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Tuesday Rendezvous

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Howard Williams (replaced by Wally Whyton), Muriel Young and Bert Weedon (the famous guitarist) presented the show between 1961 and 1963, assisted by glove puppets Pussy Cat Willum (devised and animated by Janet Nicholls) and Fred Barker (created by Wally Whyton of skiffle band, The Vipers).

Other presenters included Douglas McCard (talking about toys), John Mills (who presented a fortnightly segment called ‘Painting Club’) and Graham Dangerfield (who appeared with a menagerie of animals).

Tuesday Rendezvous evolved from Small Time (1955) and Lucky Dip (1958) and eventually morphed into The Five O’Clock Club in 1963 – by which time another puppet had joined the show – a Liverpudlian owl called Ollie Beak.

The show provided The Beatles with their first London TV appearance. On 4 December 1962, the group appeared on the show miming to Love Me Do and P.S. I Love You.

They appeared on the show again in April 1963 – This time miming to From Me To You and Please Please Me.

Howard Williams
Muriel Young
Bert Weedon
Wally Whyton
Pussy Cat Willum
Fred Barker