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THE MONKEES ON UK TV!

This page details all info about the Great Britain run of The Monkees television show from 1967 to 1968 on BBC1 and BBC2.


The following is the extract from the TV listing of Saturday December 31st 1966:-

6.15 to 6.40
THE MONKEES
A new film series
for the young in heart
starring
DAVY JONES, PETER TORK,
MICKY DOLENZ and MIKE NESMITH
who find the deck stacked against them in....
Royal Flush
See Facing Page

The above is a replica of how the very first programme was listed in this edition of Radio Times.

On the opposite page was the classic black and white photo of the whole group posing as cowboys (from the pilot episode) with the headline underneath:-

THE MONKEES
A swinging, new series from America about a four-man pop group

Then the following text was written underneath the photo and headline:-

[1] 6.15 Off the launching pad tonight is a new series which is driving American television viewers wild. Called The Monkees it stars four long-haired young men, who encounter adventures as a pop group. "What do The Monkees want?" asks a promotion handout. It answers: "To be free...to make every day Saturday night, to climb impossible mountains, to take a trolley car to the moon, to deflate stuffed shirts."

The Monkees group - now selling millions of discs in America - was created by television executives who put an advert in a paper asking for: MADNESS, Four insane, spirited, and hip boys...with the courage to work.

Do the successful four - Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith - live up to the demanding requirements? Well, judge for yourselves from tonight.

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The above is the word for word transcript from the very first British TV guide that featured their first broadcast. The front cover does not show the group but has a snowflake artistic design in black and pink with the headline New Shows for the New Year.

Incidentally prior to the first UK broadcast the shows before this first airing were:

5.15pm - Juke Box Jury
5.40pm - News
5.50pm - Dr. Who

This was on BBC One - New Years Eve 1966

Special thanks to Sue for providing all of the above info which helped kickstart this page!


(The following has been liberated from a cached copy of the now-defunct Band 6 site, courtesy of Internet Archives.)

THE MONKEES TV SERIES AS SHOWN IN THE UK

 

All the information was research by Band 6 member Brian Mattocks from back issues of the Radio Times for 1967/68

 

FIRST SEASON
1967

Royal Flush - 1 Jan 67

Monkee See, Monkee Die - 7th Jan 67

Monkee Vs. Machine - 14 Jan 67

Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnapers - 21 Jan 67

One Man Shy - 28 Jan 67

Monkees In A Ghost Town - 4 Feb 67

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold - 11 Feb 67

Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth - 21 Feb 67

Success Story - 28 Feb 67

Too Many Girls - 28 Feb 67

I've Got A Little Song Here - 11 march 67

Dance Monkee Dance - 18 March 67

I Was A Teenage Monkee - 25 March 67

Son Of Gypsy - 11 April 67

In The Ring - 8 April 67

Case Of The Missing Monkee 15 April 67

The Chaperone - 22 April 67

Monkees A La Carte - 29 April 67

At The Circus - 6 May 67

The Prince & The Pauper - 13 May 67

Monkees On The Line - 20 May 67

Get Out More Dirt - 27 May 67

Alias Micky Dolenz - 3 June 67

Monkees Make The Scene - 10 June 67 - that's what it said in the Radio Times

At The Movies - 17 June 67

Monkees On Tour - 24 June 67

Monkees In Manhattan - 30 Sept 67

Find The Monkees - 7 Oct 67

Monkees A La Mode - 14 Oct 67

Monkee Chow Mien - 21 Oct 67

Monkee Mother - 28 Oct 67

Captain Crocodile 4 Nov 67

SECOND SEASON

Picture Frame - 18 Nov 67

A Nice Place to Visit - 25 Nov 67

Monkee Mayor - 2 Dec 67

Everywhere A Sheik Sheik - 9 Dec 67

Art For Monkee Sake - 16 Dec 67

Hitting The High Seas - 16 Dec 67

I Was A 99lb Weakling - 30 Dec 67

1968

Monkees Marooned - 6 Jan 68

A Coffin To Frequent - 13 Jan 68

Monkees In Texas - 20 Jan 68

Wild Monkees - 27 Jan 68

Hitting The High Seas - 3 Feb 68 - this could be a repeat or a misprint in the paper

Shot Gun Wedding - 10 Feb 68

Card Carrying Red Shoes - 17 Feb 68

Fairytale - 24 Feb 68

Monstrous Monkee Mash - 2 March 68

Monkees paw - 16 March 68

On The Wheel - 23 March 68

Fairytale - 30 March 68 - this could be a repeat or a misprint in the paper

Monkees Mind Their Manor - 6 April 68

Monkees In Paris - 13 April 68

Some Like It Lukewarm - 20 April 68 - this was the last new UK episode

The Monkees were featured on the front cover of the Radio Times for week 11 - 17 Feb 1967
(Volume 174 #2257)

Transmission Details
Number of episodes Shown: 56 episodes, b/w
Length: 30 mins.
UK telecast: 31 Dec 1966-13 June 1968 on BBC1 Sat around 6.15pm

Episodes of The Monkees not originally shown in UK were "The Monkees Watch Their Feet", "The Devil And Peter Tork", "The Monkees Race Again" (a.k.a. "Leave The Driving To Us"), "The Monkees Blow Their Minds", and "Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper").

A big thanks to Steven Bradley for providing additional info!


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