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rdobbie419 posts since 21 Jan 2003
Asa posted:
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.
Paul02163 posts since 3 Mar 2006
Didn't think it was that bad, but my thoughts err in that direction.

The constant darkness- reminiscent of a nightclub, I suppose- doesn't help.
Brekkie32,388 posts since 4 Jan 2003
As far as I'm concerned TOTP is axed - and I see no reason why it should return at all for a Christmas special - which over the years themselves had faded in much the same way as the main show.


And surely it's on at a time when most people are eating anyway!
jrothwell972,681 posts since 29 Oct 2006
Despite the fact that the set was rubbish and the titles were awful, the actual TOTP show was wonderful. I'm glad that they actually made an effort to choose the only decent tracks that had been released (none of the phlegm that you hear on Radio 1) and the bands and presenters were certainly trying their best.

And TBH I don't mind the fact that TOTP as a weekly show is no more - there's no reason why it can't continue at Christmas.
r2ro1,469 posts since 1 Jan 2005
jrothwell97 posted:
Despite the fact that the set was rubbish and the titles were awful, the actual TOTP show was wonderful. I'm glad that they actually made an effort to choose the only decent tracks that had been released (none of the phlegm that you hear on Radio 1) and the bands and presenters were certainly trying their best.

And TBH I don't mind the fact that TOTP as a weekly show is no more - there's no reason why it can't continue at Christmas.


Agree totally. It was good to see the biggest hits being played live with those other hits being put into a short compilation. You're also right about the effort - both bands and presenters seemed to be trying quite hard, even though Reggie's and Fearne's jokes were terrible.

It works as a one off event at Christmas, and should remain, but I can't see how it'd ever be able to go back to a weekly show as it once was.
Joe6,555 posts since 9 Oct 2005
Maybe it's do with the presenters? If you have average presenters, like Fearne and Reggie, it can become something that doesn't appeal to everyone.

For example, I doubt Top Gear would be as popular with out its current presentation team, even with the same format.

Also, I felt it worked well by losing some of the artists you might expect to be shown, i.e. more 'quality' artists. I would even say that loss of the chart countdown was good.