows.

The musical backing was provided by an unnamed band/orchestra. Barrie Guard, who had been the musical director on several of Cliff's previous series and specials is now listed in the credits as a "musical associate" and the musical directorship is provided by Ronnie Hazelhurst. It's unclear what role Barrie Guard provided here, but it is assumed that he was a consultant only, providing guidance to Ronnie. Backing vocalists include Pat Farrar, wife of Olivia Newton-John's producer, John Farrar, and a frequent backing vocalist on Cliff's recent tours.

Singing guests include Sue Shifrin (professionally known at the time as Su Shifrin (no "e")) and Pete Townshend's brother, Simon Townshend. At the time, Cliff was experimenting with music producing and other guests include Allan Shiers and Debbie Byrne singing songs that Cliff had recently produced for them and released as singles, Good On The Sally Army (with Cliff would later record for the 1978 Small Corners album) and Tell Sonny Not To Come (which would only be released in her native Australia).

For Cliff's only musical performances, he strangely performed very little of his own recent material. He performed Move It on the second show and closed with his latest single, Honky Tonk Angel. But otherwise he sang contemporary hits by other artists or new material only. Part of this set includes a cover of The Beatles' Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da with the audience joining in on kazoos, Up In Canada which he would later record for this 1978 Small Corners album, and Six-Stringed Orchestra, a novelty song where he sings the verses very badly and the choruses very well. He also sang duets with guests Su Shifrin and Debbie Byrne.

The performance of Love Train bears special attention because of how it is used in the show. It closes the first show. But to preserve the appearance of a single continuous show split into two parts, the second show starts with the end of Love Train. The idea is to convey that at the beginning of the second show, the audience hears the end of the performance from the first show and the second show carries on from there. However, given some behind-the-scenes comments from Cliff heard on a bootleg recording as well as careful examination showing that these are two different performances of Love Train, it's clear that this "continuation" is only an illusion.

Although these specials are not considered a series, per-se, Cliff would go on to have a series with the same title beginning the following year. As such, this special appears as a test for a new series only. Cliff took his new series in a new direction compared to previous ones, so this special may very well have been a test to see if the new concept would work. There were a few small tweeks that made the series similar, but slightly different from this special.

It's Cliff & Friends
Broadcast Date
Saturday, September 6, 1975
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1
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It's Cliff & Friends.
Guest Cast and Support: Allan Shiers (singing), Wendy Taylor (interview), Su Shifrin (singing), Nigel Allen (interview), David Copperfield (comedy), Vicki Brown (singing), Pat Farrar (singing), Nick Curtis (singing), Alan Lynton (singing), Ronnie Hazlehurst (musical director), Barrie Guard (musical associate)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:

  • Love Is AllSong: Love Is All — Cliff sings the song backed by the show's band. The stage is a stepped/tiered arrangment with the band/orchestra in back, somewhat hidden and several audience members sitting on the stage steps, clearly visible and facing the cameras. Cliff starts singing the song while standing on the top tier. He slowly works his way down to the main floor while singing the song. He twice pauses momentarily in the performance (with music playing behind him) to give spoken bits; a cricket score to viewers at home and an introduciton of the show and his guests. This song is taken from the The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast concept album and is written by Roger Glover & Eddie Hardin.
  • Cliff introduces Allan Shiers.
  • Song: Good On The Sally Army — Performed by Allan Shiers, he sings the song and plays guitar while sitting alone on stage. Cliff has no involvment with this performance.
  • Cliff and artist Wendy Taylor discuss her sculpture she calls Sky Hook.
  • Cliff introduces Su Shifrin
  • Song: All I Wanna Do — Performed by Su Shifrin, she sings the song while dancing alone around on stage. Cliff has no involvment with this performance.
  • For YouSong: For You — Cliff and Su perform the song, backed by the show's band and with Cliff on guitar while on the steps amongst the audience members. Cliff's role is only guitar and harmony vocals, so this cannot be considered a proper duet.
  • Six-Stringed OrchestraSong: Six-Stringed Orchestra — Cliff sings the song while playing guitar. The show's band plays as well. The theme of the song is about the singer trying to make it in the music industry with his guitar (his six-string orchestra) and the rest of the band joining in to round things out. It's played for laughs really, because during the verses, Cliff sings and plays quite poorly, as if he is a bad singer, but on the choruses when the full band and orchestra join in, he plays and sings quite well and normally.
  • Cliff and fabric designer Nigel Allen discuss some of his fabric designs for wallpaper and curtains.
  • Comedian David Copperfield does a series of jokes, many of which include a guitar as a prop.
  • Cliff talks with songwriter Ken Gold about the song I've Got Time.
  • I've Got TimeSong: I've Got Time — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, this is a straight stage performance as Cliff moves around the tiered stage.
  • Cliff thanks the audience and his guests and mentions that the show's recording will continue, but part 2 will be aired the following week.
  • Love TrainSong: Love Train — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, this is a straight stage performance as Cliff moves around the tiered stage. Near the end of the song, Cliff pauses while the music continues to give the cricket announcement. The song continues as the show's credits roll over the screen.

It's Cliff & Friends
Broadcast Date
Saturday, September 13, 1975
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
2
SEE IT ON
It's Cliff & Friends.
Guest Cast and Support: Debbie Byrne (singing), Peter Robinson (comedy), Simon Townshend (singing, music), Sue Sanderland (interview), Fionnuala Boyd (interview), Les Evans (interview), Vicki Brown (singing), Pat Farrar (singing), Nick Curtis (singing), Alan Lynton (singing), Ronnie Hazlehurst (musical director), Barrie Guard (musical associate)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:

  • Love TrainSong: Love Train — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, this a very, very short segment of the end of Love Train, as if continued from the previous week's ending. It is, however, a different performance.
  • Move ItSong: Move It — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, the music starts, but before Cliff sings he introduces the show and his guests. Afterwards, it's a straight performance of the song with Cliff moving about the tiered stage and singing the song while singing and dancing. Near the end of the song, he invites the audience to clap and stamp their feet as part of the song.
  • Cliff introduces Simon Townshend.
  • Song: Janie — Performed by Simon Townshend, he sings the song while sitting at the piano singing and playing. Cliff has no involvment with this performance.
  • Cliff introduces his next song Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da in which the audience is to participate with the kazoos they've been provided.
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-DaSong: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band as well as the audience on kazoos, Cliff sings the song while moving about the tiered stage and occasionally holding up the microphone to various audience members humming into their kazoos.
  • Cliff sits with fabric designer Sue Sanderland and talks with her about her designs. Afterwards, he introduces Debbie Byrne.
  • Song: Tell Sonny Not To Come — Performed by Debbie Byrne, she sings the song while moving from the top of the stage to the bottom. Cliff has no involvment with this performance.
  • It Only HappensSong: It Only Happens (with Debbie Byrne) — Sung as a duet by Cliff and Debbie and backed by the show's band, they sit at the front of the stage singing the song to each other. An image of a Boyd and Evans painting is shown momentarity, then the couple are show standing as they sing the rest of the song.
  • Cliff sits and has a conversation with artists Boyd and Evans about their artwork, discussing their working techniques as well as a painting that is in the studio and was briefly shown during the previous song's performance. Cliff then introduces comedian Peter Robinson.
  • Peter Robinson performs a comedy sketch, much of it while using a dog under his arm as a prop. The dog doesn't move at all throughout the whole routine. Peter eventually puts the dog down and sings a song to him, but the dog still doesn't move. At the end of the sketch, Cliff wonders to the audience why he brought the "moth eaten old poodle" when the dog playfully lunges at Cliff, as if upset that he was insulted.
  • Up In CanadaSong: Up In Canada — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, the music starts, but before Cliff sings he introduces the show and his guests. Afterwards, it's a straight performance of the song with Cliff moving about the tiered stage and singing the song while singing and dancing. Near the end of the song, he invites the audience to clap and stamp their feet as part of the song.
  • Cliff thanks his guests for their appearances and the audience for watching.
  • Honky Tonk AngelSong: Honky Tonk Angel — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, the music starts, but before Cliff sings he introduces the show and his guests. Afterwards, it's a straight performance of the song with Cliff moving about the tiered stage and singing the song while singing and dancing. Near the end of the song, he invites the audience to clap and stamp their feet as part of the song.


It's Cliff & Friends
It's Cliff & Friends (1976) title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC
Running Time: 35 minutes
* December 27, 1975
* January 3, 1976
* January 10, 1976
* January 17, 1976
* January 24, 1976
* January 31, 1976
* February 7, 1976
* February 14, 1976
Cliff's fifth and final series in 1976 ran a shorter than usual 8 episodes (although two more than his 1974 series). It must have been produced on a meager budget compared to previous series as all costumed sketches and filmed segments were completely missing. The series dropped the It's Cliff Richard name and instead used the It's Cliff & Friends as seen on the 1975 two-part special. This was done probably to reflect the new format and nature of the series-- the nature being to include three guests and a song by a new songwriter.

The "new artist" feature is probably the most novel and unusual feature of the show. Each of these "friends" typically unknown or unproven performers, not having an established career. The move was a bold one and it could be speculated as to the motivation for doing so. Cliff was known at the time for trying to break out new artists and had already started dabbling in production for other people. And the fee for these guests to appear on the show was probably quite cheap, if they were paid anything at all. This was certainly an admirable move to put such unknown artists to a national audience. On the other hand, with no popular artists to attract viewers, this move may have also caused audiences to stay away from the series.

The format generally consisted of Cliff opening the show with a 1-minute performance of a new song called All I Got Is Music, followed by Cliff's introduction to the show. During the course of the show, the three friends would perform their acts, beit musical, comedy or even a magic act. Cliff would also perform a "new song of the week" featuring an unknown songwriter. And he would close the show with a song of his own, whether something he'd recorded in his past or a cover of a known hit song. Mixed in between, he would perform a few other songs of his own or perform short comedy bits which mostly consisted of facing the audience and telling jokes.

Cliff had just recorded his I'm Nearly Famous LP, but it had not yet been released at the time of the series. As a result, he performed several of the songs, including Junior Cowboy, I Can't Ask For Anymore Than You and I'm Nearly Famous, plugging them as new songs that would appear on his forthcoming LP. He also had Miss You Nights just released and destined for the LP. To promote it, he performed the song three times during the series. Despite this promotion, the song failed to be a significant UK chart hit.

Once again, the backing band stayed unseen throughout the entire series but for one performance in the last episode. The backing vocalists, now not credited as a vocal group, but simply four male singers (Tony Burrows, Nick Curtis, Chas Miles and Russell Stone), were sometimes visible on stage but they were more often than not hidden from view. Cliff's usual orchestra leader, Barrie Guard is credited as "musical associate" although it's uncertain what this is supposed to mean. Clearly the orchestra leader is Ronnie Hazlehurst for the entire series.

This was Cliff's last regular series and all other TV appearances would be guests on other programs or specials only. The exact reason for this is unknown. Certainly the quality of Cliff's series had been declining, with the loss of regular performers (including Una Stubbs, Hank Marvin and others) and the cheaper productions. The humor, while almost always corny during the series, no longer seemed to work and felt forced in these late series episodes. And the lack of popular guests in this last series probably didn't help matters either. Quality aside, Cliff was on the cusp of his musical renaissance, being just months away from the release of the I'm Nearly Famous album and his first real success in America. This renaissance would take his career in a whole new direction. The need for a corny, variety show type of series was no longer desireable for the direction of Cliff's career so the series stopped production.

It's Cliff & Friends
Broadcast Date
Saturday, December 27, 1975
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
1
SEE IT ON
It's Cliff & Friends.
Guest Cast and Support: Franklin Spence, Busty Brown, Noel Brown and Errol Brown as Chosen Few (singing), Kimberley Clarke (singing), Ward Allen (comedy), The Choir of St. Richard's with St. Andrew's Junior School, Ham, Surrey (singing), Ronnie Hazlehurst (musical director), Barrie Guard (musical associate), Tony Burrows (singing), Nick Curtis (singing), Chas Mills (singing), Russell Stone (singing)

Episode Discussion: The start of the 1976 series, his fifth for the BBC, started at the very end of 1975. As it was the week after Christmas, it has a ends with a Christmas theme, although the rest of the episode has no Christmas feel to it other than a series of jokes early in the show.

Cliff sings his as-yet-unreleased single Miss You Nights, perhaps for the first time ever. He would go on to sing the song several times over the course of this series.

Cliff's "friends" include Chosen Few, a vocal group from Jamaica singing their latest single. Also singing is Kimberley Clarke. The third guest is a non-singing guest, Ward Allen, doing a ventriloquist comedy sketch. In addition, a children's choir join Cliff on his new song of the week, A Star In The Sky as well as a medley of Christmas carols to close out the show.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:

  • All I Got Is MusicSong: All I Got Is Music — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while moving about the stage. The middle of the song is interrupted by Cliff's introduction of the show's guests (while the main riff continues playing quietly in the background.
  • Cliff introduces the show and tells of the format for the series. This is quickly followed by a few jokes about various celebrity's hair.
  • Song: You Mean Everything To Me — Performed by Chosen Few, this vocal group sings the song while standing and dancing in a row together on stage.
  • Cliff tells a series of jokes about his recent Christmas. It includes a joke about a Christmas card from Hank Marvin and a Christmas poem from his nephew.
  • Miss You NightsSong: Miss You Nights — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while standing alone on a darkened stage and a single spotlight on him alone.
  • Cliff describes Miss You Nights as his latest single and makes a few jokes about it before introducing Kimberley Clarke as the next act.
  • Song: When Will I Be Loved — Performed by Kimberley Clarke, she sings the song while standing and dancing alone around the stage stage.
  • Cliff introduces Ward Allen, who performs a ventriloquist sketch voicing puppets of a dog and a penguin. In the sketch, he performs (or tries to perform) a baloon trick as well as singing a silly song with alternating voices.
  • Gee Whizz It's YouSong: Gee Whizz It's You — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff also plays acoustic guitar on the song while standing alone on stage beside a small group in the audience sitting on the stage.
  • A Star In The SkySong: A Star In The Sky — Cliff quickly introduces the song as the new song to be sung on this week's show, then sings the song, a Christmas carol in acknowledgement of the holiday. He sings the song while moving about the stage where a children's choir (The Choir of St. Richard's with St. Andrew's Junior School, Ham, Surrey) stands behind him singing choral accompaniment.
  • Cliff chats briefly with Joanne Paige (sp?), shop steward of the choir, to talk about the choir and their performance. Cliff then speaks about the songwriters for A Star In The Sky who are also head master and caretaker of the choir's school. After this, he introduces the Christmas medley to close the show.
  • Medley Of Christmas Carols: Ding Dong Merrily On High/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Once In Royal David's City/O Come All Ye FaithfulSong: Medley Of Christmas Carols: Ding Dong Merrily On High/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Once In Royal David's City/O Come All Ye Faithful — Cliff sings the medley of carols while the children's choir stand and sing behind him. The medley is paused briefly between Once In Royal David's City and O Come All Ye Faithful so that Cliff can thank the viewers and his guests. The credits roll during O Come All Ye Faithful.

