Because we’re fans of all things retro and ‘90s – we OF COURSE loved every second of Top of the Pops, and watched it every single week. Now, eleven years after it (devastatingly) came off the air, it’s kinda coming back. Kinda.
James Corden will be bringing a new weekly live music show to the BBC from the autumn, which is promising ‘the hottest bands and artists in the world right now.’
The new show will be brought to us by Fulwell 73, the geniuses behind James Corden’s hilarious Carpool Karaoke segments on his Late Late Show, which has featured the likes of Harry Styles, Justin Bieber, Adele and Katy Perry (not us though, where’s our invite, James?! You should hear us belting out ’90s classics in the office).
Although the show hasn’t received a time slot just yet, an initial run of six episodes has been commissioned. But as we’ve seen with Top of the Pops, this could all change. In 1964, Top of the Pops was commissioned for six episodes, and ended up gracing our screens for a whopping 42 years and featuring some of the biggest worldwide names in music, including The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Madonna, Nirvana and more (although there was the question of lip syncing but that’s a whole other can of worms).
By 2002, the ratings for the weekly show had reduced due to new and improved shows and channels like MTV, but this new show is set to bring back the essence of Top of the Pops, without TECHNICALLY being Top of the Pops. Instead, the show will feature ‘live music performances, sketches and interviews’ and it will be ‘contemporary and relevant.’
Well, we can’t wait to see what they come up with!