The Top of the Pops showing of Wigans Chosen Few dancers back in 1975 is often mentioned when talking about "all our yesterdays" on here and other places and sure that those who were around at that time can remember the actual show or indeed the follow on effect that it had.
As has been said many times it was thought that no copies of this episode have survived the years due to the practice of wiping and re-using tapes that the BBC had at the time
Online archives do put the appearance date as 30-01-75 , (it also says was used again two weeks later but memory and the listing says that it was used as end credit playout). A quick check of a lot of related sites does have this episode down as "missing/wiped", however on travels round various sites read a article about a private video library for sale, details were a bit hazy but it seems that the person was selling a vast huge amount of various tapes, apparently in a lump lot with one person saying a figure of £25,000 being the asking price.
Of course you know what's coming next, there is a web site (link below ) with listing details of all the tapes and guess what, yep there is that January episode listed
Did try and get further details but didn't get any joy, so perhaps the collection has already been sold?
Of course I could be wrong in all this, after all it is the internet, plus the archive listings could also be wrong and perhaps the tape condition is bad or whatever.
On other hand it is listed so it possibly does exist, so maybe one day people will have the chance of actually seeing it again, maybe who ever does have the tape, may make it available in the future once aware of possible interest?
Anyway website link to listing below (listing is on the music page) , if anyone gets any further or more info/news then it would be appreciated if you could let us know
episode listing (from another website- so can't say if 100%)
30-1-75: Presented by: Tony Blackburn (Wiped)
THE GLITTER BAND " Goodbye My Love
ANDY FAIRWEATHER-LOW " Mellow Down
MAC & KATIE KISSOON " Sugar Candy Kisses
QUEEN " Now m Here
SUZI QUATRO " Your Mama Wont Like Me
ALVIN STARDUST " Good Love Can Never Die
WIGANS CHOSEN FEW " Footsee (crowd dancing)
STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL " Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
PILOT " January
ELVIS PRESLEY " Promised Land (crowd dancing) (and credits)
10 years on
10 years after first publishing this article the actual video clip from Top Of The Pops featuring 'Wigans Chosen Few' from 1975 was posted online in our Soul Source Video feature in 2018 by member @Venus
and can be viewed here...