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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
no more TOTP by arty_farty on 30 July 2006 11:11pm
thats right Top of the pops is over. and the person who was on the last ever #1 spot was Shakira.

aww tis the end of an era
Re: no more TOTP by perfectbitch on 31 July 2006 11:19am
I watched one of the historical programmes and was disappointed that hey showed no Hendrix at all! But it was good to wallow in nostalgia for a while.

With the advent of MTV and other music channels, it was inevitable that the format was untenable. Shame - put it down to the march of technology.

Re: no more TOTP by Wild in Africa on 31 July 2006 12:22pm
I still think it's a shame that for old f*rts like me who don't want to watch MTV around the clock but still want to catch up a bit each week there is no programme that allows this any more.
I've hated ToTP at times when it has had a lot of total crap on it but will still miss it.
Re: no more TOTP by kazzzz on 31 July 2006 2:10pm
Finished? Why?????
Re: no more TOTP by Clare on 31 July 2006 10:17pm
Wild, I agree we haven't got as technologically advanced to get ourselves digital or sky so ToTP was a good way of catching up.

Kazz - they said it wasn't reaching a wide enough audience anymore.
Re: no more TOTP by sighthound on 1 August 2006 1:25am
Too much competition these days, kazzzz.
Re: no more TOTP by vlad all over on 2 August 2006 3:01pm
Well there were a number of factors in the shows demise but the main culprit was the BBC and their inept handling of the show in the last few years. I stopped watching it probably around the time Chris Cowey stopped being producer. The decision to replace him with a camp, former children's tv presenter as producer was probably where it all started to go wrong. Andi Peters took the show completely in the wrong direction. Then when the ratings dropped instead of trying to resuscitate the show the BBC just moved it around the schedules willy nilly until nobody could be bothered to find it anymore.

I disagree totally with the notion that other music channels competing their way past TOTP was the reason for it's demise. MTV and Vh1 are hardly recent phenomenons here in the UK. If that was the case then how come more people in the UK watch football on the BBC than any other channel when football is literally everywhere else? The fact is the show was badly produced, they started to introduce new presenters who were untalented and irritating to say the least. One of the things the new production team were doing was aiming for the 16-24 year old market but the trouble with that is once you start trying too hard to appeal to youth they see right through that and the show ceases to be cool.

The BBC should have stuck to what the show was all about - bringing together the latest music acts from all walks of life, showing them live on the show with their latest records and having them introduced by Radio 1 DJ's. The BBC should also have been prepared to accept dips in the ratings as any long running show will suffer from these but they panicked, messed around with it too much and ultimately killed it. At the end of the day the music is the key. The dips in the early 90's were largely down so much rubbish being in the UK charts and the renaissance of TOTP in the mid to late 90's was largely due to the exciting music scene at that time in Britain. The BBC should have just held their ground and waited for the next revival.

I'm sure TOTP will return at some point, hell even Doctor Who came back from the dead. In the meantime the BBC still have the best music show in world television on Friday nights with BBC2's Later...with Jools Holland. Let's hope they don't ever tamper with that.

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