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ITN Archive/Music Discovers Rare Footage of Sting and Stewart Copeland

5 May 2006

Almost 30 years ago this week pop band, The Police, released their debut single, "Fall Out"/"Nothing Achieving", in May 1977, on their own label Illegal Records. ITN has now discovered original footage of the young and then virtually unknown Sting and Stewart Copeland, pasting up posters advertising their single on London’s Kings Road that very year.

The film is part of a reel of footage shot by an ITN cameraman who, by chance one Saturday afternoon, went down the Kings Road to collect some stock footage of punks.

The footage shows Copeland pasting The Police posters and Sting holding them as they fixed them to the wall. This previously unseen footage was shot well before The Police released their debut album 'Outlandos d'Amour ' in November 1978.

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Notes to Editors:

1. The Police’s debut single "Fall Out"/"Nothing Achieving" sold out its initial pressing selling nearly 70,000 copies - an unprecedented feat for both an independent label and a new act in the 70s. The success of this single brought more independent labels out of the woodwork and helped the punk music phenomenon grown in the UK.

2. ITN Archive/Music consists of some 80,000 hours of music footage featuring interviews and performances from some of the most iconic music stars from the 1930s to present day. ITN Archive/Music includes debut UK television performances from the likes of Sex Pistols, The Clash, Madonna, Joy Division and Billie Holliday.

3. ITN Archive is an international company and one of the largest commercial archives in the world, with nearly 700,000 hours of moving imagery. With footage from 1896 to the present day, ITN Archive represents exclusively the collections of ITN, Reuters, British Pathe, Granada, Channel 4, Film Four, Fox News and Fox Movietone. The enormous range of the collections provides imagery from celebrity and entertainment to politics and current affairs; from wildlife to history to fashion.