Flying Discs in the Sky:
1981-1983

The 80s was well and truly here, and Top of the Pops was beginning to look a bit dated. Executive Producer at the time, Michael Hurll, thought the show needed an injection of life back into the show, and hence on the live 900th edition of the show, a new opening sequence and themetune debuted alongside the four original Top of the Pops presenters. Thursday 9th July 1981 saw a regular title sequence for the first time in seven years, and the memorable "flying records out of the sky" opening titles. The classic circular Top of the Pops logo was modernised, and rounded, and a new theme tune by Phil Lynott - "Yellow Pearl" debuted. This iteration of the title sequence would live on until the 1000th edition.


Opening Title Sequence



Presentation

PREVIOUS

Logo & Spinning Squares:
1980-1981


NEXT

Flying TV & Discs in a Vortex:
1983-1986


Appearances

FIRST

09/07/1981


LAST

28/04/1983


Trivia

THEMETUNE

Yellow Pearl
Phil Lynott



Opening Title Sequence

Opening Title Sequence Screenshot 1
Opening Title Sequence Screenshot 2
Opening Title Sequence Screenshot 3
Opening Title Sequence Screenshot 4


On-screen Graphics

Presenter Caption Graphics Example 1
Performance Caption Graphics Example 1
Single Chart Rundown Graphics Example 1
End Credits Graphics Example 1