Top of the Pops

Top of the Pops

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Top of the Pops

Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, is a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly between 1January 1964 and 30 July 2006. The world's longest running weekly music show, TOTP was shown every Thursday evening on BBC One, except for a short period on Fridays in mid-1973, and again in autumn 1974, before once again being moved to Fridays at 7:30 pm from 1996 to 2005 and then to Sundays on BBC Two from 2005 till the last ever weekly show in 2006. Each weekly show consisted of performances from some of that week's best-selling popular music records, usually excluding any tracks moving down the chart, including a rundown of that week's singles chart. This was originally the Top 20, changing to the Top 30 during the 1970s and the Top 40 in the 80s. The distinctive TOTP theme tune – a riff of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" – first appeared in 1973 as the background music to the chart countdown.

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Also known as
  • Hitlisten
  • トップ・オブ・ザ・ポップス
  • Вершина популярности
  • All New Top of the Pops
  • TOTP
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Genre
Music
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Directed by
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Presented by
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Country of origin
United Kingdom
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No. of episodes
2,263 (508 missing)
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PRODUCTION

Executive producer
Johnnie Stewart (1964–1973)
Robin Nash (1973–1980)
Michael Hurll (1980–88)
Paul Ciani (1988–1991)
Stanley Appel (1991–94)
Ric Blaxill (1994–97)
Chris Cowey (1997–2003)
Andi Peters (2003–05)
Mark Cooper (2005–)
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Producer
Neville Wortman
Stanley Dorfman
Colin Charman
Mel Cornish
Brian Whitehouse
Phil Bishop
Mark Wells
Jeff Simpson
Barrie Kelly
Dominic Smith
Sally Wood
Stephanie McWhinnie
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Production location
  • Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex, England, UK
  • Manchester Studios, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK
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Running time
25–60 minutes
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RELEASE

Original network
BBC One (1964–2005, 2006–present)
BBC Two (2005–06)
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Picture format
4:3 (1964–2001)
16:9 (2001–present)
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Audio format
  • Black and White (1964-1970)
  • Colour (1970-2006)
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Original release
Weekly run:
1 January 1964 (1964-01-01) – 30 July 2006 (2006-07-30)
Christmas specials:
25 December 2006 (2006-12-25)
present
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CHRONOLOGY

Preceded by add_black preceded by
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