1983 Episode Guide

TOTP marks it's 1000th episode with a host of famous faces. But the rise of the music video starts to threaten the show's unique appeal, with dance troupe 'Zoo' throwing their final pose.


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06/01/1983

Mike Smith & Tommy Vance take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Phil Collins, Bucks Fizz, Wah!, and The Stranglers.


13/01/1983

John Peel & David Jensen take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Men At Work, Keith Harris & Orville, John Williams, and The Maisonettes.


20/01/1983

Gary Davies and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Joe Jackson, Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle, Toto, and Melba Moore.


27/01/1983

Simon Bates and Richard Skinner take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Belle Stars, The Beatles, Wham!, and Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes.


03/02/1983

John Peel and David Jensen take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Indeep, Fleetwood Mac, Tears For Fears, and Joe Jackson.


10/02/1983

Janice Long and Pat Sharp take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes, Depeche Mode, Level 42, and Central Line.


17/02/1983

Peter Powell and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Tears For Fears, Musical Youth, Lionel Richie, and The Stray Cats.


24/02/1983

Andy Peebles and Dave Lee Travis take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Michael Jackson, Toto, Eurythmics, and Kajagoogoo.


03/03/1983

David Jensen and John Peel take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Forrest, Bananarama, The Fun Boy Three, and Madness.


10/03/1983

Mike Smith and Tommy Vance take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Eurythmics, Spandau Ballet, David Joseph, and Thompson Twins.


17/03/1983

Tony Blackburn and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Style Council, Louise Tucker, F.r. David, and Peter Schilling.


23/03/1983

John Peel and David Jensen take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from David Bowie, Leo Sayer, Frida, and Styx.


31/03/1983

Richard Skinner and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Style Council, U2, Tracey Ullman, and Kenny Everett.


07/04/1983

Simon Bates and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Culture Club, Twisted Sister, Tracie, and Nick Heyward.


14/04/1983

Gary Davies and Andy Peebles take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Eurythmics, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Kissing The Pink.


21/04/1983

Janice Long and Richard Skinner take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Human League, Twisted Sister, Heaven 17, and Spandau Ballet.


28/04/1983

John Peel and David Jensen take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Sweet Dreams, China Doll, The Creatures, and Hoffman & Hoffman.


05/05/1983

Britain's longest running pop music show celebrates its 1,000th edition. Since its first transmission on 1st January 1964, Top of the Pops has provided a weekly programme reflecting the bands and artists in the current hit parade. Included in this special edition are video clips and personalities from the past 19 years, plus a look at the top pop records from in the charts. Including performances from The Human League, Thompson Twins, Spandau Ballet, and Heaven 17.


12/05/1983

Mike Read and Tommy Vance take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Daryl Hall & John Oates, Pink Floyd, Galaxy Featuring Phil Fearon, and Men At Work.


19/05/1983

Simon Bates and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from New Edition, Blancmange, Wham!, and Yazoo.


26/05/1983

Peter Powell and Pat Sharp take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Manchester United Football Club, Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Police, and Forrest.


02/06/1983

Jimmy Savile and Tony Blackburn take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Elton John, The Tubes, Irene Cara, and Yazoo.


08/06/1983

David Jensen and John Peel take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from David Bowie, Irene Cara, George Benson, and Shakatak.


16/06/1983

Mike Read and Dave Lee Travis take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Kajagoogoo, Shalamar, The Truth, and Michael Jackson.


23/06/1983

Simon Bates and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Rod Stewart, Dolly Dots, Robin Gibb, and David Bowie.


30/06/1983

Richard Skinner and Tommy Vance take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Heaven 17, Irene Cara, Tom Robinson, and Rod Stewart.


07/07/1983

David Jensen and John Peel take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Mary Jane Girls, Freeez, The Cure, and Eurythmics.


14/07/1983

Andy Peebles and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Malcolm Mclaren, Elton John, The Kinks, and Heaven 17.


21/07/1983

Jimmy Savile and Pat Sharp take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Eurythmics, Roman Holliday, Freeez, and The Cure.


