INSTANT REPLAY - XMAS VT TAPE 1978 ____________________________________________________________________________________
Original Broadcast Date: N/A ____________________________________________________________________________________
Troupe:Legs & Co ____________________________________________________________________________________
Dancers:Gill, Patti, Pauline, Rosemary & Sue ____________________________________________________________________________________
Links: Blog: http://www.oneforthedads.org.uk/?p=646 Dailymotion:http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x18vnm5_legs-co-instant-replay-white-powder-christmas-12-1978_creation ____________________________________________________________________________________
IT’S CHRRISSTMASSS - which used to mean Morecombe & Wise on the telly and a Satsuma in your stocking. This was back in the days when an I-Pad was something you got from an optometrist and a broadband was just something to hold up your trousers with. And at the BBC it meant the annual VT Tape...
For many years the BBC’s VT Department would produce an annual tape containing out-takes, recorded messages, specially produced sketches and archive clips shown out of context. These were not for public broadcast but just intended to be shown within the BBC at Christmas parties and other functions. The 1978 one entitled White Powder Christmas was hosted by Kenneth Kendall and Michael Crawford (in the guise of Frank Spencer). It actually managed to hit the headlines when a mocked up interview with Princess Anne, concerning her sex life, was leaked to the Sunday People newspaper. Considering the offending item was about four seconds long and it was never broadcast in public, it seems like an overreaction to me.
I’m not sure exactly when Legs & Co’s segment was recorded but Lulu was absent from TOTP on 30/11/78, so my guess is that this was produced sometime around then. As well as Legs & Co, we also get a brief glimpse of Pans People dancing to My First, My Last My Everything, a routine that is no longer in the public domain. We also get a blink and you’ll miss her ( I did at first) glimpse of Flick Colby which I think is from the 1970 lost routine, Give Me Just A Little More Time .
Legs And Co put on a good show and I’ve always liked the Sweet Talkin Woman outfits. There is not much space for dancing in but they do make the most of the studio props and they seem to be having a good time. Sue was a great dancer but possibly the world’s worst tea lady, although from memory I don't remember tea ladies dressing quite like that. Had they done so, the vending machine may never have been invented! I’m not surprised that Santa needed a sit down at the end of all this! Of course this is more of an entertainment feature than a full blown dance routine but it’s quite watchable, and boosted by the rare Pans footage, I will give it 8.5 out of 10.
I really like your style OGW and you're certainly starting on a high note in this new Thread. This journey will be informative and fun if this first offering is anything to go by. Anyway I love this Legs performance and they look just great and seem to be loving the opportunity to ham it up with the VT boys. I watch this often and the Patti Switchboard part has always been one of my faves. There's lots to love here and I am giving it a heartfelt 9/10. BTW I am quite surprised Pans People didn't get drawn into the same deal but maybe "VT" was different back then (he says ignorantly). I'm assuming no DotD is in action.
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
First of all thanks OGW for taking on the task of hosting this section and what a superb intro for your inaugural offering. I also have always wondered about the recording date for this. Obviously shot in an afternoon and like you elude to, no Lulu so that would naturally point to her not being on TOTPs on 30/11 and very much the favourite date for this.
A small fly in that ointment, is that in the corresponding YT mash-up for the following year is that Gill is absent yet she appeared on all the TOTPs that winter with the exception of 04/10. I guess they could have filmed that YT thing a lot earlier then.
The other theory is that would they really have got the full `Sweet Talkin` kit on just for this ? I would have thought a easier outfit to wear may have been more in order. So i wonder if this was recorded on 26/10 whilst the girls were still decked out in said costume and Lulu simply couldn't make this shoot. Im sure we have discussed this before and it could be Sue may have come up with the date.
Anyway, back to this. Thanks to Grant W and all in the VT Dept for putting this together and giving us fans back then and more so now a chance to witness the fun loving nature of our lovely Legs ladies. I mean, where else can you see Gillian having her backside spanked whilst over the shoulder of an over excited engineer !
Love the too hot to handle parcel thing with Santa at the end. I suppose this is more watchable around yuletide, though i freely admit to not really watching these VT things enough at other times.
Worth a `8.5 out of 10` for sheer entertainment though a tinge of envy towards those `hands on` blokes.
Excellent choice for your first post, OGW, and a great way to start this promising new section. Watching this again just tells me I've somehow neglected these 'miscellaneous' items in the past. It's a real fun clip where we get to see a different side of the girls. I love the comedic nature of this tape, and like Ryan I'm a bit envious of the guys. Great to see rare Pan's People clips used as well (yes the Flick insert is from the surviving 13 seconds of 'Give Me Just A Little More Time').
I think this tape isn't easy to rate in comparison to the wonderful dances that we have, but for all the fun and the additional insight I will award
Thanks for all your comments. Hopefully I haven't peaked too early!
Regarding DOTD. If anyone wants to nominate one, that is absolutely fine but I am not going to collate the votes into a league table. The reason is because with different troupes involved, I don't think that a DOTD table would work as well as it does on the other comments threads.
Regarding the VT tapes, it looks as though they only became an annual fixture from 1978 onwards. I don't think any were produced during the Pans People era. It's a shame that Legs & Co didn't appear on the 1980 one, perhaps they were too busy filming with Basil Brush!
