The news of a behind the scenes book based on the world's longest-running music show is bound to get most fans of TOTP - like myself - excited,until you actually obtain a copy of it. Loosely based on the New Year's Day 2001 documentary of the same name (with up to date additions),the book tells us all that we did (or did'nt) know about the 'Pops and more.There's also interviews with top stars like Noddy Holder,Suggs and Noel Gallagher amongst others;and contributions from ex-producers and directors like Michael Hurll and Robin Nash, record pluggers Tony Bramwell and Eric 'Monster Monster' Hall and former presenters of the show.We also find out that one of the reasons Pans People replacements Ruby Flipper were dropped was because of the black male dancer included in the troupe that sent Disgusted of Bognor Regis reaching for the phone! While some of the info is hardly accurate (too much to go into) it still offers some surprise bits ,like the fact that a certain Craig Fairbrass (played Dirty Dan Sullivan in EastEnders) was a cheerleader on the show in the early 80's - the show's 'party atmosphere' heyday. The best thing about the book though, has to be the photo gallery.Nearly all the shots are unpublished so you get to see stuff like The Monkees & Tina Turner as they appeared on shows that no longer exist in the BBC archive,photos taken during rehearsals, and stuff you thought you'll never see - like Janet Jackson posing with Kylie or The Coors posing in the EastEnders laundrette. Overall, despite a few errors this is still a book worth having if you're a music fan.Still Number One...but nothing new!
All the history of the programme from it's inception to the present, then day of 2002. One drawbcak is that instead of large full page photos of the artists, there could have been more info and chart statistics on their record releases.