28/07/1983

Mike Read and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Depeche Mode, The Creatures, Malcolm Mclaren, and George Benson.


04/08/1983

John Peel and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Police, Galaxy Featuring Phil Fearon, Tracie, and Shakin’ Stevens.


11/08/1983

Richard Skinner and Tommy Vance take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Style Council, Spandau Ballet, The Lotus Eaters, and Robert Plant.


18/08/1983

Dave Lee Travis and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Wham!, Elton John, Galaxy Featuring Phil Fearon, and Madness.


25/08/1983

Mike Smith and Simon Bates take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Rod Stewart, The Police, Michael Sembello, and Ub40.


01/09/1983

John Peel and David Jensen take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Madness, Righeira, Ryan Paris, and Genesis.


08/09/1983

Peter Powell and Andy Peebles take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Rod Stewart, Status Quo, Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack, and Paul Young.


15/09/1983

Jimmy Savile and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Culture Club, David Essex, The Truth, and Modern Romance.


22/09/1983

Mike Read and Simon Bates take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from David Bowie, Toyah, Nick Heyward, and Soft Cell.


29/09/1983

Dave Lee Travis and Tommy Vance take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from David Essex, George Benson, Kajagoogoo, and Air Supply.


06/10/1983

David Jensen and John Peel take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from David Bowie, Meat Loaf, Howard Jones, and The Alarm.


13/10/1983

Peter Powell and Richard Skinner take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Tracey Ullman, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Bucks Fizz, and Lionel Richie.


20/10/1983

Andy Peebles and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Rocksteady Crew, Billy Joel, Freeez, and Depeche Mode.


27/10/1983

Dave Lee Travis and Tony Blackburn take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Lionel Richie, Duran Duran, Will Powers, and Ub40.


03/11/1983

Peter Powell and Mike Read take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Donna Summer, The Police, Quiet Riot, and The Fixx.


10/11/1983

John Peel and David Jensen take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Adam Ant, Eurythmics, The Cure, and Joy Division.


17/11/1983

Jimmy Savile and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Shakin’ Stevens, Paul Mccartney & Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, and Michael Jackson.


24/11/1983

Simon Bates and Richard Skinner take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Tina Turner, Thompson Twins, Simple Minds, and Billy Joel.


01/12/1983

Dave Lee Travis and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, Genesis, Cliff Richard, and Aztec Camera.


08/12/1983

Mike Read and Tommy Vance take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Howard Jones, and The Flying Pickets.


15/12/1983

Simon Bates and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Ub40, Barry Manilow, Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, and The Flying Pickets.


22/12/1983

John Peel and David Jensen take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Culture Club, Billy Joel, Paul Mccartney, and The Flying Pickets.


Christmas 1983 - Part 1

The Radio 1 DJs present some of the best-selling tracks of 1983, in this special Christmas Day edition. Including performances from Michael Jackson, Men At Work, Eurythmics, and Adam Ant.


Christmas 1983 - Part 2

The Radio 1 DJs present some of the best-selling tracks of 1983, in this special edition. Including performances from Mike Oldfield, Tracey Ullman, Michael Sembello, and Phil Collins.



Year in Review

It's 1983, and Top of the Pops reaches a landmark - its 1,000th edition. A time to celebrate, perhaps, but there are signs that the show is going through something of a mid-life crisis. The aristocracy of British New Pop are in the ascendant - Culture Club, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Wham! - but the rise of the video starts to threaten the show's unique appeal, which is based on getting the top artists into the studio. So producer Michael Hurll tries out new features - the first regular female presenter, Janice Long; the Top Ten Video Countdown; the European charts (intoned by John Peel in Paris whilst eating a bag of frites), even the South East Asian charts (not that they exist, as David Jensen discovers). And more live shows, to keep the adrenaline flowing - as well as a genuinely live performance by New Order of their anti-song 'Blue Monday'.

1983 is also the year when several great TOTP institutions come to an end. Bands no longer have to rerecord their backing tracks, thanks to an agreement finally being reached between the Musicians' Union and the BBC. And Flick Colby's dance troupe Zoo throw their final pose, killed off by music videos and cheerleaders.