Apparently, the Musicians Union later insisted the songs being lip-synced to the original single versions, were re-recorded to create more employment for musicians. During the later BBC 2 and BBC Four re-runs, and compilations, there's a notable change during a long period of the series run of the original released audio re-recordings being re-produced, with presumably BBC "session" musicians, giving the vibe of a live music performance. (This may well have meant that certain musicians that performed on the original release were re-recording the TOTP re-version). This re-recording policy later evolved to reverting back to miming to the released version, and in the final few years of the original first-run, fully live in-studio performances were the preference - as The Tube, Old Grey Whistle Test, and Later with Jools Holland were known for a non-mime fully live performance policy by then. See more »
After the final closing credits in the last ever show, Jimmy Saville is seen entering the empty studio and switches out the lights for the last time. See more »
All it is is music performances and a chart rundown
I tend to switch over when someone rubbish plays. But when someone good plays, I watch. I find the presenters quite annoying, they need comedians like Johnny Vegas not Fearne Cotton! And it's such a BBC programme, it bigs up Lame Academy!
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