BLUE PETERDance/performance number 192 by Legs & Co ________________________________________________________________
Performed byMike Oldfieldreaching number 16 in the UK charts _________________________________________________________________
Original broadcast date20/12/79Duration of dance/performance 2.06 mins ___________________________________________________________________
Dancers--Gill, Lulu, Patti, Pauline, Rosie, Sue ___________________________________________________________________
The Legs & Co attendance register so far after 192 dances
***THIS WILL NOT BE SHOWN ON BBC4 *** _____________________________________________________________________
157 weeks ago in December 1976 Legs & Co danced a nautical jaunt to a Mike Oldfield track and here they do so again, but with no Chalky the parrot. Those that attended my Derby event a few months back would have seen this routine done in the actual Blue Peter studio, complete with an end of routine interview by the girls. The bright studio lights and white walls on that occasion made this a much better viewing experience.
The actual tune is a bit tedious after a couple of plays, rather like the show back in the day if memory serves. I must have seen an advent crown made every Christmas during my childhood on BP. Not sure letting kids loose with candles was a smart idea and i would imagine many a living room went up in smoke.
Yeah im digressing cause i cant really think of much to say about this one. Its all jolly Jack tar stuff but its not one i play to often. A bit meh.
DOTD, i will award a Blue Peter badge to `Sue`.
Rating--Make Ryan walk the plank as hes only awarding `5.5 out of 10`. (though can i stress the girls perform the routine splendidly).
I bet I'm not the only one who feels like letting out a big 'Hello!' at the end of this one.
The nautical outfits are fab, exploiting the TV-land loophole by which the Plimsoll line doesn't apply as long as you're wearing a sweater. The jolly hornpipe is so shipshape and Bristol fashion that it seems like part of the daily routine on the good ship Legs and Co. Blue Peter badges all round. It's likability is based on a tight crew of friends, clapping along to their own performance, always there for each other with a hand-up. Included in the moves is keeping-a-look-out recycled from when two were Dancing With The Captain. If it's the opposition you're looking out for girls you'll need the telescope. And there are touches of chivalry like seen in Portsmouth when they last dropped anchor with Mike Oldfield. In a fun and frolicsome couple of minutes the crow's-nest of a sequence is a well-drilled stand-out for me. I better stop now before I go overboard with the nautical stuff. (Splash!)
The ladies look just lovely in this performance and it seems just brimful of happiness and cameraderie to me. The set could perhaps be more interesting but the ladies are highlighted well and overall it is just good plain fun. I am awarding 8/10 and my DotD goes to midshipman Hammond BTW I commend the crew for their dainty footwork
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
Our ladies in this routine are dressed in nautical hooped outfits. With large blue belts around there waists and neckerchiefs of blue. And white sailor hats on there heads. They are dancing to Blue Peter Theme done to a sailor hornpipe by Mike Oldfield. It interesting that they did this routine twices, the ToTps one and the other on Blue Peter itself. Both are done so well on the programes. But if I had to choose I liked the Blue Peter one because we got a interview with our ladies.
This must've been a last minute filler dance routine, when another track was 'frisbied', it's all very simplistic, dancing on a stage that looks like a part of the blue peter studio, with the ladies dressed as sailors, it's a fun performance, but it just feels like the starter before a main course.
I like the jolly sailors, they take me back to innocent times even if I could never watch Blue Peter. And here's finally a routine to a complete song (yeah I know it's very short). Not earth-shattering but very pleasant.
I dont realy remember the totp showing of this routine back in 79 all i can remember is the blue peter showing early 80 so i presume i missed this edition of totp apart from the set the dance is more or less the same i think , its not one of my favourites but a nice little dance nevertheless which is worth an 8
A very cheerful routine which, from memory of September's Derby event, was duplicated step for step in the Blue Peter studio a month later. The costumes are perfect for the marine theme as are the dance moves with plenty of interaction between the ladies.
DOTD: Pauline and her prime pins
Legs and Co dancing to the Blue Peter theme?, err ok then. Actually i quite like it, there are obviously a limited selection of nautical themed movements but they are all present and correct here, echos of Dancing with the Captain i think, but its a lighthearted affair and i can't complain after the overall excellence of 1979. 7/10. DOTD Sue.