It's Cliff & Friends
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 3, 1976
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
2
SEE IT ON
It's Cliff & Friends.
Guest Cast and Support: Reaction (singing, music), Aj Webber (singing, guitar), Richard Kerr (singing, piano), Kevin Peek (guitar), Ronnie Hazlehurst (musical director), Barrie Guard (musical associate), Tony Burrows (singing), Nick Curtis (singing), Chas Mills (singing), Russell Stone (singing)

Episode Discussion: For this show, Cliff doesn't sing any of his most recent songs, although he does sing Help It Along and You Will Never Know from a couple of years prior. The new song for this show is a song called Swallow, written by Craig McCleary and John Lawrenson. He also sings Please Don't Tease from 1960 with Kevin Peek from his touring band playing the Hank Marvin lead guitar parts.

Cliff's "friends" include Reaction, a pop group that seems to have made no impact on the music scene following this performance. Also singing is Aj Webber, singing a folksy comedy song about animals as well as her own song, The Power Of Prayer. Songwriter Richard Kerr also sings and plays his song Somewhere In The Night which would later be a hit for other artists. Richard also co-wrote Cliff's song You Will Never Know so he stays and plays piano for Cliff's performance of the song.

The comedy bits are all a bit light and short, other than a lengthy set of jokes with an oversized deck of cards near the end.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:

  • All I Got Is MusicSong: All I Got Is Music — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while moving about the stage. He stops singing after about a minute with the music continuing so that he can introduce the show. He then introduces his first guest, Reaction.
  • Song: Something Wild — Performed by Reaction, the band performs the the song in full view from a setup at the edge of the stage.
  • Cliff sits and delivers a few jokes about recent Christmas presents, then introduces the next song, Swallow.
  • SwallowSong: Swallow — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song sitting in the dark on stage. Throughout the performance, the camera stays tight on Cliff's face, with occasional double exposure of Cliff's profile singing the song over his shoulder.
  • Cliff tells a few more jokes about his recent visit to the dentist, including reading some of the personals (jokes) from a magazine while there. He then introduces Aj Webber.
  • Song: Animals Around Me — Performed by Aj Webber, she sings the song while playing acoustic guitar and there is no contribution from the show's band. The song is a bit of a novelty song about different animals around her. The song ends with a "nasty spider" creeping up on her and she momentarily breaks into giggles during the performance. The actual name of the song is uncertain.
  • Please Don't TeaseSong: Please Don't Tease — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while standing at the microphone and playing acoustic guitar. Kevin Peek plays lead guitarist while standing on a platform just behind Cliff in full view and playing the Hank Marvin guitar parts.
  • Cliff talks about his recent international tour and makes jokes about himself in various countries.
  • Song: Somewhere In The Night — Performed by Richard Kerr, he sings the song while sitting at and playing the piano.
  • Cliff introduces You Will Never Know by chatting briefly with Richard Kerr, the song's writer.
  • You Will Never KnowSong: You Will Never Know — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band and Richard Kerr on piano, Cliff performs while standing at the piano while Richard plays in plain view of the audience.
  • Cliff tells a few jokes about recent reaction to his shows.
  • Song: The Power Of Prayer — Performed by Aj Webber, she sings the song standing alone on a darkened stage.
  • Cliff tells several jokes based upon a deck of cards and things they remind him of. He ends with giving cards to audience members as a way to introduce the final song, Help It Along.
  • Help It AlongSong: Help It Along — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff sings the song alone on stage. Near the end of the performance, the show's credits are scrolled across the screen.

It's Cliff & Friends
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 10, 1976
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
3
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Guest Cast and Support: Olivia Gray (singing), Richard Harding, John Harding and Johnny Casson as The Cresters (singing, music, comedy), Sam Leno (singing), Ronnie Hazlehurst (musical director), Barrie Guard (musical associate), Tony Burrows (singing), Nick Curtis (singing), Chas Mills (singing), Russell Stone (singing)

Episode Discussion: Again, Cliff doesn't sing any of his most recent songs, although he does sing (You Keep Me) Hangin' On from a couple of years prior and Flying Machine, a mild hit from 1971. The new song for this show is a song called Melting Into One, a gentle ballad for which he also plays acoustic guitar; this song would also be performed live during the 1978 concerts celebrating Cliff's 20th anniversary. He closes the show with another new song, Peace Enough with all the show's guests and backing vocalists joining him on stage to sing the backing vocal parts.

Cliff's "friends" include vocalists Olivia Gray and Sam Leno, both singing songs from their most recent releases. The Cresters also featured. Although the trio were generally considered a serious musical group, their appearance on this show mostly features a comedic routine with drummer Johnny Casson doing an acrobatic act with the drumsticks and drums.

The comedy bits are a bit more featured than in previous shows and include a funny news report and various jokes about song requests.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:

  • All I Got Is MusicSong: All I Got Is Music — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while moving about the stage. He stops singing after about a minute with the music continuing so that he can introduce the show. He quickly moves into...
  • Flying MachineSong: Flying Machine — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while moving about the stage. Various kaleidoscope camera effects are used while Cliff is singing to simulate the "round and round" portion of the song's lyrics.
  • Cliff sits down and delivers a few jokes about January sales, including several clothing items used as props.
  • Song: A Drop In The Ocean — Performed by Olivia Gray, she sings the song while standing alone on stage. The cameras stay focused on tight on her face throughout the performance, although the cameras do move around periodically.
  • Cliff shares a few jokes about impressionists, including himself entering into a Cliff Richard impersonation contest and coming in fifth. He then does...
  • Teddy BearSong: Teddy Bear — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs a quick verse, chorus and closing of the song, with exaggerated leg movements, to show his impression of Elvis.
  • Cliff tells a quick joke about his Elvis impression, then introduces The Crestors.
  • The Cresters perform a musical/comedy impressionist act. Richard and John Harding stand in the background playing guitars throughout, with Johnny Casson in front playing drums. The drums collapse at the start of the performance and he proceeds to do various comedy bits with some impressions and several props, including a pair if drick drumsticks. The performance ends with him back in the drums again and playing a quick song with acrobatics using the drumsticks during the performance.
  • Melting Into OneSong: Melting Into One — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff sits alone on a stool on the darkened stage, playing guitar and singing. A few camera tricks are used during the performance to show Cliff at the microphone while a close-up of him playing guitar is superimposed over it.
  • Cliff does a comedy sketch called "Cliff Richard's News Round" where he tells the news in pictures. This is a series of jokes about the news, showing various pictures of celebrities wherein the celebrity shown has a name or reputation that is the joke's punchline. For example, when talking about a car crash, it is said to involve a jaguar (a picture of Mick Jagger is shown) and a Beetle (a picture of Ringo Starr is shown).
  • Song: What Am I Doing Here? — Performed by Sam Leno, he sings the song while standing at the edge of the stage with seated audience members in view behind him. For the first few lines of the song, he's holding an umbrella.
  • Cliff shares some jokes about song requests and who requests them, such as Power To All Our Friends being requested by the electrician's union. This is then followed by the show's guests (Olivia Gray, The Cresters and Sam Leno) singing short segments of songs, followed by Cliff saying who requested it. He ends on a serious note, saying the (You Keep Me) Hangin' On was the requested song which he will now sing.
  • (You Keep Me) Hangin' OnSong: (You Keep Me) Hangin' On — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff stands on a darkened stage singing the song while a single spotlight stays focused on him during the performance.
  • Cliff tells a few jokes about his latest single, Miss You Nights. He then introduces the final song, Peace Enough.
  • Peace EnoughSong: Peace Enough — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff stands on stage singing the song. The show's guests (Olivia Gray, The Cresters and Sam Leno) and Cliff's "resident vocal group" (the backing vocalists) provide harmony and backing vocals during the song and are clearly shown standing behind Cliff singing their parts throughout the performance.

It's Cliff & Friends
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 17, 1976
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
4
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It's Cliff & Friends.
Guest Cast and Support: Angie Miller (singing), Mike Onions (singing, comedy), Michael Lloyd, Darryl Cotton and Chris Christian as Cotton, Lloyd & Christian (singing, music), Ronnie Hazlehurst (musical director), Barrie Guard (musical associate), Tony Burrows (singing), Nick Curtis (singing), Chas Mills (singing), Russell Stone (singing), Kevin Peek (guitar)

Episode Discussion: For the second time in the series, Cliff sings Miss You Nights, his latest single. He also sings his 1971 song, Pigeon as a duet with guest Angie Miller and closes the show with a rocking version of Mumblin' Mosie (the B-side to his 1961 Theme For A Dream single) with the backing vocal group and guitarist Kevin Peek in plain sight on stage with him. In addition, he sings a new song which was never performed anywhere else called Too Late To Say Goodbye.

Cliff's "friends" include vocalist Angie Miller and musical group Cotton, Lloyd & Christian, both singing songs from their most recent releases. Mike Onions also appears, doing a comedy routine as a singer where he sings an overblown opera part and a bit where he uses his face as a musical instrument.

In the various comedy bits, Cliff does a "Good New & Bad New" bit that is clearly a take-off of his "Good News, Bad News" routines of prior year's comedy bits.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:

  • All I Got Is MusicSong: All I Got Is Music — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while moving about the stage. He stops singing after about a minute with the music continuing so that he can introduce the show. He then introduces Angie Miller for the next song.
  • Song: I Was Only Dreaming — Performed by Angie Miller, she sing the song alone at the edge of the stage.
  • Cliff delivers a "Good New & Bad New" comedy bit. This is a take-off of the "Good News, Bad News" comedy routines of the earlier Cliff Richard series, but this time he talks of something new (such as a chicken that can lay 24 eggs a day) and then delivers a joke by telling something bad about it (such as the eggs are too tiny to be useful).
  • Miss You NightsSong: Miss You Nights — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the on a darkened stage with the spotlight on him throughout the performance.
  • Cliff talks about the audience overflow in view of the camera, cracking a few jokes about it, before introducing Mike Onions.
  • Mike Onions does some comedy routines, most of them in the guise of a fragile old man. During the performance, he delivers a comedic performance of the songs Granada and William T'Hell Overture. The latter is done by slapping his face to make popping noises to create the melody to Rossini's William Tell Overture.
  • PigeonSong: Pigeon (with Angie Miller) — Sung as a duet by Cliff and Angie Miller, they stand together on stage performing the song.
  • Cliff delivers various jokes about his vision problems, including several comments about his glasses and contact lenses.
  • Song: Don't Play With The One Who Loves You — Performed by Cotton Lloyd & Christian, they perform the song with Michael Lloyd on piano and singing lead vocals while Darryl Cotton and Chris Christian stand beside the piano singing harmony and backing vocals.
  • Cliff tells several jokes about folks who have written in with song requests, some of them using the show's guests to sing song snippets so that he can deliver the punchlines.
  • Too Late To Say GoodbyeSong: Too Late To Say Goodbye — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the on a darkened stage with the spotlight on him throughout the performance.
  • Cliff tells several jokes his recent tour of China. In the process, the dons a big floppy hat and tells several Confucius jokes. Throughout the routine, the It's Cliff & Friends sign hangs behind him in plain view.
  • Mumblin' MosieSong: Mumblin' Mosie — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, delivers an energetic performance on stage with the It's Cliff & Friends sign directly behind him and the shows backing vocalists and guitarist Kevin Peek next to him singing and playing their parts in plain sight of the cameras.

It's Cliff & Friends
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 24, 1976
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
5
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Guest Cast and Support: Audrey Swinburne, Lesley Sly, Jackie Crew & Jackie Badger as Mother Superior (singing, music), Tony Addams (comedy), Alexander John (singing, music), Ronnie Hazlehurst (musical director), Barrie Guard (musical associate), Tony Burrows (singing), Nick Curtis (singing), Chas Mills (singing), Russell Stone (singing)

Episode Discussion: This episode features Cliff on guitar more than usual. Cliff sings some of his older material, particularly Lucky Lips and Travellin' Light both while playing acoustic guitar. The version of Travellin' Light is the arrangement from the The 31st of February Street album featuring a heavy string arrangement. Cliff also plays guitar on The Big Budgie Song, a novelty song about a giant budgie that he's purchased. His performance of I Ain't Giving Up, the featured new song of the week is without guitar, as is the performance of the Chuck Berry song, Sweet Little Sixteen, which features the all-girl rock band, Mother Superior, playing the music.

Cliff's "friends" for this episode offer some curious things. First he features the British all-girl rock band, Mother Superior. However, for unknown reasons they are introduced and indentified only as "Superior", dropping the "Mother" part of their name. Bassist Jackie Badger later stated that they were required to change their name while on the show. The reasons for this name change are unknown, but it could be surmised that Cliff or someone in his employ objected to the religious nature of the the band's name. (Mother Superior is a title for a female leader of a group of nuns).

Also appearing are Alexander John, apparently a long time acquaintances of Cliff. This is Aleksander Mežek, the singer/songwriter from Croatia using the "Alexander John" psuedonym on stage here. Cliff had sang backing vocals the song Days Go By for him in 1974 when he was using the name "Aleksander John". He would later write some songs for Cliff (First Date and Now You See Me, Now You Don't in 1982 and Front Page in 1983). Years later, using his real name of Aleksander Mežek, Cliff would record backing vocals on various songs and sing a duet with him on To A Friend (1990) and Love That Knows No End (2001).

The third "friend" was Tony Addams, a comedian/ventriloquist using a puppet of an old man (whom he calls grandfather) not only for a stand-up routine, but later in a bit with Cliff himself (mostly poking fun at Cliff and his music).

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:

  • All I Got Is MusicSong: All I Got Is Music — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while moving about the stage. He stops singing after about a minute with the music continuing so that he can introduce the show. He then introduces Mother Superior (using the name Superior) for the next song.
  • Song: Love The One You're With — Performed by Mother Superior, they perform the song with Lesley Sly on keyboards and lead vocals.
  • Travellin' LightSong: Travellin' Light — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff sits on a stool on a darkened stage, singing and playing guitar. The arrangement is the The 31st Of February Street arrangement.
  • Cliff delivers a few jokes about animals that watch his show, followed by an introduction of Tony Addams.
  • Tony Addams does a comedy act, telling a few jokes about British things, then does a ventriloquist act with his "grandfather" featuring a puppet of an old man.
  • Lucky LipsSong: Lucky Lips — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff stands alone stage, singing and playing acoustic guitar.
  • Cliff sits down with Tony Addams and his grandfather puppet and they do more comedy with the puppet teasing Cliff about various things.
  • Song: Home — Performed by Alexander John, he stands alone on a darkened stage singing and playing guitar.
  • Cliff delivers a few jokes about his new fancy, Japanese camera and a photo it has taken.
  • I Ain't Giving UpSong: I Ain't Giving Up — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff stands alone on a smoky stage, singing the song.
  • Cliff delivers a few more jokes about animals, which leads into an introduction to The Big Budgie Song.
  • The Big Budgie SongSong: The Big Budgie Song — This is a comedy/novelty song sung by Cliff as he plays guitar. It's a song about the purchase of a budgie from a pet store that turns out to be a huge bird. Various jokes about a giant bird are told throughout the song. The song ends with Cliff singing that he won't see the bird anymore, having given it back to the pet store, just as two giant bird legs are seen hovering just being him with most of the bird off camera. The audience laughs and the song ends.
  • Cliff quickly thanks the audience for watching.
  • Sweet Little SixteenSong: Sweet Little Sixteen — Cliff sings the song as credits roll over the screen. The backing music is provided by Mother Superior, seen clearly on stage playing. Mother Superior do not provide backing vocals, however; they are provided by the show's backing vocal group offstage.

It's Cliff & Friends
Broadcast Date
Saturday, January 31, 1976
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
6
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Guest Cast and Support: Dave & June Brooks (singing), Russ Abbott, Bobby Turner, Clive Jones and Lenny Reynolds as The Black Abbotts (music, comedy), Ellen Sutcliffe, Patricia Sutcliffe, Susan Sutcliffe and Linda Sutcliffe as The Surprise Sisters (singing), Ronnie Hazlehurst (musical director), Barrie Guard (musical associate), Tony Burrows (singing), Neil Lancaster (singing), Chas Mills (singing), Russell Stone (singing)

Episode Discussion: Plugging his new I'm Nearly Famous album before its actual release, Cliff performs Junior Cowboy as the new song of the week. Just after singing it, he announces that he's just recorded it and it will be on his new album. Curiously, he also sang another new song, which he has never otherwise recorded, called Big Wheel Fool but did not announce it as a new song of the week. Other than these songs, Cliff performed the songs from his very early career, I'm Looking Out The Window, Willie And The Hand Jive and Living Doll. For the latter and Junior Cowboy, he also plays acoustic guitar.

In an interesting turn of events, Cliff's "friends" include all multi-person acts. There are two musical acts: Dave & June Brooks and The Surprise Sisters (a quartet of actual sisters). The third act is a comedy quartet offering some musical performance, with most of the act being a series of comedy bits including props and impersonations.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:

  • All I Got Is MusicSong: All I Got Is Music — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while moving about the stage. He stops singing after about a minute with the music continuing so that he can introduce the show.
  • Big Wheel FoolSong: Big Wheel Fool — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff stands alone on stage singing the song.
  • In a quick comedy sketch, Cliff reads letters from viewers providing jokes inspired by the previous week's budgie song. Following this, he introduces the show's next act, Dave & June Brooks.
  • Song: All We Need Is Love — Performed by husband and wife team Dave & June Brooks, they stand side by side on stage singing the song.
  • In a comedy sketch called "Your Viewing Schedule", Cliff describes the upcoming TV schedule where a still picture is shown to the audience that delivers the punchline to a joke.
  • Junior CowboySong: Junior Cowboy — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff stands alone on stage singing the song and playing guitar. A circle of lights is sometimes superimposed over the screen, especially when Cliff is not singing and only playing guitar.
  • Cliff states that although Junior Cowboy is the new song of the week for the show, he has in fact just recorded it for his new album (I'm Nearly Famous).
  • The Black Abbotts provide a comedy act with a musical component. Three of them are standing and sing the beginning of Wake Up Little Susie when they are interrupted by another member, as if he is a stranger wandering into the group. This is followed by a series jokes with bits of songs, props and impersonations.
  • I'm Looking Out The WindowSong: I'm Looking Out The Window — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff stands alone in the spotlight of the stage singing the song. The camera slowly and continually zooms in and out on Cliff while sometimes superimposing far away and close up images of him.
  • Song: Can I Believe In You — Performed by The Surprise Sisters, they stand side by side on stage singing the song.
  • Cliff and his guests deliver a few jokes where Cliff sets up a joke and the punchline is a quick bit of a song, sung by the show's guests and Cliff himself. During the bit, Cliff sings quick bits of I Can Sing A Rainbow and Granada.
  • Willie And The Hand JiveSong: Willie And The Hand Jive — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff dances around the stage, often interacting with the audience, as he singles the song. The camera frequenty focuses on the audience doing the hand jive dancing.
  • Cliff thanks audience, then introduces Living Doll with a joke, saying it's a request by the camera crew. At first he says he won't sing it, but when the camera keeps moving away from him while he's talking, he finally relents.
  • Living DollSong: Living Doll — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff stands alone in a spotlight on the darkened stage, singing and playing guitar. The show's credits roll near the end of the song.singing the song.

It's Cliff & Friends
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 7, 1976
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
7
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Guest Cast and Support: Kevin Peek (music), Andi Rutherford, Dee Rutherford, Marta Gilliott and Carol Rhodes as Sister-Matic (dancing), Les Brian (musical comedy), Grenville Jones, Charles Shipley, Dave Mason, John Robbins and David Galloway as Five In A Bar (singing), Ronnie Hazlehurst (musical director), Barrie Guard (musical associate), Tony Burrows (singing), Tony Rivers (singing), Chas Miles (singing), Neil Lancaster (singing)

Episode Discussion: For the third and final time in the series, Cliff sings his latest single, Miss You Nights as well as a new song from the I'm Nearly Famous album, I Can't Ask For Anymore Than You, which would be a single six months later. He also sings his 1971 song, Sing A Song Of Freedom.

The new song of the week for Cliff is a bit different, being a more vaudevillian song called I Want To Be A Song And Dance Man with Cliff singing and dancing with his guests, the dance troupe called Sister-Matic.

As stated one of Cliff's "friends" for the show is the dance troupe, Sister-Matic. In addition to choreographing and dancing on I Want To Be A Song And Dance Man, they dance a performance while Cliff's guitarist, Kevin Peek, performs an instrumental cover of The Beatles' Norwegian Wood on guitar. Barbershop quintet, Five In A Bar, perform a nicely harmonized rendition of You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine while comedian Les Brown performs a sketch that is more about him wanting to sing a song rather than actually singing anything.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:

  • All I Got Is MusicSong: All I Got Is Music — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while moving about the stage. He stops singing after about a minute with the music continuing so that he can introduce the show.
  • Song: Norwegian Wood — Performed by Kevin Peek with backing by the show's band, this is a guitar instrumental version of the song. Kevin sits on a stool at the edge of the stage while the Sister-Matic dance team dances to the music at the front of the stage.
  • Miss You NightsSong: Miss You Nights — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff sings the song on a darkened stage while shimmering images of stars are superimposed over Cliff's image.
  • Cliff does a comedy bit where he shows various artistic drawings he's done. Each is to represent something that has happened to him. Each drawing looks, on it's own, rather simple and harmless, but when Cliff tells the thing that inspired him, it then becomes a joke.
  • Song: You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine — Performed by Five In A Bar, they are a barbershop quintet standing at the row on stage singing the song.
  • Cliff shares a few jokes about peope singing at work.
  • Comedian Les Bryan does a comedy sketch where he goes to great lengths to describe and finally play a quick rendition of the Spanish Grenadier song on guitar, followed by a few more jokes about next week's show.
  • I Can't Ask For Anymore Than YouSong: I Can't Ask For Anymore Than You — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while alone and dancing in place on stage.
  • Cliff does another short comedy sketch with a parrot named Joanna. The sketch is such that in response to the budgie song that cliff sang two weeks prior, a viewer sent in her budgie who enjoys the show. Cliff reveals that it's not a budgie, but a live parrot. Cliff tells a few related jokes about it before introducing the next song.
  • I Want To Be A Song And Dance ManSong: I Want To Be A Song And Dance Man — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff sings and dances the song with the Sister-Matic dance troupe, wearing tuxedos and top hats, dancing with him.
  • Cliff tells a series of jokes about finding new glasses. He describes a pair he wanted to try, then a funny picture of him wearing them is shown.
  • Sing A Song Of FreedomSong: Sing A Song Of Freedom — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while moving about the stage amongst the audience there. Near the end, the show's credits scroll over the screen.

It's Cliff & Friends
Broadcast Date
Saturday, February 14, 1976
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
8
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Guest Cast and Support: Skyline (singing, music), Los Magicos (magic act), Shona Laing (singing, music), Ronnie Hazlehurst (musical director), Barrie Guard (musical associate), Tony Burrows (singing), Nick Curtis (singing), Chas Miles (singing), Russell Stone (singing)

Episode Discussion: Still promoting his new album, Cliff sings the title song, I'm Nearly Famous. During the performance, the band is in view while performing the song, something which was not otherwise done throughout the series. Curiously, the backing vocalists, which were sometimes visible during the series, are hidden offstage during this performance. Cliff also sings his early 1970s single, Living In Harmony and has some fun with the song's false ending.

The new song of the week is the religious First Prayer, a song written by contemporary Christian artist Randy Stonehill, whom Cliff would record and perform songs from years later, including I've Got News For You on the Small Corners album and concert favorite Song For Sarah.

Cliff's friends include a country group called Skyline, a magic act called Los Magicos, and Australian singer Shona Laing. In a fascinating performance, both Cliff and Shona Laing perform a cover version of the Hank Williams song Jambalaya (On The Bayou) with both playing acoustic guitars and singing harmony vocals.

He closes the show with the somewhat traditional Visions, which is the first and only time in the 1976 series that he used the song to close the show. This was likely done because it was the last song of the series and the song had developed a reputation as a closer for his series.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.


Performance Detail:

  • All I Got Is MusicSong: All I Got Is Music — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while moving about the stage. He stops singing after about a minute with the music continuing so that he can introduce the show.
  • Song: Take Me Home, Country Roads — Performed by Skyline, the band perform the song as a straight stage performance.
  • Cliff talks about it being the last show of the series, tells a joke about going on holiday, then introduces First Prayer.
  • First PrayerSong: First Prayer — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff sings and plays acoustic guitar to this gentle tune while sitting along on a stool on a darkened stage.
  • Cliff tells a quick joke about song submissions for the new song of the week feature, then introduces Los Magicos.
  • Los Magicos perform a magic act with various comedy elements. After performing a quick trick with a bird appearing out of a box and telling a few jokes, woman-in-a-box illusion.
  • Living In HarmonySong: Living In Harmony — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff performs the song while standing alone on stage and dancing in place. The audience claps along to the rhythm throughout the song, but unlike the TV performance from 1975, they do not play the kazoos; instead, they are played by the show's band off stage. At the song's false ending, Cliff gets a laugh when the audience prematurely cheers the performance, teases them, then finishes the song.
  • Cliff does a sketch where various baby pictures are shown and Cliff tells what they babies would be saying if they could speak.
  • Song: If Only — Performed by Shona Laing, she sits on a stool on stage, playing guitar and singing the song. She's backed by the show's band.
  • Jambalaya (On The Bayou)Song: Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (with Shona Laing) — Sung by both Cliff and Shona Laing and backed by the show's band, they both are together on stage (her sitting, him standing) and playing acoustic guitar. They sing most of the song in nice harmony, although in a few cases, they sing solo parts.
  • Cliff tells various jokes about Valentine's cards that he's received. Then introduces I'm Nearly Famous.
  • I'm Nearly FamousSong: I'm Nearly Famous — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff sings the song while standing in front of the band as they are playing. For the first and only time in the series, the band is in full view of the audience. The song does not feature an orchestra so only typical rock instrument players are visible and playing. The backing vocalists, although providing vocals, are not seen.
  • VisionsSong: Visions — Sung by Cliff and backed by the show's band, Cliff stands alone on a darkened stage in a single spotlight while singing the song. Partway through the performance, the show's credits scroll over the screen.


The Eddy Go Round Show
The Eddy Go Round Show title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: 50 minutes
This is a special episode of the Dutch series, The Eddy Go Round Show (sometimes stylized as The Eddy-Go-Round Show), hosted by Eddy Becker. It's a Cliff special, featuring performances and interviews and Cliff's guest, Su Shifrin.

About half the performances are mimed to the studio recordings and half are performed live with Cliff on acoustic guitar. Actual live performances are for Living Doll, Nothing Left For Me To Say, First Prayer and For You. The latter is performed as a duet with Su Shifrin, which stands out as it is a different performance than what the duo did for Cliff's It's Cliff & Friends show in September 1975. In that prior performance, Cliff only provided guitar and harmony vocals, but in this The Eddy Go Round Show performance, they perform as a duet, trading lead vocal lines.

Cliff does mention briefly his goals for his It's Cliff & Friends show from the prior year. In other interview segments, often taking questions from the audience, he talks about his religious faith and dealing with fame and stardom, especially given his faith and his general nice personality.


The Eddy Go Round Show
Broadcast Date
June 15, 1976
Record Date
April 26, 1976
Series Episode #
Series #3 (Episode Uncertain)
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It's Cliff & Friends.
Guest Cast and Support: Eddy Becker (host, interviewer), Su Shifrin (singing, piano)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • The show logo is shown while "SPECIAL" is flashed in the corner of the screen and the show's theme music (no Cliff connection) is played. Eddy, with Cliff sitting next to him in a group of audience members, does a quick introduction of the show and Cliff.
  • Power To All Our FriendsSong: Power To All Our Friends — Cliff mimes to the single version of the song while standing amongst the audience members.
  • Eddy asks Cliff about locking himself in the loo at the Eurovision Song Contest and he relates the story about doing so during the 1968 competition for Congratulations to avoid the stress.
  • Living DollSong: Living Doll — Cliff sings and plays acoustic guitar in a live performance of the song while sitting on a stool amongst the audience members.
  • Cliff takes a question from an audience member about his gospel concerts versus his pop concerts.
  • Devil WomanSong: Devil Woman — Cliff mimes to the album/single version of the song while standing amongst the audience members.
  • Cliff takes a question from an audience member about comparing his early career to his current career in reference to his Christianity.
  • LoversSong: Lovers — Cliff mimes to the album version of the song while standing amongst the audience members.
  • Eddy asks Cliff about his attempts to break America.
  • Nothing Left For Me To SaySong: Nothing Left For Me To Say — Cliff sings and plays acoustic guitar in a live performance of the song while sitting on a stool amongst the audience members.
  • Eddy asks Cliff about meeting and working with Su Shifrin. Cliff talks a bit about his It's Cliff & Friends TV show.
  • Song: Somewhere Over The Rainbow — Performed by Su Shifrin, she sings the song while standing amongst the audience members.
  • Cliff answers questions from the audience about remaining "normal" despite being a big star.
  • First PrayerSong: First Prayer — Cliff sings and plays acoustic guitar in a live performance of the song while sitting on a stool amongst the audience members.
  • Cliff answers questions from the audience about how Cliff deals with the press giving him a hard time for his Christianity.
  • I Can't Ask For Anymore Than YouSong: I Can't Ask For Anymore Than You — Cliff mimes to the album/single version of the song while standing amongst the audience members.
  • Cliff answers a question from the audience, about his secret for eternal youth.
  • For YouSong: For You (with Su Shifrin) — Sung by both Cliff and Su Shifrin, they play a fantastic version of the song with Cliff playing acoustic guitar (again, while sitting amongst the audience members) and Su plays piano placed just in front of the audience.
  • Cliff answers a question from the audience about his private life and if he will ever marry. Although he gives a frank answer, he ends with slight joke saying he might meet his wife and she will be Dutch.
  • Miss You NightsSong: Miss You Nights — Cliff mimes to the album/single version of the song while standing amongst the audience members.
  • Eddy thanks Cliff to close the show.
  • I'm Nearly FamousSong: I'm Nearly Famous — Cliff mimes to the album version of the song while standing amongst the audience members. The shows credits flash across the screen near the end of the performance.
  • Following the song, in silence, several female fans bring flowers to Cliff. It's not clear that this was part of the original broadcast or simply the end of the recording that continued after the actual show portion had ended.


Gastroli Cliffa Richarda v Leningrade
(Cliff Richard's Tour in Leningrad)
Gastroli Cliffa Richarda v Leningrade title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: 36 minutes
Cliff toured the U.S.S.R. (aka the Soviet Union) in August 1976, playing several shows in Moscow and Leningrad. A show in Leningrad was filmed and used as part of the Gastroli Cliffa Richarda v Leningrade TV broadcast. As far as is known, Cliff was (probably) the first Western rock 'n' roll artist officially invited to play in the Soviet Union, pre-dating Elton John who toured in 1979 and is often incorrectly cited as the first. (Note: Some sources cite that Nitty Gritty Dirt Band also toured the Soviet Union in either 1976 or 1977, although sources contradict on the actual date.)

The special was shown on Soviet TV at the time, and is a mixture of some performances from the Leningrad concert, some music videos segments created especially for the program, and an interview. Throughout, an announcer occasionally provides a voice over that talks about Cliff and his appearances in the Soviet Union. The music videos generally show Cliff walking about and miming to the album versions of the songs, although for Miss You Nights, most of the video is of Cliff touring the historic Fountains of Peterhof in Leningrad. The entire special is bookended by footage of Cliff arriving and leaving the Soviet Union.

Amazingly, the songs performed or played during the special are all from Cliff's latest recordings except for a live performance of The Young Ones and Drift Away, the latter which is a cover of the 1973 Dobie Gray song that Cliff was doing on his life shows at the time. His regular touring band was with him and are often seen on stage and touring Leningrad.

The interview segments ask some of the typical questions about his success and his tastes on various subjects. It's quite interesting to note that Cliff seems to take care not to discuss his religious faith at all. At the time, religion was officially banned in the Soviet Union, thus Cliff was probably forbidden to bring it up. In the interview, he is asked what he would do if he was not singing and he says that he might be a teacher (he had considered being a Christian teacher several years prior) or perform charity work (which at the time, he did and all was Christian based).

It's remarkable that this TV special survives and is easily available on the bootleg market. Unfortunately, although the full concert in Leningrad was probably filmed, it has not surfaced and likely has now been destroyed.


Gastroli Cliffa Richarda v Leningrade
(Cliff Richard's Tour in Leningrad)
Broadcast Date
August, 1976
Record Date
August, 1976
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Gastroli Cliffa Richarda v Leningrade.
Guest Cast and Support: Chris Rea (guitar), Terry Britten (guitar), Dave Richmond (bass), Graham Jarvis (drums), Brian Bennett (percussion), Cliff Hall (keyboards), Graham Todd (keyboards), Tony Rivers (backing vocals), John Perry (backing vocals), Stu Calver (backing vocals), G. Mshansk (interviewer), G. Belyaevo (translator)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • The special starts by showing Cliff arriving at the airport in Leningrad and greeting the press. He is then seen being taken by car to his destination. During this, a portion of I'm Nearly Famous as played live in Leningrad during the tour is played, then a Russian language voice over interrupts the song and tells the story of Cliff Richard to the audience.
  • The Young OnesSong: The Young Ones — This is a live stage performance in Leningrad with Cliff on guitar. The whole song is performed although it is briefly interrupted during the second verse for more of a Russian voice over.
  • If You Walked AwaySong: If You Walked Away — The song, a disc playback of the original I'm Nearly Famous album recording, is played while Cliff is filmed in a TV studio meeting with the press and the producers and practicing his guitar. The last half of the song is interrupted by another Russian language voice over.
  • Cliff is interviewed, with the aid of an interpreter, in a TV studio. All are sitting on stools on a stage, possibly in the TV studio or the concert hall. The interviewer asks Cliff about the secret of a good entertainer.
  • I Wish You'd Change Your MindSong: I Wish You'd Change Your Mind — This performance is a mimed performance to the I'm Nearly Famous album version of the song. It features Cliff walking around a garden, sometimes singing directly into the camera and sometimes looking off into the distance and singing.
  • Cliff is further interviewed the TV studio, this time answering a question about which song he's sung more than any other. Cliff's response is about The Day I Met Marie and Miss You Nights.
  • Miss You NightsSong: Miss You Nights — The album/single version of the song is played while footage of Cliff and his band are shown travelling by boat, then touring Petrodvorets (as it was known at the time, but historically and now they are called The Fountains of Peterhof) in Leningrad. Also included are many artistic shots of the fountains only.
  • Cliff is further interviewed the TV studio, this time answering a question cinema and plays.
  • You've Got To Give Me All Your Lovin'Song: You've Got To Give Me All Your Lovin' — This is a straight stage performance of the song as performed in Leningrad. Much of the intro when Cliff is dancing about the stage but not yet singing is interrupted by another Russian voice over.
  • Cliff is further interviewed the TV studio, this time talking about his favorite kind of song.
  • Devil WomanSong: Devil Woman — This is a straight stage performance of the song as performed in Leningrad.
  • Cliff is further interviewed the TV studio, this time talking about what he would be doing if he wasn't a singer. His response is that he might be teaching or doing charity work. It's interesting that he's very careful to avoid saying anything about his religious faith as religion was being actively banned in the Soviet Union at the time.
  • Such Is The MysterySong: Such Is The Mystery — This is a mimed performance to the I'm Nearly Famous album version. Cliff is seen wandering through a park, much of it around a series of large pillars. The intro is interrupted by another voice over; and the performance includes full orchestral ending with Cliff staring off into the distance while gently swaying to the music.
  • I'm Nearly FamousSong: I'm Nearly Famous — This is a straight stage performance, but what is heard is mostly incomplete. It starts and the guitar bridge and shows Cliff dancing around the stage, then briefly shows footage of scenes around Leningrad with a very fast voice over interrupting the audio, before returning to footage of Cliff on stage singing the remainder of the song.
  • Drift AwaySong: Drift Away — This is a straight stage performance of the song as performed in Leningrad.
  • Song: Drift Away — Performed by Cliff's band only, this is a short reprise of the song's ending with singing by the backing vocalists only, while Cliff takes bows and leaves the stage.
  • Cliff is further interviewed the TV studio, this time talking about Cliff's opinions of Leningrad. At first, Cliff is seen in the studio providing the interview, then the audio portion continues while Cliff and his band is seen going to the airport and saying goodbye.
  • Love EnoughSong: Love Enough — The single version of the song is played while Cliff and his band are shown leaving Leningrad. The scene ends with a shot of a Cliff promotional photo, then the camera pans down to show a personal inscription from Cliff stating: "Thank you Leningrad for being such a friendly and warm audience. Sincerely, Cliff."


Musik Extra 3
Musik Extra 3 title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: WDR
Running Time: 45 minutes
This was a German TV program, broadcast on WDR, in front of a live audience in an unidentified TV studio. The format of the show is of several live performances, followed by Cliff and Barry Graves sitting on the edge of the stage for an interview, followed by several more live performances.

The live performances are peculiar in that all of the songs done with the band are actually performed to the studio recording. Cliff provides mostly live lead vocals and his band add support in some places, but otherwise they are miming to the studio recording. It's difficult to know for sure what is completely live or backing track, but it is believed that only the lead vocal and some guitar are actually live. Cliff also performs several acoustic songs with him on acoustic guitar only and thise performances are completely live.


Musik Extra 3
Broadcast Date
June 14, 1977
Record Date
Unknown
Series Episode #
Unknown
SEE IT ON
Musik Extra 3.
Guest Cast and Support: Barry Graves (interview), Terry Britten (guitar), Graham Todd (piano), Unknown (bass), Unknown (drums)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • Devil WomanSong: Devil Woman — This is a live stage performance. Cliff performs the song to a tape backing with live lead vocals and at least some live lead guitar by his band, otherwise it is mimed. Much of the live performance actually seems to play along to the record too.
  • Cliff introduces the show and greets the audience in his best possible German.
  • Hey Mr Dream MakerSong: Hey Mr Dream Maker — This is a live stage performance. Cliff performs the song to a tape backing with live lead vocals, lead acoustic guitar and at least some live lead guitar by his band, otherwise it is mimed. Much of the live performance actually seems to play along to the record too.
  • Power To All Our FriendsSong: Power To All Our Friends — This is a live stage performance. Cliff performs the song to a tape backing with live lead vocals and at least some live lead guitar by his band, otherwise it is mimed. Much of the live performance actually seems to play along to the record too.
  • Love On (Shine On)Song: Love On (Shine On) — This is an acoustic performance with Cliff alone on stage playing guitar.
  • Living DollSong: Living Doll — This is an acoustic performance with Cliff alone on stage playing guitar.
  • Nothing Left For Me To SaySong: Nothing Left For Me To Say — This is an acoustic performance with Cliff alone on stage playing guitar.
  • Cliff moves to sit on the edge of the stage with Barry Graves and he conducts a lengthy interview with Cliff. An interpreter narrates an English to German voiceover, making it mostly impossible to hear the actual interview.
  • Must Be LoveSong: Must Be Love — This is a live stage performance. Cliff performs the song to a tape backing with live lead vocals and at least some live lead guitar by his band, otherwise it is mimed. Much of the live performance actually seems to play along to the record too.
  • It'll Be Me BabeSong: It'll Be Me Babe — This is a live stage performance. Cliff performs the song to a tape backing with live lead vocals and at least some live lead guitar by his band, otherwise it is mimed. Much of the live performance actually seems to play along to the record too.
  • When Two Worlds Drift ApartSong: When Two Worlds Drift Apart — This is a live stage performance. Cliff performs the song to a tape backing with live lead vocals and at least some live lead guitar by his band, otherwise it is mimed. Much of the live performance actually seems to play along to the record too.
  • My Kinda LifeSong: My Kinda Life — This is a live stage performance. Cliff performs the song to a tape backing with live lead vocals and at least some live lead guitar by his band, otherwise it is mimed. Much of the live performance actually seems to play along to the record too.


Gouden Zeezwaluw-Festival Concert
Gouden Zeezwaluw-Festival Concert title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: WDR
Running Time: 60 minutes
This concert was performed as part of the Gouden Zeezwaluw-Festival (Golden Sea Swallow Festival) concert in a casino in Knokke, Belgium. This festival, much like the Eurovision Song Contest, was an entertainment contest put on each year in Belgium, although details are hazy and the festival may have only run during the 1970s. The festival featured artists from many different genres of which Cliff was an entrant with this concert. All or part of the festival was broadcast on TV at the time, only on Belgium TV, but it may have been and probably was broadcast much broader across Europe, including the BBC in the UK. Cliff's performance was broadcast in full at the time and was apparently broadcast completely live. The true title of this broadcast is a mystery as only the Cliff Richard performance is available for review and that only contains a title card announcing "Cliff Richard".

The concert was a fairly straighforward live concert performance by Cliff and his band, with some of the songs probably being geared toward the TV broadcast. As the audience was not a native-English speaking audience, Cliff did minimal speaking between songs and mainly kept his performance to singing only.

The audience were not in a stadium setting, but instead were seated at long rows of tables, as if in a dinner show. Many were dressed in suits and formal dresses. Between songs, many women came to the stage to present flowers to Cliff, which led to a few humorous moments, including a stolen kiss and a small child.

