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Top Town

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Beginning as a radio series in 1950, Top Town was an inter-town competition, although unlike It’s A Knockout (with which it is often compared) the competition here was not physical, but essentially a talent contest with the town with the best variety acts winning their heat.

By 1954, the series had transferred to television, where it was broadcast live on the BBC and ran into the early 1960s.

The show was presented at various times by Peter Haigh, Peter West and David Jacobs, with each team being given half the programme to convince the judges that they were worthy of progressing to the next round.

The judges panel – not seen until the very end of the programme – comprised ‘professionals’, representatives of the viewers and guest judges. Each episode would conclude with the judges passing their verdict.