Top Of The Pops

7:00pm Monday 31 December on BBC ONE

This New Year’s Eve sees the return of Top Of The Pops for a special hour-long celebration of all things pop.

Hosts Reggie Yates and Fearne Cotton will review the year in pop, taking in 2012’s greatest hits and brightest chart stars. The show will feature special performances from some of the year’s biggest acts including the final number one of 2012.Hosts Reggie Yates and Fearne Cotton will review the year in pop, taking in 2012’s greatest hits and brightest chart stars. The show will feature special performances from some of the year’s biggest acts including the final number one of 2012.

2:00pm Tuesday 25 December on BBC ONE

Top Of The Pops returns with a special festive one-hour show on Christmas Day, jam-packed with the best music and brightest pop stars of the year.

Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates, the biggest pop party on TV will feature exclusive performances from many of the young acts who’ve topped the charts this year and the all-important recap of who has secured the coveted Christmas Number 1 spot.


Top of the Pops was once the definitive music chart show that everyone watched on a Friday night.  Who can forget their opening line, “It’s Friday night, it’s 7.30, it’s Top of the Pops.”

Rumours are circling that the show, which was cancelled by the BBC in 2006, is to be brought back to our screens on Channel Five.

Owner of The Daily Express newspaper, Richard Desmond, is currently in talks to buy and revamp the channel and has reportedly told colleagues of his wishes to revive the show.

The BBC do however still own the rights to the format of the show and they do still produce special Christmas and New Year editions of the show.


A host of top stars including Robbie Williams, Dizzee Rascal and JLS are set to appear in this year’s Top Of The Pops Christmas and New Year Specials.

BBC Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates will present the two special shows which will be shown on BBC One on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Top Of The Pops Christmas Day Special (25 December 2009, 2.00-3.00pm) offers up an hour of stellar performances from some of the year’s biggest stars including Dizzee Rascal; Kasabian; Lily Allen; JLS; Alexandra Burke; La Roux; Sugababes; Florence and the Machine; Diversity; and Muse. The hour of top music and festive fun culminates in a glistening performance from this year’s Christmas number one!

Then, on New Year’s Eve (31 December, 6.30-7.30pm), Fearne and Reggie are back on BBC One with the Top Of The Pops New Year Special to review the year in pop, taking in 2009’s greatest hits and brightest stars. The show features special performances from some of the year’s biggest acts including, Robbie Williams; Shakira; Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz and Calvin Harris. The show will also feature the final number one of 2009!

Fearne Cotton says: “Top Of The Pops this Christmas and New Year is going to be excellent. It’s my fave show to be part of, especially with the line-up this year! It’s going to be huge and massively festive.”

Reggie Yates adds: “I’m so excited that Top Of The Pops is returning to our screens this Christmas. A silly jumper, too much lunch and TOTP make the perfect Christmas.”

To anyone with at least a trace of working brain cell and a rudimentary eye can see that Fearne Cotton is one of the most useless things to ever grace radio or TV. She’s anti-pop. She’s a thing to occupy shoes and so devoid of personality or wit that she can sometimes do a half decent impression of the feeling of staring into the vacuum of space.

She’s dismissed suggestions that the recent revival in pop music could bring back Top Of The Pops.

Cotton said: “Obviously you’ve got a real resurgence of female solo artists with people like Lady GaGa and the British girls, as well as groups like JLS and The Saturdays.

“It would be lovely if that played out to bring the show back full-time, but sadly I don’t think that’s a strong enough argument for the show to return. I wish it was though.”

No, the clear problem is that Top of the Pops thrived on the relationship between the viewer and the presenter and how the bands were showcased to them. In John Peel, we had sarcasm… in Kid Jensen, we had a pop-nut who clearly thrilled at the very notion of new music… now, we’ve got George Lamb who stands around stroking his groin.

In the ’90s, Radio One had a mass cull of DJs to revive the ailing station… and now, we’re at another point in history where that is needed – and Fearne Cotton is the torchbearer for that. She’s not interested in pop music or pop culture… she’s a generic presenter. She’s chosen only because she’s not shy in front of a camera.

Cotton added, on TOTP, that: “I want it back every week and I want to be here doing it live!”

Of course she does. For someone her age, it still has a badge of cool… and on its day, there wasn’t a cooler show than Top of the Pops. However, for it to be a success, it would need to have precisely no Fearne Cotton, no Chris Moyles and no Reggie Yates.

These people are only useful in taking up space. They are not experts on pop culture and thereby, should not be used on pop shows. There’s a feeling in TV that pop music can be done by just about anyone… the death of TOTP is proof that this is simply not the case. The falling listening figures of BBC radio proves it further.

Top of the Pops should come back, or indeed, The Chart Show needs to come back more (click here for more on that)… but whatever… we need an overhaul in the presenting department or it is doomed to fail over and over until we all forget about TV forever and stick to the customisable internet.

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