It’s hard to believe that some of the BBC’s most popular programmes were once broadcast from a converted Wesleyan Chapel in Rusholme.

Top of the Pops, Ken Dodd and the Diddymen and Dee Time were all produced at the Dickenson Road studios from 1963 to 1971.

The former chapel was also the home of Film Studios Manchester from 1947 and Mancunian Film Studios from 1954.

How well do you remember Dickenson Road or the stars who recorded there? Why not test your knowledge in our weekly nostalgia quiz and compare your score with friends?

Many of the questions in our quizzes are based on Clive Hardy’s Around Manchester books from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They’re packed with memories and unmissable pictures from the M.E.N. archive.

The books are on sale now for £14.99 including postage and packing. Just go to inostalgia.co.uk or ring 01928 503777 to place your order.
 

In which year was the BBC’s flagship music programme Top of the Pops first broadcast live from the Dickenson Road studios?

Top of the Pops producer Johnnie Stewart with the Gojos dance trio, December 1964
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Ken Dodd and the Diddymen, pictured, filmed a number of TV shows at Dickenson Road. A popular singer himself, which of Dodd’s singles was the first to go to Number One in the UK charts?

Ken Dodd and his Diddymen filming at Dickenson Road, November 1968
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Jamaican singer Millie Small performed the first bluebeat single to reach the UK Top Ten at Dickenson Road in May 1964. What was the song called?

Bluebeat singer Millie Small, February 1965
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French actress and singer Francoise Hardy, pictured, appeared on TOTP in May 1965. In 1966, she starred in which famous motor racing film with James Garner and Yves Montand?

French singer Francoise Pascal relaxing in Rusholme, May 1965
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American singer Brenda Lee performed live at Dickenson Road in August 1964. She notched up more hits in the 1960s than any other solo female vocalist. What was her first US Number One, achieved in 1960?

Brenda Lee appearing on Top of the Pops in Manchester, August 1964
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The motion picture Cup-Tie Honeymoon, starring Sandy Powell, was filmed at Dickenson Road in 1948. Which future Coronation Street star played the female lead?

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Broadcaster Simon Dee broke the mould for chat show interviews with his weekly live programme Dee Time. What famous British car featured in the show’s iconic opening sequence?

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A Manchester model became famous in the 1960s as the ‘disc girl’ on TOTP. In 1968, she married Micky Dolenz of the Monkees after meeting him on the show. What is her name?

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The original four presenters of TOTP were Jimmy Saville, David Jacobs, Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman and who else?

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Salford band the Hollies often filmed at Dickenson Road. In which year was their first UK Number One single, I’m Alive, released?

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