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Kaleidoscope uncover treasure trove of lost Pan’s People performances

A ‘treasure trove’ of steamy Top of the Pops performances by TV dance troupe Pan’s People is set to get men’s pulses racing once more — after being lost for over 40 years.

In an era before pop videos, the all-female group’s sultry routines to chart toppers of the day gave millions of dads a reason to tune in to the BBC’s flagship music show every week.

Yet despite being a staple of the programme for nearly a decade, the majority of Pans People appearances no longer exist — wiped by the BBC, along with hundreds of vintage editions of Tops of the Pops, in the late 1970s.

But now a dozen “sorely missed” Pans People performances — to hits by pop stars including T.Rex, Barry White, Elton John, The Jackson 5 and Diana Ross — can be seen again, after being uncovered in a music producer’s private collection.

The long-lost clips — choreographed by Felicity “Flick” Colby and featuring well-remembered Pan’s People dancers including Patricia “Dee Dee” Wilde, Louise Clarke, Ruth Pearson and Barbara “Babs” Lord — will be screened by Midlands-based TV research organisation Kaleidoscope at a special event in June.

Wilde, who hopes to be attending the one-day event on June 1, says it will be an “exciting if poignant experience” watching the clips since co-founders Colby and Clarke have both died in the last two years.

She said: “Considering that Pan’s People danced on Top of the Pops week in, week out, for so many years, it’s such a pity that most of our routines have been lost, wiped by the BBC back in the 70s.

“To hear that some of them have now been recovered thanks to a collector recording them himself and keeping the tapes all these years really is wonderful. Often we never even saw them go out as we were so busy.

“I can’t wait to see them again and it’s just so sad that neither Flick nor Louise are with us to enjoy their rediscovery too.”

The rare clips, dating from between 1973 and ’75 and featuring Pan’s People dancing to hits such as Truck On Tyke by T.Rex, (For You) I’ll Do Anything You Want Me To by Barry White, Island Girl by Elton John, I Want You Back by Jackson 5 and All Of My Life by Diana Ross, were tracked down in the collection of record producer and songwriter Ian Levine.

Other “significant” finds include dance routines to Dance With The Devil by legendary rock drummer Cozy Powell, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman Turner Overdrive and Rhythm And Blue Jean Baby by Lynsey De Paul.

Kaleidoscope spokesperson Chris Perry said: “This is a major find of missing Pan’s People performances in great condition not held by the BBC, Pan’s People or anyone else.

“Ian recorded the clips off the TV back in the 1970s using an early video recorder, and the tapes had sat unused on his shelf until donated to Kaleidoscope last year.

“We’ve received a huge haul of 20,000 tapes from Ian which we are currently cataloguing. We’ve also recently come across an almost complete Top of the Pops missing from the archives from 1976 so who knows what else is waiting to be found!”

Pan’s People expert Mike Morton, who will be releasing a biography of the dance troupe next year, added: “All in all this is a remarkable collection that manages to capture all the excitement and energy that made Top Of The Pops the greatest music show on television.

“Watching Pan’s People dance to the T.Rex hit ‘Truck On Tyke’, for example, is such a treat as no footage exists anywhere in the world of that particular Marc Bolan song, while they look like five sexy dream-catchers with feathers hanging from their waists in an electric performance alongside Cozy Powell.”

Pan’s People first appeared on Top of the Pops in 1968, four years after the programme was first aired, dancing to US Male by Elvis Presley.

They also appeared on other TV shows of the era including Lulu, The John Denver Show and The Two Ronnies.

Their last Top of the Pops appearance was in April 1976, dancing to Silver Star by The Four Seasons, but the troupe remained popular after leaving. During this period Sarah Brightman, who later married composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, was briefly a member.

For more information on Kaleidoscope’s The Ballroom! event on June 1, visit www.kaleidoscope.org.uk

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Lost Rolling Stones Top of the Pops footage discovered

PRECIOUS CLIPS of The Rolling Stones perfoming 19th Nervous Breakdown on Top of the Pops has been unearthed by Wiped News’s resident columnist Ray Langstone.

Ray – who writes the Raider of the Lost Archive column – found the footage from the wiped performance in a 1966 BBC documentary on women’s mental health, “WOMEN,WOMEN,WOMEN: COMING TO TERMS”, which still resides in the BBC archives.

