24/12/81 (hosted David Jensen)
(41) Wizzard – “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”
Roy Wood gets the party started with this re-release of his top 3 hit from eight years previous, but this time number 41 was its peak.
(4) Adam & The Ants – “Ant Rap” (video)
The first victim of tonight's 7.30pm edit.
(45) Elvis Costello & The Attractions – “Sweet Dreams”
Putting the chill-out into Christmas Eve, but this follow up to Good Year for the Roses failed to break into the top 40.
(5) Bucks Fizz – “The Land Of Make Believe”
It looks like someone has started to gift wrap Cheryl but very quickly ran out of paper!
(12) The Police – “Spirits In The Material World” (rpt from 10/12/81)
Also edited out of tonight's 7.30pm slot.
(26) Kool & The Gang – “Get Down On It”
The whole Zoo has turned up tonight to Get Down On It, which became Kool's biggest hit to date when it made it to number 3.
(3) Abba – “One Of Us” (video)
And the last of tonight's 7.30pm victims.
(20) Altered Images – “I Could Be Happy”
Looking very happy here are Clare and the boys, tipped for big things in 1982 by David Jensen, and this song became their second of three top ten hits when it peaked at number 7.
(9) Dollar – “Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour)”
A new studio performance now from Dollar of the Trevor Horn written and produced Mirror Mirror which reached number 4.
(1) The Human League – “Don’t You Want Me”
It's live, it's Xmas Eve, so what a way to end this blockbusting show with the Human League turning up to perform 1981's Christmas number one. Worth every strand of silly string you can squirt into your mouth!
(47) Philip Lynott – “Yellow Pearl” (audience dancing/credits)
And we end with the show's fabulous new theme tune, which would soon become a top 20 hit.
Merry Christmas everybody!
So that's it for 1981's regular editions. There's just the Xmas Day and New Years Eve specials to come. But the first of those is yewtreed. So tomorrow on BBC4 we will see December 31st, immediately followed by The Story of 1982, and then Big Hits 1982!