Great edition of TOTP just finished. I really hope they continue to make this a tradition every year. The titles were a compilation of previous title sequences with snow, captions used/animations into clips were very simple - no branding as used in the final series. They also made good use of performances from concerts, BBC One Sessions and Children in Need along with those in the studio.
Surprised the Xmas Day TOTP hasn't been discussed more.
Personally I found it very eerie and depressing to see this once brilliant show stripped down to an empty shell. OK, I know this edition was only TOTP in name and not in spirit, but still I couldn't help comparing it against the TOTP Xmas Day specials of yesteryear which had such a buzzing party atmosphere and huge efforts spent on presentation.
This was a positively wretched and tragic affair: an empty black studio with a few old TOTP signs left over from the final show strung from the ceiling, a dozen plastic Christmas trees from Homebase, captions in Verdana or some similar bland font, and generally no attempt at any TOTP branding whatsoever.
I know the BBC were never going to throw much money at a one-off, but it almost felt like they were trying to prove they'd spent nothing on this!
Perhaps the worst insult to the once mighty TOTP was the deathly silence in the background every time the presenters did a link; this killed off the sense of occasion and excitement that was so fundamental to TOTP through all the decades.