Top of the Pops 2
is a British television
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music show broadcast on BBC Two
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, showing archive footage from the long-running Top of the Pops
Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, is a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. After 25 December 2006 it became a radio program, now hosted by Tony Blackburn...
show, some dating back to the 1960s when the programme first aired on British television.
The show was originally hosted by BBC Radio 2
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. Colleague and fellow DJ Steve Wright took over in 1997 and hosted until being replaced by Mark Radcliffe
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The presenters themselves never appear in-vision but provide a voice-over commentary and introduction to each piece. In 2003 the BBC started to run a daily version of TOTP2
in which celebrities chose their favourite archive performances. These celebrities, typically comedians, have included Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
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, Phill Jupitus
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and Jack Dee
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. There have also been a number of TOTP2
specials in which a "greatest hits" show dedicated to one musician or band is put together from both archive and new footage.
In 2004, the incoming controller of BBC Two, Roly Keating
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, announced that the programme was to be "rested". The last showing of TOTP2
was intended to be the TOTP2 Christmas Special
shown on Christmas Eve 2005 at 19:30 on BBC Two. But they did start to re-run TOTP2
on Dave from 2004 to 2008 with edited versions and also on Yesterday in 2010. Edited re-runs of TOTP2
resumed airing on Dave in April 2011.
On 30 September 2006, TOTP2
returned to BBC Two. The new show format was similar to the earlier TOTP2
, but also included live/original BBC performances. The first 50-minute special included Nelly Furtado
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, before it reverted to a 30 minute weekly format at 20:00.
It is broadcast in the 4:3 aspect ratio
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like the majority of its archive material, though the first two episodes were in the 16:9 aspect ratio to accommodate new performances. The BBC planned to replace the main Top of the Pops
on Christmas Day 2008 with TOTP2 with some live performances and archive footage to be shown including the 2008 Christmas number one (U.K. Single), these plans were later scrapped due to complaints by viewers. This led to Simon Cowell
Simon Phillip Cowell is an English A&R executive, television producer, entrepreneur, and television personality. He is known in the United Kingdom and United States for his role as a talent judge on TV shows such as Pop Idol, The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and American Idol...
to ask the BBC if he could buy the rights to TOTP so it could be shown on ITV1. The BBC later refused Simon Cowell's offer and announced that they would show TOTP on Christmas Day on BBC One as well as the TOTP2 specials on BBC Two.
On 27 June 2009 TOTP2 returned unexpectedly to celebrate the life of Michael Jackson, who had died two days earlier, this is the last episode to be presented by Steve Wright.
On 23 December 2009 the TOTP2 Christmas 2009 special was presented by Mark Radcliffe,
On 19 February 2010, BBC Four
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aired a TOTP2 Latino special.
On 10 May 2010 a TOTP2 80s Special aired, in conjunction with the BBC's Eighties season, this marked TOTP2's 500th edition. Two other episodes were broadcast for the 1980s season, A Wham! special on 23 May 2010 and a Duran Duran special on 28 May 2010.
A repeat edition was shown on 23 June 2010 on BBC Four, showing archive performances from John Lennon to coincide with the Christopher Eccleston Drama.
On 9 July 2010 a repeat edition of the Rolling Stones special aired on BBC Four.
A brand new edition was broadcast on Saturday 25 September 2010, a 'School Days Special', featuring Alice Cooper and Busted.
TOTP2 returned again the festive period in 2010, with the TOTP2 Christmas Special 2010, which aired on Tuesday 21 December 2010 on BBC Two, again presented by Mark Radcliffe, who digs deep into the Top of the Pops archives to bring some festive performances from Slade, The Pogues, Elton John, Take That, Coldplay and Abba. It was shown in 16:9 for the first time since 2006.
Also on 1 January 2011, a repeat of the TOTP2 80s Special was aired at 1.15am on BBC Two.
On Saturday 26 March 2011, a repeat of the TOTP2: Country Jukebox Special will be aired at 12.10am on BBC Four
On Sunday 24 April 2011, a repeat of the TOTP2: Bee Gees Special, which first aired in 2001 on BBC Two, will be aired at 11.25pm on BBC One. This will be the first episode of TOTP2 to be shown on BBC One.
On Sunday 10th September 2011, a repeat of the TOTP2 Goes Disco! Special, which first aired in 2007, will be aired at 12.15pm on BBC Two. The episode will feature the likes of the Bee Gees, along with Gloria Gaynor, Liquid Gold, Sylvester, the Village People, the Weather Girls and the Three Degrees. Also, Chic, George McCrae, Hi-Tension, Heatwave, the JALN Band, Earth Wind and Fire, Tina Charles, the Gibson Brothers, and Edwin Starr, Blondie, Yazz, Boney M, Linx, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Infernal.