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The only way a pop star gets on the small screen these days is via cookery programmes. Where are the new Top of the Pops and CD:uk? As two music pilots launch, we look at what is going wrong
Music on television just does not work. If you ask around in TV circles, this is what people say. It is more than five years since Top of the Pops, CD:uk and Popworld all disappeared, two-and-a-half years since the BBC axed youth strand Switch, and six months since T4 shut its doors. Simon Cowell, no stranger to getting ideas away, said in 2011 that a Top of the Pops-style show restricted to the UK was simply "not cost effective", adding ominously that "to do it properly it would need to be bigger than one country". His plans for such a show were, he said, "for a year down the line" – two years on, »
- Peter Robinson
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The lessons we can take from Saturday's Britain's Got Talent final are numerous. We now know, for example, that the quickest way to a British person's heart is to contort your body into a silhouette of Winston Churchill's face. We also know that impressionists only have a shelf-life of about 10 minutes before they become genuinely infuriating. But most importantly, we know that live TV is the best thing ever invented.
When irked cellist Natalie Holt strolled out between a pair of monotonous opera singers and started gleefully flinging eggs at Simon Cowell, it wasn't just the defining moment of this year's show. It was a masterclass in what »
- Stuart Heritage
Like everybody else who was taking solids on 6 July 1972, I genuinely remember seeing David Bowie perform Starman on Top of the Pops. It's one of the few historic pieces of pop television I recall clearly. I knew who David Bowie was, had already bought his records and had even seen him wearing a dress on the cover of Melody Maker. That short appearance with the Spiders From Mars, doing a song that only got on the record because somebody at RCA thought it was a hit, felt like an arrival. It wasn't just the clothes. Lots of acts raided the dressing-up box. What struck me then and strikes me now is the way he worked out which camera he was on and, through it, »
- David Hepworth
The penultimate episode of The Big Reunion airs this evening on ITV2 (March 21), and we're already unsure as to how we will cope when 5ive, B*Witched, 911 and co are no longer entertaining us with their dark tales of '90s pop excess.
Abz from 5ive has become a hilarious must-watch figure of fun and the heartbreaking split between B*Witched's Lindsay and 911's Lee has been a weirdly emotional watch. The whole thing has had us digging out our old Live & Kicking magazines and wondering whatever happened to Let Loose.
The show's proved a hit for ITV2, so they're going to need to bring it back in some form in 2014. Digital Spy has five suggestions for Big Reunion spinoffs.
The Big Britpop Reunion
Robbie Williams's worst nightmare - a Britpop Big Reunion special. Bring back the bands who made the Good Mixer the place to be (or avoid »
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