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Robin Nash obituary

27 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Producer of Top of the Pops during its 1970s heyday

Top of the Pops was a "must-watch" television programme for Britain's youth at its height in the 1970s, when Robin Nash, who has died aged 84, was its producer. The Thursday-evening programme, a showcase for chart singles acts, featured performers in the studio – miming to their own tracks, specially recorded the previous day – plus videos and the dance groups Pan's People and Legs & Co, with Radio 1 DJs as the hosts. The rules changed later, but in 2006, following a long decline in viewers, the show was finally axed.

During the Nash era (he was producer from 1973 to 1978 and executive producer from 1978 to 1981), sticking to the rules paid dividends. In 1979, Top of the Pops achieved a record audience of almost 20 million as the Police topped the charts with Message in a Bottle.

Nash – who had been with the BBC since 1952 – was a stickler for clinging to corporation diktat, »

- Anthony Hayward

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