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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.

  1. Johnnie Stewart

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Top Billed Cast

  1. Peter Powell

  2. Alan Freeman

  3. Gary Davies

  4. Hanna Verboom

    Hanna Verboom

  5. Jackie Brambles

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Season 14

1977 | 18 Episodes

Season 14 of Top of the Pops premiered on January 6, 1977.

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Status Ended

Network BBC One

Certification -

Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 60m

Homepage http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00704hg

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