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Top Of The Pops

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Television Show
Host (Incomplete)
Jimmy Savile (1964–1984)
David Jensen (1976–1984)
Mike Read (1978–1989)
Simon Bates (1979–1988)
Steve Wright (1980–1989)
John Peel (1981–1987)
Janice Long (1982–1988)
Filmed BBC Television Centre, London, UK
(Other locations also used)
Years Active 1 January 1964 – 30 July 2006 (Weekly format)
Associated Acts The Smiths, Morrissey
Official Website


Top Of The Pops (common acronym TOTP) is a British popular music television programme, broadcast on the BBC from 1964 to present.
It's format follows the UK singles chart top 40, of which the current positions are announced throughout the show.
Most of the broadcasts were from BBC Television Centre, located in west London, England.
It's presenters were BBC Radio One DJ's for most of it's run, including Janice Long and John Peel.
The show was broadcast weekly until viewing figures began to fall in the early 2000's, and after moving from BBC1 to BBC2, the decision was made to axe the regular show in 2006 .
Since then only occasional 'specials' have been made, such as the Christmas Day TOTP, which is still running.

The Smiths Appearances


24 November: This Charming Man


26 January: What Difference Does It Make?

9 February: What Difference Does It Make?

26 April: The Smiths & Sandie Shaw, Hand In Glove

31 May: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

14 June: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

30 August: William, It Was Really Nothing


14 February: How Soon Is Now?

10 October: The Boy With The Thorn In His Side


5 February: Shoplifters Of The World Unite

23 April: Sheila Take A Bow

Morrissey Appearances


9 June Everyday Is Like Sunday


9 February The Last Of The Famous International Playboys


3 May November Spawned A Monster


8 August Pregnant For The Last Time

10 October My Love Life


7 May We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful


3 March The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get


1 August Alma Matters

19 September Roy's Keen


10 May Irish Blood, English Heart

23 July First Of The Gang To Die

Associated Performers

The The, The Beat-en Generation
Electronic, Disappointed(Electronic)

Opening Titles Video 1983-1986