I Was A Teenage Heartthrob

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01David Cassidy20121230

It's 1972. If you're a teenage girl, there is just one question: Donny or David? Because, as Jackie, the now iconic teenage magazine understood, you were true to one idol or the other. Now, journalist and broadcaster Nina Myskow, the former editor of Jackie, marks 40 years since Britain first fell for Donny Osmond and David Cassidy, both of whom had their first UK solo hits that year.

On consecutive evenings, these two programmes recreate the magic of the teenybop era and trace the path the stars' lives have since taken. The shows are underpinned by new, in-depth conversations with Myskow, who interviewed both artists in their heyday. The love affairs they started with the UK, 40 years ago, continue to this day: David visited the UK for shows in November, while Donny brings his full Las Vegas show with sister Marie here in January 2013.

Those erstwhile Jackie readers may now have granddaughters into Justin Bieber and daughters who worshipped Take That, but the enduring appeal of Jackie as a nostalgia brand was demonstrated by the recent sales of half million compilation books, plus 350,000 copies of the Jackie triple-CD, which included a fold-out double-sided poster with David on one side and Donny on the other.

In two lively slices of pop and social history, Nina examines the lives of the friendly rivals who became the poster boys of 70s pop, with vivid illustration from archive radio footage and the hits of that extraordinary era. The first idol in the spotlight is David Cassidy, who emerged from hit TV show The Partridge Family to have his first UK hit single with the double-sided Could It Be Forever and Cherish, in the spring of 1972.

David speaks candidly about how he struggled to deal with the hero-worship of millions of fans; his difficult relationship with his father, who was jealous of his son's success; how he rebuilt his career with the love of his life; and how John Lennon became his friend and mentor. We also hear the personal message he recorded for Jackie readers.

02 LASTDonny Osmond20121231

It's 1972. If you're a teenage girl, there is just one question: Donny or David? Because, as Jackie, the now iconic teenage magazine understood, you were true to one idol or the other. Now, journalist and broadcaster Nina Myskow, the former editor of Jackie, marks 40 years since Britain first fell for Donny Osmond and David Cassidy, both of whom had their first UK solo hits that year.

On consecutive evenings, these two programmes recreate the magic of the teenybop era and trace the path the stars' lives have since taken. The shows are underpinned by new, in-depth conversations with Myskow, who interviewed both artists in their heyday. The love affairs they started with the UK, 40 years ago, continue to this day: David visited the UK for shows in November, while Donny brings his full Las Vegas show with sister Marie here in January 2013.

In two lively slices of pop and social history, Nina examines the lives of the friendly rivals who became the poster boys of 70s pop, with vivid illustration from archive radio footage and the hits of that extraordinary era. The second idol in the spotlight is Donny Osmond. Nina recalls how Donny, already a US star with his brothers, soon followed David into the UK chart and the hearts of his young admirers with the summer hit of 72, Puppy Love.

Donny self-effacingly describes his affectionately competitive relationship with Marie, his memories about those early British visits, and remembers how he donned a false moustache and wig to go on a date with his now wife (choosing the less than private location of an airport to meet her). We also find out how seeing a keepsake of those times moves him literally to tears.