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Top of the Pops 

A rundown of the latest chart hits, featuring in-studio performances from popular music artists.
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Series cast summary:
The Ladybirds The Ladybirds ...  Vocal Backing / ... 632 episodes, 1966-1978
Pan's People Pan's People ...  Themselves / ... 355 episodes, 1968-1976
Jimmy Savile ...  Self - Presenter / ... 259 episodes, 1964-2006
Legs & Co Legs & Co ...  Themselves - Gill, Lulu, Patti, Pauline, Rosemary, Sue / ... 261 episodes, 1976-1981
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A rundown of the latest chart hits, featuring in-studio performances from popular music artists.

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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 »

Crazy Credits

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 »

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All it is is music performances and a chart rundown
19 October 2003 | by GreatwhitewhaleSee all my reviews

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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UK

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English

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12 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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| (1 episode) | (5 episodes)

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Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color (1970-2006)| Black and White (1964-1970)

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1.33 : 1
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