However, during the last few years of the s the association became less close, and was severed completely although not permanently in a radical shake-up known as the 'Year Zero' revamp. The new presenting team would take turns hosting initially usually in pairs but sometimes solo , and would often introduce acts in an out-of-vision voiceover over the song's instrumental introduction.
They would sometimes even conduct short informal interviews with the performers, and initially the Top 10 countdown was run without any voiceover. Rules relating to performance were also altered meaning acts had to sing live as opposed to the backing tracks for instruments and mimed vocals for which the show was known. To incorporate the shift of dominance towards American artists, more use was made of out-of-studio performances, with acts in America able to transmit their song to the Top of the Pops audience "via satellite".
These changes were widely unpopular and much of the presenting team were axed within a year, leaving the show hosted solely by Dortie and Franklin apart from the Christmas Day editions, when both presenters appeared from October , on a week-by-week rotation. Blaxill expanded the use of "via satellite" performances, taking the acts out of studios and concert halls and setting them against landmark backdrops.
The last remnants of the Year Zero revamp were replaced in , when a new title sequence, logo and theme tune were introduced the logo having first been introduced on the new programme Top of the Pops 2 some months previous , coinciding with the introduction of a new set. Blaxill also increasingly experimented with handing presenting duties to celebrities, commonly contemporary comedians and pop stars who were not in the charts at that time.
This began a major decline in audience figures as fans were forced to choose between Top of the Pops and an episode of the soap.
The team was later augmented by Kate Thornton and Gail Porter. Chris Cowey in particular instigated a set of 'back to basics' changes when he took over the show. In , a remixed version of the classic 'Whole Lotta Love' theme tune previously used in the s was introduced, accompanied by a new s-inspired logo and title sequence.
Cowey also began to export the brand overseas with localised versions of the show on air in Germany, France, the Netherlands , Belgium and Italy by On 28 November three months after the appointment of Andi Peters as executive producer , the show saw one of its most radical overhauls since the ill-fated 'Year Zero' revamp in what was widely reported as a make-or-break attempt to revitalise the long-running series.
Most editions of the show were now broadcast live, for the first time since apart from a couple of editions in The launch show, which was an hour long, was notable for a performance of " Flip Reverse " by Blazin' Squad , featuring hordes of hooded teenagers choreographed to dance around the outside of BBC Television Centre.
On 30 July , the show took place outside a studio environment for the first time by broadcasting outside in Gateshead.
Figures had plummeted to below three million, prompting an announcement by the BBC that the show was going to move, again, to Sunday evenings on BBC Two , thus losing the prime-time slot on BBC One that it had maintained for more than forty years. This move was widely reported as a final "sidelining" of the show, and perhaps signalled its likely cancellation. At the time, it was insisted that this was so the show would air immediately after the official announcement of the new top 40 chart on Radio 1 , as it was thought that by the following Friday, the chart seemed out of date.
After the move to Sundays, Cotton continued to host with a different guest presenter each week, such as Rufus Hound or Richard Bacon. On a number of occasions, however, Reggie Yates would step in, joined by female guest presenters such as Lulu , Cyndi Lauper and Anastacia. On 20 June , the show was formally cancelled and it was announced that the last edition would be broadcast on 30 July The final day of recording was 26 July  and featured archive footage and tributes, including the Rolling Stones — the very first band to appear on Top of the Pops — opening with "The Last Time", the Spice Girls , David Bowie , Wham!
The show closed with a final countdown, topped by Shakira , as her track " Hips Don't Lie " featuring Wyclef Jean had climbed back up to number one on the UK Singles Chart earlier in the day.
The show ended with Savile ultimately turning the lights off in the empty studio. Fearne Cotton, who was the current presenter, was unavailable to co-host for the final edition due to her filming of ITV 's Love Island in Fiji but opened the show with a quick introduction recorded on location, saying "It's still number one, it's Top of the Pops ". BARB reported the final show's viewing figures as 3. As the last episode featured no live acts in the studio, the last act to actually play live on a weekly episode of TOTP was Snow Patrol , who performed " Chasing Cars " in the penultimate edition;  the last act ever featured visually on a weekly Top of the Pops was Girls Aloud , as part of the closing sequence of bands performing on the show throughout the years.
They were shown performing " Love Machine ". However, the TOTP website, which the BBC had originally promised would continue, is now no longer updated, although many of the old features of the site — interviews, music news, reviews — have remained, now in the form of the Radio 1-affiliated TOTP ChartBlog accessible via the remains of the old website.
In early there was increased speculation of a return of the show including rumours that Dermot O'Leary might present alongside Fearne Cotton. According to a report in the Daily Mirror , a BBC insider stated that "some at the highest level are massive supporters of the plan [of a return] and have given the go-ahead.
The repeat programmes come in two versions; the first is edited down to fit in the minute slot, the second is shown normally twice overnight in the following weekend, and is usually complete. However both the short and longer editions can be edited for a number of reasons. Potentially offensive content to modern audiences is cut for example the Barron Knights' in-studio performance of "Food For Thought" on the edition of 13 December including a segment parodying Chinese takeaways using mannerisms that may now be viewed as offensive , and cinematic film footage can be truncated, replaced or removed entirely due to the costs to the BBC of reshowing such footage.
The repeats are continuing as of January with episodes from , and in autumn , episodes from will be aired. Following the Jimmy Savile allegations , from October , episodes featuring Jimmy Savile ceased to be broadcast. Smith died in August and the BBC continues to honour his wishes. They have produced similar programmes prior to subsequent annual reruns, "The Story of " being the most recent such programme as at May ,      and "The Story of " due to be broadcast later in A series of "Big Hits" compilations have been broadcast with on-screen captions about artists.
In December , a festive special using the format of the "Big Hits" programmes, Top of the Pops: Christmas Hits was broadcast on BBC Four, featuring a mix of Christmas music and non-festive songs which had been hits at Christmas time. This effectively replaced the annual Christmas edition of Top of the Pops 2 , which did not run that year. Since  apart from , and , a New Year special has also been broadcast. A new logo and title sequence were introduced on the Christmas special.
It was filmed at the Top Gear aerodrome studio in Surrey on Sunday, 11 March , although it bore little resemblance to the usual Top of the Pops format. In its extensive history, Top of the Pops has featured many artists, many of whom have appeared more than once on the show to promote many of their records.
There is uncertainty about what was the shortest performance. In , presenter Reggie Yates announced on the show that it was Super Furry Animals with " Do or Die ", broadcast on 28 January , clocking in at 95 seconds. Cliff Richard appeared the most times on the show, with almost performances. Status Quo were the most frequent group with performances. Throughout the show's history, many artists mimed to backing tracks. Early on, Musicians' Union rules required that groups re-record backing tracks with union members performing when possible.
The miming policy also led to the occasional technical hitch. In , heavy metal band Iron Maiden played live on the show when they refused to mime to their single "Running Free". Solo artists and vocal groups were supposed to sing live to the Top of the Pops Orchestra. In the producers of the show allowed artists the option of singing live over a backing track.
In its final few years miming had become less and less common, especially for bands, as studio technology became more reliable and artists were given the freedom to choose their performance style. Former Executive Producer Andi Peters said there was no policy on miming and that it was entirely up to the performer whether they wanted to sing live or mime. From to , Top of the Pops had an in-studio orchestra conducted by Johnny Pearson accompany select musical performances, with The Ladybirds later Maggie Stredder Singers providing backing vocals.
Other notable members of the orchestra include drummer Clem Cattini ,   trombonist Bobby Lamb ,  and lead trumpeters Leon Calvert  and Ian Hamer. Following the Musicians Union strike, the programme resumed broadcast on 7 August without its orchestra or backing singers.
When an artist or group was unavailable to perform in studio, Top of the Pops would show a music video in place.
In the era before promotional videos were routinely produced for every charting single, the BBC would frequently have neither the band themselves nor alternative footage available for a song selected for the programme. In the first few months of the show in , the director would just scan across the audience dancing in the absence of any other footage, but by October a decision was made to at least occasionally bring in a dance troupe with a choreographed routine to some of the tracks.
The Go-Jos also worked outside of Top of the Pops , notably for two years on the Val Doonican show  — Doonican said in "I thought the Gojos were fabulous, something really new. When I got my own television series I just had to have them with me. Cook herself said of working on the Doonican show of which she was dance director comparing to Top of the Pops, "Pop steps are limited With Val we have more scope, and we can work to get more of the feel of ballet into our numbers.
As with the Go-Jos, in the first eighteen months of the Pan's People era the dancers were not a weekly fixture on the programme. One of the original Pan's People dancers, Colby, became the full-time choreographer in In early , the last remaining of the early members of Pan's People, Ruth Pearson announced her retirement, leaving just four members all of whom who had joined within the last four years; Cherry Gillespie , Mary Corpe , Lee Ward and Sue Menhenick.
Rather than continue with this line up or add additional members, it was decided by Colby and BBC production staff to replace this group  with a male and female group created for the programme, Ruby Flipper , choreographed by Colby and managed by Colby with Pearson. Lee Ward left shortly after this decision was made, reportedly saying regarding the change "It's a big mistake. Men rush home to watch sexy ladies. They do not want to see other men.
Rehearsals for this new group started in March , and the group began appearing on Top of the Pops in May Whilst producers were aware of the switch to the new group, Bill Cotton , the then head of the light entertainment unit of which Top of the Pops was part, was not.
Corpe was not invited to join the new troupe. Trace, Pearce, Steggles and Cartwright joined following open auditions, Hammond, an established dancer, was invited to join to complete the "look" following a later individual audition.
However, by August the BBC had decided to terminate the group due to perceived unpopularity and being " Three of the six in the initial line-up Menhenick, Cartwight and Hammond were taken from Ruby Flipper.
Despite being an all-female group, on occasion one or more male dancers were brought in, notably Pearce several times. During their run, the group covered the transition from Disco to Punk, Electronic and Modern Romantic music.
Notably, they danced to two Sex Pistols tracks. The dancers now chose their own clothes, moving away from the synchronised appearance of previous troupes.
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