Two documentaries on “Ready Steady Go!” to be screened on BBC4 this evening

The programme was clearly close to Pauline Boty’s heart – she was regularly chosen to as a dancer in the audience with her friend and fellow Pop artist Derek Boshier – and also created “5-4-3-2-1” in 1963 in its honour with its Cathy McGowan-esque figure and “OH FOR A FU…” lettering. The first documentary includes footage of Boty and Boshier from the party scene concluding Ken Russell’s “Pop Goes The Easel”.
Further information from and links to the BBC website below:

“The story of Britain’s iconic 1960s music show, Ready Steady Go! The programme revolutionised television ‘for the kids’ and coincided with the tremendous explosion of British pop talent that took the world by storm. It championed emerging talent like The Beatles, The Who, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black, Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones.”

The Story of Ready Steady Go!
BBC4, 21:00, Friday 20th March 2020
We go behind the scenes and speak to the people who made it all happen, including original producer Vicki Wickham and the programme’s pioneering director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Plus further contributions from Annie Nightingale, Eric Burdon, Chris Farlowe, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Paul Jones, Gerry Marsden and Jools Holland.
Further information available here [link]

The Best of Ready Steady Go!
BBC4, 22:00, Friday 20th March 2020
This priceless archive has rarely been seen and includes some of the most memorable performances from the greatest stars of the day. Tune in to see The Beatles perform Twist and Shout on a moving stage, The Rolling Stones presenting their very own episode, and Otis Redding’s sensational duet with Chris Farlowe and Eric Burdon. Other acts include Cilla Black, Lulu, and Martha and the Vandellas. Dusty Springfield also takes centre stage.
Further information available here [link]

5-4-3-2-1, 1963, oil on canvas