It was the first and last time that John would host TOTP in any capacity until 25 December 1981.
Clive Selwood, Peel's long-time friend and manager, recalls in All The Moves (But None Of The Licks) (pg. 101) the kindness of Jimmy Savile on the day of Peel's debut on the show: "In rehearsals John mentioned that he had first seen one of the scheduled groups when he had been working in California, and Jimmy suggested that John omit that piece of information on the basis that most of the audience had never ventured further than Morecombe. A decent gesture to help a television novice."
But as Sheila, Peel's wife, recounts in Margrave Of The Marshes (pg. 254), the show still didn't go too well: "He was supposed to say 'And here's the latest happening platter from Amen Corner' - or words to that effect. But nothing came to mind, least of all the band's name; he had gone blank. As John tiptoed towards the exit after the show finished, the producer spotted him, stamped over and hissed, 'I'll make sure you never work in television again.' These were among the most wonderfully thrilling words John had ever heard, since he had no desire to set the world of television aflame with his talent."
Love Affair – Everlasting Love (and chart rundown) (1 in the chart as of the date of broadcast)
The recording of this show is believed to have been destroyed by the BBC. The following clips of songs and artists that had appeared on the 01 February 1968 show are actually from the 15 February 1968 show and are included here to give a feeling of how the show looked at this time.