Anorak | BBC Wusses Out Of Top Of The Pops Anniversary Special Because of Jimmy Savile

BBC Wusses Out Of Top Of The Pops Anniversary Special Because of Jimmy Savile

by | 2nd, January 2014

THIS year would mark the 50th anniversary of Top Of The Pops . The show was, until relatively recently, a cornerstone of British television. A mixture of people’s interest shifting to the internet, and the BBC’s complete failure to stay in touch with youth culture and an over-reliance on the Glastonbury coverage saw TOTP falling by the wayside.

savile 50

And then there’s the ongoing Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal.

Members of the Scotland World Cup squad on stage on BBC music program Top of the Pops performing their world cup song 'We have a Dream' ahead of the FIFA Spain 1982 World Cup. Including (back l-r) Jim Leighton, Alex McLeish, John Wark, George Wood, Alan Brazil, (front l-r) Frank Gray (second left), ?, ?, Asa Hartford (fifth left), Alan Rough (sixth left), Allan Evans (fourth from right), and John Robertson (third from right). Also pictured is Scottish actor John Gordon Sinclair (to row far right) who appears on the record. Date: 06/05/1982


The show kicked-off on New Year’s Day in 1964 and has featured a dizzying amount of superstars and water-cooler moments. From Nirvana mockingly miming their way through Smells Like Teen Spirit , to Jocky Wilson appearing on a huge screen while Dexy’s Midnight Runners played Jackie Wilson Said , to John Peel’s snippy intros , to Gary Davies introducing 808 State as “Bob State”, TOTP was always quirky, lively and fun.

Rolling Stones was first band to feature on TOTP

However, thanks to the Savile scandal, the BBC has all but written TOTP out of the history books (save for 70s repeats on BBC Four and the occasional special). Strange as other long-running BBC shows like  Dr Who and University Challenge still get prestige treatment.

Dexys Midnight Runners

A book celebrates the shows grand old age and the author, Patrick Humphreys, spoke of his sadness that

You have already read 1 premium article for free today
Access immediately the premium content with Multipass

Or come back tomorrow

Posted: 2nd, January 2014 | In: Music, News, TV & Radio Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed: RSS 2.0 | TrackBack | Permalink