I’ve never actually seen Top of the Pops, one of the BBC’s longest-running features yet not one that is shipped over the USA. It’s tied to the current charts, so it probably wouldn’t age very well, and BBC America generally doesn’t air recent stuff. And with the current fragmentation of musical tastes, it’s easy to see why the general interest in such a show would drop.
And yet I’m sad to see that it’s been canceled.
It’s probably just the excessive Anglophilia I carry around, though I also like to see worthwhile institutions carry on as long as they can.
The good news is that Later with Jools Holland is a great show, undoubtedly better than Top of the Pops. Jools is a marvelous MC, and the diversity of music on the show is simply wonderful.