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james-20015,176 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
I'm quite curious as to why the producer of TOTP was relying so heavily on Gary Davies on the presenting roster during this period. Even more curious that some weeks he was deemed fine to present solo, then paired up again.


I think it was do with the US version, as he did the UK based links for that, so he'd have been in the studio every week at this time anyway they probably decided it was easier (and cheaper) to put him on the main show too. You'll notice his appearances scale back dramatically after the US version ends in March.
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Steve in Pudsey10,249 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Which children's presenters are you referring to? I can't see any who on paper are ridiculous appointments.

Andy Crane - ex commercial radio DJ
Simon Parkin - ditto
Caron Keating - previously hosted a music show in NI
Anthea Turner - ex Music Box presenter
Jenny Powell - No Limits presenter

Any of the above should, in theory, have been at least as good as a random Radio 1 presenter with no telly experience, and have a background in music broadcasting to give them credibility.
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Lottie Long Legs (previously Skytower) 657 posts since 20 Apr 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
Which children's presenters are you referring to? I can't see any who on paper are ridiculous appointments.

Andy Crane - ex commercial radio DJ
Simon Parkin - ditto
Caron Keating - previously hosted a music show in NI
Anthea Turner - ex Music Box presenter
Jenny Powell - No Limits presenter

Any of the above should, in theory, have been at least as good as a random Radio 1 presenter with no telly experience, and have a background in music broadcasting to give them credibility.


In theory, yes, in practice it was toe-curling. Quite how Anthea lasted as long as she did is boggling.
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Colm (previously Col) 3,490 posts since 6 Jan 2003
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Quite how Anthea lasted as long as she did is boggling.


She may have kept herself in Paul Ciani's good books during his time as Producer. Having two female presenters among the rotation of seven the show settled on going into 1990 was also, undoubtedly, seen as beneficial.

Must add, I think the other woman in that roster, Jakki Brambles, was under-rated as both a TOTP and Radio 1 presenter.
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Rich Tea504 posts since 16 Apr 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
On last night's show towards the end of the Morrissey video there was a strange sound glitch, where it sounded distant and echoey for a couple of seconds , as if they'd cut to the microphones in the studio early and we were hearing Morrissey through the speakers in the studio.


It came across as very clearly some kind of sound issue to me, presumably from the time of original broadcast? The volume alternated dramatically and was all over the place for a few moments.

Talk of children's presenters turning up on TOTP has made me try to recall John Leslie presenting on TOTP, which I vaguely think he did. Unsure how many times or exactly when it might have been, presumably the 90's, but he's back in the news this morning for all the wrong reasons and due in court for the kind of things that if convicted saw DLT erased from BBC4's TOTP history.

I'm really going to miss Peter Powell on TOTP when he finally bows out soon. Always one of my favourite Radio 1 presenters back in the 80's and even last night he was sounding as enthusiastic and positive throughout the show despite the fact that by early 1988 there was nowhere near as much genuine quality to get enthusiastic about in the charts as there had been in the previous couple of decades. Seeing some of the names that ended up fronting this show in the coming years makes me want to weep.

One notable Radio 1 presenter comeback I do recall from someone who hasn't presented in absolutely ages at this point is Richard Skinner. I've a definite memory of him doing TOTP presenting Cuddly Toy by Roachford, from January 1989 and he reappeared late in '88 having just checked. In the context of quite a few new arrivals from the children's TV stable such as Caron Keating, Andy Crane and Anthea Turner during 1988 it is fascinating that Skinner also got a renewed look-in on the show as someone who was mostly associated with it from the very start of the decade in 1980, notably the memorable edition in the week Lennon was shot for example. Considering Peter Powell's later hand in many other people's careers when he became a backroom player away from the direct spotlight I wonder if Powell was already putting the word in for, able and pulling strings for these other names turning up on TOTP as 1988 progressed?

I thought it then and I still hold the view that they should have kept all the late 80's CBBC presenters firmly shut in the broom cupboard and away from TOTP. They'd already introduced a couple of very capable newcomers as we have just this past week seen. Surely there wasn't a cost consideration with using (cheaper?) children's presenters.

One of the oddest choices of people they got to present TOTP for me at the time was Sybil Ruscoe. It was the moment I wondered what the heck they were doing to the show. Maybe time will prove kinder to her and when she shows up she won't seem quite so odd as I thought. But she did only last a handful of appearances around about 1988/9.
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Steve in Pudsey10,249 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
[One of the oddest choices of people they got to present TOTP for me at the time was Sybil Ruscoe. It was the moment I wondered what the heck they were doing to the show. Maybe time will prove kinder to her and when she shows up she won't seem quite so odd as I thought. But she did only last a handful of appearances around about 1988/9.

Didn't Sybil host alongside Simon Mayo (and Rod McKenzie) as a Breakfast Crew takeover kind of deal?
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