Des O’Connor Tonight, 1977

Des O’Connor will probably be best remembered as the butt of Eric Morecambe’s jokes and a singer.  However Des started out as a comedian.  This perhaps made him the perfect host for a primetime evening variety chat show.

Des O’Connor Tonight originally hit TV screens as far back as 1977 when it was screened on BBC Two.  Here it notched up 44 episodes over 7 series, before coming to an end in 1982.

The show was soon snapped up by ITV who ran it from 1983 until 1999 and then again between 2001 and 2002.

By the end of it’s ITV run it had totalled 183 episodes for the network having ran for 17 series.

Perhaps the show is most famous for it’s Stan Boardman interview where Stan talked about Focke-Wulf but made it sound like he was using the swear word: it resulted in the end of live broadcasts of the show, until the 1990s.


Des O’Connor hosts a mix of music and chat.














Des O’Connor


Channel: BBC2 and ITV
Produced By:BBC, 1977 – 1982
Thames Television for ITV, 1983 – 1999, 2001 – 2002
Central Television for ITV, 1993 – 1998
Original Transmission Dates: 17th January 1977 – 24th December 2002

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