Television Appearances

BOUTON ROUGE

“How Many More Years (You’re Gonna Wreck My Life)”
BROADCAST: January 20, 1968
Live performance taped possibly in December 1967 at the Speakeasy in London by a French camera crew. Two songs were broadcast on the French TV program Bouton Rouge in early 1968 (across two episodes). Exists in the INA archives.

BOUTON ROUGE

“Me My Friend”
BROADCAST: February 10, 1968
Second songs from the live performance taped possibly in December 1967 at the Speakeasy in London by a French camera crew. Two songs were broadcast on the French TV program Bouton Rouge in early 1968 (across two episodes). Exists in the INA archives.

SEIZE MILLIONS DE JEUNES

“How Many More Years (You’re Gonna Wreck My Life)”
Broadcasted: March 21, 1968
This is another film piece from possibly December 1967 taken at the Speakeasy in London by a French film crew. This seems to be a second, different performance of the song, not just another version of the same one. This early version eventually evolved into the song called ‘A Song For Me’. The footage appeared on a semi-documentary culture program broadcasted on French TV. Still exists and is stored in the INA archives in France.

MAKE IT MY PLACE

“The Breeze”
Broadcasted: November 13, 1968
A full program dedicated to remodeling the house the Family lived in, with a primary focus on Ric Grech. Includes rehearsal footage of the band at their house and performing on stage at the Speakeasy the song ‘The Breeze’. Exists in BBC archives.

POINT CHAUD

“Old Songs New Songs”
Broadcasted: December 28, 1968
Black-and-white transmission of fully lip-synced performance, complete with dancing girls, taped late 1968 (prob) in Paris, France. Exists in INA archives.

HOW LATE IT IS

“Dim”
Broadcasted: April 11, 1969
Live vocal over pre-recorded (studio LP) track performance, taped spring 1969. Show hosted by Angela Huth, Richard Neville, Pete Drummond, Ronnie Fletcher. Exists via the “Bob Pratt” tapes and is held in BBC archives. Has been rebroadcasted as part of the BBC’s Sounds of the Sixties series. Officially released on the Family BBC box set DVD in 2018.

COLOUR ME POP

“The Weavers Answer”
“Observations From A Hill”
“How-Hi-The-Li”
“Processions”
“A Song For Me”

Broadcasted: May 10, 1969
Live studio performance, taped at an unknown date, 1969. Video tape wiped. Audio exists as an off-air recording.

TOPPOP
“A Song For Me”

Broadcasted: November 17, 1969
Live performance at Studio 3, TV-Byen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Video confirmed wiped. Off-air audio recording exists.

BAAF

“A Song For Me”
Broadcasted: January 24, 1970
Brief (1 minute) live performance clip of the band on stage in Hamburg, Germany. Exists in the archives.

TOUS EN SCENE

“Love Is A Sleeper”
“Drowned In Wine”

Broadcasted: May 23, 1970
Live performance at Antenne Culturelle du Kremlin-Bicêtre, Paris, France. Canned audience added to soundtrack. Exists in INA archives.

THE BEAT GOES ON II – POPKLUBBEN

“No Mule’s Fool”
Broadcasted: April 16, 1970
Video clip of a concert performance at Brøndby Pop Club, Nørregård Hallen, Brøndby, Denmark November 22, 1969 presented in this Danish arts program. Also appearing Burning Red Ivanhoe. Does survive in their archives.

DISCO 2

“Today”
Broadcasted: May 9, 1970
Not much is known about this TV appearance as it is wiped from the BBC archives, but it is believed to have been a live performance. Also on this episode were the Groundhogs.

BEAT CLUB

“The Weaver’s Answer”
Broadcasted: June 27, 1970
ecorded live at Radio Bremen Studios, Bremen, Germany in June 1970. Available officially on the Beat Club Story vol. 2 DVD box set. Exists in Radio Bremen archive.

TOP OF THE POPS

“The Weaver’s Answer”
Broadcasted: August 27, 1970
The group’s first TOTP performance; their single was at #40 that week. Officially wiped from the BBC archive, a pristine copy of this performance exists via the Bob Pratt tapes and has been officially released as part of the Family BBC boxset in 2018.

TOPPOP

“The Weaver’s Answer”
Broadcasted: September 22, 1970
Lip-synch performance to a unique recording for the first episode of this Dutch TV program. Some rebroadcasts sync to original album recording. Exists in AVRO archive.

DOING THEIR THING

“Good News, Bad News”
“Drowned In Wine”
“Processions/No Mule’s Fool”
“Strange Band”
“Holding The Compass” (over credits)

Broadcasted: September 25, 1970
Live TV studio performance in front of a small audience. Broadcasted only in the North West region of the United Kingdom by Granada Television. Rebroadcasted on private cable channel Jimmy. Exists in ITN archive. Released on the Family BBC box set DVD in 2018.

POP DEUX

“Good News, Bad News”
“Processions/No Mule’s Fool”
The Weaver’s Answer”
Broadcasted: October 31, 1970
Video-taped live concert at Taverne l’Olympia in Paris, France. Additional songs “Wheels” and “Strange Band” are suggested via newspaper advert to have also been taped. Exists in INA archive.

POP DEUX

“Holding The Compass”
“Part Of The Load”
“Good News, Bad News”

Broadcasted: January 16, 1971
Film extracts from live concert at l’Olympia in Paris, France, January 10, 1971. Also features band being interviewed backstage by show host. Exists in INA archive.

