1988 Episode Guide

TOTP celebrates it's 25th anniversary with a host of famous faces, and a new show runner tries to brings the show to an even younger audience.


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07/01/1988

Simon Bates and Mike Read take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Jellybean, The Stranglers, Gosh, and Pet Shop Boys.


14/01/1988

Simon Mayo and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Tiffany, Morris Minor & The Majors, Ac/dc, and Belinda Carlisle.


21/01/1988

Steve Wright and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Ac/dc, The Christians, Bananarama, and Dollar.


28/01/1988

Gary Davies and Mike Smith take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Billy Idol, Jermaine Stewart, Jack ‘n’ Chill, and T’pau.


04/02/1988

Mike Smith takes a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Kylie Minogue, Bros, Sinead O’connor, and Tiffany.


11/02/1988

Gary Davies and Bruno Brookes take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Debbie Gibson, Taylor Dayne, Tiffany, and Sinead O'Connor.


18/02/1988

Gary Davies and Nicky Campbell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Billy Ocean, Was (not Was), Michael Jackson, and Coldcut Featuring Yazz & The Plastic Population.


25/02/1988

Peter Powell and Mark Goodier take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Morrissey, Rick Astley, Eddie Cochran, and The Mission.


03/03/1988

Gary Davies and Simon Mayo take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Rick Astley, Belinda Carlisle, Taja Sevelle, and Erasure.


10/03/1988

Mike Smith and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Johnny Hates Jazz, Heart, Afrika Bambaataa & Ub40, and Primitives.


17/03/1988

Gary Davies and Mike Read take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Heart, Sinitta, Keith Sweat, and Eighth Wonder.


24/03/1988

Simon Bates and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from A-ha, Wet Wet Wet, Climie Fisher, and Tiffany.


31/03/1988

Mike Smith and Nicky Campbell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Climie Fisher, Jellybean Featuring Adele Bertei, Glen Goldsmith, and Status Quo.


07/04/1988

Gary Davies and Simon Mayo take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Fleetwood Mac, Hazell Dean, Ac/dc, and Scott Fitzgerald.


14/04/1988

Bruno Brookes and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Natalie Cole, Def Leppard, T’pau, and Jellybean Featuring Adele Bertei.


21/04/1988

Peter Powell and Simon Bates take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from George Michael, Pat & Mick, James Brown, and Jermaine Stewart.


28/04/1988

Nicky Campbell and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from James Brown, Brenda Russell, Luther Vandross, and Bananarama.


05/05/1988

Bruno Brookes and Adrian John take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from New Order, Harry Enfield, Narada, and The Christians.


12/05/1988

Mike Read and Simon Mayo take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Prince, Narada, Belinda Carlisle, and Prefab Sprout.


19/05/1988

Gary Davies and Simon Bates take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Kylie Minogue, Aztec Camera, Ofra Haza, and Debbie Gibson.


26/05/1988

Mark Goodier and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from La Mix, Climie Fisher, The Style Council, and Mica Paris.


02/06/1988

Peter Powell and Nicky Campbell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Desireless, The Timelords, Five Star, and Rod Stewart.


09/06/1988

Peter Powell and Simon Mayo take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Five Star, Mica Paris, Sabrina, and Maxi Priest.


16/06/1988

Mike Read and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Erasure, The Fat Boys & Chubby Checker, A-ha, and Matt Bianco.


23/06/1988

Mark Goodier and Nicky Campbell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Phil Collins, Tracy Chapman, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, and Maxi Priest.


30/06/1988

Gary Davies and Bruno Brookes take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bruce Springsteen, Matt Bianco, T’pau, and Bros.


07/07/1988

Janice Long and Simon Mayo take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Mac Band Featuring The Mccampbell Brothers, Inxs, Glenn Medeiros, and Transvision Vamp.


14/07/1988

Simon Bates and Bruno Brookes take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, Pat Benatar, and The Wee Papa Girl Rappers.


21/07/1988

Peter Powell and Andy Crane take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Def Leppard, The Mac Band Featuring The Mccampbell Brothers, Michael Jackson, and Glenn Medeiros.


28/07/1988

Gary Davies and Nicky Campbell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bvsmp, Voice Of The Beehive, Steven Dante, and Pat Benatar.


04/08/1988

Mark Goodier and Janice Long take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Fairground Attraction, Kim Wilde, All About Eve, and S Express.


