I wouldn’t have thought an exact airdate like the one in the post (8th Jan 2021) would be confirmed this far in advance? Certainly interesting to know how early they record the documentaries though, I’ve always wondered about that.
Jennie Powell posted pictures of her doing her interview for the Story of 1989 a matter of days after the Story of 88 had gone out, so they clearly did that well in advance. Looks like this is even further in advance, recording for the Story of 1991 a good 4 months before the 1990 one even airs.
The BBC website listing the 1/6/89 edition showing on the 27th March. That's the edition which went out without the original graphics when UK Gold repeated it in the 90s, will be interesting to see if it's the same this time round, or if they've found a copy of the episode with them.
I WANTED IT ALL!
Queen's comeback hit single, I Want It All, their first in nearly 3 years and the highest new entry smashing in high at No3 and yet it was treated diabolically by being cut dead less than halfway through. The calibre of the group, the impressive debut chart position and the fact they'd been away from the charts for a while surely demanded far more respect for this track and it amazes me that TOTP producers showed it so little. Not seen again as it then fell, despite Bruno reckoning it a possible chart topper the next week. Yet everyone that week knew full well that next week would be the Hillsborough Gerry Marsden/Paul McCartney charity track on top so who was he kidding.
Seeing Stefan Dennis video play out with his jumping on the Kylie and Jason bandwagon single just makes me thankful that he didn't also soar to the heights of singles sales they did or by the end of '89 I'm convinced we'd have had Mrs Mangel (Vivean Gray) popping up with something on TOTP too.
tbf, in hindsight, we know why Queen's public appearances had become less and less by this stage...
The chart run of "I Want It All" foreshadows the state of the singles chart in the 1990s - pre-release airplay and marketing hype leading to a high new entry in the week of release as all the fans buy their copies, followed by a quick descent in subsequent weeks.
Which we won't see truly reflected to an extent on TOTP until we get to the Chris Cowey era in 1997 - songs being featured when they're falling down the chart etc.