As the BBC’s Christmas schedule is announced there is a big has axed one of its specials that have been going for 57 years. The Top of the Pops Christmas Day special has come to an end, the BBC announced.
The BBC is the place to go for holiday television, with a plethora of specials focused on the holiday season and a number of eagerly awaited comebacks.
With the likes of The Beatles, The Kinks, Elton John, Wham!, the Spice Girls and more massive artists performing on this Festive edition of the chart show, it’s decided to pull the plug on the live music show.
The Sun reported that a source said: “Beeb bosses felt the cost involved in creating a one-off show like this were too high to justify.”
“Creating the studio and bringing together a string of artists to perform for just this programme required a disproportionate amount of resources.”
The popular weekly show was cancelled back in 2006, but the festive special carried on. The reason behind the broadcaster making the decision is said to be cost-cutting.
Whilst shows like Mrs Brown’s Boys carry on getting air time, to some people’s annoyance, the Christmas British pop culture classic brings an end to an era.
The Top of the Pops Christmas show first aired in 1964, so it will be sad to leave our screens.
Programmes which are set to return for their festive edition include Call the Midwife is back although plot details are under wraps, The Repair Shop – where they’ll be restoring treasured festive keepsakes.
But, what we are most excited about is this year’s All Creatures Great and Small Christmas special. After an emotional season three that was overshadowed by the possibility of World War II breaking out.