Top Of The Pops is returning to the BBC, but with a fresh twist.
A BBC boss has revealed he hopes to revive the iconic music show, with a ‘Top Gear’ shakeup.
The broadcaster’s director of music, Bob Shennan told The Telegraph of his hopes to bring back ‘TOTP’, following the massive success of the recent Adele special on BBC One.
“That show was a really impressive coup, a world exclusive,” Shennan said. “It would be great to think that we could do that again, and Graham [Norton] would be the perfect host for it. Obviously the music industry wants us to do it.”
On giving the format a new Top Gear twist, he went on: “‘Top Gear’ was reborn and reinvented to be about much, much more than cars,”
Adding, “I guess that’s a good analogy for what we’re talking about. We’re not just talking about straight music; we’re talking about extra elements and uniqueness.”
However, Bob said that it would not return to the show is use to be: “If just bringing back ‘Top Of The Pops’ was such a straightforward and obvious thing to do, somebody on some channel would have done it.
“The challenge is to find a new way to bring it to mainstream audiences. We’re going to have to find a new twist,” he said, adding that any potential show would have a new name.
His comments come just days after BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra controller Ben Cooper called for the return of ‘Top Of The Pops’, which originally aired between 1964 and 2006.
He told The Independent that with The Voice UK moving to ITV in 2017, the BBC had the chance to bring back a “youth music weekly programme to prime time BBC”.
“That does give you an opportunity, a moment in history, to go, ‘Right, let’s crack this, what can we do to bring music and entertainment together for a primetime BBC1 audience?’” he said.
“That’s the Holy Grail… The music industry would like a weekly moment to showcase the best new British music.
“You want a moment that will feature on ‘Gogglebox’, that family-on-the-sofa moment.”
‘Top Of The Pops’ still airs annual festive specials, with this year’s editions set to air on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates.