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Ruby Flipper - History

panfan's picture
Ruby Flipper
March 1976
October 1976
First appearance: 
06 May 1976 (Can't Help Falling in Love / The Stylistics)
Last appearance: 
14 October 1976 (Play that Funky Music / Wild Cherry)
Ruth Pearson
Flick Colby
Number of Performances: 
Number of Archived Performances: 
Sue Menhenick, Cherry Gillespie, Patti Hammond, Lulu Cartwright, Philip Haigh/Steggles, Gavin Trace, Floid Pearce



In progress.


cornershop15's picture

Not much sympathy from the newspaper, and probably most of the viewers at the time, but it must have been a sad moment when they were told it had to come to end. This article proves that wasn't for another two months - by which time Cherry had already left. sad

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I'm pleased the girls continued to flourish but very disappointed for Philip and especially Floyd, who I prefer to associate with the cheerful Ruby Flipper than the sexually aggressive Hot Gossip. 

They deserved better but those videos should at least ensure a cult following. The last days of 'innocent fun' on TV? 

panfan's picture

Thanks for that interesting article, Cornershop. Flipper were really doomed from the start, as the BBC were not happy at all.

I really wonder to what degree the public were unhappy at all, or if it was really just an excuse used by the BBC?

Does anyone recall at the time, a wave of unrest and nascent revolutionary spirit (!) gripping the British public at the time?

As Sue said, they weren't really give much of a chance to bed down...

Flight14's picture

I think that maybe the BBC Management didn't  forsee someting very significant about to happen in two words:  JOHN TRAVOLTA   !! . Lol!.

After 'Saturday Night Fever' men wanted to learn how to dance,especially disco dance.Flick was able to identify this trend;- 2 years before the cult movie.Having male dancers in R F was rignt for 1976 - with Discos opening everywhere.

Flight14's picture

OMG I just realised that the 'Ruby Flopper' article was ONE DAY AFTER I saw them rehearse in South Kensington then saw them film at BBC Television Centre.I don't remember that news article.Everything was happening so quickly that drought summer.Maybe Legs & Co had already been auditioned too?.

panfan's picture

I don't know exactly when, Peter, but Sue did say that they had to start auditions more or less as soon as RF was born, so certainly I'd imagine by August they'd have near the end if not finished, auditions for Legs.