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How we made Top of the Pops

4 February 2014 2:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sixties producer Kate Greer and 90s producer Stanley Appel look back at the pop institution that upset Pete Waterman – and saw Yoko Ono appear wearing a sanitary towel on her face

Kate Greer, assistant producer, 1960s

I applied for a secretarial job at the BBC, but when I said I was interested in theatre, music and entertainment, they said I'd be useful in TV production. I was gobsmacked. I started off on Grandstand then, in 1965, was seconded to Top of the Pops, which had been launched to rival ITV's already successful Ready, Steady, Go!

The hit parade, as the charts were called then, had always been dominated by Us acts. But suddenly we had the Beatles, the Stones – and swinging London. Although our office was there, the first shows were filmed in Dickenson Road, Manchester, in an old church with a spireWe'd scour the city's clubs looking for kids to be in the audience. »

- Dave Simpson

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