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Rich Tea550 posts since 16 Apr 2017 Recently warned
Anglia (West) Look East

For me personally, I'm just glad that we are still getting the TOTP reruns at all. I'm not actually all that bothered about how many times each edition is repeated or how many editions get shown each week. It's worth remembering that the reruns were dangerously close to being pulled altogether in late 2012 on the back of the Savile and DLT revelations. Let's continue to enjoy watching them while we still can .


I stand by my scheduling criticism but I certainly won't disagree with your response at all. You're right to say this.
james-20015,397 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
To be fair, it's not exactly hard to keep an eye on the schedules to find out what's on and when. Especially when you know the scheduling is going to be volatile.

And many of us like and enjoy getting multiple episodes a week, I'd be very disapointed if it only went back to one a week.
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Steve Williams2,876 posts since 1 Aug 2008
To be fair, it's not exactly hard to keep an eye on the schedules to find out what's on and when. Especially when you know the scheduling is going to be volatile.

And many of us like and enjoy getting multiple episodes a week, I'd be very disapointed if it only went back to one a week.


And the other point is that the 9pm episode may have only got one screening, but it got double the audience of the 7.30 one, so enough people found it.

It didn't get to number one in the music chart this week, though, as I thought it might. Damn you, Ed Sheeran doc on Channel 5!
Parker78 posts since 16 May 2019
I find it rather frightening how rapidly the years go by watching this Crying or Very sad Smile
..."at the first sign of danger my pussy's hairs stand on end" Betty Slocombe 27/05/1975
james-20015,397 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
To be fair, it's not exactly hard to keep an eye on the schedules to find out what's on and when. Especially when you know the scheduling is going to be volatile.

And many of us like and enjoy getting multiple episodes a week, I'd be very disapointed if it only went back to one a week.


And the other point is that the 9pm episode may have only got one screening, but it got double the audience of the 7.30 one, so enough people found it.

It didn't get to number one in the music chart this week, though, as I thought it might. Damn you, Ed Sheeran doc on Channel 5!


I have a feeling the 9PM Friday thing is going to become regular. They've clearly realise it attracts viewers, and it's been on at that time for several weeks now.
james-20015,397 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Bad edit at the start of tonight's second episode, to cut out a phone number that now belongs to someone else:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr0yoIqE72A

Also strange how tonight's first episode was mostly videos, and not only that but actually opened with a video, which almost never happened. I can only think of one other time that's happened on the BBC4 TOTP episodes. Also 3 episodes in a row that have played out with a repeat performance rather than a video. Looks like it's back to a video on the next show though according to Popscene.
Lottie Long Legs (previously Skytower) 665 posts since 20 Apr 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
Also strange how tonight's first episode was mostly videos, and not only that but actually opened with a video, which almost never happened. I can only think of one other time that's happened on the BBC4 TOTP episodes.


Either a shortage of acts within the top forty that were willing to appear in the studio, or a policy of picking the higher placed songs irrespective, I guess.

Remember the episode in mid-1991 where both the number 41 (Northside) and 42 (Marillion) songs were featured in the studio? Possibly a change of policy dictated that rather than go video-heavy.
Neil Jones5,645 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Surprised that the number has been recycled, seems it now belongs to Macmillan Cancer Support.


The earliest reference to that number and MacMillian I can find in Google dates back to 2005, but I'll bet they've had it longer than that. Having had a poke around on the wayback machine they don't appear to have used the 0800 500 800 number on any revision of the website going back to 1999 (heck they didn't even have a freephone number until 2001) so it could be they use it to track responses to their campaigns?

No idea what the Radio 1 feature was about though.

Childline has had its 0800 1111 number since the 1980s, probably not long after they launched in 1986. Somebody on the Wiki discussion page for it suggests its a bodge as the "real" number is six 1's, not four - it used to be a test number apparently.
james-20015,397 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
No idea what the Radio 1 feature was about though.


There'd been a lot of controversy over the D-Mob song the previous episode, with lots of people claiming it was pro-drugs (though D-Mob himself has always insisted otherwise) and Steve & Caron enthusiastically introducing it, maybe it was connected to that? They'd stopped naming "Acid Man" by Jolly Roger in the charts that edition too.
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Rich Tea550 posts since 16 Apr 2017 Recently warned
Anglia (West) Look East
Saying that the D-Mob track was not pro drugs is about as credible to me as those who say that the No1 exactly four years later, Ebeneezer Goode had nothing to do with drugs whatsoever, never mind whether it was pro or anti. It's an insult to the intelligence.

That edit after Anthea Turner's intro to Milli Vanilli was glaringly obvious. If only Anthea could have been fully edited out.

Milli Vanilli never looked like a particularly likeable pair. Something about them seemed odd from the very start. Later proven as a fraud. Mind you, they did nothing that Plastic Bertrand hadn't done on TOTP way back in 1978 and not forgetting the guy Bobby Farrell from Boney M too while we're at it from a decade earlier.

Actually there must have been rather more non-singers fronting vocals on hit records who appeared on TOTP than we may realise. Next year, 89's biggest seller will feature another example which caused Lolleata Holloway much angst.

PP Arnold looked amazing for her age. I thought I'd misheard when it was said her appearance was the first since 1968.
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