The Five O'Clock Club (1963)

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Produced by Associated Redifussion, the twice-weekly British children's variety program The Five O'Clock Club was a continuation of the earlier series Lucky Dip. Although a group of "human" hosts were ostensibly in charge, the most popular characters were a collection of wisecracking puppets. Eventually, two of these characters, Ollie Beak (a bird) and Fred Barker (a dog), emerged as the stars of the proceedings, and accordingly the series' title was changed to Ollie and Fred's Five O'Clock Club. In addition to the 120 half-hour episodes telecast between 1963 and 1966, the series also yielded a short-lived 1965 spin-off, Five O'Clock Funfair.