Top of the Pops, Friday, 20.00, 20.30, BBC4
Still seems a bit odd to be constantly returning to 1992 now we’re motoring ahead on Saturday nights, but we’ve come this far and we only have to sit through another year or so of pretty ropey fare both on record and on screen before things liven up. Actually this first one feels like we’ve gone even further back in time with a line-up including Genesis, Heaven 17 and Madness, while despite the 1500th show being last week the archive spot continues for another week with one of the most frequently screened performances in Pops history, though in 1992 we’d probably only have seen it about two or three hundred times. And if the first show looks like a bit of an eighties throwback, the second one features both Kylie and Jason, right next to each other as well, though neither of them were at the peak of their powers at this time and though we’d long written off Jase’s pop career, Kylie wasn’t in a particularly creative period either, with Stock and Waterman – no Aitken by this point – rather phoning it in. A bit more excitement from Carter, mind, with their bid for Christmas number one. Well, the final chart position did have a one in it.