Gouden Zeezwaluw-Festival Concert
Broadcast Date
Thursday, July 7, 1977
Record Date
Thursday, July 7, 1977
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Gouden Zeezwaluw-Festival Concert.
Guest Cast and Support: Chris Rea (guitar), Terry Britten (guitar), Bryn Haworth (guitar), Mo Foster (bass), Graham Jarvis (drums, percussion), Clem Cattini (drums, percussion), Brian Bennett (percussion), Cliff Hall (keyboards), Graham Todd (keyboards), Tony Rivers (backing vocals), John Perry (backing vocals), Stu Calver (backing vocals)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • I'm Nearly FamousSong: I'm Nearly Famous — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • Cliff introduces the show and mentions that he doesn't speak the local language, therefore he will keep the talking to a minimum and simply sing for most of the show. He then introduces Hey Mr Dream Maker.
  • Hey Mr Dream MakerSong: Hey Mr Dream Maker — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff on guitar and Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • When Two Worlds Drift ApartSong: When Two Worlds Drift Apart — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • Must Be LoveSong: Must Be Love — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • Cliff talks briefly about his older songs and hopes that the audience will recognize them. This is a slight delay tactic while he sets up his acoustic guitar.
  • Hits Medley: The Young Ones/Summer Holiday/Living DollSong: Hits Medley: The Young Ones/Summer Holiday/Living Doll — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff on guitar and Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • My Kinda LifeSong: My Kinda Life — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff on guitar and Cliff's band providing the backing. There are a few problems with Cliff's microphone right at the start of the song, giving the vocals a thick reverb effect.
  • Cliff briefly accepts flowers from an audience member, the introduces the next song, Every Face Tells A Story.
  • Every Face Tells A StorySong: Every Face Tells A Story — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • Rock 'n' Roll JuvenileSong: Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff on guitar and Cliff's band providing the backing. This is a truly unique performance as it features Cliff in a rare appearance playing electric (not acoustic) guitar and it's the as-yet recorded title song of his 1979 Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile album.
  • Try A SmileSong: Try A Smile — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing. The piano intro is slightly extended because Cliff is accepting flowers from female fans who have come on stage. There is a funny moment, when Cliff is performing the cheek kissing common in Europe with one of the girls and he hugs her, pulls her toward him and steals another kiss.
  • Cliff accepts still more flowers from a female fan, then makes a comment about her saying it's a beautiful evening. He then introduces Give Me Love Your Way and talks about the interesting vocal bridge.
  • Give Me Love Your WaySong: Give Me Love Your Way — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing. The vocal bridge is interesting as the two guitarists and keyboard players are the ones that step forward and add the harmonized backing vocals rather than the usual backing vocalists.
  • Cliff accepts even more flowers from fans, then picks up his guitar and invites Tony Rivers and John Perry up to the microphone to sing the next song, No One Waits, with him.
  • No One WaitsSong: No One Waits — This is a unique performance featuring only Cliff on guitar with Cliff singing lead and Tony and John singing harmony/backing vocals. There is no other instrumentation during the performance.
  • Miss You NightsSong: Miss You Nights — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • Cliff accepts even more flowers from young women, including a very young girl who Cliff picks up to give a cheek kiss to. He then introduces Terry Britten on guitar and say he will sing Devil Woman.
  • Devil WomanSong: Devil Woman — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • Cliff says thanks to the audience and invites the audience to thank his band. He turns and bows to them himself. He then introduces the rock medley.
  • Rock Medley: The Girl Can't Help It/Great Balls Of Fire/Lucille/Jailhouse Rock/Good Old Rock 'N' Roll/Rock And Roll Music/Do You Wanna DanceSong: Rock Medley: The Girl Can't Help It/Great Balls Of Fire/Lucille/Jailhouse Rock/Good Old Rock 'N' Roll/Rock And Roll Music/Do You Wanna Dance — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing. The show's credits begin during the Do You Wanna Dance portion.
  • Song: Do You Wanna Dance (Reprise) — Performed by Cliff's band only, The band plays while Cliff takes bows, leaves the stage, and returns for more bows. He accepts more flowers at one point and sticks a flower in John Perry's hair for a laugh.


Cliff Gospel Concert
Cliff Gospel Concert title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: TROS
Running Time: Unknown
Details about this concert are not entirely clear. It is known to have been broadcast on September 30th, 1977 on TROS-TV in Holland and is described as a gospel concert for the Belgian Gouden Zeeswaluw show. The actual date of the concert is uncertain, but an interview portion was recorded on September 15, 1977

It's Cliff
Broadcast Date
Friday, September 30, 1977
Record Date
Thursday, September 15, 1977
Series Episode #
1 (only)
Guest Cast and Support: Unknown

Episode Discussion: No details available at this time.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: This show is not available in any form.

Performance Detail: No details available at this time.


Cliff Richard Gospel Concert
Cliff Richard Gospel Concert title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: NCRV
Running Time: 75 minutes
The actual source, origin and broadcast of this concert are somewhat in doubt. What's known about it is that it's a gospel concert in Rotterdam, Holland on October 24, 1977 in the de Doelen concert venue. It is a charity concert for Tearfund, which Cliff mentions in the course of the show. One source indicates that it was first broadcast on NCRV in Holland in two parts on June 11 and August 6 in 1978.

This concert is a charity event for Tearfund, with most all songs of a pop gospel nature. A film of some sort, related to Tearfund was shown before the concert as Cliff mentions it during the course of the show, but the film is not part of the TV broadcast. It is to benefit, in part, Bangladesh as some children from there are frequently shown sitting in the front row. Part way through the show, Otto de Bruijn from Tearfund in Holland is invited on stage to discuss the Tearfund mission (speaking in Dutch only). After his talk, the Bangladesh children are invited on stage to present gifts to Cliff.

Although Cliff starts the show with two non-gospel songs, Heartbreak Hotel and Living Doll, the rest of the show are all gospel songs, some original and many which were recorded earlier in the year for the Small Corners album which had yet to be released at the time of the concert. He also performed some gospel oriented songs from his previous two albums, I'm Nearly Famous and Every Face Tells A Story; and he also performed two self-written but never release gospel songs, Loved Into Life and Night Time Girl.

Although the full concert is available, it has no closing credits which brings into doubt whether it was ever broadcast on TV at all.

Cliff Richard Gospel Concert
Broadcast Date
Sunday, June 11, 1978
Sunday, August 6, 1978
Record Date
Monday, October 24, 1977
Series Episode #
1 (only)
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Cliff Richard Gospel Concert.
Guest Cast and Support: Graham Todd (keyboards), Clem Cattini (drums), Graham Jarvis (drums), Gordon Haskell (bass guitar), Dave Christopher (guitar), Graham Murray (guitar), Tony Rivers (backing vocals), John Perry (backing vocals), Stu Calver (backing vocals), Otto de Bruijn (speaking)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • Cliff talks about changes, including becoming a Christian and discovering rock 'n' roll. This is a way to introduce the program being a Christian oriented show, but is prefaced by Cliff's rock 'n' roll roots.
  • Heartbreak HotelSong: Heartbreak Hotel — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff playing solo on acoustic guitar.
  • Cliff talks about breaking into show business and points out that Move It was not a million seller, but that Living Doll was.
  • Living DollSong: Living Doll — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff playing solo on acoustic guitar.
  • The OutlawSong: The Outlaw — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff playing acoustic guitar and the rest of the band joining in as the song progresses.
  • Cliff talks about using science versus Christianity.
  • You Got Me WonderingSong: You Got Me Wondering — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • Cliff talks atheism and his beliefs in a higher power.
  • Such Is The MysterySong: Such Is The Mystery — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing. The end of the song, originally played by an orchestra on the I'm Nearly Famous album is instead played on keyboard.
  • After accepting a few gifts from the audience, Cliff introduces his performance of Every Face Tells A Story.
  • Every Face Tells A StorySong: Every Face Tells A Story — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • Cliff talks about his visit to Bangladesh and how distressing it was to him. Humourously, in the middle of his talk, a guitar accidentally starts playing the opening notes for Every Face Tells A Story and Cliff has a bit of a laugh about it.
  • Loved Into LifeSong: Loved Into Life — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff playing solo on acoustic guitar.
  • Cliff introduces Otto de Bruijn, who comes on stage and discusses Tearfund and it's mission (speaking in Dutch). Cliff speaks briefly, mentioning that the ticket sales for the show is to benefit Tearfund. Cliff then accepts some gifts from some Bangladesh children who have been sitting at the front of the stage.
  • Why MeSong: Why Me — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff playing acoustic guitar and the rest of the band joining in as the song progresses.
  • Cliff discusses his dog and how one some nights it would bark and growl at a young girl who used to hang around his home in England. He pitied the girl because she lacked something in her life (such as Jesus) that motivated her to stalk his house. This serves as a rather lengthy introduction to the song Night Time Girl.
  • Night Time GirlSong: Night Time Girl — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff playing solo on acoustic guitar and the backing vocalist providing vocal harmony.
  • Hey Whatcha' SaySong: Hey Whatcha' Say — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • Cliff talks about needing Jesus; this is a means to introduce his performance of When I Survey The Wondrous Cross.
  • When I Survey The Wondrous CrossSong: When I Survey The Wondrous Cross — This is an acapella performance, with his backing vocalists providing backing and harmony vocals.
  • Cliff talks the resurrection of Jesus.
  • Up In CanadaSong: Up In Canada — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • Goin' HomeSong: Goin' Home — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • You Can't Get To Heaven (Living Like Hell)Song: You Can't Get To Heaven (Living Like Hell) — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • While the audience is cheering wildly, Cliff accepts several gifts (mostly flowers) from the front of the stage from audience members.
  • You Can't Get To Heaven (Living Like Hell) (Reprise)Song: You Can't Get To Heaven (Living Like Hell) (Reprise) — This is a quick straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing. Cliff sings, but also grabs a horn and gives a toot at appropriate moments in the song, giving the performance a jaunty feel.
  • Why Should The Devil Have All The Good MusicSong: Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.
  • Cliff leaves the stage while the audience cheers wildly.
  • Song: Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music (Instrumental Reprise) — Performed by Cliff's band, they play the closing refrain repeatedly when Cliff comes back on stage and accepts flowers from several presenters, then takes bows.
  • Cliff thanks the audience for their warm reception, then he and the band gives the audience a round of applause. He then delivers a final message about Jesus in his life to introduce the next song.
  • Yes He LivesSong: Yes He Lives — This is a straight stage performance, with Cliff's band providing the backing.


Thank You Very Much
Thank You Very Much title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: BBC
Running Time: 50 minutes
Thank You Very Much VHS videotapeThe Thank You Very Much TV special was the 20th anniversary special for Cliff and The Shadows. The special's main highlight is the anniversary concerts at the London Palladium on March 4, 1978. There were two concerts that day, one in early evening and one in late evening. Both concerts were filmed and combined, editing together footage from both nights for the illusion of the one concert special. In addition, archive footage and interviews were interlaced within the performance. The band reunited with Cliff only for a series of concerts from February 27 to March 11, 1978, but only the concerts on March 3 and 4 are known to have been recorded..

Although the concerts were performed and recorded in 1978, the year of the 20th anniversary, the TV special is believed to have actually been first broadcast in some time in early 1979, about the time that the corresponding Thank You Very Much live album was released. Known rebroadcasts dates on the BBC are on January 27, 1980 and June 2, 1982.

Given the nature of the special, nearly all of the performed songs are incomplete because they are edited, interrupted by interviews with various celebrities, or, for those where the audio is mostly complete, the video is replaced by archive footage of some sort or another. There remain very few complete performances in the special. Ironically, the only fully complete songs are all non-Shadows performed songs by Cliff, Up In Canada, Miss You Nights and Devil Woman.

Interview segments include interviews with Elton John, Lord Delfont, Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Olivia Newton-John, Tim Rice, Adam Faith and Cliff himself. Most all are talking about Cliff in some form, although there is a small bit with Tim Rice talking specifically about The Shadows. There are several segments of archive video show, including extensive use of black and white footage of what appears to be a news clip called Princess Meets "Young Ones" where Cliff and The Shadows met and performed for Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden on March 15, 1962 at Eton College Missions Youth Club. Also used frequently are some scenes from the German 1971 Cliff In Berlin special, scenes of Elvis Presley going into the army in 1958, and scenes from some of Cliff's films, such as The Young Ones, Summer Holiday and Expresso Bongo. Small bits of other footage is included from Cliff's appearance on the Cilla TV show (1969), an unidentified awards ceremony (probably 1964 NME Poll Winners' Party), Oh Boy! (1958 performing Turn Me Loose), various archive footage of fans screaming for Cliff, and several segments of people dancing and/or listening to music.

The Thank You Very Much album was released on February 2, 1979. Comparing the performances on the TV special, there are several notable differences and in some cases, entirely different performances. Notable differences include two song that are edited from the album performances (The Young Ones and Devil Woman) and several songs that are completely different performances, probably from one of the alternate shows that day (Do You Wanna Dance, Move It, Willie And The Hand Jive, All Shook Up, Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music and End Of The Show. In addition, the TV special includes three songs that were not on the album, Up In Canada, Yes He Lives and Let Me Be The One (by The Shadows). These were included as bonus tracks on the 2004 remaster/reissue of the album. It should also be noted that the album contains several songs that were not included in the TV special, such as Please Don't Tease and four different Shadows songs.

Although two full concerts were filmed and used for both the album and TV releases, it appears that the full, original recordings are lost. When it came time to release the album remaster in 2004, there were plans to release a full concert but it could not be found. Songs prepared for the TV special but not included on the original album (Up In Canada, Yes He Lives and Let Me Be The One) were included on this 2004 remaster as bonus tracks. As they were prepared for TV only, they were only available in mono format (although thankfully they were not interrupted by interviews as happened on the TV special).

This special was released on VHS videotape in 1989 (MC 2012), and there have been on subsequent releases at all, including DVD release. It's curious that there has been no release as there would likely be a lot of crossover appeal given the inclusion of interviews with Olivia Newton-John, Elton John and other celebrities.


