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Top of the Pops (TV Series 1964–2012) Poster

(1964–2012)

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The very first episode was show at 6:36pm on New Years Day in 1964. The pilot episode was titled, "The Teen & Twenty Record Club". Top of the UK charts at the time of the series launch were:
  • 1. I Want to Hold Your Hand (The Beatles)
  • 2. Glad All Over (The Dave Clark Five)
  • 3. She Loves You (The Beatles)
  • 4. You Were Made For Me (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • 5. I Only Want to Be With You (Dusty Springfield)
  • 6. 24 Hours From Tulsa (Gene Pitney)
  • 7. Dominique (The Singing Nun)
  • 8. Secret Love (Kathy Kirby)
  • 9. Swingin' On a Star (Big Dee Irwin)
  • 10. Hippy Hippy Shake (The Swinging Blue Jeans)
Latest episode ever aired on July 30, 2006.
Presenter Janice Long (1982-1988) was the first full time female presenter, nearly 20 years after the show first began.
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Sir Jimmy Savile was the shows first and longest running presenter stretching 20 years, leaving in 1984.
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The show celebrated its 1000th edition in March 1983, featuring long time host Jimmy Savile
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Frankie Goes To Hollywood's song "Relax" was banned from Top Of The Pops in 1984, it was however shown on the 20th Anniversary show and end of year show.
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Lynsey De Paul was one of the guests appearing on the 10th anniversary program in 1974.
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It has been announced that on July 2006 its last edition will be broadcast. At 42 years continuous run since 1964, it is the longest running weekly popular music TV show in the world.
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The vast majority of the 1960's episodes of this program no longer exist in the BBC archives, and it appears several 1970's episodes are lost as well. It has been alleged because of rights issues plus costs these were wiped.
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Throughout its 42-year run, the TV series underwent 9 theme tunes and 5 logo changes.
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When BBC director Bruce Gowers's short film of Queen performing "Bohemian Rhapsody" aired during a 1974 episode of the TV series, it created a milestone when the pop music video was effectively born.
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