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Top Of The Pops returns... as live production

Top Of The Pops returns... as live production

BBC Worldwide has signed a licensing deal with Flying Entertainment aiming to "capture the spirit of the iconic TV show" in the production, which premieres at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne on October 18-20.

Produced in association with Derek Nicol and Paul Walden - producers of stage hit Thriller Live - and director/choreographer Gary Lloyd, Top Of The Pops LIVE will feature a cast of singers and dancers backed by a live band along with material from the BBC's Top Of The Pops TV vaults.

Celebrating the greatest hits by the biggest stars in the world of pop from the 70s, 80s and 90s, the show will offer songs from TRex and David Bowie, to Blondie and Adam & The Ants, Duran Duran and Madonna, to Oasis and Blur.

During the show, Top of the Pops LIVE will screen vintage Top of the Pops chart footage before hosting a chart rundown covering three decades. Audiences on the night get to pick which song - from a list of list of five classic hits - will feature in the show's finale.

"We are delighted to have signed a licensing deal with Flying Entertainment and look forward to working with them on Top of the Pops LIVE," said commercial director, Audio & Music BBC Worldwide Dominic Walker.

Derek Nicol, producer and joint managing director of Flying Entertainment added: "I am delighted to be working with BBC Worldwide and Director Gary Lloyd on one of the UK's most iconic brands.

"Like most people, I have nothing but fantastic memories of Top of the Pops and I look forward to delivering a great live show to audiences throughout the country, reflecting the great music that, through Top of the Pops, became the soundtrack to many of our lives."

Director/choreographer Gary Lloyd added: "Bringing Top of the Pops to the stage has been an exciting process. With today's technology and using all of the iconic moments Top of the Pops brings, this show will excite audiences old and new.

"As a music lover who grew up following the charts with Top of the Pops as the highlight of the week, this is a dream show to work on. I am very much looking forward to getting it out there to all those people who did the same and taking them on a rockin' journey down memory lane."

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