That was great, OGW. I had no idea this existed, I hope there are others like it to be found. And didn't our ladies look mischievous. That smacked bottom would find the perpetrator in court these days! Also the fat black lady throwing the javelin, the implication being, presumably, oh look, a fatty doing sport, look at her wobble! That wouldn't get passed the clip-boarding diversity police anymore. Some clips I remember from the time, the lap bell coming apart for instance. How we laughed. Nice that they used a track I will always associate with Legs from now on too.
An excellent intro piece to this section OGW. I like it
Who would have thought there would be so much fun to be had in VT ?
These guys rock, and the irony of the record chosen for this clip is not lost on me either.
Gotta say, that VT dept. is similar to the IT dept in a factory I used to work at - beardy guys and me working down in the basement basically just mucking about. We couldn't even get the girls from the typing pool to visit us though, so a big up to the BBC VT Team for managing to get Legs & Co..... just as long as none of the girls press that big red button marked "Wipe" on that machine, everything'll be ok.
Loads of fun had by all - 9/10
Incidentally, I'm sure a "White Powder Christmas" would have been had by Princes Margaret long before Princes Anne's spoof interview.
Thanks for all your comments so far which have been very interesting and this is scoring well. Looking forward to receiving a few more. You could make it your New Years resolution to comment on this section. It has got to be easier than giving up smoking or going on a diet. Not that I am implying that any OFTD's members need to lose weight.
I like this one very much as it shows the lighter side of an evil corporation. It's also nice to see something that wasn't broadcast on the BBC ever and surprisingly it has survived well. It's still a mystery about the HQ Pan's People stuff, but the stars of the show here are Legs (shame about Lulu though)
Rating: 8/10 P.S. As Use It Out Wear It Out wasn't included in the 1980 Legs comments section, do you plan to offer that for comments and ratings?
I really like this one, it's great to see the girls having a bit of fun with the VT guys on their end of year tape. (I think there has been a discussion on here before as to when this and the Nice Legs video could have been filmed, it's a bit strange we have no Lulu for Instant Replay yet she was in the Sweet Talkin' Woman routine, and although she's in the Nice Legs VT, she isn't in the routine for Star, which is the routine that they are wearing the outfits from on the tape, whereas Gill was in the routine for Star, but not the VT, if any of that makes sense?). Not that it really matters anyway, but i always find these things interesting. Anyway, back to Instant Replay, fantastic fun and great entertainment.
Whenever it was filmed I'd bet these costumes which would make many a wish list were selected as something of a festive tease, and now us their humble 21st century acolytes can at last enjoy a Grandstand view of the thigh-booted two legs that proved a knock-out first round in Sweet Talkin' Woman. Still no substitute for being a man on the ground of course, no sirree! Lucky blighters, the hi-vis chap from the Socialist Workers Party must feel especially blessed by such rarefied interaction. Gill's treatment smacks of a liberty taken too far, but no-one outdoes cunning old Santa bagging the finest booty for his own self securing Patti for Lapland! I do wonder with the level of shenanigans if this was oiled by a sherry or two or something similar...
The funniness of the bloopers has waned over the years, finally expiring from being an irritant breaking up and eating into the real action. But that and the green-eyed monster aside, it's a great choice of track, the girls look sensational and it's bursting with happiness and mischief - lovely to be party to them letting their hair down. Instant replay? You bet!
Will the Go Jo's Reflections routine also be included in the miscellaneous routines?
You will have to wait and see, Legsfan. What I will say is that once I get to the end of the ones that I am intending to feature, if there are any others that people want to include, then I will be happy to take requests.
However I definitely won't be featuring anything from Zoo or Hot Gossip, as there are other forum members better equipped to host those should there be any demand.
Such fun had by the dancers and the BBC techs.I love the bit as Patti nonchalantly whacks the VT button with her high-heel.The little dances by Rosie and Sue are great too.There is such a cute wink by Rosie,and a beautiful shot of Sue laughing.Clearly great chemistry between all involved.9/10
This is indeed a classic sequence involving Legs & Co (minus Lulu) down in the basement videotape area right in the heart of TV Centre under the fountain. It's a lot of fun and like others I felt it portrayed a very happy go lucky atmosphere but apparently things were not like that at the time at all. A lot of employment issues, union problems, strikes (remember the occasional blank TV screens in the late 70s?) and a general bad feeling... so in the face of that, the mood they created here and in the whole programme in general was an amazing feat. No doubt it was designed that way in order to bring some festive cheer at a time when they was possible precious little behind the scenes.
The members of Legs & Co were obviously not only great sports at doing this in the first place but each of them added their own unique sparkle to the proceedings. It has it all, little comedy moments, groups shots as well as solo bits, close-ups... brilliant! And of course the large videotape machinery whirring around are the exact machines that the dance segments we know and love were originally recorded onto, which gives you an idea of the size of the tapes and the amount of storage required - not that I'm giving them any excuse for having ditched so much!
The VT boys literally get up close and personal with the girls and which could well produce feelings of why them and not me?! But it was all in the name of some festive fun. Grant Watkins was one of the editors on this Christmas tape but produced the follow-up which many consider to be the finest VT Christmas tape ever made. However, I would say that despite Legs & Co having more to do and therefore potentially had more fun filming the 1979 segment, for me it doesn't work quite as well. There's a certain charm and almost a natural ease at which this Instant Replay sequence goes together, it flows beautifully and therefore works best for me. I'd say 9.5/10. -0.5 for not having the full troupe involved for whatever reason, otherwise it does what it says on the tin admirably.