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“Stay in time with the rhythm and rhyme” – Top of the Pops, 30 April 1981

Jimmy SavileFor all Michael Hurll’s efforts in dragging Top of the Pops kicking and screaming into the ’80s and turning it into a dazzling celebration of pop music instead of a dreary light entertainment show, he keeps coming up against one major obstacle: the presenters. Yes, the show had always made use of Radio 1 DJs – or the hosts associated with pop music shows on the Light Programme before Radio 1 was created in 1967 – but there was always an elephant in the room and his name rhymed with “gimme gravel”. Having been called upon to host the very first TOTP in 1964, we get to 1981 and find him still there, despite not having played any current music on the radio since at least 1973. The arguments as to whether or not BBC Four should be showing these “Yewtreed” editions rages on in various internet forums (and will do until all the tainted DJs have ended their hosting days or the run comes to an end, whenever that may be), but the number of people bemoaning the loss of Jimmy Savile’s hosting abilities is small indeed. Nevertheless, here he is, in a shiny gold tracksuit that makes the bloke from Freeez last week look like an amateur, yet displaying little knowledge or understanding of that acts he’s here to introduce. As you were, then.


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“The more we know, the less we show” – Top of the Pops, 16 April 1981

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“Hi.” Hi yourself, Peter Powell, in your monogrammed shirt, white blazer with the sleeves rolled up and, let’s not beat about the bush here, beige slacks. Powell seems to have taken on the mantle of “senior presenter” of TOTP recently, … read more