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“All I’ve learned has overturned” – Top of the Pops, 23 July 1981

Richard Skinner and his digital watch“They always say it’s ‘Welcome to Top of the Pops‘ and tonight it’s just the same as ever!” Newsbeat’s Richard Skinner there, opening the UK’s top music show with a confusingly constructed sentence that rather downplays the sense of breathless excitement that Michael Hurll has spent so much time and effort (and money) trying to generate. Skinner still looks way out of his comfort zone, having been denewsreaderified and forced into a red polo shirt (seemingly the inverse of the one he wore last time he was on) instead of his comfy grey sweater, the enforced colourisation ringing as untrue as the red light shining on the giant video screen in a desperate attempt to disguise the fact that it’s still black and white. Still, the audience seems happy enough. Presumably they don’t know who’s on yet.


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“In this great future you can’t forget your past” – Top of the Pops, 9 July 1981

The Specials

Time for a celebration, as Michael Hurll has got his abacus out and decided that we’ve reached the 900th edition of Top of the Pops. Blow up the balloons! Break out the streamers! Bring on the dancing girls! And then … read more

“The devil take your stereo and your record collection” – Top of the Pops, 7 May 1981

Ossie Ardiles

By this stage of the BBC Four reruns the audience has formed itself into two distinct groups. One one hand there’s the casual viewer who isn’t really following the timeline but will greet every deviation from the norm – anything … read more

“Look at it from my angle” – Top of the Pops, 23 April 1981

Level 42

There’s an almighty gap in the BBC Four reruns here as we skip three whole episodes, starting with this Dave Lee Travis-fronted edition. No doubt the Daily Mail would be disgusted to realise that people ever watched it on its … read more