Young Generation and Other TV Dance Troupes
Especially for Jez, a place to share memories (which rules me out, unfortunately) and any rare pictures and articles on Other TV Dance Troupes of the past. I love everything that survives of Pan's People, Ruby Flipper and Legs and Co. from Top of the Pops, and find the images all the more precious when I realise how much has gone. It's unlikely I can establish the same rapport with The Beat Girls - although half of them became Pan's People - and The Gojos because there's so little footage but I will always be interested in their history.
All of those mentioned have their own place(s) here but we can use this thread to acknowledge others who entertained viewers over the years. I'd especially like to see Young Generation rewarded with some attention. They are another dim memory from childhood and yet made more of an impression when I was around 6 or 7 than Pan's People did up to 11, my age at the time they disbanded in 1976. I can only think it was because the bearded bloke (identified earlier by Gary as Rhys Nelson) made me laugh and I knew Wei Wei Wong as a hostess on The Golden Shot.
She's on the far left in this line-up, a publicity photo dated 22nd April 1971:
Members of the dance group Young Generation modelling clothes by 'Just John' at the King's Road Club Exhibition launched at the Royal College of Art, London. (Photo by Frank Barratt/Keystone/Getty Images)
Can anyone identify the others? Is Linda Lawrence one of the blondes?
As requested, The Feet, featuring former Young Generation dancer (and Beat Girl) Lesley Judd, are included in this TVTimes listing for Lift Off with Ayshea, 19th April 1974. Not only do you have a photo of them but a mention of the routine they did that week as well.
Lift Off and Escape Into Night both have a tragic archive history. Hardly anything survives of the Pop show while the latter, a Children's drama series, only exists as black-and-white telerecordings. I found that out from a clip on YouTube. Its fate was identical to that of Timeslip, also written by Ruth Boswell. Both programmes have been released on DVD in this inferior state.
The dates for (Rock On with) 45 don't match those in my TVTimes copies, Jez. Of the listings I have found, resident dancers Zig Zag aren't always credited. I'll get back to you if I find anything else.