The Sex Pistols and Bill Grundy
1 December 1976
On the 1 December The Sex Pistols were booked to appear on Thames TV's 'Today' programme, which aired live at 6.25pm. The group were a replacement for Queen, who had pulled out. The resulting encounter between presenter Bill Grundy, The Sex Pistols and an entourage who included Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin lapsed into a slanging match that included the use of four letter words. The resulting media frenzy and public outrage (one incensed viewer apparently kicked in their TV screen) turned the Sex Pistols into a household name overnight.