How many UK Members watched the pilot episode live?

JBCat

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Just wondering how many people here (this would be limited to UK members) actually saw the pilot episode live when it was broadcast as an episode of "Comedy Playhouse" on 4 January 1973, and realised then what a gem it was?
I can't include myself in that number, I was more likely to have been listening to my Stackridge albums (favourite group at that time)! (Anyone else remember them? "Marzo Plod" sounds a little bit like a Somerset Compo :) )
 

captain clutterbuck

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I didn't see the Pilot but I did see Stackridge for the very first time supporting Wishbone Ash. I still own the vinyl copy ,which I bought the day after the gig, and now also stream the first album one of my favourite albums ever and a contender for best first album ever[ up there with the LA's who are cited by everyone] . Rock on Percy the Penguin and has Dora done with Exploring , well she must be getting on in age now .:)
 

maltrab

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I did not see it but I recall my Dad talking about it, I watched a couple of the first series episodes with him and did not take much notice at the time, well I was in my early 20's and was more into pop music at that time
 

Pearl

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I did not see it but I recall my Dad talking about it, I watched a couple of the first series episodes with him and did not take much notice at the time, well I was in my early 20's and was more into pop music at that time
I can see you booging on down in your Oxford bags, high heel angle boots and v neck t-shirt with collar wings.
 

captain clutterbuck

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Wow Oxford bags I remember them with fondness , coupled for a while with a Bowling shirt with Eat at Joe Velluci's stencilled on the back , the strides had to have turnups as well , happy days. The fashion has now gone the complete reverse it all skinny jeans and trousers , suits that look a size to small that Norman Wisdom would wear in one of his films . I worked for a short time in a boutique and tailors in Newcastle when I was at School/College and all my money went on clothes , thankfully we got discount so bought things all the time. Thanks for the reminder Pearl:)
 
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Barrychuckle

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I was only a glimmer in my fathers eye then!

On the subject of pilots, they don't do them these days, not sure why and not sure whether that's a good or bad thing?
 

Pearl

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Wow Oxford bags I remember them with fondness , coupled for a while with a Bowling shirt with Eat and Joe Velluci's stencilled on the back , the strides had to have turnups as well , happy days. The fashion has now gone the complete reverse it all skinny jeans and trousers , suits that look a size to small that Norman Wisdom would wear in one of his films . I worked for a short time in a boutique and tailors in Newcastle when I was at School/College and all my money went on clothes , thankfully we got discount so bought things all the time. Thanks for the reminder Pearl:)
We all looked like parachutists, my ankles never got over falling off my blocks.
 

JBCat

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Terry - I think your early experience of watching LOTSW is probably the majority one. For me, being more interested in listening to music than watching TV, I tended to watch the programmes my mother liked, but sadly LOTSW was not one of the ones she was into.

Captain - great to read your reminiscences of Stackridge. I first heard of them through their single Slark/Purple Spaceships over Yatton and played it so much it nearly wore out, then saw them when they played in Aberdeen in autumn '72, loved their first 3 albums. Lucky you seeing Wishbone Ash and Stackridge on the same bill! I also saw Wishbone Ash but on a different occasion, a very fine band also.
 

captain clutterbuck

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Wishbone Ash still touring but as two bands one led by Martin Turner and the other by Andy Powell if I venture to see them it would definitely be the latter version . Whilst Martin was a great bass player and nominal vocalist it would have to be Andy Powell and that Flying V guitar for me. Sadly looks like Stackridge have called it a day but never say never [I hope] .
 
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