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Has anyone got the TOTP footage of Wigan's Chosen Few on video or know the identity of the dancers and what happened to them

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"Kipper" Rimmer from Newton Le Willows and Anne Rogers from Standish/Shevington, were difinitely in it. There were some "auditions on one of the weekday sessions at the Casino, I think it was on a Wednesday night. Little did anyone know what an attrocity it would become. After Tony Blackburn on TOTP introduced them "performing a new dance called the Footsee" many of the dancers stayed away from the allnighters.

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As far as I know, nobody has that footage and when the BBC ran all their TOTP's in 93-95 on UK Gold, that one never aired. Jethro and a couple of the Dudley lads were on it I think.

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Yeh Jethro was also on it for certain.

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I heard that the BBC disposed of all the footage,bit sad really when one thinks that this was the first exposure of Northern soul dancing outsides the confines of the soul scene, i am not saying tthis was right, so put your guns down :yes::thumbsup: ok. just that it gave an insight to an alternative world during the mid70s and turned this then starry eyed teenager into a northern soul die hard. Del x

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I heard that the BBC disposed of all the footage,bit sad really when one thinks that this was the first exposure of Northern soul dancing outsides the confines of the soul scene, i am not saying tthis was right, so put your guns down :yes:   :thumbsup: ok. just that it gave an insight to an alternative world during the mid70s and turned this then starry eyed teenager into a northern soul die hard. Del x

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At the time it aired, I was an apprentice at Southport, but had to go to Liverpool once a week for day release. There were some scouse lunatics around at Tech and when the lads on my course told one of the maniacs that I could do the Footsee, he insisted that I did it. I didn't loose my bottle though, I was not going to degrade myself without the aid of pharmaceuticals for any scouse inbred! and I didn't get a pasting :) . The fact that it was also a Monday, so I was probably on a major downer didn't help though.

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If I am right there was a time when the BBC re-used a lot of the archives. In other words re-cycled the tape. I may be wrong but lots of TV gems went this way including John Lennon on Michael Parkinson. Was it something to do with the belief that the 'tape' would age and be rendered useless eventually hence the recylcing.

Perhaps someone give the facts on here as my memory isnt what it was.

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At the time it aired, I was an apprentice at Southport, but had to go to Liverpool once a week for day release.  There were some scouse lunatics around at Tech and when the lads on my course told one of the maniacs that I could do the Footsee, he insisted that I did it.  I didn't loose my bottle though, I was not going to degrade myself without the aid of pharmaceuticals for any scouse inbred! and I didn't get a pasting :thumbsup: .  The fact that it was also a Monday, so I was probably on a major downer didn't help though.

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No, magnetic tape became very expensive in the early 70's so they started a procedure of wiping of practically all entertainment programs which they deemed wouldn't have been of historical value. For instance, I have a reel to reel recording of a Top Of The Pops from 1967 which my ex wife did as a child, it features Pink Floyd doing See Emily Play, this doesn't exist anywhere at the BBC. Almost all of the 60's and early 70's top of the pops have gone forever.

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I was not going to degrade myself without the aid of pharmaceuticals for any scouse inbred!

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AYYYLAD WHOAYEWCALLINANINBREDDD :thumbsup:

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No, magnetic tape became very expensive in the early 70's so they started a procedure of wiping of practically all entertainment programs which they deemed wouldn't have been of historical value.  For instance, I have a reel to reel recording of a Top Of The Pops from 1967 which my ex wife did as a child, it features Pink Floyd doing See Emily Play, this doesn't exist anywhere at the BBC.  Almost all of the 60's and early 70's top of the pops have gone forever.

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i was right then to a point. real shame though this.

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"Kipper" Rimmer from Newton Le Willows and Anne Rogers from Standish/Shevington,  were difinitely in it.  There were some "auditions on one of the weekday sessions at the Casino, I think it was on a Wednesday night.  Little did anyone know what an attrocity it would become.  After Tony Blackburn on TOTP introduced them "performing a new dance called the Footsee"  many of the dancers stayed away from the allnighters.

