Since we will now be bereft of Top of the Pops 1980 for the duration of the summer, I hope this blog will at least provide a little entertainment until the show returns to BBC4 in late September.
As we all know, between June 5th and August 7th 1980 a musicians union strike at the BBC kept Top of the Pops off the air. That's nine editions, although one of them is accounted for, the pilot made on July 9th.
So, in those other eight shows who did we miss out on? Who would have been in the studio? Who on video? Who would Legs & Co have danced to? Who played over the charts? Who played over the credits? Which flop records would have made it onto the show? Who would the hosts have been? This is where we can all speculate a little on who would have been the winners and losers in the Game of Top of the Pops......
Here are the rules: we'll assume these shows would still have been the old style Top of the Pops, so we need a song for the chart rundown and one for the end credits.
In between we've got room for 10 more songs, plus the number one. So that's 13 songs in all.
Post your suggestions in the comments, and then here's the amazing twist in the tale.....
Most of the missing summer editions have been 'found' and will get their first ever public airing right here on this blog.
Yes, that's right! You will get to see most of these missing shows in full!
Will your suggestions match up? Each week we'll find out as each edition gets posted on Turn it on Again, Top of the Pops 1980!
The missing shows are:
June 5th ~ Submissions for this edition are now closed. The TOTPs points system is as follows: Getting the No.1 correct = 1 point; Naming the correct host = 2 points; Picking the correct chart rundown song = 3 points; Getting a main show song correct = 2 points; Naming the over the credits song = 3 points; Picking the Legs & Co routine song = 4 points; Naming a correct song but in the wrong part of the show = 1 point.
We have a Top 8 contributors chart then for June 5th 1980:
7. shaky shakerson
5. Arthur Nibble
1. bama boogie-woogie
Congratulations to bama boogie woogie who is this week's Number One!
June 12th ~ We have a top 7 for this week:
6. Arthur Nibble
2. Chris Cooper
1. bama boogie-woogie
June 19th ~ We have a new Number One this week! Deposing bama boogie-woogie from the Top of the Pops throne is........
4. Wilberforce - 14 points (out of 36)
3. bama boogie-woogie - 15 points
2. Arthur Nibble - 20 points
1. Dory - 23 points
June 26th ~ It's all change again at the top of the pops charts this week: ~
4. Dory - 9 points (out of 35)
4. Wilberforce - 9 points
2. bama boogie-woogie - 13 points
1. Arthur Nibble - 14 points
July 3rd ~ We have a new entry going straight in at Number One this week! ~
3. Dory - 13 points (out of 31)
3. Wilberforce - 13 points
2. Arthur Nibble - 14 points
1. Paul Major - 18 points!
July 10th - It's all change at the top of the charts again this week......
4. Arthur Nibbel ~ 22 points (out of 33)
3. Alison Fresco ~ 23 points
2. Wilberforce ~ 28 points
1. Dory ~ 29 points
July 17th ~ There is no show for the 17th July so we have time for a bit of a breather from the Game before returning for the final two shows to see who can become the ultimate Number One!
July 24th ~ The new Top Four this week is.......
4. Wilberforce ~ 10 points (out of 47)
3. Paul Major ~ 24 points
2. Dory ~ 26 points
1. Arthur Nibble ~ 29 points
July 31st ~ And so now The Winner Takes it All! And what a battle this final game has been, with very high scores all round, but now here's our top 4 rundown for the ultimate Game of Top of the Pops.........
4. wilberorce ~ 17 points (out of 37)
3. Paul Major ~ 20 points
2. Dory ~ 25 points
1. Arthur Nibble ~ 30 points!
You know nothing, Mike Read!