11/08/1988

Bruno Brookes and Liz Kershaw take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from All About Eve, Iron Maiden, Brother Beyond, and Bvsmp.


18/08/1988

Mike Read and Simon Mayo take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Kylie Minogue, Status Quo, Big Country, and Julio Iglesias & Stevie Wonder.


25/08/1988

Nicky Campbell and Gary Davies take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Jane Wiedlin, Bomb The Bass, Status Quo, and Yazz & The Plastic Population.


01/09/1988

Steve Wright and Mark Goodier take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Julio Iglesias & Stevie Wonder, Guns N’ Roses, Yello, and Bomb The Bass.


08/09/1988

Mike Read and Andy Crane take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, Anthrax, The Proclaimers, and Yello.


15/09/1988

Simon Mayo and Peter Powell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Commodores, The Pasadenas, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, and The Hollies.


22/09/1988

Nicky Campbell and Andy Crane take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Womack & Womack, Transvision Vamp, Bon Jovi, and The Hollies.


29/09/1988

Gary Davies and Mark Goodier take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from U2, Alexander O’neal, Erasure, and Bananarama.


06/10/1988

Simon Mayo and Richard Skinner take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bobby Mcferrin, Spear Of Destiny, Kim Wilde, and Rick Astley.


13/10/1988

Gary Davies and Bruno Brookes take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Sabrina, Enya, D Mob Featuring Gary Haisman, and Sinitta.


20/10/1988

Steve Wright and Caron Keating take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Christians, Deacon Blue, Erasure, and Whitney Houston.


27/10/1988

Simon Mayo and Anthea Turner take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from The Art Of Noise & Tom Jones, Tanita Tikaram, Yazz, and Enya.


03/11/1988

Mark Goodier and Nicky Campbell take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Robert Palmer, Bryan Ferry, Kylie Minogue, and Enya.


10/11/1988

Bruno Brookes and Sybil Roscoe take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bryan Ferry, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Chris De Burgh, and Enya.


17/11/1988

Gary Davies and Susie Mathis take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from All About Eve, Mica Paris, Robin Beck, and INXS.


24/11/1988

Andy Crane and Simon Mayo take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Bomb The Bass Featuring Maureen, Michael Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Chris De Burgh.


01/12/1988

Bruno Brookes and Mike Read take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Michael Jackson, Angry Anderson, Phil Collins, and Bros.


08/12/1988

Nicky Campbell and Caron Keating take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Angry Anderson, Petula Clark, Inner City, and Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan.


15/12/1988

Gary Davies and Mark Goodier take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from Petula Clark, New Order, Kim Wilde, and Erasure.


22/12/1988

Nicky Campbell and Steve Wright take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists from the Top 40. Including performances from A-ha, Shakin’ Stevens, Neneh Cherry, and Cliff Richard.


Christmas Day 1988

Presenting the top hits and videos from 1988, including the Christmas No 1. Introduced by Bruno Brookes, Gary Davies and Anthea Turner. Including performances from Pet Shop Boys, Tiffany, Whitney Houston, and Aswad.


25 Years of Top of the Pops

Broadcast on the eve of the 25th anniversary of what has become the world's longest-running regular chart show. Including performances from Manfred Mann, Sandie Shaw, Cliff Richard, David Essex, Lulu, Wet Wet Wet, Status Quo, Shakin' Stevens, The Pet Shop Boys, and interviews with a few surprise guests. Introduced by past and present Radio 1 DJs, including Jimmy Savile, Mike Read and Paul Gambaccini.



Year in Review

Top of the Pops celebrates its Silver Jubilee (that’s 25 years!), a new executive producer brings the show to an ever younger audience with lively new presenters – step forward Anthea Turner, Nicky Campbell et al.

The charts are full of sparkling box-fresh pop stars, from teenage heartthrobs Bros, to the boy and girl next door we shared teatime with every weekday - our favourite Neighbours, Kylie and Jason.

Stock, Aitken and Waterman have reached their zenith with wall-to-wall hits. In stark contrast to the hosts of wholesomeness, Transvision Vamp put the grrr into girl and those Wee Papa Girl Rappers give great dance hall ragga in a British spin on hip-hop.

While pop reached a new purple phase, the older kids were out at Acid House parties, buying records that sent S'Express and Yazz with Cold Cut to the top of the charts - much to the bemusement and then alarm of the grown-ups.