ABBA w Studio 2

Filmed: Thursday 7 October 1976

Location: TVP Studio, Warsaw, Poland

Broadcast: Saturday 13 November 1976, 20:40-21:20, TVP1, Poland

Release status: This programme has not been included on any officially released video or DVD

Duration: 46:10

Shown in: Poland

Additional information

ABBA w Studio 2 = ABBA in Studio 2

Studio 2 was not a place as thought, but a periodical program series run on Polish TV (TVP1) between 1974-1983 on every third Saturday.

ABBA arrived in Warsaw to promote the forthcoming album Arrival which would released on 11 October 1976. The TVP team made a short documentary about the trip including a short interview with mainly Benny, Björn and Stig which was done by journalists during the flight.

In this show ABBA performed almost all new songs from the new album and the already well-known world hit Fernando twice. The show also known as ABBA in Poland.

ABBA performed (all to playback):-

  1. Arrival (only about 1.5 minutes of it)
  2. Waterloo (over footage of preparations for, and ABBA's arrival at the airport)
  3. SOS (separate footage of Agnetha on her own in Poland and Benny, Björn and Frida on the aeroplane)
  4. Nina Pretty Ballerina (over footage of them on the steps of the plane and arriving at their hotel)
  5. Dancing Queen
  6. My Love My Life
  7. When I Kissed The Teacher
  8. Knowing Me Knowing You
  9. Fernando
  10. Tiger
  11. Money, Money, Money
  12. Fernando

Agnetha had travelled ahead with her father the day before and then met Benny, Frida and Björn off the plane. She had filmed SOS the day before and it was interspersed with a rather embarrassed looking Benny, Frida & Björn "singing" on the plane!

Broadcast information
Saturday 13 November 1976, 20:40-21:20, TVP1, Poland
Saturday 29 April 1978, 18:30-19:30, on channel WIN-4, Australia *
Repeated 23 and 25 February 2008 on channel Kultura, Poland
Knowing Me, Knowing Me was broadcast on the Rage programme in Australia on 3 November 2012 proving it's available for licence and broadcast.

Click here for a TV listing from Dziennik Polski - 12-13-14 December 1976
Click here for a TV listing from The Canberra Times - 28 April 1978, p.18 *

  1. Ingvar Fältskog (Agnetha's father) getting out of the car (Nina Pretty Ballerina)
  2. Agnetha getting ratty with her father! (Nina Pretty Ballerina)
  3. In My Love My Life there could be two versions of this filmed, with one shot of Agnetha on her own interspersed with the footage of her and Frida together (or do you think it's just camera angles?)
  4. Also My Love My Life - it ends rather abruptly with a sudden burst of audience applause. The reason for this is because there's a 2-second long picture and sound error on the master tape. Thankfully it's right at the end of the song.
  5. Frida playing air guitar at the end of Knowing Me Knowing You.
  6. Agnetha and Frida nearly losing control in a fit of giggles just before the start of the second verse of Fernando
  7. In the reprise of Fernando, in one shot Frida has lost her hair band yet seconds later it reappears!

Arrival

Waterloo

The Polish TV Studio 2 special flight on Polish Airlines is ready for boarding.  The special flight expects the special guests - the pop music group ABBA.  Anni-Frid, Benny, Agnetha and Björn - take places please.

What does the word "ABBA" mean?

Frida: It's very simple. ABBA is the initials of our first name. And my name is Anni-Frid.
Benny: I am B - Benny.
Björn: And I am the other B - Björn. And my wife is Agnetha. She is actually in Warsaw already. See, when we fly, because we have a daughter of 31/2 years old, we try to fly separately when we can.

SOS

Why do you have one of the Bs inverted in such a shape?
Benny: Well I don't know. It's an idea from our layout man.  It's two guys and two girls, two pairs and turned to each other.

Which one B is inverted?
Björn: Well I don't know. I guess it's me!

And your opinion?
Benny: Well yes, he is a bit backwards all the time, yeah!

Mr Anderson, as a manager of ABBA and also as an author of the words of some songs of this group, would you please tell us something about money?
Stig Anderson: About what?!

About money!
Stig: Well, to start with we have so many fans here in Poland which we know of, so we thought we would like to go down once and do this television programme and we don't take any money for it.

(Audience in the studio applaud)

Do you want a big crowd at your performance in Poland?
Frida: No we don't want any audience in the studio.

(Audience is shown again in the studio with shouts of disapproval).

I have the connection with the TV studio in Warsaw crowded with people waiting for ABBA - they are very surprised that you don't want audience during the show.
Benny: Of course naturally we want an audience. It's much more fun to play in front of an audience.

(Audience in the studio applaud again)

(Björn, Benny, Frida and Stig are served drinks on the plane)

Björn: Nastwowje!  Thank you. We are very happy to be in Poland.
Stig: Skål!

Nina Pretty Ballerina
(Benny, Björn and Frida are reunited with Agnetha as they pose on the steps of the aircraft and then get ready to travel onwards by car).

Dancing Queen (in kimonos)
My Love, My Life (in kimonos)

When I Kissed The Teacher (in white Arrival jumpsuits)
Knowing Me, Knowing You (in white Arrival jumpsuits)
Fernando (in white Arrival jumpsuits)
Tiger (in white Arrival jumpsuits)

Money, Money, Money (in 20s flapper outfits)

Björn: Thank you very much everybody. Finally, we'd just like to say that it's been a tremendous expeierience for Benny to come here to Poland - and for the rest of us.
Frida: Yes, we really have been enjoying this. And I must tell you that you have been a wonderful audience. And we really love you. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Björn: OK, OK. Just to show you that we realloy mean what we say, we're gonna do Fernando one more time for you.

Fernando (in 20s flapper outfits)

Arrival

Thanks to Gabriel Zubowski, Jun Seo, Petr Mlejnek, Jozsef, Philippe Dupont, Philip Muytjens, Erik Leibstaedter, Steve Layton, Sam Shervz, Petri Kaasalainen and Alex Jones and thanks to Intermezzo Magazine for the transcription.
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