The first event, Pop At The MAC, on Saturday August 7, focuses on the music programmes of yesteryear and will include television footage of the Bee Gees that was thought lost until Midland archivists Kaleidoscope tracked it down in a private collection. The rare footage features The Bee Gees (pictured below) performing their album track Birdie Told Me on the TV series Once More With Felix. It is being screened at the MAC in black and white for the first time since it was broadcast on BBC2 in 1968.
The event will also feature special guest, singer Patti Boulaye OBE, who will speak about her glittering musical career as one of the leading British entertainers of the 1970s and '80s, and launch her new autobiography, The Faith of a Child.
Kaleidoscope has also been working hard to restore a number of Top Of The Pops recordings from the early 1970s, including the Bay City Rollers' first appearance on the show and Status Quo performing the track Paper Plane (below). These will be shown at the MAC events.
Rarities on display include a Monty Python sketch about patriotism from a 1971 European TV variety show that was long thought destroyed. Kaleidoscope recently discovered a complete copy of the sketch in Germany. It will be screened alongside a number of other special discoveries, including an episode of cult Midlands soap opera Crossroads that was assumed to have been wiped by ATV.
The two summer screenings form a run-up to the launch of Square Eyes at MAC this November, a new, ten-day festival delving into TV's past, its ever-changing present and its possible future at a time when the Midlands is finally putting itself back on the televisual map. Expect special screenings, Q&A sessions and more unique archive footage courtesy of Kaleidoscope.
Chris Perry, Kaleidoscope's CEO, says: "It's hard to believe that classic groups like the Bee Gees had their material wiped routinely. Kaleidoscope is delighted when it can recover these lost gems."
Adds David Baldwin, MAC's cinema and screen producer: "We're very pleased to be working with Kaleidoscope. Chris and his team have an insatiable passion for TV, so having them show these amazing finds at MAC is an absolute treat."