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VMPhil9,909 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
I know we're not far away from the end of EastEnders using the EMI 2001s that dated back to the start of colour. They moved studios in July 91, so presumably that appeared on screen around mid-late August (possibly the same time the show went stereo when NICAM officially started?). Then Top Of The Pops moved into EastEnders' old studio in October.

You'll notice when they've gone stereo… the theme tune gets a remix for stereo and the first version is noticeably different. However they revised it so it sounded more similar to the original, before the 1993 version was introduced.
VMPhil9,909 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Well technically we've already heard that version of the theme tune on a handful of episodes in 1988-89, in fact a couple of those episodes were in stereo too (quite distractingly so too), possibly early experiments?

Must have been. I don't watch these repeats and AFAIK this news wasn't posted on here otherwise I would have checked at the time.

Edit: Actually it was posted about back in April but I guess I forgot all about that. I was more interested in when TOTP went stereo it seems Smile
james-20015,289 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
I do remember mentioning it at the time, but it might have been on the thread on Digitalspy rather than here.

Whether those episodes were actually broadcast in stereo at the time is of course something we don't know. Though if it was, it would only have been from the transmitters that were transmitting NICAM tests (probably only Crystal Palace at the time) and only heard by people who had NICAM equipment (virtually nobody). Would have been the same for the pre-September 88 stereo episodes of TOTP we've seen on BBC4.
james-20015,289 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Here's the first two stereo versions, although they are presented here in mono! The uploader has labelled these the wrong way round - 'Version 2' was used first and was replaced by 'Version 1'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix9KHj4oVx8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlkn1FKHf_A



The fact that "Version 1" has a 1992 copyright date and "version 2" a 1991 copyright really should have been a clue to them of the order they should be in.