THE READY STEADY GO STORY. 9PM BBC4 tonight 20th March….

Documentary recalling Britain’s early 1960s music show Ready Steady Go!, which revolutionised television `for the kids” and introduced emerging talent from the era. The ITV programme, synonymous with its hosts Keith Fordyce and Cathy McGowan, showcased top acts of the day including the Beatles, the Who, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black, Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones. Contributors include original producer Vicki Wickham and pioneering director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, plus Annie Nightingale, Eric Burdon, Chris Farlowe, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Paul Jones, Gerry Marsden and Jools Holland.

followed by…..

THE BEST OF READY STEADY GO. 10PM BBC4

Clips from the ITV pop show, which began in 1963 and ran until the end of 1966. The Beatles perform Twist and Shout on a moving stage, the Rolling Stones present their very own episode, while Otis Redding duets with Chris Farlowe and Eric Burdon. Other acts appearing include Cilla Black, Lulu, Martha and the Vandellas and Dusty Springfield

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