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Top Of The Pops to return with one-off Christmas and New Year's Eve specials

The BBC 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 filmed in 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.


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.


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.


Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One, said: "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."


TOTP host Fearne Cotton added: "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!"


Notes to Editors


The Christmas and New Year's Eve specials are one off programmes. There are no plans to bring back TOTP full-time.






Category: BBC One; TV Entertainment
Date: 20.11.2008
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