Top of the Pops

British music chart television series

Top of the Pops is a British music show, which featured popular artists performing their songs. It started in 1964 and ended in 2006 because not enough people were watching it any more. It was hosted by many presenters over the years, most notably by Sir Jimmy Savile, who opened the very first show on New Year's Day 1964 on BBC1.

Top of the Pops
Created byJohnnie Stewart
Presented byFearne Cotton
Clara Amfo
(see full list)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes2,263 (508 missing)[1]
Executive producersJohnnie Stewart (1964–73)
Robin Nash (1973–80)
Michael Hurll (1980–88)
Paul Ciani (1988–91)
Stanley Appel (1991–94)
Ric Blaxill (1994–97)
Chris Cowey (1997–2003)
Andi Peters (2003–05)
Mark Cooper (2005–)
ProducersNeville Wortman
Stanley Dorfman
Colin Charman
Mel Cornish
Brian Whitehouse
Phil Bishop
Mark Wells
Jeff Simpson
Barrie Kelly
Dominic Smith
Sally Wood
Stephanie McWhinnie
Running time25–60 minutes
Original release
NetworkBBC One (1964–2005, 2006–present)
BBC Two (2005–06)
ReleaseWeekly run:
1 January 1964 (1964-01-01) – 30 July 2006 (2006-07-30)
Christmas specials:
25 December 2006 (2006-12-25) –
Top of the Pops 2
Top Gear of the Pops
Top of the Pops Reloaded

TOTP2 (Top of the Pops 2) is a variant of the show. However, it featured a collection of archive performances by artists spanning the past four decades.

The show was regularly hosted by Steve Wright, up until 2009, when Mark Radcliffe replaced him. A new episode of the programme is shown on 25 December each year.

References change

  1. "TOP OF THE POPS". Archived from the original on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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