1. Top of The Pops The Story of 1992 Air Date March 19, 2022: The early 90s continued to be an interesting musical mix on the long-running pop music show. Featuring contributions from members of Manic Street Preachers, Shakespears Sister, a lengthy segment on Wet Wet Wet The Shamen and more. Top of the Pops: the Story of 1992 is a new documentary that looks back on the show in the year when Whitney Houston was number one for most of it (OK, for 10 weeks) and dance outfits such as The Orb and Aberdeen’s The Shamen broke through. It was a tradition on BBC Four that each new year of TOTP repeats is previewed by a documentary about the show and its stars in those 12 months. But the pandemic rather messed things up and now the documentaries have shifted to BBC Two.
What can we expect?: Lots of chat about the decision by TOTP to make everyone perform live instead of mime that year (turned out not everyone could). Oh, and the first appearance of Take That. Yes, they were around 30 years ago. Wow. In 1992 the long-running pop music show was still acclimatising to its new TV home at Elstree, and pioneering the use of live satellite performances from around the world. The early 90s continued to be an interesting musical mix on the long-running pop music show. Still getting used to its new TV home at Elstree, having been relaunched at the end of the previous year, shows were a mix of ravers and indie rockers rubbing shoulders with the popstars of the day, with the emergence of live satellite performances from across the globe upping the star quota on the weekly show.
Dance music was still dominating the charts, The Orb and The Shamen were causing chaos and controversy on the show with their performances and lyrics. New guitar groups were starting to make waves, with Manic Street Preachers debuting with lipstick, scissor kicks and bubbles. The Wedding Present releasing a single each month of the year, and Carter USM had a number one album. In a year of only 12 new number ones, the lowest since 1962, one of the biggest sellers was duo Shakespears Sister with their gothic anthem Stay.
EXCLUSIVE NEW INTERVIEWS WITH: Bob Geldof (1992), Marti Pellow & Graeme Clark of WET WET WET, Alex Paterson Of THE ORB, Mr. C of THE SHAMEN, Nick Seymour from Crowded House, Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama) & Marcella Detroit of Shakespears Sister, Cath Coffey, Rob Birch & Nick Hallam of Stereo Mc’s, Jim Bob & Fruitbat of Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Nicky Wire & James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers, David Gedge of The Wedding Present,
2. 1992 Big Hits Air Date March 19, 2022: The Top of the Pops vaults are opened up to relive some of the classic and biggest songs of 1992.Featuring the hip-hop and dance of Kris Kross, SL2, Bizarre Inc and Felix to the rock stylings of Manic Street Preachers and Primal Scream, as well as the emergence of boy band royalty Take That, Miley’s dad Billy Ray getting the line dancing going, divas in the form of Annie Lennox and Mariah Carey – and, of course, Jimmy Nail. Plus many more
EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCES from Top of The Pops: Kris Kross “Jump”, BIZARRE Inc. featuring Angie Brown “I’m Gonna Get You”, Charles & Eddie “Would I Lie To You?”, TAKE THAT “Could It Be Magic”, En Vogue “Free Your Mind”, K.W.S. “Please Don’t Go”, Annie Lennox “Why?”, Dr. Alban “It’s My Life”, Primal Scream “Movin’ On Up”, Mariah Carey “I’ll Be There”, Manic Street Preachers “Theme from M*A*S*H* (Suicide Is Painless)”, BOYZ II MEN “End Of The Road”, FELIX “Don’t You Want Me”, Tasman Archer “Sleeping Satellite”, Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy Breaky Heart”, Shanice “I Love Your Smile”, Jimmy Nail “Ain’t No Doubt”, Shakespear’s Sister “Stay With Me”, SL2 “On A Reggae Tip” and Ce Ce Peniston “Finally”,
Total Running Time: 2 Hours