Cherry Gillespie - Miscellaneous Appearances

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CHERRY GILLESPIE

‘Woman In The Wings’ By Maddy Prior (Album)
Maddy Prior’s first solo album ‘Woman in the Wings’ (1978) included a track called ‘Cat’s Eyes’. One of the credited backing vocalists was a Cherry Gillespie. The album also featured the entire Jethro Tull line-up. In 1974 Pan’s People appeared alongside Jethro Tull at the Rainbow Theatre in London and Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson even wrote a dance number for the girls entitled ‘Pan Dance’. Coincidence (or not) ?

The Bitch (Film) 1979
Cherry played the part of ‘Disco Girl’ in Joan Collins’ discotheque.

Crown Court (ITV) 04 May 1982, 05 May 1982 & 06 May 1982
In a “trial” broadcast in 1982 entitled ‘Face Value’, Cherry played the part of Lucy Brennan, the winner of a beauty contest. After the contest, she had dinner with one of the show’s organisers who then attempted to rape her. The jury had to decide whether she gave him the “come-on” or whether he was guilty of attempted rape.

Nutcracker (Film) 1982
Cherry appeared alongside Joan Collins again.

Octopussy (Film) 1983
Excellent James Bond film with Cherry playing ‘Midge’.

The Hot Shoe Show (BBC1)
Series One: Six weekly appearances 05 June 1983 to 10 July 1983
Series Two: Four weekly appearances 06 September 1984 to 27 September 1984
Christmas Special: 23 December 1984
This was basically ‘Come Dancing’ on speed. The driving force behind the show was Wayne Sleep who, along with Bonnie Langford, ensured the programme received plenty of publicity, not to mention BAFTA nominations. Cherry received third billing on the credits and this is probably her best TV dance work to date.

The Morecambe & Wise Show (ITV) 05 October 1983
Cherry starred with Morecambe & Wise again, 2841 days after her previous appearance on their show. This programme was originally scheduled for 21 September 1983, but was postponed.

Blankety Blank (BBC1) 16 November 1984, 25 January 1985, 20 December 1985, 13 February 1987, 06 November 1987
Five editions of Blankety Blank hosted by Les Dawson.

The Funny Side (ITV) 31 July 1985
Guest appearance on this short-lived ITV comedy sketch show starring Derek Griffiths.

Bergerac (BBC1) 09 January 1988
Cherry played the part of Marianne Roussillon in an episode entitled “Crossed Swords”.

Casualty (BBC1) 01 December 1989
Cherry played the part of Barbara Conrad in an episode entitled “Hanging On”.

Minder (ITV) 19 September 1991
Cherry starred alongside George Cole and Gary Webster in the story ‘Whatever Happened To Her Indoors’.

TV Commercials (1996)
Cherry contributed to TV Commercials for Kellogg’s All-Bran and Wella Hair Care in 1996.

Stage Musicals
Cherry has appeared in a number of stage musicals since leaving Pan’s People, including ‘A Chorus Line’.

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panfan's picture

Memo to self: need to add Hot Shoe Show links.

RYAN's picture

Cherry also appeared in the 1982 promotional video for Dire Straits `Private Investigations`. Not sure if you have that already on here, heres a link.

 

http://legsandco.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/cherry-private-investigations.html

RYAN

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A good picture of Cherry in Glasgow's Evening Times, 24th April 1985: 

Eric died a few months earlier so I guess this was a repeat of the 5th October 1983 show.

Andy's picture

Cherry Appearance in Minder as a hairdresser

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Will have to add Cherrys appearance on the quiz show Wow Fab Groovy.

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Boogiebox's picture

Hi Andy

I recognise this photo of Cherry from Blankety Blank.  I've seen this edition at some point, possibly during its original 1979 broadcast.

What lovely photos on this forum, in this thread of Cherry :):

Claire

Andy's picture

This is from the Quiz show Wow Fab Groovy which was 1st shown when Channel 5 Started I could pick it up but slightly fuzzy so luckily it was shown by UK GOLD so I got better version.

Cherry was the team Captain every week about 13 shows other team captain was Hank Marvin, various Comedians joined them seemed to be the same 6 just appearing on different side one was Bill Bailey I don't remember the names of the rest.

I have 2 Blankly Blank shows somewhere on a tape.

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Hi Andy

I''ll never be able to live that down! lol quoting the wrong programme, and after all that, I can't find a clip of Cherry from Blankety Blank on Youtube.  Claire is blushing! lol

I have found this, however.  I've never seen this before, but here's Cherry at her best in a fun routine from an edition of The Hot Shoe Show. :)  I remember the show but must have missed this particular edition:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8-D0pm122Y

Claire

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I vaguely remember Wow Fab Groovy, on Channel 5, and may even have seen that episode. t don't recognise the other celebrities with Cherry, who looks great in the first capture.

