This Is Tom Jones

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This Is Tom Jones
Directed byJon Scoffield
StarringTom Jones
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes65
Running time60 minutes
Original networkATV Midlands (UK), ABC (USA)
Picture formatNTSC (USA), PAL(UK)
Original release7 February 1969 (1969-02-07) – 15 January 1971 (1971-01-15)
Followed byTom Jones (TV series)

This Is Tom Jones was an ATV variety series starring Tom Jones. The series was exported to the United States by ITC Entertainment and was networked there by ABC.

The series ran between 1969 and 1971 to total 65 color episodes. Jones was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Actor In a Television Series - Musical or Comedy" in 1969.[1]

The show also featured comedy sketches by the Ace Trucking Company improvisational group, featuring Fred Willard and Patti Deutsch, among others.

Guest appearances[edit]

The show featured guest appearances by many top actors, comedians and singers of the time, including Nancy Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Mary Hopkin, Peter Sellers, Liza Minnelli, Janis Joplin, Cher, Dusty Springfield, Sérgio Mendes, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, The 5th Dimension, and Bob Hope.

Episode guide[edit]

1st Season[edit]

2nd Season[edit]

3rd Season[edit]

Rights dispute[edit]

In recent years, distribution rights to the show have been the subject of litigation, in relation to the original license holder, C/F International. For example, as of December, 2004, C/F International was a secured judgement creditor of Classic World Productions and it principal, Darryl Payne, for approximately one million dollars, and was the principal secured creditor at the time of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by the company, six months later. C/F International's action against Classic World Productions and owner Darryl Payne was based on unpaid royalties in relation to "This Is Tom Jones", and related recordings.[2] The 1969-1971 "This Is Tom Jones" television shows are currently sold by Time-Life, rather than by Classic World Productions or C/F International.[3]

Home video releases[edit]

A triple-DVD compilation of performances from the show, subtitled Rock 'n' Roll Legends, was released by Time Life on 26 June 2007, having previously been issued, in various forms, by Classic World Productions, it features performances from Richard Pryor, Mary Hopkin, Peter Sellers, The Who, Burt Bacharach, Anne Bancroft, Glen Campbell, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Big Jim Sullivan, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder, Bob Hope and Aretha Franklin. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were featured in early promotional copies, but these were withdrawn when rights issues prevented their performance being released; Little Richard was substituted for the final copies.

Another triple-DVD compilation of performances from the show, subtitled Legendary Performers, was released by Time Life on 12 February 2008, it features performances from Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, David Steinberg, Liza Minnelli, Rich Little, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash and June Carter.


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