Although she's British and a chart-topper with her waxings, Petula Clark has been under-exposed on local tv, apart from guest spots in disk shows. While she's in London for a cabaret stint, BBC-I has nabbed her for a skein of six, and the opener shaped as a lively entry, not especially imaginative in its presentation, but adequate for the songalog in view
Miss Clark has an easy informality that might have registered more if she'd had something rather more witty to say. Apart from a gag about the Common Market, she contended herself with a reprise of her repertoire, plus a fortaste of her latest waxing due for release next week. This "I Couldn't Live Without You,"[editor's note: Presumably "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love] had Top-10 written all over it, and made a lively wind-up to the routine.
A feature of the series will be guest warblers from Europe, and the first, Claude Francois was a so-so arival, with an anguished voice but a brisk line in energetic terping. Band backing was first rate, and a decided plus were Tony Hatch's orchestrations, which suited Miss Clark's jaunty style perfectly with build-in fan audience, the show should click, but Yvonne Littlewood's production would benefit from a few more visual surprises to relieve the notes.