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Playing tracks by
Elvis Presley and John Leyton.
Many of us remember Sunday afternoons and Pick of the Pops, sat with a tape recorder to capture the latest changes to the new entries and the climbers. But it actually goes back to 1955 as a programme title with Franklin Englemann. However, the chart rundown started 50 years this week when Alan Freeman burst upon the airwaves and first presented the Pick of the Pops within Trad Tavern. It is still a hugely popular programme today though it has a distinctly different life on Saturday afternoons on Radio 2. But Alan's chart countdown element lives on.
Sir Tim Rice unravels the story and hears from Tony Blackburn, Johnnie Walker, Bob Harris, David Jacobs, Paul Gambaccini, Robert Plant and Cliff Richard and discovers just how that rundown works.
Pick of the Pops is the only programme to have been broadcast on five different radio stations and all with Alan Freeman at the helm. Not 'Arf !