Dear H. Sadly it looks like your'e correct. I spoke to Keith Badman, so far just a CD with One clip from each year of the show is mooted. I've seen one of those TV previews and even though there are many "To Be Announced" slots; a TOTP 40th looks remote. Hoping i'm wrong ASM
Thanks ASM. Its really quite bizzare that BBC could pass on a chance to recycle their archive once again with some realtively cheap TV and surefire ratings winner. In my paranoic moments i sometimes think that there is a deliberate policy of erasing away our history for some sinister reason..
William re 50th anniversary ,,do you think the show will last that long?
Post by Adam James Smith on Dec 1, 2003 22:44:16 GMT
from what I saw of the last edition, it was like an even more impoverished man's CD:UK. The sets were huge and warehouse-like, and the emphasis was solely on pop Idol/R and B stuff. I can't see them letting the Swinging Blue Jeans back on, or even Tony Blackburn.
Well 'BBC Prime' are celebrating 40 years of TOTP on New Years Eve by showing "15 Specials from the past 40 years" (although their idea of 40 years does not go back beyond Lennons performance in 1970, and at least two of the clips are not even from TOTP)
But to try and get us ex-pats "involved" in this experience we have a chance to vote in which order the clips will be played....WOW !, makes all the difference...
I am sure I read somewhere that there will be some kind of celebration (not the BBC prime one!) but maybe on BBC2 in January at some point - someone somewhere suggested it is possibily a re-run of "I love TOTP" that went out on BBC2 in the last couple of years. Basically a re-hashed Smashey and Nicey anniversary show originally shown in 1994 to celebrate 30 years of TOTP, and a Pans people documentary. The shows had new links with Sir Jimmy Savile. Anyone remember this? There was also a documentary broadcast in January 2002 (I think) narrated by Jamie Theakston which was more of a "story of" documentary as well as classic clips. Perhaps this might see the light of day again.
Don't forget in January also at some point we should have 'Stars Re-united' with Dale Winton. This was recorded in the summer and features a special TOTP edition reuniting former DJ's including Sir Jim. This will probably be the only "new" retrospective, so nothing to get excited about. It's a shame the BBC don't seem to keen on celebrating this (once) great show.
As for the "All New Top of the Pops" ... Well, what can I say? I mentioned before, on this forum and the official BBC TOTP one, that I think the new style revamped show will either kill or cure it. Well, having watched the first "All New Top of the Pops" last Friday, I can honestly say I don't think it will be cured. I think the BBC have finally lost the plot with TOTP and trying to copy shows like CD:UK. This is wrong. This is NOT TOTP. The BBC need to put the show back to a more traditonal time slot (either a Weds or Thurs night - whatever - AWAY from Coronation Street) and bring it back to basics. Lets see more music perfomances, lets see a proper chart rundown, lets have some proper good old DJ's and lets have the cosiness that TV Centre once provided with smaller sets etc...
I think Andi Peters has probably killed off the show. I wouldn't be surprised if we wave bye bye to TOTP in 2004 and watch as it sinks on BBC3 somewhere. I bet I am right. Reading all the posts on the official BBC site, it looks as though a great many people seem to agree.
I will still watch this Friday - after all it's live, so something might go wrong. But apart from that, I really see no reason to watch it anymore. Yes, I still enjoy todays music ( I am in my early 30's) but really want to see it portrayed in a true TOTP style - perhaps that of the seventies and eighties.. anyone who is reading this and is (was) a fan of the show will know what I mean here.
It's an odd approach all round to re-showing old/classic editions of TOTP isn't it? Even UK Gold won't/is unable to show old complete editions then... To say that we have TOTP2 is hardly any compensation though, is it? TOTP2 as good as it is, is still no comparision to having a complete classic edition repeated.
Perhaps the only way to see any complete editions is to know someone who has off air recordings - I have a great many from August 1987 onwards - but - I would still love to see some of the earlier eighties shows ... and yes - ok, some of the acts perhaps we'd all go "who?" or "what was all that?" but at the end of the day, to see the titles, dj links, chart rundowns etc.. I think this makes up for some of the more bizarre or unusual acts on the show!