The Good New Days

BBC plans music hall revival

The BBC are testing the idea of televising a modern-day version of music hall entertainment.

Comedians including Milton Jones, Jo Caulfield, Harry Enfield and Marcus Brigstocke have been lined up for a pilot edition of Down At The Old Clapham Grand.

The show, to be recorded in the former Victorian variety hall in South London later this month, will also feature music by Madness and magic from Stuart and Barry.

Phill Jupitus will host the show, to be made by independent production company Pozzitive Television.

But although the programme is billed as ‘modern music hall’, producers are keen to play down links to the Saturday-night show The Good Old Days, which ran from 1953 to 1983 but is now considered slightly naff.

A spokesman said there would be ‘no stripey blazers, no Victorian parlour songs just a brilliant array of talent gathered together specially for one unforgettable night’.

For free tickets to the recording, on March 28, visit

Published: 13 Mar 2007

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