Beat the Clock

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== Broadcast ==
== Broadcast ==
Various companies, 25th September 1955 to 1967
ATV London for ITV, 25th September 1955 to 1967
ITV, 1973-4?
ITV, 1973-4?
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BBC1, 1987
BBC1, 1987
ITV, 2000
LWT for ITV, 2000

Revision as of 15:59, 3 March 2007



Main hosts of Sunday Night at the London Palladium:
Tommy Trinder (1955-8)
Bruce Forsyth (1958-60)
Don Arrol (1960-1)
Bruce Forsyth (again, 1961-2)
Norman Vaughan (1962-5)
Jimmy Tarbuck (1965-7)
Jim Dale (1973-4)
Bruce Forsyth (again, 2000)

Guest hosts included: Max Bygraves, Dickie Henderson, Bob Monkhouse, Hughie Green, Alfred Marks, Robert Morley, Arthur Haynes, Tommy Steele, Maria Perego, David Blair, Roger Moore, Lorne Greene, Fess Parker, Des O'Connor, Dave Allen, Lena Horne.

Mike Smith (part of Seaside Special '87)


Hostesses included: Angela Bracewell


ATV London for ITV, 25th September 1955 to 1967

ITV, 1973-4?

BBC1, 1987

LWT for ITV, 2000


Game format which became arguably the most famous ingredient of the long-running variety show Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

Prizes and money could be won by couples who had been plucked out of the audience moments before. Games involved a mixture of skill, co-ordination, and luck, and were usually cobbled together by cheap props such as balloons, musical instruments or magnetic letters.

The BBC brought back their 1970s variety format Seaside Special in 1987 giving, erm, Seaside Special '87 broadcast each week from Jersey. Mike Smith hosted the proceedings which included Beat the Clock as part of the menu.


Traditionally credited as a Goodson-Todman show, possibly devised by Phillip Hindin.


"Can you come back next week?" - asked of the winners, if they could return as champions on the next show.


Picture 1 - Bruce Forsyth addresses his audience. A giant clock is behind the curtains in the background.


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