BBC’s Juke Box Jury First Broadcast June 1959

BBC’s Juke Box Jury First Broadcast June 1959 BLOG Sunday 27th June 2021


BBC’s Juke Box Jury First Broadcast June 1959

Juke Box Jury was first broadcast on BBC Television on 1 June 1959. Originally on Monday evenings, the BBC show was moved to early Saturday evenings starting on 3 September 1959 due to its immediate popularity. it was hosted by David Jacobs.

The original panel consisted of Pete Murray, Alma Cogan, Gary Miller and Susan Stranks, who gave a ‘teenager’s view’.

By October 1959 Juke Box Jury had reached a weekly audience of almost 9 million viewers.

Presenters: David Jacobs (1959–67)

Noel Edmonds (1979)

Jools Holland (1989–90)

Opening theme            “Hit and Miss” by John Barry

25 November 1990 was the final broadcast hosted by Jools Holland with panel – Dusty Springfield, Bob Geldof, Monie Love, Rowland Rivron.

Juke Box Jury was chaired by David Jacobs. Each week he played a selection of 7″ singles on a large juke box to a panel of four celebrities. As the music played the camera moved over the faces of the panellists and the audience so the viewer could gauge their reaction. The panellists then gave their opinion of the discs and voted them a hit or a miss. If there was a tie a jury of teenagers drawn from the audience would have the deciding vote. Each week a mystery performer was revealed after the panel had voted on his or her disc, to the joy or embarrassment of the panel.

Celebrity jury members including the Beatles and all five Rolling Stones helped the programme achieve Saturday night audiences over 12 million. People of all ages watched, the Radio Times described them as “the fans and the frankly fascinated”. As it exposed this varied audience to pop music so Juke Box Jury made it an acceptable part of the light entertainment mainstream.

The original series ended in 1967, but the format was revived in 1979 with Noel Edmonds in charge, and again in 1989, with Jools Holland.


Top ten motorcycle riding routes in the UK


  1. The North Coast 500

Where does it start? Inverness

Where does it end? Inverness

How long is it? 500 miles

Why is it great? The NC500 is the ultimate road trip on your doorstep; easy to get too, great scenery, challenging roads, good facilities and lots of opportunities to take in your own detours or side routes. The designation of the NC500 has also given people an easy route to follow and a sticker for the bike at the end.


  1. 63 miles of hills and happiness

Where does it start? Woolacombe

Where does it end? Bridgwater

How long is it? 63 miles

Why is it great? It’s one of the most uninterrupted coastal runs in the country, passing through cliff-top moorland at the top of Exmoor National Park, down the steepest of hills and having some quaint Devonshire villages to stop at on route.


  1. Making for the Highlands

Where does it start? Crocketford

Where does it end? Inveraray

How long is it? 135 miles

Why is it great? It takes you from the borders of Scotland all the way up to Inveraray – the self-titled gateway to the Highlands – without having to traipse through the Glasgow/Edinburgh corridor.



  1. The Trans European Trail

 Where does it start? Newhaven Ferry Port, East Sussex

Where does it end? North Shields, Tyne and Wear

How long is it? 1634 miles

Why is it great?  It’s the first fully mapped legal trail route through mainland Europe; a total of 2112 miles in length, with 1634 of those miles through the UK.


  1. East Coast discovery route

Where does it start? Skegness

Where does it end? Whitby

How long is it? 180 miles

Why is it great? A taste of the old English seaside resorts of the East Coast, mixed with some stunning roads across the Yorkshire moorland.


  1. Plodding through the Peak District

Where does it start? Matlock

Where does it end? Hebden Bridge

How long is it? 80 miles

Why is it great? The Peak District can be a particularly busy place given that it’s surrounded by cities, but if you take a route up through the middle – especially on a weekday – then it can feel as remote and wild as you want it to.


  1. To a Yorkshireman’s wedding

Where does it start? Skipton

Where does it end? Gretna

How long is it? 132 miles

Why is it great? Through stunning Yorkshire, this isn’t fast riding, but can be challenging in parts and is a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the Yorkshire towns and cities.

Wensleydale Creamery a worthwhile stop as you pass through.


  1. The Welsh Valley Retreat

Where does it start? Chepstow

Where does it end? Aberystwyth

How long is it? 100 miles

Why is it great? From the rat run of the south west all the way out to the quietest coast of the UK, passing through the stunning Brecon Beacons, up to Rhayader and out through the Elan Valley, there’s some great riding to be had.


  1. The North East 250

Where does it start? Glenshee

Where does it end? Glenshee

How long is it? 250 miles

Why’s it great? This is a new one to the list, an initiative mimicking the overwhelmingly popular NC500 and designed to attract tourists to the east of Scotland. It’s likely to be great as it’ll be significantly quieter than the NC500 at peak season.


  1. Big lakes and high passes – The Windermere loop

Where does it start? Windermere              

Where does it end? Windermere

How long is it? 65 miles

Why’s it great?  The Lake District has a lot to offer, even in the space of a day. Start from Windermere, take the boat across to the west shore and start exploring. There’s the famous Wrynose Pass as well as the steepest pass of them all, Hardknott. If you have the time you could even venture further to the north to ride the Honister Pass. Picturesque villages and unspoilt views make for a scenic exploration, with any bike capable of roaming these parts; in some ways, the smaller the better. The ride along the shores of Coniston Waters is a pleasant one, with all facilities found in Coniston village.

Top ten motorcycle riding routes in the UK (


As regular readers will already know as a newspaper (& News) Fanatic I just love it when the National Dailies are as one on the front page story. It is a “I love it when a plan comes together’ moment in my eyes.

The Front Pages yesterday did just that, and what a stoey. One of the biggest during the pandemic. Up there with Dominic Cummings, although not quite as funny as his Barnard Castle tale. This did end up with Matt Hancock resigning., which caused another set of like thinking Front Pages today.

I’m not a fan of politics, but I have to accept you are never short of an entertaining story.


DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY (How can you with the troubles our politicians get in to.)


When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it. Christopher McCandless (Into The Wild movie)


Happiness is…reminiscing about Juke Box Jury


Nothing tops a plain pizza.


Love is…only to be expected


A time to be a HIT!…A time to be a MISS!


27th June

1994 Aerosmith become first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet.

1967 The first ATM – which is short for Automated Teller Machine – was installed in a branch of Barclays in Enfield, north London – and Reg Varney, from TV series On the Buses, was the first to withdraw cash. At first, the machines paid out a maximum of £10 at a time – but that was enough at the time to last over a weekend.

 1957: Smoking ’causes lung cancer’. The link between smoking and lung cancer is one of ‘direct cause and effect’, a report by the Medical Research Council finds.


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Reflections of a Top Hit Record

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