Headliners for this YTV special were singer Jackie Trent and her spouse Tony Hatch whose cieffing successes have been regularlly reflected in the global bestselling disk charts.
Recognition of their achievements, which inclue credits for such winners as "Downtown", "Don't Sleep in the Subway", "Call Me" and "Joanna" was timely and indicated a satisfying musical interlude, but the show was lacking in creative expertise."
Jane Martin's design, with bandstand in view and a separate circular stage for the vocalists was adequate, but seg showed several traces of less than skilful editing and fidgetty camera work. while one untidy medley featuring Miss Trant and guests Matt Munro, below peak form, and Scott Walker's demanded far tighter direction. Another unsatisfying sequence, smacking of lack of rehearsal, was Walker's solo spot in which he warbled "If You Ever Leave Me" while reading from the sheet music.
Sadly, Petula Clark's contribution was limited to a warm recorded tribute, film commitments precluding her vocal participation, but Miss Trent was in good form throughout, both in her solo piping and in duets with Hatch, who also wanded his own orchestral arrangements.
But since the show was supposed to be built around their songwriting, inclusion of Bobby Russell's "Little Green Apples" served no useful purpose apart from permitting a hammy display of togetherness by the couple.