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More anarchy in the UK as Sex Pistols' four-letter outburst on TV is recreated for new drama


More anarchy in the UK as Sex Pistols’ infamous four-letter outburst on tea-time TV is recreated for new drama

It shocked millions of TV viewers and heralded the start of the punk era.

Now the Sex Pistols’ notorious expletive-ridden 1976 interview on ITV’s early evening Today show has been recreated for a new series about the controversial band.

The group, led by singer Johnny Rotten, were splashed across newspaper front pages after the interview with presenter Bill Grundy descended into chaos.

Grundy appeared to provoke the band to become more outrageous as the chat progressed. He sparked fury when he said to punk singer Siouxsie Sioux, who was also present: ‘We’ll meet afterwards, shall we?’

Now the Sex Pistols’ notorious expletive-ridden 1976 interview (pictured) on ITV’s early evening Today show has been recreated for a new series about the controversial band

Now the Sex Pistols’ notorious expletive-ridden 1976 interview (pictured) on ITV’s early evening Today show has been recreated for a new series about the controversial band

Pistols guitarist Steve Jones said: ‘You dirty b******! You dirty f*****! What a f****** rotter!’

The interview led to hundreds of complaints. Today was later cancelled and Grundy was dropped from prime-time TV.

It came after the band released punk anthem Anarchy In The UK.

The new series Pistol, made by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, is based on Jones’s memoirs and follows the group’s rise to fame.

It features Anson Boon, 22, from hit war movie 1917, as Rotten and Australian actor Toby Wallace, 26, as Jones.

The series will be available on Disney Plus from May 31.

Meanwhile, the Sex Pistols are re-issuing their once-banned 1977 No2 hit God Save The Queen to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

Some 4,000 copies of the punk anthem will be re-released through Virgin, and 1977 copies of the rare A&M version will also be available.

The A&M version will include a B-side to the record of original release No Feelings, while the Virgin edition will have Did You No Wrong.

The new series Pistol (pictured), made by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, is based on Jones’s memoirs and follows the group’s rise to fame

The new series Pistol (pictured), made by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, is based on Jones’s memoirs and follows the group’s rise to fame

Queen had initially been booked to appear on the Today show but were forced to pull out over Freddie Mercury’s toothache, with the Sex Pistols called on as last minute replacements.

Matlock previously revealed that the group came close to skipping the interview. He said: ‘We very nearly didn’t do it. This big limousine turned up outside this place. [Being] punk rockers we were like: “We’re not getting in that thing.”

‘Then this phone call came through from [their manager] Malcolm McLaren saying: “If you don’t do it your wages will be stopped this week.” We were all in the car like a shot.’

The interview came three months before the band signed to A&M on a table outside Buckingham Palace, flanked by a police officer, after being dropped from EMI.

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