The BBC have confirmed that Top of the Pops will be back at Christmas for its traditional festive episode but will also have a New Year special, the first of its kind. However, they deny rumours that the series is to return full time.
The beeb announced today that Top Of The Pops will be returning to BBC One this Christmas with two special, one-off shows – one on Christmas Day and one on New Year’s Eve.The Top Of The Pops Christmas Special is an hour-long celebration of all things pop.
Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates and recorded at BBC Television Centre, it will feature exclusive performances from some of the year’s biggest stars and will count down the chart to the all important Christmas number one.
“I am beyond excited at the thought of a return to the mighty TOTP studios for these one-off shows. Reggie and I feel truly honoured to be able to introduce this year’s number one – both shows are going to be huge!” Fearne Cotton, presenter.
The Top Of The Pops New Year’s Eve Special is a brand new show that will review the year in pop. Fearne and Reggie will take in the year’s smash hits, highlights from music festivals such as BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Glastonbury, as well as unique performances from BBC sessions. This hour-long special marks the first time BBC One has shown a New Year’s Eve edition of Top Of The Pops.
“With shows on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, Top Of The Pops has never been bigger. The shows will form the centrepiece of a massive musical offering during the festive season that we hope viewers are really going to enjoy.” Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One
Both shows are part of an extended musical line-up on the BBC this Christmas, which includes TOTP2 and Jools Holland‘s annual Hootenanny on BBC Two alongside The Big Finish on BBC One.