The rediscovered footage consists of two short clips from the lost Top of the Pops appearance, broadcast 03/02/66, totalling 33 seconds in total.

It features in new BBC Two programme The Rolling Stones at the BBC, which “celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones by delving into the vaults of archive material for a decade by decade retrospective of the band’s greatest hits”.

You can also see the clips of 19th Nervous Breakdown below.

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John Henshall to appear at Kaleidoscope music-themed summer event

CLASSIC TV organisation Kaleidoscope has announces the schedule for its summer event, which will be focusing around music on television.

The special guest at the event, taking place on Saturday, June 9, in Stourbridge, will be John Henshall – a pioneering cameraman and director of photography who had a long association with many top musical acts.

Henshall is an avid collector of archive television material – the recently recovered Top of the Pops clip of David Bowie performing The Jean Genie came from him – and Kaleidoscope have been busy cataloguing the missing TV treasures within his collection, some of which will be screened at the forthcoming event.

The full schedule for the free event is below.

LIFT OFF AT THE TALBOT!

Saturday 9th June 2012, 12:00 – 7:00 pm
Function Suite, The Talbot Hotel,
High Street, Stourbridge,
West Midlands DY8 1DW, UK
Free Admission

THE MAIN STAGE

* 12:00 pm The opening of Channel Four. Following months of test transmissions, the opening moments of Britain’s fourth terrestrial television channel.
* 12:05 pm Russell Harty Plus Pop. The popular presenter is joined by top musical acts of the day. Featuring Gary Glitter, Alan Price, Wizzard, Elton John, The Who, Mary Wilde, Cliff Richard, Albert Hammond, Chris Jagger, Ronnie Laine and Slim Chance, David Essex, Rod Stewart and David Bowie (TX: 19/01/1974).
* 1:00 pm Top of the Pops – 22/11/1973. Jimmy Savile introduces the edition from 22nd November 1973 with Alvin Stardust – My Coo Ca Choo, Barry Blue – Do You Wanna Dance, Cliff Richard – Take Me High, Donny Osmond – When I Fall In Love, Mud – Dynamite, Roxy Music – Street Life, New Seekers – You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me, Gary Glitter – I Love You Love Me Love live in the studio and recordings of Eddie Kendricks – Keep On Truckin’, Mott The Hoople – Roll Away The Stone and Wings – Helen Wheels. This 16mm telerecording was found at the National Film Archive in 2011 (TX: 22/11/1973).
* 1:30 pm Today. Recovered from a Philips 1500 cassette held by David Hamilton. Tommy Vance, Jonathan King and David Hamilton discuss the music business frankly in this extract from 1975 (TX: 18/06/1975).
* 1:45 pm Break
* 2:00 pm Guest Panel – John Henshall: Life Through a Lens. The pioneering cameraman and director of photography who invented many of the leading optical effects used in musical performances on television talks about his career and extensive personal collection of classic appearances.
* 3.00 pm Afternoon Tea
* 3:30 pm The John Henshall Years – volume one – John’s collection is packed with rare pop material, missing programmes and fascinating television trivia. John didn’t just collect music, he also kept variety shows, drama, adverts and continuity. This compilation contains the first dip into John’s personal vault.
* 4:30 pm Galaxy. An untransmitted music show made by John Henshall and Mike Mansfield, with Kenny Everett as the DJ and appearances by Average White Band, E.L.O., Hot Chocolate, Catherine Howe, Grace Jones, Peter Straker and Sweet plus ABBA and David Bowie on video (TX: 19/08/1980).
* 5:30 pm Lift Off with Ayshea. A rare treat as we are pleased to present this 1972 edition missing from official archives. Ayshea Brough is joined by The Feet, John Pontry, Christie and The Tremeloes. Fred Barker is voiced by Ivan Owen, Mr Basil Brush himself (TX: 13/12/1972).
* 6:00 pm Top of the Pops – 18/11/1971. Jimmy Savile introduces the edition from 18th November 1971 with Cliff Richard – Sing A Song Of Freedom, Gilbert O’Sullivan – No Matter How I Try, Jason & Jerome – Santa Monica Sunshine, Labi Siffre – It Must Be Love, Olivia Newton-John – Banks Of The Ohio and Slade – Coz I Luv You live in the studio and Pan’s People dancing to The Who – Let’s See Action. Also featuring recordings of Cher – Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves, John Kongos – Tokoloshe Man, T.Rex – Jeepster, and Piglets – Johnny Reggae. This recording now held by the BBC originated on the Philips 1500 format (TX: 18/11/1971).
* 6:35 pm The Bonzos on Bob Pratt. Two performances (of Noises for the Leg) from Ten Years of What? (TX: 28/12/1969).
* 6:50 pm Closedown – Dudley Moore plays us out in a 1976 Parkinson appearance.

