This documentary explores the changes that took place on Top of the Pops in 1980, a year that both pop music and TOTP changed. A new generation of British pop arrived and the veteran TOTP orchestra was laid off, resulting in a Musician’s Union strike that took the program off the air for nine weeks. A new producer also introduced a series of celebrity guest co-presenters and doubled the studio audience. Featuring many interviews with stars, and the music of the time.
1980 was the year that both pop music and TOTP changed. A new generation of British pop arrived with Dexy’s, Adam Ant, The Human League and OMD. The show changed as the veteran TOTP orchestra was laid off, the studio audience doubled in size, new sets were built and a range of celebrity co-hosts from Elton John to Kevin Keegan to Russ Abbott arrived.
This documentary explores these dramatic changes in Top of the Pops, British pop and British society with a cast
Exclusive interviews with: Adam Ant, The Human League, OMD, Kevin Rowland, Coronation Street actress Sally Lindsay (who appeared with St Winifred’s School Choir), Kelly Marie, Ray Dorset, Johnny Logan, The Vapors, The Piranhas and Richard Skinner.