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The Royal Variety Show 1960

Royal Variety Show 1960

The Royal Variety Show 1960

The Royal Variety Show in 1960 was the 31st of the Royal Variety Performances and was the first to be televised. It was broadcast as a TV special from the Victoria Palace Theatre in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip.

The show took place under the musical direction of Billy Ternant and Jack Ansell, with the Fol De Rols appearing amongst a host of the top stars of the day, including Diana Dors, Benny Hill, Bob Monkhouse, Norman Wisdom, Nat King Cole, Adam Faith, Cliff Richard and very many more.

TV Special

The show was broadcast on the 22nd May 1960 as a TV special by the ATV company. Beginning at 8.00pm, the show ran for 2½ hours and has been an annual television event ever since, with alternating broadcasts by both BBC and ITV.