A rundown of the latest chart hits, featuring in-studio performances from popular music artists.
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A rundown of the latest chart hits, featuring in-studio performances from popular music artists.

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English

Release Date:

12 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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It was not unusual, to the extremely observant viewer, to notice certain set design elements were also used in Doctor Who, and probably other light entertainment shows, while both programmes were made at BBC Television Centre. As the artist performance area stages were re-designed and re-configured every week, it made sense to re-use the more abstract design pieces - such as metal mesh and shiny corrugated elements, left over from other shows. Obviously, the "Top of the Pops" sets elements are likely to have also been recycled for other shows too, as this would have kept the overall Television Sets budget down. See more »

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Yellow Pearl
Written by Phil Lynott
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The Good Old Days
31 October 2003 | by robert-jalberg7See all my reviews

I may be only 25, but I already feel like I'm way too old for TOTP. That is a real pity because up until the early 90s it felt like this was a national institution would be stay with me forever.

I guess most people think that, but the way in which TOTP has lost its importance is startling and sad. Of course, the current state of the music charts is mainly to blame, and the fact that there are dozens of music TV channels now.

I don't know what it was like in the 60s and 70s but you can't argue with audience figures of 15-16 million, while it now gets 2 million if it's lucky.

The shows I remember in the 80s were fun, colourful and lively; where the performers and the audience were out for fun. However, it now seems cynical, trashy and monotonous. I mean who can forget when The Brat performed "Chalk Dust" with a mock tennis court and umpire judge, and then of course there was the classic "Jocky Wilson" moment with Dexy's Midnight Runners.

Perhaps because I am a 80s child and remember when the charts were interesting, i.e. songs climbed up the charts to a position which (usually) justified the song. Now anything can go straight in at number one if they have appeared in a TV programme, or it's been played in a nightclub in Ayia Napa, or features some anodyne blonde blue-eyed rubbish boy band.

Anyway, I should stop moaning and remember the good old days.


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