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A Whole Scene Going

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A Whole Scene Going was the first real teenage lifestyle programme with features on Carnaby Street fashions, the London club scene and package holidays in Italy.

Twiggy made her first TV appearance on this show and presenter Barry Fantoni (pictured below right) and his “hot seat” interview was the first time TV took rock ideas seriously.

wholescenegoing_fantoniPete Townshend famously discussed drugs, and tempers flared when producer Mickie Most refused to answer Fantoni’s questions.

Co-hosted by Fantoni and Wendy Varnals, a typical episode (aired on 8 June 1966) featured a visit to Paris with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich; a look at bed-sits and flats in London; a talk with Ravi Shankar about Indian `pop’ music; music from The Yardbirds and The Kinks; and an interview with Charlton Heston.

The show was axed after just one series – in mysterious circumstances that still attract libel writs – and replaced shortly afterwards with Simon Dee’s chat show, Dee Time, which quickly became a must-do gig for pop groups with records to sell.

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