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JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Which year was it they had "splat" red noses that they put on the front on buildings? I think it was 1993, one building near us had it up for years.
DA
davidhorman Channel Channel Islands
I've got a vague memory of TOTP trying to live-overlay a red nose on a "live" (who knows whether it was or not...) performance from the US or somewhere once, only it lagged way behind and after 30 seconds or so they gave up and the red nose swooshed off-screen. Anyone else remember that?
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
The caption on the Bananarama video on the second episode was badly keyed on, with a black outline and flickering artifacts around the edges. All the other ones on the episode were fine though.
CO
Colm Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
I've got a vague memory of TOTP trying to live-overlay a red nose on a "live" (who knows whether it was or not...) performance from the US or somewhere once, only it lagged way behind and after 30 seconds or so they gave up and the red nose swooshed off-screen. Anyone else remember that?


That was in 1995 on an edition also hosted by Lenny Henry, when the "victim" was Celine Dion, during a repeat showing of a satellite performance of "Think Twice" - the last of its seven weeks at Number 1.
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JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Only one episode on the 28th, due to cycling earlier in the evening. They're definitely going to have to fit additional episodes elsewhere into the schedule now at various points this year, unless there's some episodes they're going to skip. So far so good for 1989 though, up to the 13th April edition at least.
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10 days later

CO
Colm Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Atrocious mic levels on that edition of TOTP just now - I could barely hear most of Bruno's links.

How could this sound issue have carried on for such a length of time without any seeming intervention? Did anyone ever mention it on "Points of View" or in the Radio Times (or other publications which were available) at the time?
RW
Robert Williams Founding member London London
Colm posted:
Atrocious mic levels on that edition of TOTP just now - I could barely hear most of Bruno's links.

How could this sound issue have carried on for such a length of time without any seeming intervention? Did anyone ever mention it on "Points of View" or in the Radio Times (or other publications which were available) at the time?

Not in Radio Times - the only mention of TOTP in RT's letters pages around this time was a complaint a few weeks earlier regarding the cutting short of songs, in particular the Roy Orbison video. I think the cutting short has since become a bit less severe, for example the Donna Summer video last week was shown more or less in full.
RT
Rich Tea Anglia (West) Look East
Even Bruno Brookes was cut short......very short! Laughing
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SW
Steve Williams
Not in Radio Times - the only mention of TOTP in RT's letters pages around this time was a complaint a few weeks earlier regarding the cutting short of songs, in particular the Roy Orbison video. I think the cutting short has since become a bit less severe, for example the Donna Summer video last week was shown more or less in full.


Paul Ciani had clearly taped over the first two minutes of that Madonna video.
Lottie Long Legs and Colm gave kudos

13 days later

BE
benriggers Meridian (South) Oxford
Just going slightly O/T but found this curious find on Ebay..
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vhs-Top-Of-The-Pops-The-80s/174211148937?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D225076%26meid%3D77182be9b9c747e7b7595871f682a4fa%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D8%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D254532002056%26itm%3D174211148937%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2334524&_trksid=p2334524.c100667.m2042&LH_Auction=1
"They don't want your name, just your number"
RT
Rich Tea Anglia (West) Look East


First two episodes it says on the side of the VHS tape. Does that mean 3rd and 10th January 1980, the first two shows of the decade? It's unclear. Many of the acts written down the left hand side of the box did have hits early in 1980 but then there are a few at the top that didn't chart until 1982. The UK Gold rather than any BBC logo makes it a curiosity too.

It's actually packaged like it should have been on the shelves for general public release rather than just a "trade and press" item only. I'd like to know the reason for such an item marked like that on a long ago previously broadcast show.

What were your own curiosities about the find exactly?
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
My guess is that UK Gold were heavily pushing the start of their Top of the Pops repeats, which appears to have included sending out promotional tapes to the media, in the hope they would then report on it.

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