As has happened probably ever three hours since Top of The Pops was axed, we're going through a 'they're going to bring back Top Of The Pops' period. Except it's not bringing back TOTP, as Ben Cooper tried to explain:
He said: "I am working hard with Bob Shennan, asking, 'What are the ingredients that would work for today?'The appearance of Simon Cowell in the discussions suggest we're not really talking about Top Of The Pops, right?
"When people ask about whether Top of the Pops is coming back, what they are really saying is, 'When can we get a once-a-week primetime BBC1 music slot?'
"I have had this conversation with agents, independent production companies, and with Simon Cowell a few weeks back."
He said: "With The Voice going to ITV, that does give you an opportunity, a moment in history, to go, 'Right, let's crack this, what can we do to bring the music and entertainment together for a primetime BBC1 audience? That's the Holy Grail!I'd be more tempted, were I a tabloid editor, to suggest they sound more like they're reviving something closer to House Party or Swap Shop, if indeed anything.
"The music industry would like a weekly moment to showcase the best new British music."
The Mail, of course, has its own take: