Top of the Pops

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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 producer(s)Johnnie 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–)
Producer(s)Neville 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 networkBBC One (1964–2005, 2006–present)
BBC Two (2005–06)
Picture format4:3 (1964–2001)
16:9 (2001–present)
Audio formatMono (1964-1980)
Dolby Stereo (1981-1990)
Dolby Surround (1991-2002)
Dolby Digital (2003-present)
Original releaseWeekly run:
1 January 1964 (1964-01-01) – 30 July 2006 (2006-07-30)
Christmas specials:
25 December 2006 (2006-12-25) –
Related showsTop of the Pops 2
Top Gear of the Pops
Top of the Pops Reloaded
Other websites

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.

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.

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

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