I notice Paul Ciani was back to being credited as producer on tonight's episode, he wasn't the director though, Tony Newman was, which is a name I've not seen on these repeats before.
Another thing I've noticed is since Paul Ciani took his break in August, the regular showing of the previous week's playout on the following weeks show has stopped. Presumably Appel and Whitehouse weren't as keen on it.
Yes, it seems that Ciani doesn't consider the playout a proper showing but instead akin to a breaker, so it qualifies to be shown on the next programme, but Appel and Whitehouse don't. The other difference is that Ciani counts non-movers (apart from the number one) to be going down, so they don't qualify, but Appel and Whitehouse seemingly disagree. Hence The Loco-Motion got a second play while it was a non-mover at number two under Appel, and I remember I'm Too Sexy, which was at number two for six weeks, getting several plays in the summer of 1991 under Appel when presumably had Ciani still been around, it wouldn't.
As mentioned on another forum, as Ciani only produced and didn't direct this episode, he presumably wasn't very hands on. Genome bills Brian Whitehouse as producer for this episode (and Newman as the director) so presumably Whitehouse was unavailable for some reason and Ciani interrupted his break to return.
Tony Newman has appared in the credits before as production manager, this being the era in BBC light entertainment when it worked on military lines and you would start at the bottom and work your way up. In fact, he was the Tony who said "No!" when John Peel said "Sorry, can we do that again, Tony?" in the opening gag on one of the live episodes in 1983. As you can see in Genome he directed many light entertainment shows, most notably numerous episodes of Blankety Blank and Every Second Counts with Stan Appel as producer, and the final series of Crackerjack under Paul Ciani.
They were clearly struggling to fill it by playing records at number 37 and 38, and that Sinitta record gets a second studio performance and the 'rams a repeat, which is bloody fortunate for them given neither of them got in the Top 20. Didn't help all three SAW songs sounded pretty much identical either.
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