List of Presenters On Top of The Pops - 2005-2006: The Move To BBC Two and The End – Return of Guest Presenters

2005-2006: The Move To BBC Two and The End – Return of Guest Presenters

In November 2004, it was announced that Top of the Pops would move from its primetime slot on Friday nights on BBC One to a new Sunday night slot on BBC Two, a move largely viewed as the last sidelining of the show before inevitable cancellation. The move was initially intended to take place in Spring 2005 and an 'extended format' was promised but the show remained on BBC One until July 2005 with the final Friday show on 8 July followed by another episode the following Monday. The first BBC Two show ran for 35 minutes, five minutes longer than the BBC One show, and aired live on Sunday 17 July 2005 at 7pm, immediately after the announcement of the new week's chart and incorporated elements of TOTP2, which had been rested a year previously, by showing two archive performances alongside the new music. However, viewing figures halved within a fortnight of the new scheduling, from an average of 2.4 million viewers on BBC One to around 1.5 million on BBC Two. The ratings never improved, despite the show going on location to the 2006 Winter Olympics and Radio 1's One Big Weekend, and on 20 June 2006 the BBC announced that Top of the Pops was being axed due to no longer being able to compete with 24-hour cable music channels, with the final episode airing on 30 July 2006.

New Executive producer Mark Cooper oversaw a return to the use of guest presenters, a full list of which is given below, but unlike in the 90s, this time the celebrities were paired with one of the already established lead presenting team of Fearne Cotton, Reggie Yates, and newcomer comedian Rufus Hound. The three lead presenters appeared on all of the BBC Two shows between them and when not joined by a celebrity co-host they presented in pairs with each other or with one of the secondary presenting team of Richard Bacon and, from January 2006, Edith Bowman. Occasionally, the show was moved from Sunday nights but remained a live broadcast, as was the case on the following Mondays: 15 August 2005, 16 January 2006 and the five shows between 13 February and 13 March 2006. The show was also once transmitted on a Tuesday: 11 July 2006.

In May 2006, BBC staff were asked to form the audience for several Top of the Pops shows after it emerged that the BBC did not have a premises licence for hosting public entertainment events at Television Centre.

Lead presenters

  • Fearne Cotton (2004–)
  • Reggie Yates (2004–)
  • Rufus Hound (2005–2006)

Relief presenters

  • Richard Bacon (2005–2006)
  • Edith Bowman (2006)

Guest presenters

  • 17 July 2005 – Phill Jupitus
  • 24 July 2005 – Jeremy Clarkson
  • 31 July 2005 – Christian O'Connell
  • 15 August 2005 – Phil Tufnell
  • 28 August 2005 – Lulu
  • 4 September 2005 – Phill Jupitus
  • 11 September 2005 – Suggs
  • 2 October 2005 – Jeremy Bowen
  • 9 October 2005 – Richard Hammond
  • 16 October 2005 – Phill Jupitus
  • 6 November 2005 – Anastacia
  • 13 November 2005 – Sharon Osbourne
  • 27 November 2005 – Noddy Holder
  • 18 December 2005 – Justin Lee Collins (1.89m viewers)
  • 25 December 2005 – Shane Richie
  • 16 January 2006 – Peter Kay as Brian Potter from Phoenix Nights
  • 29 January 2006 – James May
  • 13 February 2006 – Sue Barker and Colin Jackson, from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin
  • 27 February 2006 – Jocelyn Brown and Matt Allwright
  • 13 March 2006 – Cyndi Lauper
  • 19 March 2006 – Trevor Nelson
  • 26 March 2006 – Jo Brand
  • 2 April 2006 – Trevor Nelson
  • 23 April 2006 – Jo Whiley
  • 7 May 2006 – Trevor Nelson
  • 14 May 2006 – Vernon Kay, Chris Moyles and Jo Whiley, as part of Radio 1's One Big Weekend in Dundee
  • 21 May 2006 – Diarmuid Gavin
  • 28 May 2006 – Preston of The Ordinary Boys
  • 4 June 2006 – Spoony
  • 18 June 2006 – Annie Mac
  • 11 July 2006 - Annie Mac - from T in the Park
  • 30 July 2006 – Jimmy Savile, Tony Blackburn, Dave Lee Travis, Mike Read, Pat Sharp, Janice Long, Sarah Cawood, Edith Bowman, Reggie Yates, Rufus Hound – an assortment of presenters past and present return for the last weekly show (3.98m viewers)

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