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Colm (previously Col) 3,515 posts since 6 Jan 2003
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Top of the Pops

Thinking about it, perhaps the aim of cutting tracks down to 2/3 minute slots gave the TOTP audience an impetus to go out and buy the song to push it up the chart - so perhaps the next time it features, they may play a bit more, or a different section...

Or maybe Ciani and his team were using the show as a shop window for Radio 1/ CBBC... so many possible theories.

No explanation for scary, shouty Anthea though.
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Colm (previously Col) 3,515 posts since 6 Jan 2003
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Top of the Pops

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.
Colm (previously Col) 3,515 posts since 6 Jan 2003
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Top of the Pops

I've got a vague memory of TOTP trying to live-overlay a red nose on a "live" (who knows whether it was or not...) performance from the US or somewhere once, only it lagged way behind and after 30 seconds or so they gave up and the red nose swooshed off-screen. Anyone else remember that?


That was in 1995 on an edition also hosted by Lenny Henry, when the "victim" was Celine Dion, during a repeat showing of a satellite performance of "Think Twice" - the last of its seven weeks at Number 1.
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Colm (previously Col) 3,515 posts since 6 Jan 2003
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Top of the Pops

There's a 1992 edition which went out on a Saturday due to sports coverage...

(checks Popscene)

...Saturday 13th June 1992 at 5.30pm...

(checks Genome)

...as BBC1 were showing live coverage of Yugoslavia v England in the Euro 92 championship on the Thursday night, and CIS v Germany on the Friday.

I'd thought it was an athletics event which caused that particular schedule shift, but it turns out I was thinking of an August '94 edition which was a live broadcast on a Wednesday evening instead.
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Colm (previously Col) 3,515 posts since 6 Jan 2003
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Top of the Pops

A tight programme indeed, but lots of hits to get through, including five new studio performances. Sorry for a double negative, but they couldn't not feature the Roy Orbison and Mike and the Mechanics tracks given their decent chart climbs.

Surprised they didn't play the whole of the glorious "Wait" by Doctor Robert and Kym Mazelle, even though it's just a shade under three minutes long!

Edit: Brief blasts of feedback aside, no difference in the audio levels on the presenter mics on that edition.
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Colm (previously Col) 3,515 posts since 6 Jan 2003
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)

Top of the Pops

They were animated a week later - apart from the Gloria Estefan playout, that is.

Perhaps they wanted to downplay the new graphics on their first week out - particularly as from now on, there's no more end-performance captions with their charming (well, I liked them) animation.

I do wish they'd have sorted out the sound issues with the second presenter's mic by this stage - mind you, many of us will be grateful they hadn't on next week's 9pm episode Wink
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Colm (previously Col) 3,515 posts since 6 Jan 2003
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Top of the Pops

The first C4 run of The Chart Show in 1986 used the Network Singles and Albums Charts - with an end-credit shout-out to the Network Chart show on ILR that Sunday.

When the show's run resumed in April 1987, they switched to using their own chart - I'd assume MRIB had already sealed a deal with ITV to feature the Network Chart on the soon-to-debut Roxy.

(And it was shortly after the last edition of the Roxy that the Network Chart replaced the NME's own charts for a five-year stretch.)
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Colm (previously Col) 3,515 posts since 6 Jan 2003
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Top of the Pops

Elstree; four recording sessions over Sunday 8th and Monday 9th December.

Why they no longer record multiple links announcing the actual Christmas Number 1: there's no Word of God answer to that, but I imagine apathy has a part to play.

Or perhaps the production team/channel head is content to get the show in the can as early as possible, without having to make a final tweak days (or in a few cases in the past hours) before broadcast.

Or maybe they know only a minority of us viewers care about such minutiae Very Happy
Colm (previously Col) 3,515 posts since 6 Jan 2003
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Top of the Pops

The Twitter impressions for the Christmas specials, as well as the BBC Four repeats run, are as important, if not more so, than the ratings.

Granted, it's the more loyal viewers who tend to boost the trends, but they're the ones who've helped keep the TOTP name alive, which given the past decade, is a worthy feat.

Also, it's certainly getting to a point where you start to wonder if some of the performers on the Christmas/New Year specials may even remember when TOTP was a weekly series...
Colm (previously Col) 3,515 posts since 6 Jan 2003
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Top of the Pops

The first TOTP of my lifetime, and the previous week's with the chart as it was on my date of birth, have each been shown during the BBC Four repeat run; the latter also got a UK Gold airing.

I'm grateful BBC Four's TOTP run has continued thus far and has maintained a loyal viewing/social media base, and we've got the guarantee of at least another year of shows with (hopefully) only potential minimal tweaking. Both my husband and I hope the run continues into the 1990s, but in my older age, it's not the be-all and and-all if that doesn't happen.

Of tonight's programmes, the first is the edition documented in the excellent "One Day in the Life of Television" [54:36 in]:



while the second is the first time out for Sybil Ruscoe.
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Colm (previously Col) 3,515 posts since 6 Jan 2003
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Top of the Pops

The Radio 1 FM broadcast had "A Groovy Kind of Love" play right to the end of the track:

https://www.mixcloud.com/espeee/top-of-the-pops-1st-september-1988-with-steve-wright-mark-goodier-radio-1-fm-stereo-switch-on/

(also includes an interesting live link-up, on Bruno Brookes' show, with Steve Wright about the pre-TOTP preparations outside TC8, as well as the news bulletin which followed, and the start of Liz Kershaw's show)

It could be a mere case the video was still in (post-)production, and a final edit wasn't ready in time for this edition of TOTP; so a compromise was made of a condensed version so the track could still be featured.

Phil's in the studio on the next show when the song climbs to Number 1, and this performance gets repeated the following week and on Christmas Day, so the complete video didn't end up getting played on TOTP.