The new Birmingham and Black Country TV channel, Big Centre TV, has announced the next dates for the recording of The David Hamilton Show in their Walsall studios. The next shows are being filmed on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February 2015 at The Goldmine Centre, 14a Lower Hall Lane, Walsall WS1 1RL. Doors open at 1pm, there are no tickets required and it’s free entry.
It’s another eclectic line-up of guests with a wealth of great stories to share about their long careers in entertainment so it should be another interesting set of shows. Confirmed guests for either of these forthcoming recordings include the following;
The 76 year old American born singer and actor, who now resides in Evesham, Worcestershire, has been in the music business for over 50 years. PJ Proby notched up four UK top ten hits in the mid-1960s with songs such as Hold Me, Maria and Somewhere. He has toured with The Searchers, The Troggs and The Who and was friends with The Beatles, Tom Jones and Elvis Presley.
His career is, however, not short of controversy either. Following his infamous trouser splitting shows in 1965, he was banned by BBC TV and ABC Theatres. He filed for bankruptcy in 1968 having claimed to have spent his fortune on cars, jets, yachts, women and alcohol. In the early 1970s he spent three months in jail for an attempted shooting and in 1978 was fined for attacking his secretary with an axe. When his music career waned he supported himself on social security, emptying dustbins, sweeping up in Tescos, and mucking out stables and picking up the odd royalty cheque. Having suffered four heart attacks on 1992, he’s now put his heavy drinking days behind him and has recently been back on the road on the Sixties Gold tour with The Searchers and Gerry and The Pacemakers.
Jess Conrad OBE
The 79 year old actor and singer made his name on ‘Oh Boy’ before being signed to Decca records. He was voted England’s Most Popular Male Singer in 1961 in the NME poll and has toured with rock ‘n’ roll greats such as, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and Billy Fury.
In the 1970s and 80s he made the transition from pop star to stage musicals and appeared in the shows Godspell and Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He has appeared on a number of shows with comedian Jim Davidson and has also joined him on tour in Sinderella as well as appearing in many other regular pantomimes.
His extensive TV & Film career includes roles in Crossroads and Are You Being Served as well as a cameo in The Sex Pistols movie The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle. He was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his charity work
Born in South Yorkshire, 71 year old, Tony Christie is now a resident of Lichfield in Staffordshire. His 1970s hits included I Did What I Did For Maria, Is This The Way To Amarillo and the theme from the ATV series The Protectors, Avenue and Alleyways.
While his UK hits were mainly confined to the early 1970s, he has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, with huge success in Germany and Europe. In 1976 he lost out to The Brotherhood of Man in a bid to represent the UK in that year’s Eurovision Song Content, which they went on to win.
He returned to the charts in March 2005 with a re-release of ‘Amarillo’ which was selected as the Comic Relief single following it’s use in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights TV show. Peter Kay was credited on the track but didn’t sing on the release, he did however appear in the songs video. The song topped the UK charts for seven weeks, giving him the biggest hit of his career to date.
In 2011 Tony Christie celebrated 50 years in the music business with a special concert in his adopted hometown of Lichfield.
Derby born Jane Rossington, now aged 71, should need no introduction to people of a certain age, especially those from Birmingham. As the character Jill Richardson she famously spoke the opening lines “Crossroads Motel, good evening, Yes, we do, For which night?” and a new TV series was launched. She played the same troubled character for 24 years (albeit under different surnames of Chance and Harvey) which made her a household name and she not only opened the first episode but also spoke the very last words as Crossroads closed it’s doors in 1988.
She was the subject of the final Eamonn Andrews This Is Your Life filmed in 1987 in an episode codenamed Oak, a cloaked reference to the Crossroads series that made her name.
Jane Rossington has been the main patron of the Crossroads Appreciation Society since 1988.
65 year old Madeline Smith starred in three Hammer Horror movies in the 1970s with stars such as, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Ingrid Pitt, but also ventured into bawdy comedy with roles in the movies Up Pompeii, Up The Front and Carry On Matron.
Having had a role in the 1971 TV series The Persuaders, with Roger Moore and Tony Curtis, she was recommended, by Moore, for a role in the 1973 James Bond movie Live and Let Die where she was, Miss Caruso, the Italian girl in the blue dress who had her zip undone by Bond’s magnetic watch. The following year saw her play Vicki in Cliff Richard’s musical movie Take Me High which was filmed and set in Birmingham.
She appeared in a large number of TV shows in 70s and 80s as well as having a successful stage career.
In the 1980s she featured in the Clive Doig (see next guest) and Jeremy Beadle created show Eureka! before disappearing from TV screens for nearly 15 years. She returned with a brief appearance in TV series Dark Knight in 2000 only to immediately take another extended TV break for a further 11 years. She last seen on our TV screens in a 2011 episode of the BBC Birmingham show Doctors.
You may know the name but can’t quite place why or where from. Clive Doig began his BBC career working as a vision mixer on the William Hartnell era Doctor Who show in the sixties. He worked his way up through the BBC ranks and was behind shows such as Vision On, Jigsaw, We Are The Champions and Wizbit.
He worked on a number of different shows with the same presenters or actors, including Jeremy Beadle, Sylvester McCoy and Mark Speight. Clive was also behind some successful game shows, including Puzzle Trail, Lucky Numbers, Turnabout and Beat The Teacher.
Here is a BBC video explaining the art of vision mixing on You Tube
The Big Centre TV channel launches on 28th February 2015 on Freeview Channel 8.