After sixteen years of recorded television broadcasts, in 1976, the Royal Variety Performance was broadcast live on television for the first time, and held in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother.

Lena peforms "Chim Chim Cher-ee", "When You Wish Upon A Star", "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", and "It's Not Where You Start It's Where You Finish". She then chats with Max Bygraves, who jokes that she looks like the then President-elect, Jimmy Carter.

BBC Grnome
The Royal Variety Performance - Part 1 at 19.50
The Royal Variety Performance - Part 2 at 21.40
Royal Variety Charity
1976, London Palladium
SingerShirley Bassey
SingerGilbert Becaud
EntertainerMax Bygraves
EntertainerDawson Chance
VentriloquistRoger de Courcey
DancersThe Dance Theatre of Harlem
ComedianWayne King
ComedianTom O'Connor
MusiciansLos Reales del Paraguay
ImpressionistMike Yarwood
SingerLena Zavaroni
MusiciansThe London Palladium Orchestra
ConductorGordon Rose
CommentaryRay Moore
Stage production presented byLord Delfont
In association withReg Swinson, MBE
LightingTommy Thomas
SoundChris Holcombe
Staged byRobert Nesbitt
Television PresentationStewart Morris