TV Pop Diaries
Pop Music on British Television 1955 - 1999

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All the information in this book has been gathered from the following sources

British TV guides

Radio Times
TV Times

British Newspapers

Several of the following were accessed via The British Newspaper Archive and UK Press Online
The Daily Mirror
The Times
The Guardian
The Daily Mail
The Daily Express

On-Line databases

ITN Archive

BBC Top Of The Pops2 database (no longer available)

The University of Bournemouth TV Times Project

BBC Infax (no longer available)

The BBC Genome Project - A searchable Radio Times database

Books, periodicals and magazines

The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn (Pyramid Books, 1992)

The British Television Music & Variety Research Guide (Kaleidoscope Publishing, 2004)

Keith Badman’s Transmission Impossible (Record Collector magazine)

The Stage

Anything by Peter Checksfield but particularly his thorough look at the history of Top Of The Pops The Lost Years Rediscovered 1964 - 1975

Ready Steady Go The Weekend Starts Here by Andy Neill (BMG Publishing 2020)

Web sites

Nostalgia Music TV

The Mausoleum Club - a board with recollections of archive TV with news of upcoming events and re-issues.

Missing Episodes - similar to above, but divided into genres including pop music.

Popscene - Top Of The Pops episode guide, broken down into decades.

TV Brain - Find out what still exists in UK archives

Juke Box Jury

Oh Boy!

Thank Your Lucky Stars


Madness on TV

Tiswas Online

Dinosaur Discs

Thermionic Valve (Top Of The Pops audios)

Rob Chapman (Top Of The Pops audios)


Getty Images

Rex Features


British music press

Many of the music papers were accessed via


Music Echo

Disc & Music Echo

Record Mirror

Melody Maker

The New Musical Express

Plus special thanks to Fred Dellar, Kevin Mulrennan, Jak Knowles, Adam Smith, Steve Wright, John Tugby, Steve Sadler Jr, Perry Bartlett and contributors to The Missing Episodes and The Mausoleum Club websites.


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