Another of her acting credits is the four-part Love Story A Chance to Sit Down, transmitted between 10th July, when this Daily Express article was published, and 31st July 1981 (Fridays, BBC1): 

Was she in all the episodes? This is from the 31st July Daily Express (two days after Prince Charles married  Lady Diana):

I'll be posting this article at Jan Francis' thread at Britmovie later so might as well include it here. Del Henney is very much in my thoughts at the moment as I've just started watching his series Fallen Hero for the first time in more than 30 years.

That picture of Cherry has appeared three times in the (Glasgow) Evening Times. All the articles are from the 1980s and very relevant to this thread. See next post.

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Here's two of them. I'll post the other (with picture) another time.

 

31st July 1985

Cherry steps into a fun role

GORGEOUS Cherry Gillespie used to be one of Pan's People, the dancers for Top of the Pops. She is still dancing, but now she sings too and has become a TV star in her own right.

Tonight, lovely Cherry appears in a song 'n' dance routine in The Funny Side (STV, 8.30) when she stars alongside Derek Waring and Derek Griffiths.

 

Derek Waring has become a great favourite in recent months. I've loved watching him and Judy Cornwell as Moody and Pegg. In real-life, he was the husband of Dorothy Tutin, who I'll be seeing again later in South Riding (you can tell I'm a regular viewer of 1970s shows). Sadly, both stars are no longer with us.

 

17th January 1986

Tom's Cherry Aid

Former Top of the Pops dancer Cherry Gillespie joins intrepid comedian Tom O'Connor (BBC2, 9.0) to take a sideways glance at progress and technology.

Cherry, famous for her waist-length hair, is trying to break into a solo showbusiness career, and TV bosses say she is a natural comedienne.

 

Oddly enough, Derek Griffiths was in this too. He must have known Cherry quite well then. Derek was a great presenter on Play School and Play Away but I've rarely seen him since

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As promised, the 3rd article from the Glasgow newspaper's online archive, which has provided us with some valuable information on occasion:

This may very well be the TV appearance I remembered her from best, for all those years until last Summer, when I (rather belatedly) became a fan of Pan's People.

Hitherto, and to my eternal shame and embarassment, I had virtually no interest in dancing . I think it was the first routine for Yesterday, which I've called "heartbreakingly beautiful", that changed all that.  

Odd that this preview associates Pan's People with The Sixties and black-and-white, particularly when the article is about Cherry. Also ironic, as we've seen so many inferior b&w copies from wiped shows. It's got to the stage where I can't imagine You're So Vain, for example, in its original format (colour videotape).   

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Cherrys Appearance on Stage in 1986

I have two press release from 1981 of Cherrys appearance in "A Chance to Sit Down"

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Boogiebox's picture

Not a TV appearance, but here's a song I like that features Cherry on lead vocals with Pan's People performing You Can Really Rock and Roll Me.

Not a chart hit but it was released in 1974 :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hnn77Qq7Fs

Claire

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Great song!.I think Cherry has a marvellous singing voice.Amazing rare newspaper articles too.Cherry has so many outstanding dance credits to refer to but I always particularly like this fabulous 'cameo' appearance in the Mud 'Shake It Down' TOTP appearance: Th-20th May-1976 :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWqxbsE8ZNc

 

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Cherry's done a lot more in her career than I'd originally known.  A multi-talented entertainer. :)

I think it was earlier this year that I first heard the Pan's People song.  It must be very rare.

Of the dance routines, I love the group ones, solos and duets, and what a brilliant dance routine featuring Cherry in between Mud in the studio. :)  Cherry certainly does shake it down. :D :)

 

Claire

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I could have sworn Cherry first appeared on a Terry Wogan edition of Blankety Blank in 1979, but I must be imagining things. 

I remember both the Terry, Les and Lily eras of the show.  A very much missed quiz.

Claire

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I think you could be right there Claire !.......:

 

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Hi Peter

Is Cherry trying to tell us something! lol  Only kidding, Cherry if you're viewing this forum. 

That's how I remember Cherry on Blankety Blank.

Claire

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Cherry on 'Blankety Blank' 1979 :

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Hi Peter

I almost said "Hi Cherry" then! lol, but you're not a woman, that is how I remember Cherry looking when I first saw her on Blankety Blank. :)

Seeing her Biography, she's had a spectacular career in dancing and acting. 

Hi to all the TOTP dancers who view this forum.  I don't know if Cherry is one of them, but it was great to see you all dancing and I hope more missing footage will turn up in the not too distant future.

Claire

Andy's picture

Here is the lovely Cherry in the film “Nutcracker”

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