Sunday, 23 January 2011

Top of the Pops - The presenters



If you’re like me, it might be a question that has always laid at the back of your mind…

“So who did present the most editions of Top of the Pops, then?”

Thanks to 'The Kaleidoscope British Television Music & Variety Guide Volume II’ we have the data at hand to find out!;

1. Jimmy Savile 261 (1964-1984, 2006)



2. Tony Blackburn 147 (1967, 1969-1979, 1983, 2006)



3. Gary Davies 114 (1983-1991)



4. Peter Powell 107 (1977-1988)



5. Fearne Cotton 105 (2003-2006)
6. Dave Lee Travis 101 (1973-1984, 2006)



7. Jamie Theakston 98 (1997-2003)
8. Pete Murray 90 (1964-1969, 1981)
9. Alan Freeman 88 (1964-1969, 1981)
10. Simon Bates 74 (1979-1988)



11. Noel Edmonds 72 (1972-1978)



12. Reggie Yates 68 (2003-2006)
13. Mike Smith 66 (1982-1988)
14. David Jensen 64 (1976-1984)



15. Mike Read 61 (1978-1986, 1988-1989)



16. Mark Franklin 59 (1991-1994)
=. Janice Long 59 (1983-1987, 2006)



18. Tony Dortie 57 (1991-1994)
19. Jayne Middlemass 56 (1997-2001)
20. Simon Mayo 55 (1987-1991, 1994-1996)
21. Steve Wright 52 (1980-1989)



22. Bruno Brookes 48 (1984-1986, 1989-1991, 1994-1995)
23. John Peel 47 (1968, 1982-1987, 1995)



24. Mark Goodier 46 (1988-1991, 1994-1996)
25. Nicky Campbell 41 (1988-1991, 1994-1996)
26. Tim Kash 37 (2003-2004)
27. David Jacobs 35 (1964-1966)
=. Richard Skinner 35 (1980-1985, 1988-1989)



29. Gail Porter 31 (1999-2001, 2003)
30. Ed Stewart 30 (1968, 1971-1972, 1975-1977)
31. Sarah Cawood 25 (1997, 2002-2003)
32. Jo Whiley 24 (1995-1998, 2006)
33. Richard Bacon 23 (2003, 2005-2006)
=. Anthea Turner 23 (1988-1991)
35. Tommy Vance 21 (1980-1984)



