Had to laugh at this. Hot Gossip made PP look like nuns!
All in the best possible taste: Strictly's Arlene to bring back Hot Gossip dance troupe for Kenny Everett stage show
Last updated at 9:10 AM on 2nd January 2009
Arlene Phillips, the Strictly Come Dancing judge, is bringing back her risque dance troupe Hot Gossip for a new stage show about the zany real-life world of innovative TV and radio star Kenny Everett.
The Hot Gossip dancers were a regular feature of the Kenny Everett shows on television in the late Seventies and through the Eighties.
Raunchy dance troupe Hot Gossip, pictured here in 1978, are poised for a comeback
Their sexy routines and costumes (a lot of tight hot-pants, I seem to recall) made their counterparts, Pan's People on Top Of The Pops, look like nuns.
Sarah Brightman, one of Arlene's 'girls', sang Hot Gossip's hit single I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper.
Kenny Everett, centre left, and comedian Henry McGee pose with the female dancers of Hot Gossip in 1979
'Arlene's agreed to bring back Hot Gossip - and I want to bring back Kenny Everett's naughty bits,' producer David Pugh joked after I spotted him breakfasting with Arlene at the Wolseley restaurant in Piccadilly, London, recently with his business partner Dafydd Rogers.
Choreographer and Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, pictured in 1980, is bringing back Hot Gossip
Bringing back Hot Gossip is just one of several elements Pugh has been putting together for the show about Everett.
For a time, in the Seventies and Eighties, DJ and television entertainer Kenny was one of the most controversial stars on radio and television.
His TV shows included comedy sketches, animated sequences, and erotic and exotic routines from Hot Gossip.
But he was always being fired, then re-hired, by BBC radio for indiscreet (but often hilarious) comments about the great and the good of the day.
On one occasion, Everett went to a Conservative Party Conference and declared, when asked what the Tory faithful should do: 'Let's Bomb Russia!' - which just happens to be the title, perhaps a tentative one because it's early days, of the stage production Pugh will mount late this year or early next.
'We don't know how we're doing it yet, but the idea is to have a show with a sense of warmth, a sense of having a laugh. Kenny was all about those naughty bits - that's what we want to bring out,' Pugh told me.
Everett died in 1995. Pugh said he will travel to Australia soon to meet the star's mother and talk about Let's Bomb Russia.
Hot Gossip were known for their flamboyant costumes and outrageous moves