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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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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.
How could this sound issue have carried on for such a length of time without any seeming intervention? Did anyone ever mention it on "Points of View" or in the Radio Times (or other publications which were available) at the time?
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.
...Saturday 13th June 1992 at 5.30pm...
...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.
Bonus that it was "Hey Music Lover" by S-Express.
The same bunch of people who you used to see week after week, among the audience or dancing on podia, during the Michael Hurll area.
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.
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
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.)
The Cypher graphics come back on Christmas Day 1990 for another nine months...
(Aside: Wouldn't it be great to see Jenny Powell turn up on a celebrity episode of The Chase?)
Another hint we may enter a new decade of TOTP if we keep watching and Tweeting... and BBC Four doesn't get the plug pulled.
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
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...
It's almost as if they created titles for use on a weekly basis... #ifonly
Vision Mixer: Priscilla Hoadley
Producer/Director: Brian Whitehouse
Production Assistant: Karen Rosie
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.
(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.