Stan's characters from the 'Black and White Minstrel Show'

Administrative / Biographical History

On Thusday September 10th 1959, Stan Stennett joined the Black and White Minstrel Show as Master of Ceremonies for the complete series of 16 shows.

The Black and White Minstrel Show was a British light entertainment show that ran on BBC television from 1958 to 1978 and was a popular stage show. It was a light entertainment and variety show presenting traditional American minstrel and country songs, as well as show and music hall numbers, usually performed in blackface, and with lavish costumes.

The show would be aired on BBC every fortnight for 45 minutes and would include parody versions of many well known and up to date songs and sketches.

In between runs the show would tour the country playing twice nightly to packed audiences and in 1969 entered the Guiness Book of Records as the stage show seen by the largest number of people.

By 1969 the television show figures frequently topped 18 million viewers.