List of Presenters On Top of The Pops - 2000-2003: Developing The Brand

2000-2003: Developing The Brand

Richard Blackwood became joint lead presenter in August 2000 and presented in rotation with Jayne Middlemiss, Jamie Theakston and Gail Porter. In July 2001, Blackwood left the presenting roster, with Middlemiss leaving the following month. Josie D'Arby, who had hosted an episode in October 2000, made a short-lived return in autumn 2001 but joined Gail Porter in exiting before the end of the year leaving Jamie Theakston as lead presenter until March 2002 when he was replaced by new recruits model Lisa Snowdon and former TOTP guest presenter Sarah Cawood. Liz Bonnin joined the team from Channel 4 breakfast show RI:SE in May and the majority of shows throughout 2002 were presented by these three presenters, with Theakston only returning for sporadic appearances, and again on a couple of occasions in 2003.

After the 2000th edition on 13 September 2002, the presenting team continued to rotate solely between Liz Bonnin, Lisa Snowdon, Sarah Cawood alongside the returning Richard Blackwood until the new year. Blackwood's final show came on Christmas Day 2002, but the three females continued to present through 2003 along with an increasing number of occasional presenters drawn mainly from breakfast television and Radio 1. Colin Murray and Edith Bowman joined their former RI:SE teammate Liz Bonnin in mid-2003 and, though both were used sparingly, Bowman would return as relief presenter in 2006. Konnie Huq also presented three shows concurrent with her role as Blue Peter presenter in 2003. More successful was Huq's former Blue Peter colleague and The Big Breakfast host Richard Bacon who joined the presenting roster in January 2003, graduating to lead presenter by September. Along with newcomers and former children's television hosts Margherita Taylor, Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates, this quartet presented in rotating pairs until another revamp of TOTP took place in November 2003.

  • Jo Whiley (1997-1998)
  • Jayne Middlemiss (1997–2001)
  • Jamie Theakston (1997–2002, 2003)
  • Gail Porter (1999–2001, plus 2 May 2003)
  • Richard Blackwood (2000–2001, 2002)
  • Josie D'Arby (6 October 2000, 2001)
  • Sarah Cawood (2002–2003, plus 30 July 2006)
  • Lisa Snowdon (2002–2003)
  • Liz Bonnin (2002–2003)
  • Richard Bacon (2003, 2005–2006)
  • Colin Murray (2003)
  • Edith Bowman (2003, 2006)
  • Margherita Taylor (2003, plus 15 April 2005)
  • Konnie Huq (2003)
  • Fearne Cotton (2003, 2004–present)
  • Reggie Yates (2003, 2004–present)

Guest appearances:

  • 14 April 2000 – Sara Cox
  • 29 May 2000 - Chris Moyles co-presented a special Bank Holiday Monday edition from Sheffield Arena as part of BBC Music Live alongside Jamie Theakston
  • 6 October 2000 - Josie D'Arby
  • 24 December 2000 - CBBC presenter Adrian Dickson hosted the Tweenies special
  • 25 December 2000 – Sara Cox co-hosted with Jamie Theakston and Richard Blackwood
  • 9 August 2001 – Sophie Ellis-Bextor, a show which was moved to Thursday
  • 19 October 2001 – Zoë Ball and Jimmy Savile returned to present a show heralding the return to BBC Television Centre after ten years of recording at Elstree, with Jamie Theakston and Dermot O'Leary
  • 16 November 2001 – Vernon Kay
  • 25 December 2001 – Sara Cox co-hosted with Jamie Theakston
  • 8 February 2002 – Dermot O'Leary
  • 19 April 2002 – Melanie B
  • 7 March 2003 – Ben Elton
  • 2 May 2003 – Gail Porter, former presenter, returns to co-host with Richard Bacon
  • 27 June 2003 – Jonathan Ross co-presented with Fearne Cotton
  • 15 August 2003 – Jack Osbourne co-presented with Edith Bowman
  • 7 November 2003 – Ronan Keating co-hosted with Fearne Cotton, almost eight years after last appearing as a mid-90s guest presenter

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