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The TFT Guide to... THe Demise of 'Top of the Pops'

31 July 2006

This week the last ever edition of 'Top of the Pops' was recorded, marking the end of an era for people who measure historical periods in terms of rather cheesy TV programmes about pop music (see also 'The Chart Show' Era and the 'Snub TV' Era). But why exactly did the BBC axe the UK's most famous music show?...

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1) BBC blames falling viewing figures on downloads and 24-hour music channels. Actual explanation turns out to be: 'R'n'B is shite.'

2) Over the years, successive attempts to modernise the show do little to improve viewing figures. Bizarrely, replacing annoying fuckwits like Dave Lee Travis with annoying fuckwits like Tim Kash fails to turn the show around.

3) Attempts to return to the 1960s heyday of TOTP are abandoned when the heyday is found to contain unspeakable nonsense like 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy Dum Diddy Do' by Manfred Mann, 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' by Brian Hyland, and 'Tiptoe Through the Tulips' by Tiny Tim.

4) TV executives come to the conclusion that TOTP's format had become staid and dated. The BBC now fills the show's prime-time Thursday night slot with a repeat of 'A Question of Sport'.

5) Producers fail to grasp that the British public never gave a fuck what the actual *music* was like, just so long as there was a tasty bird in hot pants dancing around.



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