Thank You Very Much
Broadcast Date
early 1979
Record Date
Saturday, March 4, 1978
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Thank You Very Much.
Guest Cast and Support: Hank Marvin (guitar, singing, interview), Bruce Welch (guitar, singing, interview), Brian Bennett (drums), Alan Jones (bass), Cliff Hall (keyboards), Terry Britten (guitar), Dave Christopher (guitar), Graham Murray (guitar), Mo Foster (bass), Graham Todd (keyboards), Graham Jarvis (drums), Clem Cattini (drums), Tony Rivers (backing vocals), Stuart Calver (backing vocals), John Perry (backing vocals), Elton John (interview), Lord Bernard Delfont (interview), Olivia Newton-John (interview), Tim Rice (interview), Adam Faith (interview)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: The full program was released on the Thank You Very Much VHS videotape (Music Club MC 2012) in 1989.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • The program starts with a quick excerpt of an interview with Hank Marvin where the interviewer asks "who is Cliff Richard?" and Hank gives a humorous response.
  • End Of The ShowSong: End Of The Show — The audio is lifted from the actual concert-- mainly the repeated "thank you very much for everything..." ending. The video, however, is a montage of Cliff and The Shadows performing the song, other footage from the concert when other songs are being performed, and 1960s footage from an unidentified award ceremony.
  • A quick interview segment is shown with Elton John talking about Cliff's appearance on Oh Boy!.
  • Turn Me LooseSong: Turn Me Loose — Archive footage of Cliff performing Turn Me Loose on the May 30, 1959 broadcast of Oh Boy! is shown. The clip shown is severely edited, melding the first half of the performance with the last few seconds, thus cutting nearly a minute from the middle of the performance. A brief modern shot of Cliff is shown in the middle of the footage as well.
  • LoveSong: Love — Film footage of Cliff performing Love in the 1960 Expresso Bongo film is shown. This clip is also severely edited and it's a rather peculiar edit. It is only the second verse ("Yeah, love, like a fire..."), followed by short segment from the earlier instrumental part of the song, featuring the actor's dialog about the song being performed on "amateur talent night."
  • The Young OnesSong: The Young Ones — This performances is the live stage performance of the reunion concert of Cliff and The Shadows. However, the video shown is more of a montage of various scenes. It starts with the show's title display and the silhouette scene that is featured with the title card and the cover of the Thank You Very Much album. Although much of what is shown on screen is the band on stage performing this song, this is intercut with black and white archive footage of Cliff and The Shadows performing at for Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden in 1962. The live performance of the band performing The Young Ones at the 1978 reunion concert is synchronized with the performance in the archive footage, although it doesn't match perfectly and it's unclear if this archive performance is actually of The Young Ones. Also shown briefly is a scene from the The Young Ones film, which is also synchronized with the live performance.
  • Another quick interview segment is shown with Elton John talking about people having Cliff Richard records in their collections. This is followed by a quick collages of songs, interviews and footage that includes the songs Move It, Summer Holiday, The Look Of Love (with Cilla Black from her TV show), We Say Yeah and When I'm Sixty-Four (from the Cliff In Berlin special). Footage, if not archive footage from Cilla and Cliff In Berlin, mostly shows various people (and a dog!) listening to music, as if they are all listening to Cliff's music. Interview segments with Elton John are mixed in.
  • Do You Wanna DanceSong: Do You Wanna Dance — This performances is the live stage performance of the reunion concert of Cliff and The Shadows. However, again, the video shown is not exclusively of the actual stage performance; the video includes various bits of footage of people dancing and images of Cliff and The Shadows from various as-yet-unidentified TV performances. The guitar solo is interrupted by a brief interview segment with Lord Delfont about Cliff's Royal Variety performances. There is also a section near the end of the performance that is interrupted by an interview with Lord Delfont talking about their royal variety performances, followed by a Hank and Bruce interview talking about Cliff's success.
  • Olivia Newton-John is shown again talking about working with Cliff and what makes him a great entertainer.
  • Live on stage at the Palladium concert, Cliff introduces The Day I Met Marie with a small joke about the songwriter Hank.
  • The Day I Met MarieSong: The Day I Met Marie — This performances is the live stage performance of the reunion concert of Cliff and The Shadows, with The Shadows as the backing band. It is a straight stage performance. The first chorus is briefly interrupted by an interview with a couple of Cliff fans and most of the second verse is interrupted by an interview with Tim Rice talking about meeting Cliff.
  • Live on stage, Cliff introduces The Shadows, then leaves the stage to allow them to perform without him.
  • Song: F.B.I. — Performed by The Shadows only, this performance is a straight stage performance with the band performing the song with their old dance moves choreographed to the song. The stage footage is periodically intercut with old, black and white footage of the band at a royal performance for Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden in 1962, where they were actually performing Apache, but the film is synched so it appears they could be performing F.B.I. instead as they match the same stage dance moves.
  • Hank and Bruce are briefly shown in an interview talking about performing on stage.
  • Song: Let Me Be The One — Performed by The Shadows only, this performance is a straight stage performance with the band performing the song and it has no Cliff involvement. It is interrupted a couple of times for an interview segment with Tim Rice talking about Cliff and The Shadows mutual success and their influence on the spread of British music around the world.
  • Willie And The Hand JiveSong: Willie And The Hand Jive — This performances is the live stage performance of the reunion concert of Cliff and The Shadows, with The Shadows as the backing band. It is a straight stage performance with Hank and Bruce stepping up to the mike for the backing vocal parts. Some of the concert footage is replace with old black and white footage of fans doing the hand jive. The performance is mostly complete, but a large part near the end of the song is interrupted for an interview with Cliff talking about nostalgia, and additional footage of people dancing and/or hand jiving.
  • Cliff, in a sit down interview, talks about recording music, then talks about still performing Move It.
  • Move ItSong: Move It — This performances is the live stage performance of the reunion concert of Cliff and The Shadows, with The Shadows as the backing band. It is a straight stage performance although much of the visuals of the stage performance is intercut with many of the scenes from 1971's Cliff In Berlin special of Cliff watching and reacting to old footage of himself on a TV monitor, while watching an old, unidentified UK performance of Cliff and The Shadows performing Move It.
  • Cliff, live on stage, introduces Up In Canada and makes a quick joke about performing the song in twenty year's time (1998). Although Up In Canada was released on the 2004 remaster of the Thank You Very Much album, this introduction was not included in this release.
  • Up In CanadaSong: Up In Canada — This performances is the live stage performance of the reunion concert of Cliff and The Shadows, with Cliff performing not with The Shadows, but with his regular backing band. It's perhaps interesting that this is the first song in the Cliff and The Shadows 20 year reunion special that is not interrupted in some manner by interviews or alternate footage.
  • In another interview segment, Olivia Newton-John discusses Cliff's faith. The interview is over the introduction to Yes He Lives.
  • Yes He LivesSong: Yes He Lives — This performances is the live stage performance of the reunion concert of Cliff and The Shadows, with Cliff performing not with The Shadows, but with his regular backing band. The middle of the performance is interrupted by a short interview segment with Tim Rice talking about Cliff's faith
  • A sequence of interview segments are included including Lord Delfont talking about Cliff being a genuinely nice guy, then intercut interviews with Cliff's fans talking about Cliff and Cliff talking about the fans.
  • Miss You NightsSong: Miss You Nights — This performances is the live stage performance of the reunion concert of Cliff and The Shadows, with Cliff performing not with The Shadows, but with his regular backing band.
  • Cliff's band leaves the stage and Hank and Bruce join them with acoustic guitars. There's a few funny moments with Cliff humping Bruce's stool; then when Cliff goes to introduce their performance about Elvis and his influence, Hank stands up to take credit before Cliff mentions Elvis' name.
  • All Shook UpSong: All Shook Up — This is a live acoustic performance with Cliff, Hank and Bruce on acoustic guitars sitting on stools while playing and singing. This performance is a completely difference performance than the one that appeared on the Thank You Very Much album; although it's the same arrangement, it must have been taken from a different night as there are clearly some subtle differences. Most obvious are the missing false start that appeared on the album. And the last chorus has a small funny bit where the trio pauses between each line of the chorus and pop up on their stools, making the audience laugh. The film footage that accompanies the performance is mostly the stage performance, however sections of the beginning features black and white footage of Elvis Presley when he went into the US army.
  • Devil WomanSong: Devil Woman — This performance is a live stage performance. It is backed by Cliff's regular backing band which is not visible for the great majority of the performance as Cliff is singing on a darkened stage with spotlights on him alone. For each of the verses a single colored spotlight is focused on Cliff. This is the full stage performance and there is no interruption as on most performances.
  • Song: Devil Woman (Instrumental Reprise) — Performed by Cliff's backing band only only, this performance is played very briefly while Cliff bows to the audience and they cheer wildly. It's very, very short so is assumed to be edited.
  • Why Should The Devil Have All The Good MusicSong: Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff backed by his regular backing band. It's a vibrant performance with Cliff dancing and bouncing around the stage. The final guitar bridge is briefly interrupted by an quick interview segment with Adam Faith talking about how Cliff's overt faith has not had a negative impact on his career.
  • There is a long stretch of audience cheering and Cliff taking bows. Cliff then invites Hank and Bruce back on stage to perform the final number. As they are coming on stage, there is a voiceover of Cliff talking about their influences (Elvis, Little Richard, etc.). He then thanks the audience and instroduces End Of The Show.
  • End Of The ShowSong: End Of The Show — This performance is a live stage performance. It is a rousing closing performance backed by both The Shadows and Cliff's regular backing band. The video is mostly the stage performance, but there are some scenes of stock footage of Cliff and The Shadows' early days with fans going wild in the streets, royal performances, Oh Boy! footage and some scenes of Elvis. The audio is also sometimes interrupted by short interview segments with Adam Faith talking about Cliff's popularity, Olivia Newton-John talking about Cliff staying young, and Elton John talking Cliff's long career. The show's closing credits also roll over the end of the performance.


Flip Side
Flip Side title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: Unknown
Running Time: 30 minutes
It's not entirely clear when, where or if this special was actually broadcast on TV. The credits show no broadcaster information and it's an independently produced Tearfund project. It is believed that it was syndicated to various TV markets across the UK and Europe, therefore the broadcaster and date varied and no specific date is known.

The concert footage is taken from two gospel concerts on October 9 & 10, 1978 at the Royal Albert Hall. It was just before Cliff's 38th birthday (on October 14) so some bits of fans singing to him are included. Very little concert footage is shown, in lieu of an extended interview with Cliff at his home in Surrey talking about his faith and promoting Tearfund and its mission. The concert footage includes full performances of the unreleased songs We Believe In Love and Do What You Gotta Do (commonly known as Unworthy Servants and See What You've Done), as well as the full performance of Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music and the ending of You Can't Get To Heaven (Living Like Hell). The full concert was known to have been broadcast on Dutch radio in 1978.


Flip Side
Broadcast Date
1978
Record Date
Monday, October 9, 1978
Tuesday, October 10, 1978
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Flip Side.
Guest Cast and Support: Unknown (music), Kelly (ball playing)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • Cliff's band is heard tuning their instruments in preparation for the show as Cliff is seen arriving at the Royal Albert Hall for a concert. There, is is greeted by eager fans who mob him for autographs and sing an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday for him. Also briefly heard is a voiceover interview with Cliff talking about his experiences with fans. Cliff eventually heads inside and the camera does a freeze frame with the title card.
  • We Believe In LoveSong: We Believe In Love — This performance is a live stage performance. It features a lengthy intro as Cliff stands off stage waiting to come on and letting the excitement build. The footage is mostly of Cliff's stage performance, but the ending shows Cliff sitting in a room listening to the song on a tape player and as it ends, he comments about liking the drum sound.
  • After switching off the tape player, Cliff grabs an acoustic guitar and sits on a couch practicing. A voice over starts with Cliff talking about being a pop star but also being an ordinary man. The video intercuts between Cliff on the couch practicing and the actual interview footage as Cliff relaxes in the same room. He is heard briefly playing and singing Do What You Gotta Do as well as playing bits of Yesterday, Today, Forever and Movin' In. Sadly, these performances are mostly obscured by interviews. He continues talking about the lyrics and meanings o of his songs and wanting listeners to pay attention to them in his songs.
  • You Can't Get To Heaven (Living Like Hell)Song: You Can't Get To Heaven (Living Like Hell) — Cliff is seen at the Royal Albert Hall performing the last chorus and ending of the song. The ending, however, is obscured by a continuation of the Cliff interview.
  • The Cliff interview continues with Cliff talking about the Holy Spirit affecting audience members, the interview footage is intercut with footage of fans the venue meeting Cliff and Cliff on stage getting a giant birthday card from fan at the edge of the stage.
  • Do What You Gotta DoSong: Do What You Gotta Do — This is a straight stage performance of Cliff and band (with Cliff on acoustic guitar) performing the song. The intro is obscured by the interview with Cliff.
  • The Cliff interview continues with footage of Cliff driving to his home (in Surrey), greeting and playing with his dog, Kelly, and taking photographs with a Polaroid. The interview is about Cliff talking about his upbringing and being a committed Christian as well as a pop star. He also talks about his early experiences in Bangladesh visiting sick children and giving what he can of his time and money; God knows that everyone gives what they can give.
  • Why Should The Devil Have All The Good MusicSong: Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music — This is a straight stage performance of Cliff and band performing the song. The intro is obscured by the interview with Cliff.
  • The camera follows Cliff leaving the stage after performing Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music where he walks to his dressing room and collapses in a chair before turning to the camera and smiling. The view freezes on his smile. The Cliff voice over interview continues with him talking about communicating the message of Jesus to his audience.


Cliff At Chichester
Cliff At Chichester title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: ITV
Running Time: 45 minutes
Christmas With Cliff Richard VHS videotapeThis gospel oriented concert program was broadcast during the 1980 Christmas season on ITV. All records show that the broadcast was called Cliff At Chichester and it was performed at the Festival Theatre in Chichester.

Guest included gospel artists Garth Hewitt and the trio of Network 3. Garth shared lead vocal or provided backing vocals on only a few songs, with the majority of the assistance being provided by members of Network 3. Singers Mo McCafferty and Annie McCaig were on stage for most of the concert providing backing vocals (including a special falsetto call on I Wish We'd All Been Ready) as well as choreographed dance moves. Network 3 was also given a special spot to perform their own song without Cliff. Note that Cliff was also working in the studio providing production for Garth Hewitt and Network 3 during this period so perhaps it was natural to bring them on his show.

The choice of songs performed were all gospel oriented, but are of an interesting mix. Included are previously recorded gospel songs (Sweet Little Jesus Boy, I Wish We'd All Been Ready and Everyman), a song that Cliff had produced for Garth Hewitt (We're All One), and a song he would record in the future (Thief In The Night). However, most of the material was new and never released songs, thus providing a unique mix. As this was the Christmas season broadcast, the show was ended with a medley of Christmas songs performed by everyone.

The show was release on VHS videotape in 1994 and was retitled as Christmas With Cliff Richard. It's never been otherwise commercially release. The actual title still remains somewhat in question. All known documentation say the title was Cliff At Chichester and this is shown as a title card near the end of the program. The videotape release shows a title card at the beginning of Christmas With Cliff Richard and it's been thought that the show was renamed for videotape release with the title added later. Certainly, for a TV broadcast at Christmas time, Christmas With Cliff Richard is more topical than Cliff At Chichester. Some of the confusion may arise from both titles being shown on the videotape box with "Cliff At Chichester - The Classic 1980 Concert" in small print and Christmas With Cliff Richard in large print.


