The Story of Ready Steady Go!

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The Story of Ready Steady Go!


In 1963, Ready Steady Go! was at the cutting edge of youth TV. In fact, it pretty much was youth TV. Its intimate visual style was hailed as innovative, but the real innovations came in the artists it booked: from the Beatles to James Brown.

As this pacey, fun doc shows, the addition of Kathy McGowan took the show up a notch. As one of “the kids”, she was the first youth-TV presenter in the modern mould. She doesn’t participate here, but we do get plenty of original producer Vicki Wickham. “When Top of the Pops started I was pissed,” Wickham says. “Because its formula was going to knock us off at some point.” And, by the end of 1966, it had.


Documentary recalling Britain's early 1960s music show Ready Steady Go!, which revolutionised television `for the kids' and introduced emerging talent from the era. The ITV programme, synonymous with its hosts Keith Fordyce and Cathy McGowan, showcased top acts of the day including the Beatles, the Who, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black, Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones. Contributors include original producer Vicki Wickham and pioneering director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, plus Annie Nightingale, Eric Burdon, Chris Farlowe, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Paul Jones, Gerry Marsden and Jools Holland.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Vicki Wickham
Contributor Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Contributor Annie Nightingale
Contributor Eric Burdon
Contributor Chris Farlowe
Contributor Mary Wilson
Contributor Martha Reeves
Contributor Paul Jones
Contributor Gerry Marsden
Contributor Jools Holland
Executive Producer Justus Haerder
Executive Producer Peter Stack
Executive Producer William Kennedy
Executive Producer Malcolm Gerrie
Executive Producer Genevieve Dolittle
Producer Helen Carr
Producer Samantha Peters
Producer Geoff Wonfor
Producer Sarah Hunt
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