POP SHOP

unknown
Broadcasted: April 1, 1971
Details unconfirmed. Could very well be the same as the well known Stop Pop episode from later this month.

STOP POP

“Part Of The Load”
“Good News, Bad News”
“Processions/No Mule’s Fool”
“The Weaver’s Answer”
“Dim” (over credits)

Broadcasted: April 24, 1971
24-minute TV special filmed presumably in Belgium. ‘Good News Bad News’ is a live concert excerpt. It has been rebroadcasted on the Jimmy channel as Rock Of The Seventies. Also officially released as Masters From The Vaults on DVD, albeit in an edited form. This could be the same program as Pop Shop. Black and white copy exists in INA archive. Also referred to as the Ben et Babette show.

TOP OF THE POPS

“In My Own Time”
Broadcasted: July 1, 1971
Second appearance on TOTP, plugging their new single. Exists in the BBC archive. This performance, which was to be John Weider’s final appearance with the group, was repeated on the July 22, 1971 TOTP (single at #30). Full episode rebroadcasted on UK Gold and Family’s performance as part of the Prog Rock @ the BBC special. Officially released on the Family BBC box set DVD in 2018.

TOP OF THE POPS

“In My Own Time”
Broadcasted: August 5, 1971
This would be a second, 2nd performance of this single (at #11) on TOTP; their third appearance on the show and the first TV show with John Wetton (and two double neck guitars). Doesn’t exist in the BBC archive, believed wiped. A repeat performance shown August 26, 1971, on TOTP.

BEAT CLUB

“Holding The Compass”
“Part Of The Load” (unbroadcast)
Broadcasted: September 25, 1971
This is their 2nd and final appearance on the popular German TV show that syndicated in parts as far away as South Africa and South America. The performance is acoustic with the host noting Rob Townsend absence. ‘Holding The Compass” available officially on the Beat Club Story vol. 2 DVD box set. Exists in Radio Bremen archive. ‘Part Of The Load’ remains in the vault.

HITS A GO GO

“In My Own Time”
Broadcasted: October 8, 1971
Swiss TV appearance minus Rob Townsend (similar to the previous Beat Club appearance, but with unknown fill-in drummer). Live vocals over the recorded studio master. Rebroadcasted as part of Einsfestival (German TV) in 2014.

OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST

“Between Blue And Me”
“Spanish Tide”
Broadcasted: November 11, 1971
Full pre-taped insert session exists in the BBC archives. (The full episode does not). Includes two takes of “Between Blue And Me” and four of “Spanish Tide” with the band miming to studio tracks over live vocals. Of note is the full introduction of “Between Blue And Me” edited out of the official release. “Spanish Tide” appears on the BBC special Whistle Test Years 1971-1972. Both songs have also been rebroadcasted on Italian RAI TV. Officially released on the Family BBC boxset DVD in 2018.

ROCKENSTOCK

“A Song For Me”
“In My Own Time”
“Children”
“A Song For Me (Reprise)”

Broadcasted: January 15, 1972
21-minute French TV show that features the band at what appears to be Olympic Studios in London, jamming specially for the camera. Brief interview with Roger Chapman in between tunes. Also featured on this episode is Pink Floyd film excerpts. Black and white copy exists in INA archive.

TELE MIDI

“Spanish Tide”
Broadcasted: February 8, 1972
A mimed performance in front of studio audience for a French TV program. Most likely the last TV appearance with John Wetton. Black and white copy exists in INA archive.

POP SHOP

unknown
Broadcasted: April 6, 1972
No further details known. Possibly a repeat of the 1971 episode and/or Stop Pop program.

TOP OF THE POPS

“Burlesque”
Broadcasted: October 5, 1972
Family’s 4th and final appearance on TOTP with their single at #30. Doesn’t exist in BBC archive, believed wiped.

FULL HOUSE

“My Friend The Sun”
“Top Of The Hill”
Broadcasted: February 10, 1973
Family’s final (known) TV appearance. Episode exists in BBC archive. This includes Family performing “Top Of The Hill”.

OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST

interview
Broadcasted: September 25, 1973
An interview with Roger Chapman about the Family farewell tour by Whispering Bob Harris pre-recorded for the Old Grey Whistle Test program. Two takes exists in BBC archive.

4 responses to “Television Appearances”

  1. ALLAN MCDERMOTT Avatar
    ALLAN MCDERMOTT

    Hi, I’ve tried googling this with no luck, does anyone who went to UK cinemas in the 70s remember an ad for milk featuring the surprising choice of the band, Family? If so what was the song used? thanks.

    1. fbandstand Avatar
      fbandstand

      Sounds interesting! Perhaps you may try to ask this on the Facebook group? https://www.facebook.com/groups/bootsnroots/

  2. Ian Holmes Avatar
    Ian Holmes

    I recall the cinema ad as being for tea rather than milk, but time plays tricks. The band were seen, albeit fleetingly, playing Broken Nose live at The Rainbow Theatre in London. There was also some footage from the dressing room of band members raising a cuppa tea!

  3. Steven Maginnis Avatar

    What accounted for Rob Townsend’s absence on “Beat-Club” and “Hits a Go-Go”? I’ve heard that Uschi Nerke on “Beat-Club” was saying in German in introducing the band’s performance of “Holding the Compass” that Townsend had been bitten by a dog. But, as my German is practically non-existent, I have no idea if this is true.

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