THE DANCE FLOOR

* 12:00 pm Oscar Peterson Words and Music. Oscar Peterson appears with Niels Henning Pedersen, Martin Drew, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Richard Rodney Bennett, Louie Bellson, Laurie Holloway, Alan Walley and Alan Ganley in this BBC2 programme (TX: 13/11/1980).
* 1:00 pm It’s Little Richard. The legendary entertainer appears with The Shirelles and Sounds Incorporated in this Granada programme from 1964 (TX: 08/01/1964).
* 1:45 pm One In Ten. Sandy Denny appears in this BBC2 programme from 1971 (TX: 15/09/1971).
* 2:00 pm Good Evening, Salford. BBC2 music and entertainment show featuring Vincent Kane, Tony Warren, Freddie Davies, Arlene Phillips, Wayne Chuck Allen, St Winifred’s School Choir, Bryan And Michael, Hot Gossip and Northern Radio Orchestra (TX: 30/07/1979).
* 2:40 pm Ed and Zed – Ed Stewart and Zed The Robot are joined by Peter Noone, Herman’s Hermits and Roger Spear’s Giant Kenetic Wardrobe in this BBC children’s show from 1970 (TX: 19/12/197).
* 3:00 pm Top of the Pops. A real rarity, an untransmitted and re-versioned pilot from 1980. Peter Powell and B.A. Robertson were the DJs on this edition where Paul McCartney, Darts and Olivia Newton-John appeared only on pop videos. Other bands were identified as being live on the show, but crew stood in their places pretending to be the real musicians. Legs & Co. appeared live, performing a proper dance routine in groovy legwarmers!
* 3:30 pm Johnnie Ray Sings – An ATV show with Johnnie Ray, missing from official archives (TX: 29/06/1959).
* 4:00 pm Price to Play – The Alan Price Set and Chris Barber feature in this BBC1 production from 1968, held on 625-line black and white videotape (TX: 29/07/1968).
* 4:30 pm Look! Hear! Well remembered music show from BBC Birmingham featuring Black Sabbath, Patrick Murphy, John Holmes, Chris Phipps, Roy Palmer, Martin Briggs and The Coventry Mummers (TX: 06/01/1978).
* 5:00 pm The Great British Pop Machine. Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders present Bros, Kim Wilde, Erasure, Bananarama, Eurythmics, Wet Wet Wet, Joe Elliott, Brother Beyond and Yazz in this Granada show from Christmas 1988 (TX: 25/12/1988).
* 6:00 pm Rock Around The Docks – Episode 1. Gary Davies introduces Ruby Turner, Spandau Ballet, Feargal Sharkey, Run DMC, The Damned, Five Star, Cameo, Chaka Khan, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, UB40, Status Quo, Dee C. Lee, Dan Hatman, The Style Council and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in this Granada production from New Year’s Day 1986 (TX: 01/01/1986)
* 7:00 pm Closedown

All material at Kaleidoscope events is screened with the permission of the copyright holders. Programmes and timings may be subject to change before the day. Guests appear subject to professional and personal commitments.

In 2012 Kaleidoscope is supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution once again.

The Talbot Hotel is offering a special room rate for anyone coming to Kaleidoscope events, so if you wish to stay the night before or after the event, please mention Kaleidoscope when booking. Telephone 01384 394350  or visit  www.thetalbot-hotel.co.uk.

Full details of this event and Kaleidoscope’s other activities can always be found on their website: www.kaleidoscope.org.uk.

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Pete Murray joins Kaleidoscope for music-themed TV event

VETERAN DISC jockey and TV presenter Pete Murray is to make his final public appearance this June, at a celebration of vintage TV and music.

Pete Murray

Pete Murray

BBC Radio 1 original Murray, 85, will be joined by fellow DJs Mike Read, Ed Stewart and ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton at the one-day event, organised by classic TV research organisation Kaleidoscope.

Junior Campbell of sixties Scottish pop rockers Marmalade will also be there to introduce some vintage appearances by the Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da chart-toppers.

TV highlights at the event, taking place on Saturday, June 4, will include screenings of a previously-missing edition of Top of the Pops from 1976, a long-lost performance by Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, and the sole surviving episode of 1968’s Discs A Go Go.

The full line-up is as follows:

THE MAIN ROOM

* 12:00 pm Thames television start up film.

* 12:10 pm Music Peter – a special compilation of musical highlights from fifty years of Blue Peter. Acts include the Merseybeats, Girls Aloud, ABBA, Musical Youth, Slade and The Goodies.

* 1:00 pm Top of the Pops – this recovered 1976 edition is presented by Noel Edmonds and also features performances by Billy Ocean, Marmalade, Guys ‘N’ Dolls, The Walker Brothers and Electric Light Orchestra. A domestic Philips N1500 video recording of the show was purchased from an internet auction site by a consortium including classic TV organisation Kaleidoscope in December 2010 (TX: 12/02/1976).

* 1:30 pm Junior Campbell introduces highlights from performances he did with Marmalade. Guest Junior Campbell looks back on a couple of editions of Anatomy of Pop and an edition of Television Club called “Making a Record”. He was also in Jock and Roll from 1982 which includes some of the Anatomy of Pop material of Marmalade. Marmalade appearances include Julie Felix (TX: 03/05/1970) and It’s Lulu (TX: 25/07/1970). The presentation will be followed by a short question and answer session with the audience.

* 2:00 pm Break

* 2:15 pm Guest Panel – DJ Heaven. Kaleidoscope are delighted to welcome old friends and new to today’s panel celebrating the art of the disc jockey. Mike Read, Ed Stewart and Pete Murray are interviewed by David Hamilton. This is Pete Murray’s last ever public appearance and it will be filmed by ITV local news. The panel will be illustrated by clips including Crackerjack, Saturday Superstore, Six Five Special and Pete Murray appearing in Maigret as an actor.

* 3:45 pm Afternoon Tea accompanied by a Quantel demo tape from 1979. This remarkable technology became a staple of pop shows in the eighties and makes for fascinating background wallpaper.

* 4:15 pm Sing Me a Fantasy – A one off musical film from TWW, believed wiped until it was found at Ulster Television in 2010. Featuring Tony Crane, Kenny Lynch, Joan Savage, The Jay Gee Dancers and The Millerman Orchestra (TX: 03/03/1968).

* 4:45 pm Top of the Pops – material from 1967-68 recovered by the National Film and Television Archive. Acts appearing including Pink Floyd.

* 5:00 pm Discs A Go Go – the only recorded edition of TWW’s pop show. This one-off Bristol Special is hosted by Tony Blackburn and features The Symbols, Paul and Barry Ryan, Tomorrow, Keith West, Steve Howe, Solomon King, The Gojos, Samantha Lee, Engelbert Humperdinck and Bob Miller and the Millermen (TX: 02/03/1968).

* 6:00 pm See You Sunday – a selection of musical performances from the 1974 BBC religious show that featured many well known contemporary pop groups.

* 6:30 pm Time for Blackburn – join compere Tony Blackburn for this Southern Television show featuring The Who. Produced and directed by Mike Mansfield with Johnny Pearson as musical director. The programme includes original off-air continuity (TX: 26/10/1968).

* 7:00 pm Closedown – from Thames Television, featuring Barbara Dickson.

THE BAR

* 12:00 pm The Bacharach Sound – this Granada programme survives as uncut studio sequences only. Composer Burt Bacharach is joined by Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, The Searchers, The Merseybeats, Chuck Jackson and Hal David (TX: 14/04/1965).

* 1:00 pm Doing Their Thing – Labi Siffre.

* 1:30 pm Pop Quiz – Episode 6. Mike Read hosts the show where teams of musicians test their knowledge of the music scene. Featuring Phil Lynott, Paul Nicholas, Gary Tibbs, Chas Chandler, Hazel O’Connor and Nicky Tesco. This 1-inch videotape was written off by the BBC Archives and scrapped before transfer, but Kaleidoscope have paid for an outside contractor to restore it and make a new Digibeta copy (TX: 08/08/1981).

