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2GS and the Pop People (ITV Entertainment 1972)



Six-episode LWT series 2GS and the Pop People aired on Saturday nights in June and July 1972.

Twenty dancers and singers with individual talents made up the Second Generation or the 2G’s as they were known for this series. The aim was to take a fresh look at the pop world with a range that covered classic songs to new tunes and medleys of pop standards. Each week there was a guest DJ spot.

A number of musical acts, including Slade, The Bee Gees, Lulu, Sandie Shaw, The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Argent, Sweet Charity, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Osibisa, Al Stewart, Scott Walker, Labi Siffre, and Neil Reid, were hosted by the well-known 20-piece television dance group The Second Generation (“The 2G’s”), which choreographer Dougie Squires founded as a successor to The Young Generation, who were TV stars in the sixties.

Jimmy Young, Tony Blackburn, Dave Lee Travis, Tony Brandon, Mike Raven, and Ed “Stewpot” Stewart were among the special guest DJs.

Spike Milligan and Larry Grayson also made appearances.

The choreographer was Dougie Squires (who also produced) assisted by Jaquie Dalton and vocal direction was by John McCarthy. Musical director was Harry Rabinowitz.

UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 6×45 minute episodes / Broadcast Saturday 10 June – 15 July 1972