It’s been revealed today that iconic show Top of the Pops is to be resurrected in the form of a stage show, some six years since it was axed by the BBC.
TOTP was of course a staple of the nation’s TV diet in the seventies, and the team who are behind recreating the magic for the stage have claimed the show will be “a nostalgic interactive jukebox”, will is set to feature singers, dancers, a live band and archive footage.
The Sun’s TV Biz reports, “The show, produced by the team behind the Michael Jackson musical Thriller – Live, opens in Eastbourne in October before a UK tour which includes performances in Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh.”
The stage show’s director and choreographer, Gary Lloyd, said of it, “As a charts follower, Top Of The Pops was the highlight of my week, I think this is a dream show to work on.
“I am looking forward to getting it out there to all those people who did the same and taking them on a rockin’ journey down memory lane.”
However, there’s already controversy surrounding the show in as much as fans want to know if convicted paedophile Gary Glitter is to feature.
A recent repeat of an edition of TOTP on BBC2 did feature the 62 year old shamed singer, and viewers were outraged when they learned that he was set to earn “thousands” in royalties from the repeat showing of his performance.
One viewer wrote online, “They will have to pay him royalties — what are they playing at? It’s an absolute disgrace, nobody wants to see that paedo on our screens. I rang the BBC to complain because I feel so strongly.”
And another took to Twitter to comment, “Gary Glitter on #totp77 is making my skin crawl.”
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was shown singing It Takes All Night Long, however, after the show aired, BBC bosses defended their decision to include Glitter in the footage, with a spokesman saying, “It would be inappropriate for the BBC to rewrite history, so the programme was shown in its entirety.”
Would you boycott the stage show if any of the proceeds were to go to Glitter? I know I would.