Tom Jones

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  • 1997
  • 1 Season
  • 7.9  (116)

Tom Jones was a music variety television series starring Welsh singer Tom Jones that aired on BBC from 1969 to 1971. Spanning across 3 seasons and nearly 50 episodes, the show featured Jones performing many of his hit songs live in front of a studio audience, as well as comedy sketches, celebrity guest appearances, and musical guests.

Filmed at the BBC Television Theatre in London, each episode opened with Jones appearing on an elaborate set resembling a dense forest or jungle, bursting through the foliage to perform his opening number. He would continue singing throughout the show, treating viewers to renditions of popular tracks like "It's Not Unusual", "What's New Pussycat", and "Delilah". His powerful vocals and charismatic stage presence captivated audiences, who appreciated seeing the artist in an intimate, live setting instead of a packed stadium or concert hall.

In addition to the music, Tom Jones incorporated comedic skits and sketches featuring Jones himself and other cast members. These often poked fun at Jones's sex symbol status or parodied popular television shows and films of the era. Frequently appearing were Kenny Lynch, as Jones's cheeky sidekick, and Joan Sims, playing his wife. The sketches provided moments of levity between the musical performances.

Each episode also featured one or two celebrity guest stars, such as Eartha Kitt, Cassius Clay, and Peter Sellers. These guests would exchange banter and jokes with Jones, participate in the comedy bits, and occasionally sing a duet with him. Having major stars and entertainment figures on the show added to its allure for audiences.

The other key component of Tom Jones was the additional music acts the show presented. While Jones was the headliner, each episode included performances by 3 or 4 guest musicians, ranging from rock, pop, folk, and R&B artists. Some of the many guests included Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Aretha Franklin. Getting to see these iconic singers and bands share the stage with Tom Jones made for an exciting, concert-like atmosphere.

By blending together Jones's live singing, humorous sketches, celebrity appearances, and musical guests, Tom Jones provided a thrilling display of top-drawer talent for viewers. Jones was an engaging, magnetic host who shone in the spotlight. His vocal mastery, sex appeal, and charisma made him perfectly suited to front this musical variety extravaganza. Though only lasting 3 seasons before ending in 1971, Tom Jones ultimately cemented its star's reputation as one of the most talented and dynamic showmen of his era. For audiences, it was an unforgettable showcase of the Welsh crooner's voice, charm, and showmanship.

Tom Jones is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on November 9, 1997.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
December 7, 1997
Tom falls foul of a press gang hired by the evil Lord Fellamar (Peter Capaldi, "Doctor Who"). Incest, sex, violence and plenty more shenanigans will happen before Tom reaches Sophia.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
December 7, 1997
With all the characters having entered into a finely balanced web of misunderstandings, schemings and rompings, Tom is now faced with a sinful lowness of fortune. This final episode resolves all in a torrent of uncovered truths and happy endings.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
November 30, 1997
Tom falls into fashionable company and Sophia is the object of the unwarranted affections of Lord Fellmar. She is saved by the arrival of her father but Bilfil is still pursuing her hand in marriage.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
November 23, 1997
Sophia is hotly pursued by Tom on the road to London and both face perils along the way. They encounter a lecherous puppeteer, scheming Harriet Fitzpatrick and voracious Lady Bellaston before being reunited.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
November 16, 1997
Having left home, Tom Jones gets caught up in a Jacobite rebellion, while his love Sophia attempts to escape the threat of marriage to Mr Blifil. At the White Heart Inn a case of mistaken identity causes confusion.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
November 9, 1997
Abandoned at birth, Tom Jones is adopted by kindly Squire Allworthy. He grows up and falls in love with Sophia Western, daughter of neighbor Squire Western. Unfortunately, she is already betrothed to Blifil and Tom is forced to leave home to seek his fortune in the outside world.
Where to Watch Tom Jones
Tom Jones is available for streaming on the BBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Tom Jones on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    November 9, 1997
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (116)