Do you want to be a star? Boys 12-19: THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!”

When casting for if…., they ran this ad (January 1968? The source is a bit unclear but round about then) in The Times, the Telegraph and yes, MELODY MAKER!

(Actually they only found one actor this way – he played Peanuts the beanpole boffin – and he wasn’t one of the two boystars that got made, McDowell and Robin Askwith. Anyway, good to see the Maker acknowledged in its right company even back in the 60s!!)