Three actresses, lumbered by useless boyfriends, are plucked from a theatrical chorus-line to form a manufactured rock group: the 'Little Ladies'.




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Series cast summary:
Charlotte Cornwell Charlotte Cornwell ...  Anna Ward 6 episodes, 1976
Julie Covington Julie Covington ...  Devonia 'Dee' Rhoades 6 episodes, 1976
Rula Lenska ...  Nancy 'Q' Cunard de Longchamps 6 episodes, 1976
Stephen Moore ...  Jack 6 episodes, 1976
Billy Murray ...  Spike 6 episodes, 1976
Emlyn Price Emlyn Price ...  Derek Huggin 6 episodes, 1976
Angela Bruce ...  Gloria 5 episodes, 1976
Michael Shannon ...  Carl 'Tubes' Benson 5 episodes, 1976
David Joss Buckley ...  Chris 4 episodes, 1976
Angela Chadfield Angela Chadfield ...  Joyce 4 episodes, 1976
Ellis Dale Ellis Dale ...  Schubert Birnbaum 4 episodes, 1976
Vivienne Burgess Vivienne Burgess ...  Mrs. Wynd 3 episodes, 1976
Christopher Neil Christopher Neil ...  David 3 episodes, 1976
Bill Stewart ...  Bob 3 episodes, 1976
Peter Van Hooke Peter Van Hooke ...  The Group 3 episodes, 1976
James Warwick ...  Nigel 3 episodes, 1976


Three actresses, lumbered by useless boyfriends, are plucked from a theatrical chorus-line to form a manufactured rock group: the 'Little Ladies'.

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The Little Ladies Will Rock Your World


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Followed by Rock Follies of '77 (1977) See more »

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Adored this when I was 18, but now I only adore the soundtrack
10 March 2020 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

I saw this as a teenager and thought it was fantastic. I recall it being a hilarious and involving story of a struggling girl group. I loved the songs and bought the album, and it's one of my favorite albums to this day.

43 years later I watch it again, and, well, it's awful.

At least the first episode is awful. I stuck with it for nostalgia's sake and it does pick up as it moves away from the Little Ladies pre-rock life to their time on the road. Most of the acting is weak, but Dee Covington is terrific as the edgiest member (she's also easily the best singer, later having a hit with Don't Cry for Me Argentina).

Their adventures are a mix of awful clubs, awful men, awful money men, awful choreography, way too many long speeches on this and that, and really terrific songs by Andy McKay (all the songs were apparently rerecorded for the album except Glenn Miller is Missing, and while the originals aren't as polished they're still generally quite good).

The great irony of Rock Follies is it's a series about the powerlessness of talented nobodies and the ways they are chewed up and spat out, and the idea for the series was actually stolen from a group called Rock Bottom, which came up with the idea as a vehicle for themselves and were quite upset to see it wind up as a vehicle for others (they eventually won a lawsuit). It's exactly the sort of thing that would happen in the series, and it's amazing to consider people creating a show critiquing the exact sort of exploitation they were involved in.

I saw the second season of Rock Follies years after the first, and I thought it was a terrible follow up, but now that I realize the original wasn't that good I suppose the sequel may have been about equivalent.

I don't know how much of my disappointment in this series is the difference between me at 18 and 60, and how much is that the quality of TV was so much worse in the 70s that there was a pretty low bar. Ultimately, the 17-year-old me recommends this, the 60-year-old me says don't bother, and both of us encourage you to get the soundtrack.

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24 February 1976 (UK) See more »

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