36. Richard Blackwood 19 (2000-2001)
37. Jakki Brambles 18 (1989-1991)
=. Stuart Henry 18 (1967-1969)
39. Claudia Simon 17 (1991-1992)
40. Rufus Hound 16 (2005-2006)
41. Adrian Rose 15 (1991-1992)
=. Lisa Snowdon 15 (2002-2003)
43. Liz Bonnin 14 (2002-2003)
44. David Hamilton 11 (1976-1977)
=. Andy Peebles 11 (1979, 1983-1984)
46. Edith Bowman 10 (2003, 2006)
=. Andy Crane 10 (1988-1989)
=. Femi Oke 10 (1992)
=. Dixie Peach 10 (1985-1986)
=. Kate Thornton 10 (1998-1999)
51. Zoe Ball 7 (1997-1998, 2001)
=. Paul Burnett 7 (1975, 1977-1979)
=. Simon Dee 7 (1966-1967)
=. Samantha Juste 7 (1965-1966)
=. Sybil Ruscoe 7 (1988-1989)
56. Kenny Everett 6 (1967, 1973)
=. Paul Jordan 6 (1985-1986)
=. Colin Murray 6 (2003)
=. Margherita Taylor 6 (2003, 2005)
60. Steve Anderson 5 (1991-1992)
=. Dave Cash 5 (1968)
=. Jack Dee 5 (1994-1996)
=. Phil Jupitas 5 (1995,1997, 2005)
=. Lisa L’anson 5 (1995-1996)
=. Scott Mills 5 (1999)
=. Chris Moyles 5 (2004-2006)
=. Bear Van Beers 5 (1996)
68. Josie D’arby 4 (2000-2001)
=. Steve Lamaq 4 (1995-1996)
=. Jenny Powell 4 (1989)
=. Pat Sharp 4 (1983, 2006)
72. Mel B 3 (1996-1997, 2002)
=. Sara Cox 3 (2000-2001)
=. Greg Edwards 3 (1974)
=. Michelle Gayle 3 (1994-1996)
=. Gary Glitter 3 (1994-1996)
=. Geri Halliwell 3 (1996-1997, 2001)
=. Lenny Henry 3 (1984, 1989, 1995)
=. Konnie Huq 3 (2003)
=. Ronan Keating 3 (1995-1996, 2003)
=. Mark Lamarr 3 (1997)
=. Lulu 3 (1968, 1996, 2005)
=. Kylie Minogue 3 (1994-1995,1997)
=. Trevor Nelson 3 (2006)
=. Mark Owen 3 (1994, 1996-1997)
=. Emperor Rosko 3 (1967, 1974-1975)
=. Robbie Williams 3 (1994-1995)
=. Dale Winton 3 (1995-1996)
89. Keith Allen 2 (1995-1996)
=. Peter Andre 2 (1996-1997)
=. Ant & Dec 2 (1995, 1997)
=. Jo Brand 2 (1995, 2006)
=. Ian Broudie 2 (1996-1997)
=. Julia Carling 2 (1996)
=. Julian Clary 2 (1994, 1996)
=. Jarvis Cocker 2 (1994-1995)
=. Chris Denning 2 (1967-1968)
=. Eternal 2 (1995)
=. Lee Evans 2 (1995)
=. Steven Gateley 2 (1995-1996)
=. Mary Ann Hobbs 2 (1997)
=. Noddy Holder 2 (1997, 2005)
=. Adrian John 2 (1983, 1988)
=. Elton John 2 (1977, 1980)
=. Vernon Kay 2 (2001, 2006)
=. Caron Keating 2 (1988)
=. Lee & Herring 2 (1995)
=. Wendy Lloyd 2 (1995)
=. Louise 2 (1995, 1997)
=. Annie Mac 2 (2006)
=. Susie Mathis 2 (1988-1989)
=. Danni Minogue 2 (1997)
=. Tony Mortimer 2 (1994, 1996)
=. Dermot O’Leary 2 (2001-2002)
=. The Osmonds 2 (1975)
=. Simon Parkin 2 (1989)
=. Andi Peters 2 (1994, 1996)
=. Mark Radcliffe & Mark Riley 1 (1997)
=. The Spice Girls 2 (1996-1997)
=. Claire Sturgess 2 (1994)
=. Suggs 2 (1995, 2005)
=. David Symonds 2 (1968)
=. Johnnie Walker 2 (1974)
=. Ian Wright 2 (1996-1997)
125. Russ Abbott 1 (1980)
=. Damon Albarn 1 (1994)
=. Anastasia 1 (2005)
=. Adam Ant 1 (1981)
=. Matt Allwright 1 (2006)
=. Sue Barker 1 (2006)
=. Colin Berry 1 (1980)
=. Bjork 1 (1995)
=. Jocelyn Brown 1 (2006)
=. Rhona Cameron 1 (1997)
=. Nenah Cherry 1 (1994)
=. Jeremy Clarkson 1 (2005)
=. Justin Lee Collins 1 (2005)
=. Julian Cope 1 (1996)
=. Garth Crooks 1 (1982)
=. Pete Cunnah 1 (1995)
=. Roger Daltry 1 (1980)
=. Phil Daniels 1 (1997)
=. Alan Davies 1 (1996)
=. Angus Deayton 1 (1994)
=. Cathy Dennis 1 (1997)
=. Frankie Dettori 1 (1996)
=. Micky Dolenz 1 (1968)
=. Tom Edwards 1 (1968)
=. Joe Elliott 1 (1994)
=. Sophie Ellis-Bextor 1 (2001)
=. Ben Elton 1 (2003)
=. Chris Eubank 1 (1996)
=. Chris Evans 1 (1995)
=. The Fast Show 1 (1996)
=. Justine Frischman 1 (1996)
=. Gina G 1 (1996)
=. Diamuid Gavin 1 (2006)
=. Bob Geldof 1 (1992)
=. Hale & Pace 1 (1989)
=. Richard Hammond 1 (2005)
=. Jeremy Hardy 1 (1996)
=. Brian Harvey 1 (1994)
=. Harry Hill 1 (1996)
=. Katy Hill 1 (1998)
=. Colin Jackson 1 (2006)
=. Jed & Dave 1 (1995)
=. Davy Jones 1 (1968)
=. Peter Kay 1 (2006)
=. Kevin Keegan 1 (1980)
=. Nigel Kennedy 1 (1996)
=. Liz Kershaw 1 (1988)
=. Jonathan King 1 (1985)
=. Cyndi Lauper 1 (2006)
=. Emma Ledden 1 (1999)
=. Mike Lennox 1 (1967)
=. Rod McKenzie 1 (1989)
=. Craig MacLachlan 1 (1995)
=. Malcolm Maclaren 1 (1994)
=. Jas Mann 1 (1996)
=. James May 1 (2006)
=. Meatloaf 1 (1994)
=. MN8 1 (1996)
=. Mark Morrisson 1 (1996)
=. Brittany Murphy 1 (2004)
=. Ardal O’Hanlan 1 (1997)
=. Gary Olsen 1 (1995)
=. Jack Osborne 1 (2003)
=. Sharon Osborne 1 (2005)
=. Dennis Pennis 1 (1996)
=. Preston 1 (2006)
=. Alan Price 1 (1968)
=. Punt & Dennis 1 (1994)
=. Mike Raven 1 (1967)
=. Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer 1 (1994)
=. Cliff Richard 1 (1980)
=. Shane Ritchie 1 (2005)
=. Jonathan Ross 1 (2003)
=. Shaun Ryder 1 (1996)
=. Lilly Savage 1 (1994)
=. Skin 1 (1996)
=. Dave Smash & Mick Nice 1 (1992)
=. Elayne Smith 1 (1991)
=. Spoony 1 (2006)
=. Keith Stukes 1 (1967)
=. Take That 1 (1994)
=. Peter Tork 1 (1968)
=. Gayle Tuesday 1 (1995)
=. Phil Tufnel 1 (2005)
=. Denise Van Outen (1997)
=. Elfi Von Kalchrueth 1 (1969)
=. Louise Wenner 1 (1996)
=. Whigfield 1 (1995)
=. Tony Wright 1 (1996)

Excluding Samantha “The Disc Girl” Juste in the late sixties, whom I suspect may have been employed for decorative purposes, it took 19 years until Top of the Pops had its first female presenter, Janice Long.

Odd how – even though I must have seen Mark Franklin many times between 1991 and 1994, the golden age of anonymous presenters – I have no memory of him, yet I could tell you who David ‘Diddy’ Hamilton was, even though he was before my time.

Also odd that, although his was the heyday of joint presenters, “Oooh!” Gary Davies usually did the show on his own. I wonder why that should have been?

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