Top of the Pops
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Status: Ended

Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, is a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly between 1 January 1964 and 30 July 2006. It was traditionally shown every Thursday evening on BBC1, before being moved to Fridays in 1996, and then to Sundays on BBC Two in 2005. Each weekly programme consisted of performances from some of that week's best-selling popular music artists, with a rundown of that week's singles chart. Additionally, there was a special edition of the programme on Christmas Day, featuring some of the best-selling singles of the year. Although the weekly show was cancelled, the Christmas special has continued. It also survives as Top of the Pops 2, which began in 1994 and features vintage performances from the Top of the Pops archives. In the 1990s, the show's format was sold to several foreign broadcasters in the form of a franchise package, and at one point various versions of the show were shown in nearly 100 countries. Editions of the programme from the 1970s are being repeated on most Thursdays on BBC Four.

Aired: 1/1/64
Presenters: Jimmy Savile and Alan Freeman Performers: Dusty Springfield - I Only Want To Be With You Gene Pitney - 24 Hours From Tulsa The Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over The Swinging Blue Jeans - Hippy Hippy Shake The Hollies - Stay Videos: The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand Freddie & The Dreamers - You Were Made For Me Cliff Richard & The Shadows - Title unknown