I'm just watching the most recent episode and marvelling at the talent of Bruce Forsyth.
Many of today's TV watchers will know Bruce only from his relatively recent appearances but, in his heyday at the Palladium, his talents as a compere had to be seen to be believed.
The best in the world ever? Maybe, and maybe not, but he must be pretty close.
Freddie and the Dreamers were probably the strangest group ever to achieve cross-generational popularity in the swinging 60s. Musically, they had hits with some excellent pop songs (by the standards of the day) and Freddie had a very good voice.
However, the way they pranced about on stage was best "cute" and at worst absolutely bloody ridiculous.
Be that as it may, however, they were very good at what they did.
The top of the bill was a Spanish dance group who regaled us with song and dance for an almost interminable 15 minutes. People often talk about "The Swinging 60s" but what a great many people fail to realise is that the 60s started off in almost as drab a fashion as the 50s ended.
From a musical perspective, the 60s didn't start to swing until the Beatles released "Please Please Me" in early 1963 and, from a comedy perspective, they didn't start to swing until Jimmy Tarbuck took the London Palladium, the British public and the entire British comedy scene by storm in late 1963.
Clearly, the Beatles and Tarby didn't revolutionise British entertainment overnight and some highly talented but, by that time, woefully old-fashioned acts were still topping the bill all over the country.
The explosion of British popular music in the late 1960s owes almost everything to the Beatles: and a similar explosion in British comedy during that same time period I believe owes a vast amount to Jimmy Tarbuck and his first appearance at the London Palladium.