It's time for another screenshot special and for this we go back to the 14-7-1983. On this show were Heaven 17 performing their no. 6 record 'Come Live With Me'. Two ladies were employed to dance in the caged section, either side of the band. I don't know who the other girl is on the left - she was in the studio a lot around this period, but wasn't a regular and didn't go on much further after this. However, she does a good job in her frilly French dress. My focus of attention is on the lady to the right, a regular cheerleader by the name of Tricia Roberts!
Whilst 'Temptation' was a decent up-tempo track, it has been seriously over-played during the years; especially as it hit the Top Ten again in re-mixed form in 1993. I've always favoured the wistful 'Come Live With Me and the studio performance has been a long-time TOTP2 favourite of mine.
Tricia's performance on this is absolutely red-hot. I love the way she beckons her finger to the "come live with me" lyric and the movements of her body are sensual and never sleazy. In a way, she's both reminding and tormenting the man who has been left alone, about the physical attractions that had led to the age-gapped relationship that was doomed from the start.
Good work Mr Hurll, almost a veritable flick-book of Tricia's performance. The age-gapped relationship she was interpreting so effectively is a little ironic given that someone who posts here who claims to have gone to school with her in Sheffield has her being in her early thirties by 83. Much more 37 than 17!
It's probably better we don't speculate on the sands of time and just appreciate performers at their peak. If we start thinking too much about their ages, we might even think about our own! ………………………….………………………….
I still keep an eye out for the cheerleader gang on every episode, and sadly, I've not spotted any familiar faces in any episode from the end of March onwards.
To be honest, I've not even noticed the sound of cheerleaders trying to hype the audience up with whoops and the odd "Clap your hands everyone!" or the like, but that will pick up again towards the end of the decade in sound only...
I know some of the male cheerleaders stayed on as warm-up guys into the early 1990s: on one of the BBC Saturday Morning children's series, The 8.15 from Manchester, there's a behind-the-scenes report on TOTP, compiled during the recording sessions for 18-4-1991 edition, and among those featured are Tony and Alex, who it's mentioned as warm-up artists.
I've heard, anecdotally, that you can see John Goldsmith jiving with members of the audience during a TOTP from the summer of 1989 when a certain rabbit was at Number 1 for the first time.
I also believe Tricia Roberts was a "co-host" of the BBC's coverage of the Montreux Rock and Pop Festival in 1986, along with our old friend Mike Smith.
Perhaps what Sinitta is inferring to during the Story of '86 is that some of the cheerleaders she'd have encountered around 1982 (who would have included Alex, Tony and John) were still involved with the production of TOTP by the time of "So Macho", but perhaps in a less-camera-facing role.
It is frustrating that BBC Four no longer has the Tweet-a-longs where they share the production notes, as that would indicate who was still hanging around and what they were doing.
Also, from her distant profile in that screenshot, the Lady in Red does indeed look like Gina, but you didn't really get much of a chance to see her from the front in that closing shot.
Thanks for your reply. It's actually Alex and Pinky that are shown in that '8.15 From Manchester' feature. I have added a few screenshots from it to Alex's section on Page 2.
Unfortunately, the Michael Hurll interview is already notorious on here, for his attempt to jump on the trendy 'ism' bandwagon by belittling the dance troupes. He then ends up scoring two own goals, by mixing up Pans People with Legs & Co. I have a lot of admiration for him as a producer, but this wasn't his finest hour.
I've had a look on YT for Montreux clips from 1986 that include Tricia presenting, but unfortunately only came across Smitty. If anyone has any episodes or clips of Tricia at Montreux, please can you post them.
If Susan is looking in, I'd be grateful if you could confirm that Gina was Chris De Burgh's Lady In Red in the 14/8/86 episode.
There are a couple of other cheerleaders from TOTP that I'd be interested to know more about. One of them is I think Anita Mahadevan, who was also a member of Toto Coelo. She's the woman who was standing next to DLT on the second link of the 25th February 1982 programme, between See You by Depeche Mode and Centerfold by J.Geil's Band, with DLT making a joke about her dress being made out of a tablecloth. The other one is also from that same period, late 1981 to 1982: she's the woman who was particularly prominent on the TOTP show presented by Peter Powell and Garth Brookes on 25th March 1982 along with Carrie Grant, (now David Grant's wife). She was also quite prominent on the December 1981 studio performance of Wedding Bells by Godley & Creme where most of the audience was participating by pretending to ring church bells. I have no idea what her name is but it would be interesting to know what she's doing now if she's still in show business.
Hello Colm, you mentioned Andrew Downes in one of your previous posts. I presume he's the fellow in the green top, on the right hand side of the picture.
That's taken from the 29/3/84 episode and it's the first time I noticed him being so prominent in the links and playout. Do you know if he appeared in previous episodes or years (prior to 1984)? I remember him being one of those that carried on throughout 1985 and the first part of 1986.