Cliff At Chichester
Broadcast Date
Friday, December 19, 1980
Record Date
Friday, December 12, 1980
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Cliff At Chichester.
Guest Cast and Support: Garth Hewitt (singing), Mo McCafferty, Annie McCaig and Paul Field as Network 3 (singing, guitar), Dave Cooke (keyboard), David Christopher (guitar), Colin Larn (drums), Mark Griffiths (bass), Martin Jenner (guitar)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: The full program was released on the Christmas With Cliff Richard VHS videotape (Wienerworld WNR 2046) in 1994.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • Song: Intro Music — Performed by Cliff's band only, this is a short keyboard intro played as Cliff comes on stage, with a bright, rising light before Cliff appears in the spotlight. The effect is almost like a UFO placing Cliff on stage then flying away.
  • Sweet Little Jesus BoySong: Sweet Little Jesus Boy — This is a quiet performance with Cliff spotlit alone on a darkened stage while singing and playing acoustic guitar. Other male voices are heard briefly singing harmony near the end of the song and because they are unseen, it is presumed that this is Garth Hewitt and Paul Field (from Network 3).
  • We're All OneSong: We're All One (with Garth Hewitt and Network 3) — This performance is a straight stage performance with Cliff, Garth Hewitt and Network 3 sharing and trading lead vocals throughout the performance and the backing music is provided by the stage band.
  • Cliff gives a welcome the audience and mentions that they are at the Festival Theatre in Chichester.
  • You Can't Get To Heaven (Living Like Hell)Song: You Can't Get To Heaven (Living Like Hell) — This is another stage performance with the stage band and backing vocals provided by Annie McCaig and Mo McCafferty from Network 3. Cliff introduces the song by asking Dave Cooke to start a "funky piano" riff and while Dave is playing it, he introduces Mo and Annie on stage and then introduces the song before starting the song proper. Although Mo and Annie provide backing vocals only, during the performance they stand beside Cliff performing choreographed dance steps, often with Cliff. They also perform a quick tap dance segment in the middle of the song. The ending includes a quick comedic bit where Cliff turns to the drummer and tries to direct the ending of the song, however they ignore him; when he turns away in mock disgust he makes a dismissive gesture and they end the song at this gesture generating a laugh.
  • Jesus Is The AnswerSong: Jesus Is The Answer (with Garth Hewitt and Network 3) — This performance features Cliff, Network 3 and Garth Hewitt (backed by Cliff's band) singing the song in a line on stage. It is a mostly choral performance, with each singer in turn taking a lead vocal line occasionally.
  • Song: Jesus Is The Answer (Instrumental Reprise) — Performed by Cliff's band only, this is a short instrumental version played as the singers take a bow and leave the stage. The performance is incompleted as the song and video quickly fades after Cliff leaves the stage.
  • Song: Thief In The Night — Performed by Network 3 only and using Cliff's backing band, this song has no Cliff involvement. It's a highly theatrical performance with smoke, flashing lights and Paul Field on guitar.
  • I Wish We'd All Been ReadySong: I Wish We'd All Been Ready — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band and Network 3 providing backing vocals. The high vocal calling parts are provided by Annie McCaig.
  • Cliff talks about the songs just performed and then about everyone having the same problems as an introduction to Everyman.
  • EverymanSong: Everyman — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band and Network 3 providing backing vocals.
  • Cliff introduces Song For Sarah.
  • Song For SarahSong: Song For Sarah — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band and Network 3 providing backing vocals.
  • The Rock That Doesn't RollSong: The Rock That Doesn't Roll — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band and Network 3 providing backing vocals.
  • Cliff thanks the audience and gives a quick Christmas message.
  • Christmas Medley: Little Town Of Bethlehem/Silent Night/In The Bleak Midwinter/Away In A MangerSong: Christmas Medley: Little Town Of Bethlehem/Silent Night/In The Bleak Midwinter/Away In A Manger (with Garth Hewitt and Network 3) — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band. In the medley, Cliff sings lead on Little Town Of Bethlehem, Cliff sings lead on Silent Night (however it's mostly choral), Cliff and Garth Hewitt share leave vocals on In The Bleak Midwinter and Network 3 sing lead on Away In A Manger.


Cliff In London
Cliff In London title card
Studio: Unknown
Broadcaster: BBC1
Running Time: 75 minutes
The BBC aired a Cliff concert at the newly renovated Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. It aired on March 20, 1981, although it's taken from an October 18, 1980 performance. Cliff announces A Little In Love as his new single, however the single didn't come out until January 1981 because the Suddenly single was released instead in October 1980.

It is an hour long program of Cliff's live show with his regular backing band that he was using on tour at that time. The setlist is probably quite representative of Cliff's live show at the time, although probably not the full show was broadcast on TV as there's not much material from Cliff's very early years of which he was performing more of live at the time.

The show starts with Cliff, alone with a guitar in front of a large curtain, singing and playing his very early songs including Living Doll, The Young Ones and The Minute You're Gone. In an interesting presentation, as soon as the last notes of The Minute You're Gone are finished, the stage is immediately darkened, the curtain is raised (which can't be seen in the dark) and when the lights suddenly come back on, Cliff's full band is visibly and they launch into a very rousing version of I'm Nearly Famous, which starkly constrasts the previous quiet numbers.

Most all the remaining material is from Cliff's 1976 I'm Nearly Famous album or later except for a performance of The Twelfth Of Never, Elvis' Heartbreak Hotel, the gospel The Rock That Doesn't Roll and the yet to be recorded Learning How To Rock 'N' Roll. Move It was known to have been performed (with a Happy Birthday segment for Cliff's birthday), but it does not appear in this broadcast.

Cliff was recording many of his live shows during this period. The performance of I'm Nearly Famous was also used in the Travellin' Light episode of the BBC Cliff series broadcast on December 7, 1981 while Devil Woman was also used in the My Kinda Life episode of the BBC Cliff series broadcast on December 14, 1981.

This special was known to have been rebroadcast on February 10, 1983 on RTB Television in Portugal.

Cliff In London
Broadcast Date
Friday, March 20, 1981
Record Date
Tuesday, October 18, 1980
Series Episode #
1 (only)
SEE IT ON
Cliff In London.
Guest Cast and Support: Graham Jarvis (drums), Mike Moran (keyboards), Dave MacRae (keyboards), Mark Griffiths (guitar), Martin Jenner (guitar), Paul Westward (bass), Stuart Calver (backing vocals), John Perry (backing vocals), Tony Rivers (backing vocals)

Episode Discussion: See show discussion above.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The full program is available.

Performance Detail:
  • Cliff greets the audience and talks about the Apollo Victoria Theatre and it's recent renovations.
  • Living DollSong: Living Doll — This song is performed by Cliff, alone on stage playing acoustic guitar.
  • Cliff chats about his film successes to introduce The Young Ones.
  • The Young OnesSong: The Young Ones — This song is performed by Cliff, alone on stage playing acoustic guitar.
  • Cliff chats about working with The Shadows at at pantomime at the London Palladium as a means to introduce The Minute You're Gone.
  • The Minute You're GoneSong: The Minute You're Gone — This song is performed by Cliff, alone on stage playing acoustic guitar.
  • I'm Nearly FamousSong: I'm Nearly Famous — Performed by Cliff with his band, this is a rocking performance. It's introduced in a rather unique way. Where the previous songs, Cliff was playing acoustic guitar alone in front of a curtain, he briefly introduced each of those songs with a little story. At the very end of The Minute You're Gone, the house lights go down and Cliff can be heard shouting "And them came 1976!" In dark, the curtain is raised and then the lights come up and the full band behind the curtain is seen and I'm Nearly Famous begins.
  • The Twelfth Of NeverSong: The Twelfth Of Never — Backed by Cliff band, this is a straight stage performance. The song has a slight country and western feel to it with the inclusion of steel guitar and a honky tonk piano.
  • Hey Mr Dream MakerSong: Hey Mr Dream Maker — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band and him playing acoustic guitar.
  • Learning How To Rock 'N' RollSong: Learning How To Rock 'N' Roll — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band.
  • Cliff talks about his musical influences to introduce Heartbreak Hotel.
  • Heartbreak HotelSong: Heartbreak Hotel — With Cliff on acoustic guitar, this is a unique performance with Cliff singing lead vocal, his three backing vocalists singing harmony and backing vocals and no other instrumentation.
  • CarrieSong: Carrie — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band. The beginning of the song shows not Cliff performing the song but rather a series of still images of Cliff on stage (presumably from this same concert) with the actual live performance footage beginning at the first vocal line.
  • Miss You NightsSong: Miss You Nights — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band.
  • Green LightSong: Green Light — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band. For most of the performance, Cliff is at the front of the stage with a green spotlight focused on him while the band behind him has red lights on them.
  • A Little In LoveSong: A Little In Love — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band.
  • I'm No HeroSong: I'm No Hero — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band.
  • Devil WomanSong: Devil Woman — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band. In a distinct stage performance, fog is rolled in across the floor and up until the end of the first chorus, Cliff is standing behind a backlit screen, performing to the audience in silhouette only. In a rather unique ending, Cliff returns behind the screen and during the echoed ending, a mad keyboard plays and Cliff performs as being taken away by the "devil woman" in the song.
  • When Two Worlds Drift ApartSong: When Two Worlds Drift Apart — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band.
  • Cliff introduces Everyman and explains his frustration at not being able to adequately explain it to the German audiences because of the language barrier.
  • EverymanSong: Everyman — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band.
  • The Rock That Doesn't RollSong: The Rock That Doesn't Roll — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band.
  • A Heart Will BreakSong: A Heart Will Break — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band. During the repeated ending while Mark Griffiths plays an extended guitar solo, Cliff momentarily leaves the stage before returning to finish the finale of the song.
  • Dreamin'Song: Dreamin' — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band.
  • There is an extended bit of audience cheering while Cliff and band take bows and the show's credits are shown on screen.
  • We Don't Talk AnymoreSong: We Don't Talk Anymore — This is a straight stage performance with Cliff's backing band. It's a energetic performance with the audience clapping along and Cliff reaching out to the audience and accepting flowers and gifts on occasion.


Cliff
Cliff (1981) title card
Studio: BBC
Broadcaster: BBC2
Running Time: !@#
* November 23, 1981
* November 30, 1981
* December 7, 1981
* December 14, 1981
Daddy's Home UK singleIn 1981, a new type of Cliff Richard series was created for the BBC. This one was done documentary style (as opposed to variety show of previous series) and was presented in four parts. Each episode focused on an aspect of Cliff's life and carried a subtitle that was a Cliff song title that highlighted what the episode was about. The first, called "Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile", focused on Cliff's rock 'n' roll roots; the second, called Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music, focused on his Christian faith; the third, called Travellin' Light, focused on his latest attempt to break the American market; and the last, called My Kinda Life, focused on Cliff's personality. The actual production of the series is a little unclear, although from interviews, it seems that perhaps Cliff himself had a big hand in commissioning and creating the series. Indeed, it seems intently focused on things that are important to Cliff. Although the series was released to coincide with the release of Cliff's Wired For Sound album in late 1981, the album does not feature at all in the series except for the opening theme being the song Wired For Sound.

Each episode was also heavy with interviews with notable celebrities and industry people. Highlights include several interviews with Olivia Newton-John, Adam Faith, Dave Lee Travis and Kenny Everett. As pleasant as such interviews are, they sadly obscured much of the musical performances.

It took a full year to put the series together. Incorporated throughout the series are excerpts from several live concerts. These include a concert on Cliff's 40th birthday at the Apollo Victoria in London on October 14, 1980; a gospel concert at an unidentified theatre on February 6, 1981; a concert at the Savoy in New York City on April 2, 1981; a concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on May 1, 1981; and several other concerts that are not clearly identifiable in the USA (including one on a sound stage without an audience). Although each concert is generally featured alone in each episode, elements of nearly all of them are sampled in nearly all episodes at some point. Not all concerts shown are so easily identifiable, but which is which can be pieced together by knowing the nature of the concert and/or the stage clothes worn.

Cliff's band, Thunder, seems to have been informally formed about this time too. It was known that in the early 1980s (and possibly the late 1970s), Cliff took to calling his backing band by the name Thunder. Although never billed as Cliff Richard and Thunder (as was done with The Shadows) and not before declared to be the band's name formally, this series is when the band first got a screen credit. Curiously, during the third episode when Cliff directly highlights each member of his backing band with him on the American tour, he never mentions the name Thunder. So it is perhaps to have to remained an informal name, especially given that the band membership was fluid depending upon who was available for each tour. During this time, nearly all performances include Mark Griffiths on bass, Martin Jenner on guitar, Graham Jarvis on drums, Graham Todd on keyboards, and the trio of Tony Rivers, John Perry and Stu Calver on backing vocals. John Clark also featured on guitar for all performances but the gospel concert. The band, would later get a studio credit as Thunder for the Rock 'N' Roll Silver LP in 1983, but that is the only time they ever got such credit for a studio recording.

Another featured band is The Fantoms, a band performing at the time in retro style and known for covering many Cliff Richard and The Shadows early hits. In the first episode, they are shown at a sock hop dance (probably staged for the series) performing Never Mind and are briefly interviewed about the music of the era. In the last episode, they are featured performers in the song 'D' In Love with Cliff singing lead vocals. The performance is notable because it's clearly a studio recording with the band, however Cliff and The Fantoms mime to this recording in a music video where they appear in 1950s style performing the song and acting out the lyrics. Photos from this music video, with Cliff sporting a slicked back 1950s hairstyle, were used for a lot of publicity the next few years, particularly around Cliff's 25th anniversary in show business.

The live performances of Sci-Fi and Devil Woman, filmed at the Savoy, were also used to create a couple more music videos that are unique to this series. While the live audio from the concerts was played, the video of the live stage performances were intercut with other footage. In the case of Sci-Fi, footage of Cliff performing on a stage set up for a band (but no band in sight) in two men dressed as androids was intercut. And in the case of Devil Woman, a slinky woman with a black cat who is walking around dark, misty streets is intercut.

This TV series has never had official release, however Cliff had apparently had plans in the works to release some of them because all were professionally recorded and in particular, the May 1st Hammersmith Odeon concert had several tracks licensed for release before the series even was broadcast. Of these, Stood Up, Shakin' All Over and Daddy's Home were licensed with Shakin' All Over getting release on the B-side of the Daddy's Home single in 1981 and Daddy's Home getting release on the Wired For Sound album and later as a single reachine #2 on the UK singles chart. Stood Up, although licensed, was never released in any official capacity. Later in 1994, Cliff's duets with Phil Everly from this concert, All I Have To Do Is Dream, When Will I Be Loved and Tribute To The Medleys as well as Cliff's non-duet performance of Gee Whizz It's You was be released on the All I Have To Do Is Dream singles. Curiously, all of these songs were part of the concert, but the A-side is the only track that was not featured in the 1981 series at all.

The original series remains unreleased and unbootlegged, but it survives in slightly edited form from a 1983 rebroadcast on Dutch TV with Cliff interview segments attached to the beginning of each episode.

Cliff
Broadcast Date
Monday, November 23, 1981
Record Date
Friday, May 1, 1981 (concert)
Unknown (remaining segments)
Series Episode #
1 - Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile
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Cliff - November 23, 1981.
Guest Cast and Support: Stu Calver [backing vocals], John Clark [guitars], Mark Griffiths [guitar], Graham Jarvis [drums], Martin Jenner [guitar], Alan Park [keyboards], John Perry [backing vocals], Tony Rivers [backing vocals], Graham Todd [keyboards] as Thunder (music), Adam Faith (interview), Ian Samwell (interview), John Foster (interview), Jack Good (interview), Marty Wilde (interview), Hank Marvin (interview), Bruce Welch (interview), Carl Perkins (interview), Phil Everly (singing, interview), Neil Spencer (interview), Nick Kennedy [guitar, singing, interview]; Glenn Brentnall [guitar]; Malcolm Motler [bass]; and Neil Brentnall [drums] as The Fantoms (music), Tito Burns (interview)

Episode Discussion: This show was designed to showcase Cliff's rock 'n' roll roots. This is done through a series of live performances and interviews with people about Cliff, his career and rock 'n' roll.