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Pretty sure I remember seeing it on TOTP2 a few years ago!

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  For instance, I have a reel to reel recording of a Top Of The Pops from 1967 which my ex wife did as a child, it features Pink Floyd doing See Emily Play, this doesn't exist anywhere at the BBC.  Almost all of the 60's and early 70's top of the pops have gone forever.

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how did she do that with a camera in front of the t.v? i think the b.b.c now offer to buy this stuff back along with missing episodes of dr who etc

if footsie dosnt exist here it could exist elsewhere like australia as TOTP was big there and i think gets re-runs, i actually know a young guy there who collects episodes along with old video recorders etc ill try to talk to him,id love to see this again,the whole country was talking about it the next day!

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AYYYLAD WHOAYEWCALLINANINBREDDD  :thumbsup:

:yes:

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Sorry, but at Clarence St Tech there were a fair share of knuckledraggers and for a Southport Woollyback it could get a bit dangerous at times. Sorry for any offence to well adjusted individuals from the pool. :yes:

Anyway, "Footsee Yeh, de de de de" etc :)

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how did she do that with a camera in front of the t.v? i think the b.b.c now offer to buy this stuff back along with missing episodes of dr who etc

if footsie dosnt exist here it could exist elsewhere like australia as TOTP was big there and i think gets re-runs, i actually know a young guy there who collects episodes along with old video recorders etc ill try to talk to him,id love to see this again,the whole country was talking about it the next day!

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No, I meant she recorded it as an audio tape, not video!

I've got about 12 hours of old TOTP which I edited down from probably 50 episodes, mainly punk/new wave stuff 77-82, oh and The Tams doing Hey Girl Don't Bother Me when one of the members gets snatched off the stage half way through for forgetting what he's supposed to be doing :thumbsup:

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No, I meant she recorded it as an audio tape, not video!

I've got about 12 hours of old TOTP which I edited down from probably 50 episodes, mainly punk/new wave stuff 77-82, oh and The Tams doing Hey Girl Don't Bother Me when one of the members gets snatched off the stage half way through for forgetting what he's supposed to be doing  :thumbsup:

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When 'Love On a Mountain Top' was in the charts didn't the TOTP footage show Robert Knight at Wigan ?

Or some other Northern venue ?

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No

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Ahem, any idea where it was then or didn't you see it ?

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When 'Love On a Mountain Top' was in the charts didn't the TOTP footage show Robert Knight at Wigan ?

Or some other Northern venue ?

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have a dodgy memory of it being a film of him messing around some white building on a mountain compete with a fountain

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have a dodgy memory of it being a film of him messing around some white building on a mountain compete with a fountain

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No, included scenes from what appeared to be a live gig, with crowd scenes, I think in black and white.

Thats why I wondered if it was shot at Wigan.

But if PeteS says no, I must be wrong. :thumbsup:

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No

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Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule searching the web for big pants and haunted nintendo systems, to provide me with no more information than you did in your first post. :thumbsup:

I stand corrected :yes:

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Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule searching the web for big pants and haunted nintendo systems, to provide me with no more information than you did in your first post. :thumbsup:

I stand corrected  :yes:

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That's ok then

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When 'Love On a Mountain Top' was in the charts didn't the TOTP footage show Robert Knight at Wigan ?

Or some other Northern venue ?

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Couldn't say to be honest, I thought they made one of those promo films but I'm probably wrong - though Wigan had either not started or only just started when that came out hadn't it so wouldn't have thought they'd filmed in there.

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My mum bought me a "Star Jumper" after seeing Wigan's Ovation on TOTP saying "this is what they all wear at that place you go to isn't it?". Managed to swop it for a barathea blazer thank God!

Godz

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have a dodgy memory of it being a film of him messing around some white building on a mountain compete with a fountain

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No, included scenes from  what appeared to be a live gig, with crowd scenes, I think in black and white.

