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james-20013,490 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
It's on on Thursdays again for the next 2 weeks at least, the schedules haven't been released any further ahead yet.

And will have to be on every non-Sky at night Thursday from now on for them to finish 1986 by Christmas provided no other non-Smith episodes end up being unbroadcastble.

Hopefully there'll be a lot fewer weeks next year where it's only reduced to one day, or not at all, as Mike Smith leaves after March 1988. As long as there's no issues with any other presenters. As there was quite an influx in 1988- Nicky Cambpell, Mark Goodier, Andy Crane, Anthea Turner, Liz Kershaw, Susie Mathis, Sybil Ruscoe and Caron Keating all appeared for the first (in Liz Kershaw's case, only) time that year.
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Steve Williams2,395 posts since 1 Aug 2008
BBC4 seem to have chosen to stop showing TOTP in its traditional Thursday evening slot for some reason. It isn't on tonight but is on tomorrow, Friday, instead. But there is no reason why it shouldn't have been on tonight. There is just another regular half hour programme instead, not even Sky At Night which has long been the case once per month on Thursday in place of TOTP. What they have scheduled tonight could have been placed on Friday instead, thus keeping TOTP at the expected day.


More likely it's so they can show the whole four-part series of National Treasures of Wales in one week, on consecutive evenings, rather than the final part inelegantly shoved into next week. And Friday is "the expected day" too!
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Rich Tea434 posts since 16 Apr 2017 Recently warned
Anglia (West) Look East
BBC4 seem to have chosen to stop showing TOTP in its traditional Thursday evening slot for some reason. It isn't on tonight but is on tomorrow, Friday, instead. But there is no reason why it shouldn't have been on tonight. There is just another regular half hour programme instead, not even Sky At Night which has long been the case once per month on Thursday in place of TOTP. What they have scheduled tonight could have been placed on Friday instead, thus keeping TOTP at the expected day .


More likely it's so they can show the whole four-part series of National Treasures of Wales in one week, on consecutive evenings, rather than the final part inelegantly shoved into next week. And Friday is "the expected day" too !


Not for us TOTP purists Steve. Wink
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james-20013,490 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
There were rumours going around that BBC4 wouldn't be able to show the 5th June episode, but they seemed to be based purely on the fact that the Pet Shop Boys performance from that episode is the only one of theirs from the 80s they didn't put on DVD, so someone had decided the tape must be damaged or wiped and in true internet form, this became "fact". That they showed a clip from that performance on the Story of 1986 clearly passed them by, and it is scheduled for the 5th October. It's amazing how quickly someone's opinion on a forum or social media seems to quickly become "fact" these days.
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Neil Jones4,465 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
It's amazing how quickly someone's opinion on a forum or social media seems to quickly become "fact" these days.


Probably because most people on social media don't bother to check the facts themselves before hitting Share. after all if its in BIG CAPITAL 48pt LETTERS and has a order to "share if you think this is a disgrace" on the bottom it has to be true... right?
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Rich Tea434 posts since 16 Apr 2017 Recently warned
Anglia (West) Look East
Has Gary Numan I Can't Stop appeared yet?



No, that single charts at the end of June in a few weeks. He's currently in the chart at the end of April 1986 with This Is Love.

Which brings me nicely to......

GARY NEWMAN , DUANE EDDIE and ATLANTIC STAR Embarassed

Quality control on TOTP seems to have been lacking over the years. A great example this week. THREE spelling mistakes in the chart countdown - Atlantic Star, continued to be misspelt when it should have been 'Starr'. But the far more unforgivable spelling mistake was with Gary Numan, an artist who has been charting regularly for 7 years and yet some clueless idiot wrote his name as Gary 'Newman', when he's far from the new man on the block by this period. Then the clueless idiot wrote Duane Eddy spelt as 'Eddie' - he'd only been charting for nearly 30 years by this point! It's one thing making these mistakes, yet nobody else in production noticed them before broadcast either. So very poor.

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Dixie Peach even referred to Suzanne Vega as 'Susan'.

Infact the entire show this week was poor, one of the very worst of the whole run. I like soul music but the tracks were all forgettable. SOS Band - The Finest, Aurra - You & Me Tonight, Princess - I'll Keep On Loving You and Five Star - Can't Wait Another Minute. I like remembering forgotten gems but these were nothing of the sort. So it was left to the overplayed A Different Corner at No1 for George Michael and outrageously choosing Queen at No3 as the playout with A Kind Of Magic to save the show. I never rated Live To Tell by Madonna and was already sick of her by this point in '86, and along with Lessons In Love by Level 42 bracketed into the "Breakers" segment I never classed video clips in that guise as a bona fide TOTP appearance, even if they did play quite a bit of the Madonna song/video. Marks, 3/10.

With the sad passing of Chas Hodges from Chas & Dave it is timely in respect of the TOTP 1986 run, as their final hit record ever, the top ten single Snooker Loopy is about to hit the charts and be seen in May 1986, entering the Top 40 on the very next edition of TOTP that we will see this coming Thursday. Impeccable timing, and with this track we will have seen the entire chart career of Chas & Dave on BBC4 TOTP. It doesn't seem five minutes since we were rabbitting (at the other place) about the lyrical content of their debut on TOTP with first top forty entry Gertcha from spring '79 shown in 2014.

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Here's what must have been an updated hurried out record cover of the final with the unexpected World Snooker Champion Joe Johnson on the cover who beat Steve Davis on 5th May 1986, the week the song entered the forty.

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rdobbie414 posts since 21 Jan 2003
Has Gary Numan I Can't Stop appeared yet?



No, that single charts at the end of June in a few weeks. He's currently in the chart at the end of April 1986 with This Is Love.

Which brings me nicely to......

GARY NEWMAN , DUANE EDDIE and ATLANTIC STAR Embarassed

Quality control on TOTP seems to have been lacking over the years. A great example this week. THREE spelling mistakes in the chart countdown - Atlantic Star, continued to be misspelt when it should have been 'Starr'. But the far more unforgivable spelling mistake was with Gary Numan, an artist who has been charting regularly for 7 years and yet some clueless idiot wrote his name as Gary 'Newman', when he's far from the new man on the block by this period. Then the clueless idiot wrote Duane Eddy spelt as 'Eddie' - he'd only been charting for nearly 30 years by this point! It's one thing making these mistakes, yet nobody else in production noticed them before broadcast either. So very poor.


The number of misspellings (and incorrect chart positions on captions) in the few years leading up to this point has been remarkable.

The most amazing one was in 1984 when Chaka Khan was spelled Chaka Kahn for 9 weeks running , on both the chart rundown and the caption for her studio performances!

I find it incredible that it went uncorrected for that length of time - how did nobody at the BBC or her record company notice it?
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Skytower633 posts since 20 Apr 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
1990/1991 also saw a massive number of mis-spelt, and error-riddled captions. Up until Year Zero anyway, from which point there were scarcely any...
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