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25 Years of Top of the Pops


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It began in Manchester - a converted church, Jimmy Savile and groups like the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five and the Rolling Stones. It was
6.34pm on 1 January 1964. Tonight, on the eve of the 25th birthday of what has become the world's longest-running regular chart show, You are invited to join a host of your favourite DJs. There will be studio performances by, among others,
Sandie Shaw , Cliff Richard , David Essex , Lulu, Wet Wet Wet,
Status Quo, Shakin' Stevens, the Pet Shop Boys and a few surprise guests.
Paul Gambaccini and Mike Read guide you through the 25 years. Compiled by Paul Gambaccini and Mike Read
A simultaneous broadcast with R1.
FEATURE: page 13


Singer: Sandie Shaw
Singer: Cliff Richard
Singer: David Essex
Singer: Lulu
Musicians: Wet, Wet, Wet
Musicians: Status Quo
Singer: Shakin' Stevens
Musicians: The Pet Shop Boys
Presenter: Jimmy Savile
Presenter/compiled by: Paul Gambaccini
Presenter/compiled by: Mike Read
Sound: Martin Deane
Lighting: Rod Litherland
Designer: David Hitchcock
Produced and directed by: Paul Ciani

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25 Years of Top of the Pops

BBC One London, 31 December 1988 17.20

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