For the interview segments, it discusses the influence of Elvis Presley on Cliff as well as the early days of getting started and playing in the 2i's Coffee Bar. Ian Samwell does an interview spot in the original 2i's Coffee Bar, telling of his experiences there and the writing of Move It. Further, there are interviews with Jack Good and Marty Wilde about the days performing on Oh Boy! and Marty returns to Hackney Empire where Oh Boy! was filmed and talks about his experiences there. And Tito Burns is interviewed about Cliff's first American tour and his successes around the world.

Mixed in with all the interviews are a series of live performances from a May 1, 1981 concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. Special guest for the concert is Phil Everly who joins Cliff on stage for When Will I Be Loved and the Tribute To The Legends medley. Many of these live performances are incomplete and/or are partially interrupted by interview segments or other footage.

The Tribute To The Legends medley has a strange presentation. The medley as performed is known to include the songs in order of performance Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls Of Fire, Lucille, Long Tall Sally and Rip It Up with Phil Everly coming on stage for Lucille and performing the rest of the medley with Cliff. As presented in the TV broadcast, it is broken up with Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls Of Fire and Lucille heard about midway through the documentary, but not the remaining songs as the narrative goes in another direction. Then near the end of the program, the performances of Long Tall Sally and Rip It Up are shown, giving the impression that they are two separate performances and not all part of the same medley.

Adding further to this confusion, the Tribute To The Legends performance was officially released on the 1994 All I Have To Do Is Dream single as a bonus track. The complete medley was release, but attached to the end of the track is Cliff's performance of Gee Whizz It's You. The way the track is presented on the single, it appears that Gee Whizz It's You is part of the medley. However, listening to the track and the way it was performed, it's clear that this extra song was simply attached to the end of the track. As it is, Gee Whizz It's You was performed before the medley in the actual performance, so it was intentionally moved to the end of the track. It's unclear if this was done intentionally or not or why it was done.

This episode was rebroadcast on BBC1 on April 5, 1983.

Commercial Releases: The TV broadcast has has no commercial release. However, many of the live performances heard here from the May 1, 1981 concert at Hammersmith Odeon have had commercial audio release only, including Shakin' All Over (B-side to the 1981 Daddy's Home single) as well as Gee Whizz It's You, When Will I Be Loved and Tribute To The Legends (all bonus tracks on the 1994 All I Have To Do Is Dream singles).

Available Bootleg Material: The program is available via a rebroadcast on June 2, 1983 on Dutch TV with additional comment and interview segments attached at the program's beginning as well as Dutch subtitles throughout. It's unclear if this new edit/version extends the original documentary with additional material or if it actually replaced some of the original documentary. If the latter then it remains currently unavailable.


Performance Detail:

  • Wired For SoundSong: Wired For Sound — A short edit of the studio recording of Wired For Sound is played while the shows opening segment is shown. The opening segment is the inner workings of a juke box picking up a record, moving it about, then a record needle dropping to play the record, after with the Cliff title card is shown, then the camera zooms out to show the full juke box and the episode's title, Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile is shown.
  • Rock 'n' Roll JuvenileSong: Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile — Cliff's stage performance of the song, backed by his concert band (Thunder) is shown. This is prefaced first by the showing of the series' part title ("Rock 'n' Roll Juveline") the people entering the Hammersmith Odeon for his concert.
  • In several interview segments, Cliff is shown talking about his very early inspirations, including the Elvis inspiration. Also shown is an old news clip entitled "It's the Age of the Teenager" where is shows teens enjoying dancing and buying records (ironically while playing not rock 'n' roll, but swing music), as well as a series of black and white images of Elvis Presley while his performance of Heartbreak Hotel is played.
  • Stood UpSong: Stood Up — This is Cliff's stage performance of the song, backed by Thunder. Cliff also plays acoustic guitar during the song. Although most of the performance is of Cliff on stage, from time to time, old photos of a young Cliff are shown.
  • Through a long series of interviews and clips, the story is told of Cliff breaking into show business. First, while the mock-stereo-reduced-to-mono version of Willie And The Hand Jive is played, various old photos and film footage of old coffee bars (presumably including the 2i's Coffee Bar) is shown, then an interview with Adam Faith is featured talking about them. Ian Samwell then is shown entering the basement of the 2i's Coffee Bar. Following this, various clips of Cliff and The Shadows performing Love in Expresso Bongo is shown, intercut with Ian Samwell talking about early British rock 'n' roll. John Foster, Cliff's first manager is then seen talking about the early rock 'n' roll live shows, including Cliff's performances. Next, a clip of Cliff and The Shadows performing We Say Yeah in The Young Ones is shown, focusing on the screaming audience as an interview with Cliff talking about the screaming audience is featured. Cliff then talks about his early demo record and Ian Samwell writing Move it. Then Adam Faith talks about Move It.
  • Move ItSong: Move It — Cliff performs the song on stage while playing electric guitar and backed by Thunder. While the song is played, it is intercut with interview segments of Ian Samwell talking about writing and recording the song as well as Adam Faith talking about the song's success.
  • Through a long series of interviews and clips, Jack Good talks about first hearing Move It and getting quite excited about it, then both Cliff and Jack (in separate interviews) talk about the Oh Boy! TV show and the transformation of Cliff's performance. During all this, incomplete performance clips from Oh Boy! are shown, including an unidentified singer singing At The TV Hop and Cliff performing Turn Me Loose. Following this, more interviews are shown with Jack and Marty Wilde about the audience's wild reactions and early rock 'n' roll in Britain when an incomplete Oh Boy! clip of Cliff, Marty and Dickie Pride performing Three Cool Cats is shown.
  • Shakin' All OverSong: Shakin' All Over — Cliff performs the song on stage backed by his band, Thunder. The performance shown is incomplete as it begins partway into the performance and before it is over, it is partially obscured by a voice over interview with Cliff talking about forming The Drifters.
  • Cliff, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch talk about meeting Cliff and becoming The Drifters.
  • Gee Whizz It's YouSong: Gee Whizz It's You — Cliff performs the song on stage while playing guitar and backed by Thunder. The performance shown is incomplete as it begins partway into the performance and it is frequently interrupted by Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch interviews talking about the early days with the band, dance moves on stage and early paychecks.
  • An old news film reel is shown about Cliff leaving for an American tour. Tito Burns and Bruce Welch are interviewed, talking about booking and performing on the tour and what excitement it was for them. Then there is a disc playback of Cliff's Living Doll while various black and white still photos, presumably from this US tour, are shown. Following this, Hank Marvin and Carl Perkins (in separate interviews) talk about the American sound.
  • Tribute To The Legends MedleySong: Tribute To The Legends Medley (with Phil Everly) — This is a medley of old rock songs, with Cliff performing on stage and backed by Thunder. However, the way the medley is presented, it's in parts only and is frequently interrupted by interview segements. First Cliff is shown performing Blue Suede Shoes which is interrupted by Carl Perkins talking about writing the song. This segues into Great Balls Of Fire which is interrupted by Tito Burns talking about Cliff and The Shadows setlist in the early days being comprised of old rock songs. This then segues into Lucille which in turn is interrupted by Phil Everly talking about Cliff having a breakout success in America. Only a small portion of Lucille is heard. The complete medley, although not seen or heard at this point in the documentary, is known to continue with Long Tall Sally and Rip It Up as the full medley was released in 1994 on as a bonus track on Cliff and Phil Everly's All I Have To Do Is Dream single. The missing songs are included later in the documentary.
  • When Will I Be LovedSong: When Will I Be Loved (with Phil Everly) — Cliff and Phil the song, both singing harmony vocals and playing acoustic guitar, backed by Thunder. The performance is interrupted at the beginning and a short portion in the middle with a voice-over interview with Phil talking about Cliff's success.
  • A series of interview segments are shown with Phil Everly, Cliff and Carl Perkins all talking about the uniqueness of Elvis Presley and how rock music has evolved from that.
  • Teddy BearSong: Teddy Bear — Cliff performs the song on stage while playing acoustic guitar and backed by Thunder. This is the slow, easy rendition of the song that Cliff seemed to hook on to at this point and would appear for many years to come. The performance is interrupted by interview with Neil Spencer, Cliff and Tito Burns talking about Cliff's transformation from rocker to a more mainstream pop singer.
  • Old newsreel footage is shown, labeled "Cliff The Top Solo Star" showing footage of Cliff and The Shadows receiving New Musical Express poll winner awards in 1964. Then a long series of interviews with various people talk about Cliff's move away from his rock 'n' roll roots, including Neil Spencer and Jack Good (saying the Bee Gees are boring as hell). Footage of the Hackney Empire, where Oh Boy! was originally recorded is shown, with Marty Wilde walking about an empty theater talking about performing on the TV program. A few Oh Boy! clips are shown, including Cliff and Marty (with the Oh Boy! cast performing When The Saints Go Marching In. This segues to a bingo tournament in progress in the Hackney Empire as the site is then used only as a bingo hall. This ends with Jack Good saying that modern music is boring.
  • The Fantoms, a revival rock band is shown playing a cover of Never Mind at a dance while various young people are shown dancing in period clothes. This is interrupted by an interview with The Fantoms talking about the old sound of rock 'n' roll and it's recent revival.
  • Tribute To The Legends Medley (continued)Song: Tribute To The Legends Medley (continued) (with Phil Everly) — This is a medley of old rock songs, with Cliff performing on stage and backed Thunder. This is a continuation of sorts of the medley that was shown earlier in the documentary with this one picking on Cliff and Phil performing Long Tall Sally, then Rip It Up to finish the medley. While most of the footage is of the stage performance, parts of the performance of Rip It Up is intercut with footage of the young people dancing at the performance by The Fantoms.
  • In a quick interview segment, Jack Good talks about the longevity of rock 'n' roll.
  • Song: Unidentified Rock Instrumental — Performed by Cliff's band only, this is a bouncy rock 'n' roll instrumental used to close out the stage show. Cliff, Phil and the dancers dance and bounce around the stage with Cliff interacting with the audience and having a lot of fun. The curtain closes on the performance and in one last bit the the audience, Cliff steps out, dances a bit, then goes back behind the curtain. Through all this, the show's closing credits are shown.

Cliff
Broadcast Date
Monday, November 30, 1981
Record Date
Friday, February 6, 1981 (concert)
Unknown (remaining segments)
Series Episode #
2 - Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music
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Cliff - November 30, 1981.
Guest Cast and Support: Stu Calver [backing vocals], Mark Griffiths [guitar], Graham Jarvis [drums], Martin Jenner [guitar] , John Perry [backing vocals], Tony Rivers [backing vocals], Graham Todd [keyboards], Paul Westwood [bass], Dave Cooke [keyboard] as Thunder (music), Mo McCafferty, Annie McCaig and Paul Field as Network 3 (singing, guitar), Mike Read (interview), Olivia Newton-John (interview), Adam Faith (interview), Kenny Everett (interview), Dave Lee Travis (interview), Bill Latham (interview), Larry Norman (interview), Pat Boone (interview), Andraé Crouch (interview),

Episode Discussion: This show was designed to showcase Cliff's Christian faith and gospel music. This is done through a series of live performances and interviews with people about Cliff, his faith and his gospel performances.

For the interview segments, it discusses Cliff's clean living lifestyle as unusual for a rock star, although he remains quite likeable. Cliff talks about wanting to invite people to listen to his message about Jesus, but not trying to trick them into it. He is shown at a Christian at the Reynolds Theatre (location uncertain) where he talks about his faith and takes questions from audience members. The event is called "The way I see it" based upon a sign that is seen briefly at the beginning of the segment. Also, Cliff and members of his band are shown at a black church (location uncertain but it appears to be an American church), enjoying black gospel church when Cliff is invited on stage and he sings an impromptu performance loosely based on Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music.

Mixed in with all the interviews are a series of live performances from a February 6, 1981 concert at the Apollo, Manchester. Special guest for the concert is the Christian band, Network 3. Cliff performs several unique songs during the performance, including Fool's Wisdom (an acoustic duet (of sorts) with Paul Field and Take Me Where I Wanna Go. And he performs some songs that he would later record in a studio, including Son Of Thunder, Under The Influence and Lost In A Lonely World. Network 3 also performs Thief In The Night without Cliff's involvement, which is perhaps surprising in a special episode all about Cliff.

This episode was rebroadcast on BBC1 on April 12, 1983.

Commercial Releases: None.

Available Bootleg Material: The program is available via a rebroadcast on June 16, 1983 on Dutch TV with additional comment and interview segments attached at the program's beginning as well as Dutch subtitles throughout. It's unclear if this new edit/version extends the original documentary with additional material or if it actually replaced some of the original documentary. If the latter then it remains currently unavailable.


Performance Detail:

  • Wired For SoundSong: Wired For Sound — A short edit of the studio recording of Wired For Sound is played while the shows opening segment is shown. The opening segment is the inner workings of a juke box picking up a record, moving it about, then a record needle dropping to play the record, after with the Cliff title card is shown, then the camera zooms out to show the full juke box and the episode's title, Why Should The Devil Hvae All The Good Music is shown.
  • Why Should The Devil Have All The Good MusicSong: Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music — Cliff performs the song on stage backed by his band, Thunder. The performance shown is a regular concert performance, but it is frequently interrupted by interview segments, including Mike Read about Cliff's appeal to young people even at a gospel show; Olivia Newton-John about his morals and his age; Adam Faith on Cliff's clean living; Kenny Everett on Cliff's success despite his clean living; Olivia Newton-John on Christianity; Dave Lee Travis (misidentified as Dave Lee Travers) on Cliff not being pushy about his faith; and Adam Faith about Cliff breaking the rules.
  • As people are queueing into the concert hall for Cliff's gospel concert, Bill Latham is interviewed talking about Cliff's gospel concerts and raising money for Tearfund. The footage alternates between Bill standing in the crowd during the interview and various shots of people queuing in various places in the concert hall.
  • Son Of ThunderSong: Son Of Thunder — Cliff performs the song on stage backed by his band, Thunder. The performance shown is a regular concert performance.
  • Cliff is on stage about to speak a comment that probably leads to the next song when he interrupts himself to accept flowers from fans at the stage. He has a little fun with them, begging them to leave them there with a promise to pick them up later and then he makes a joke about the TV camera getting a shot of his bottom when he bends over to pick up the flowers. This is followed by an interview segment with Kenny Everett about what a nice, clean guy he is, but he's not boring.
  • You Can't Get To Heaven (Living Like Hell)Song: You Can't Get To Heaven (Living Like Hell) — Cliff performs the song on stage with Mo McCafferty and Annie McCaig from Network 3 at the front of the stage with him providing backing vocals and choreographed dance moves. The performance is backed by his band, Thunder. The performance has a lengthy intro as Cliff explains the meaning of the song. The performance is interrupted in a couple of places by an interview with David Winter talking about having an argument wi