David Bowie filmed an appearance in the BBC drama The Pistol Shot on 31 January 1968.
The shoot took place at Television Centre in west London. Bowie was part of a group performing a minuet, led by Bowie’s on-off collaborator Lindsay Kemp.
Also in the production was dancer Hermione Farthingale, with whom Bowie began a relationship during the shoot. Farthingale (real name Hermione Dennis) became his musical collaborator and muse over the following year, until their separation in February 1969.
The Pistol Shot was broadcast on 20 May 1968, as part of the BBC’s Theatre 625 strand. It was repeated on 24 December, after which the tape was wiped.
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