Thats why I wondered if it was shot at Wigan.

But if PeteS says no, I must be wrong.  :thumbsup:

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no? :yes:

dodgy memory but reckon some substance in it , as the fountain in film clicked at the time as being apt

read elsewhere that pans people were also used for it

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no?  :thumbsup:

dodgy memory but reckon some substance in it , as the fountain in film clicked at the time as being apt

read elsewhere that pans people were also used for it

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I suppose it could have been Everlasting Love !

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what happened to the girl in the laundry form this england???

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shes at home :rolleyes:

she said in the doc if wigan ever closed i dont know what id do, i dont think id go out any more id just stay at home.

theyve been feeding her by drip that runs through the letterbox since 1981 :unsure:

when granada did the wigan 25 doc i think searling put out an appeal for he on the radio along with dave withers i dont think they came foreward.

back to TOTP pans people did a lovely number to wade in the water in 1972 you know the one with the chiffon scarves :dance:

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dodgy memory but reckon some substance in it ,

Apparently is the 'substance' that makes your memory dodgy!

Talking of dancers, in every documentry that's about Northern, there's always a clip from Wigan of a black lad dancing (yellow top, black bags & thin white belt) any one know who he is?

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what happened to the girl in the laundry form this england???

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All i know Mark, that her name was Christine and she was from Leigh,Manchester.I remember watching her when i first started going to Wigan, she was a awesome dancer,i still remember watching her dance : to Ten Miles High absolutely magic, Del xx :rolleyes::unsure:

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Also Dave Goldworths knowing as Goldie spoke to him at the Marrs last year.

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Has anyone got the TOTP footage of Wigan's Chosen Few on video or know the identity of the dancers and what happened to them

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I am sure a clip of Footsee was used on "Never Mind The Buzzcoks" guess who they are in the "line up" section, it was on about 6 months ago - so I'm sure there will be something floating around.

Have read that the longterm goals of the BBC (apart from making shit tv) is to make available all airings of comedy,music,drama programmes either through internet or on demand tv whenever the technology is relevant - when this happens remains to be seen

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whistling.gif The promo for love on a mountain top was broadcast on Sky about 4 years ago on the now defunk RTL (Irish TV) Channel on a show called Larry Gogan's hour. It featured an eclectic mix of music videos and performances one of which was 'Love on a mountain top'. I taped this and adjusted the low volume (due probably the the price paid for airtime). So I now have a perfect copy in sound and vision. It does indeed feature Robert Knight walking around a hill, fountain and other various places with his other half.

As for Footsee and all other TOTP related Northern Soul clips, the TOTP site provides eevry track ever boradcast on their database and whether or not they still have the footage. the answer from their database on Footsee is no, not in their archives.

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dodgy memory but reckon some substance in it ,

Apparently is the 'substance' that makes your memory dodgy!

Talking of dancers, in every documentry that's about Northern, there's always a clip from Wigan of a black lad dancing (yellow top, black bags & thin white belt) any one know who he is?

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the black lad (yellow top black bags) was called gid harding from bolton. hard as f**ck!

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I had a punch up with gid harding,at the caurosel allniter manchester 1978 and you right he was hard,but it could have been worse it could have been his brother chris,because he was REALLY hard.Both still live in bolton and ur right gid was a great dancer.

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I had a punch up with gid harding,at the caurosel allniter manchester 1978 and you right he was hard,but it could have been worse it could have been his brother chris,because he was REALLY hard.Both still live in bolton and ur right gid was a great dancer.

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who was the lad in the same footage, spinnng away, with a blue sweatshirt on?

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And from the deleted scenes of "This England", who is that amazing stomper?dark hair,slim,all in black, i 'm sure that i saw him stomping away at a Ritz Dayer many moons ago, frickin briliant :yes::rolleyes::thumbsup::yes: Delx

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who was the lad in the same footage, spinnng away, with a blue sweatshirt on?

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isnt that billy whizz, friend of the common people :rolleyes:

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