Filmed: Thursday 16 September 1982
Location: BBC Television Centre, London, England
Broadcast: Thursday 16 September 1982, BBC1, UK
Release status: Unreleased
Duration: 15 seconds (whole programme about 40 minutes)
Shown in: UK
Top of the Pops was the longest running weekly, music chart show featuring videos and performances on BBC1, UK which ran for over 42 years from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006 and featured around 2,000 episodes in total. The show saw many changes through the decades, in style, design, fashion and taste. Due to the BBC's former policy of deleting old programmes, the vast majority of the episodes from the first ten years of the programme's history have been lost. Of the first 500 episodes (1964–73) only about 20 complete recordings remain in the BBC archives. That's why only four of the seven ABBA studio performances exist in their full-length episodes). The 1976 Mamma Mia performance exists only in a Christmas retrospective episode; So Long from 1974 has been found thanks to the help of ABBA fans c/o this ABBA on TV website but it is feared the performance of SOS from 1975 is wiped forever.
Frida popped up in between songs on the weekly music show to plug her new solo album, Something's Going On and was very briefly interviewed by (then) Radio 1 DJ Simon Bates.
Archive data from BBC written archive:
Title: TOP OF THE POPS
Description: Simon BATES pres wkly chart show: inc Mari WILSON; Simple Minds; Shakatak; Talk Talk; UB40; Jam; ABC; Adam ANT; Survivor; Zoo.
>studio: promo VT; ex-lib VT
STUDIO: M WILSON & Wilsations - "Just What I Always Wanted" (dur 3m07s)
Simple Minds - "Glittering Prize" (dur 3m39s)
Shakatak - "Invitation" (dur 4m10s)
Talk Talk - "Today" (dur 3m05s)
PROMO VT: Jam - "The Bitterest Pill I E H To S" (Modern Media) (dur 3m08s)
ABC - "All Of My Heart" (PHONOGRAM) (dur 3m00s)
Adam ANT - "Friend Or Foe" (CBS) (dur 3m20s)
Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger" (CBS) (dur 3m07s)
EX-LIB VT: UB40 - "So Here I Am" (dur 3m06s)