* 2:00 pm Cliff! – Cliff Richard and The Shadows are joined by The Vernon Girls, Jack Parnell and His Orchestra and Petula Clark in this ATV production (TX: 16/02/1961).

* 2:30 pm Pop Goes Guy Fawkes – Granada special from 1983 featuring Roman Holliday, Spandau Ballet, The Flying Pickets, Culture Club, Carmel and Dave Edmunds. Presented by Gary Byrd and Bob Carolgees (TX: 05/11/1983).

* 3:30 pm D’Abo – an untransmitted BBC pilot presented by Michael D’Abo with Derek Griffiths. Recorded on 30/07/1971.

* 4:00 pm The Old Grey Whistle Test – an edition from Christmas Eve 1980 featuring Ian Dury and the Blockheads (TX: 24/12/1980).

* 5:00 pm Jazz Scene… at the Ronnie Scott Club. The Clarke-Boland Big Band, Guitar Workshop, The Miles Davis Quintet, The Stéphane Grapelli-Teddy Wilson Quartet, Sarah Vaughan and Her Trio, The Charlie Shavers Quartet, The Oscar Peterson Trio, The Gary Burton Quartet, The Stars Of Faith and Buddy Rich and His Orchestra are introduced by Ronnie Scott himself for this BBC show (TX: 26/12/1969).

* 6:00 pm On The Road – an untransmitted edition from the 1979 Granada series devoted to singer-songwriter Kate Bush.

* 7:00 pm Closedown

  • The Kaleidoscope summer event takes place at The Talbot Hotel, High Street, Stourbridge, on Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 12-7pm. Admission is free and all proceeds from the day will be going to Kaleidoscope’s chosen charity for 2011, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. For more information, visit www.kaleidoscope.org.uk.

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Lost Top Of The Pops Featuring Lesley Judd Found

A MISSING episode of Top of the Pops featuring Blue Peter presenter Lesley Judd dancing with Pan’s People has been recovered from eBay.

TOP OF THE POPS (tx 12/02/76)
Presented by Noel Edmonds
CHART POSITION
MARMALADE
‘Falling Apart At The Seams’
New
BARBARA DICKSON
‘Answer Me’
#9
THE WALKER BROTHERS
‘No Regrets’
#7
BILLY OCEAN
‘Love Really Hurts Without You’
New
THE O’JAYS
‘I Love Music’ (danced to by Pan’s People)
#30
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
‘Evil Woman’
New
GUYS ‘N’ DOLLS‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ New
THE SURPRISE SISTERS
‘La Booga Rooga’
New
DAVID RUFFIN
‘Walk Away From Love’ (video)
#10
MANUEL & THE MUSIC OF THE MOUNTAINS ‘Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto De Aranjuez (Theme From 2nd Movement)’ (Pan’s People) #8
SLIK
‘Forever And Ever’
#1

The recovered 1976 edition is presented by Noel Edmonds and also features performances by Billy Ocean, Marmalade, Guys ‘N’ Dolls, The Walker Brothers and Electric Light Orchestra.

A domestic Philips N1500 video recording of the show was purchased from the internet auction site by a consortium including classic TV organisation Kaleidoscope in December.

Despite being 34 years old, the tape is said to “play perfectly”.

The episode, broadcast on February 12, 1976, is particularly notable for the only appearance of then Blue Peter presenter Lesley Judd with Pan’s People.

Judd, a former dancer, performed a routine to top 10 single ‘Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto De Aranjuez (Theme From 2nd Movement)’ with the regular TOTP troupe.

A recording of the rehearsal for the song – which reached number 3 in the charts and proved to be the biggest hit for orchestra Manuel & The Music Of The Mountains – appeared on the next edition of Blue Peter, transmitted February 16, 1976.

Though the children’s show was retained in the BBC archives, the corporation wiped the TOTP episode. Prior to the recovery, all that survived were clips of ELO and Guys ‘N’ Dolls.

Chris Perry of volunteer group Kaleidoscope described the find as “one in a million”.

He said: “Nine times out of ten when old tapes turn up for sale on eBay they are just junk and a waste of money.

“But in a rare case of it actually being correctly labelled, we recovered a 1500 cassette containing the missing TOTP advertised. That’s a one in a million chance.”

The episode will now feature in a forthcoming Kaleidoscope music-themed event set to take place in June, when it will officially be handed to the BBC.

Below are some stills from the recovered episode:
 
 
 

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New Raymond Of The Lost Archive Column

WIPED NEW’S resident columnist Ray gets the New Year off to a great start with news of a number of clips from missing shows featuring Georgie Fame, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Gerry Rafferty and… Bill Oddie – Raymond of the Lost Archive 8#.

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Kaleidoscope Christmas Event and Grand Charity Auction 2010

Kaleidoscope Christmas LogoTHE LINE-UP for the next Kaleidoscope event has been announced.

Highlights for the Christmas event, taking place this Saturday, November 27, include screenings of a vintage seasonal episode of Top of the Pops and Margaret Rutherford TV play The Two Wise Virgins of Hove.

It will be taking place at the Talbot Hotel in Stourbridge, West Midlands, from 12noon until 7pm.

The schedule will also include classic TV organisation Kaleidoscope’s Grand Charity Auction 2010, with proceeds going to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Entry is free.

Kaleidoscope Christmas Event schedule:

* 12:00 pm Southern Television start-up – the station opener for New Year’s Eve 1981.

* 12:05 pm Family Fortunes – “Give Us a Clue v It Ain’t Half Hot Mum”. Festive celebrity edition of the long running gameshow hosted by Bob Monkhouse, featuring Michael Aspel, Lionel Blair, Una Stubbs, Roy Kinnear, Anna Dawson, Windsor Davies, Melvyn Hayes, Donald Hewlett, John Clegg and Michael Knowles (TX: 26/12/1981).

* 12:45 pm The Two Wise Virgins of Hove – A vintage Anglia play especially for Christmas starring Margaret Rutherford as a woman who has a vision which sends her on a journey of discovery that changes her life forever (405-line conversion, TX: 22/12/1960).

* 1:35 pm Jackanory – “The Studio Ghost”. The much loved storytelling series for children brightened many a Christmas in years gone by. Here, Christopher Biggins tells the story and William Rushton features at the Ghost.

* 2:00 pm Break

* 2:15 pm Kaleidoscope Grand Charity Auction 2010 – a selection of items donated by our guests, supporters and attendees throughout the year are up for grabs in our annual charity auction, with all proceeds going to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Please note we will be accepting bids in person only.

* 3:15 pm Break

* 3:55 pm Christmas Oneupmanship – adapted by Barry Took from a series of spoof self-help books by Stephen Potter, Richard Briers, Peter Jones and Frederick Jaeger star in this comedy from Christmas 1974 (TX: 19/12/1974).

* 4:25 pm In Memoriam 2010. Kaleidoscope’s own special tribute to those from the television industry who have passed away during 2010.

* 4:35 pm Cinderella – The Shoe Must Go On – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the fun of a pantomime and here the story of Cinderella is brought to life by an exceptional all-star cast including Danny La Rue, Brian Murphy, Faith Brown, Cheryl Baker, Basil Brush, Roy Hudd, Mike Reid, Roy Kinnear, Les Dennis, Caroline Munro, William Rushton, Bob Carolgees, Shaw Taylor and Jim Bowen! Written by Barry Cryer and Dick Vosburgh (TX: 25/12/1986).

* 6:10 pm Top of the Pops – The edition from Christmas Eve 1981 featuring Wizzard – “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”, Adam & The Ants – “Ant Rap”, Elvis Costello – “Sweet Dreams”, Bucks Fizz – “The Land Of Make Believe”, Kool & The Gang – “Get Down On It”, ABBA – “One Of Us”, Altered Images – “I Could Be Happy”, Dollar – “Mirror Mirror” and The Human League – “Don’t You Want Me” (TX: 24/12/1981).

* 6:45 pm The Wombles play us out as usual (TX: 24/12/1974), followed by Closedown – a BBC1 end of evening animation from from Christmas Day 1985.

  • Kaleidoscope Christmas Event and Grand Charity Auction takes place on November 27, 2010, 12noon – 7pm, in the Function Suite, The Talbot Hotel, High Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1DW. Visit www.kaleidoscope.org.uk

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