Phil Mount found that instead of representing a radical departure, the All New Top of the Tops owes rather a lot to a certain CD:UK and is already out of date.
Watching the launch of "All New" Top of the Pops, I couldn't help but notice certain similarities between its "All New" format and CD:UK.They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but I must say that I was disappointed as a licence fee payer to see money being spent on copying other people's formats rather than developing new ones.All New TOTP now transmits live - something we have been doing since 1998. It features a news segment - CD:UK News has been running since 1999.It now runs spotlight pieces on featured artists, which we have been doing for the past five years.It is transmitting performances of unreleased songs, just like... guess who? In the launch show All New featured two special medley performances.This innovation started on CD:UK last year.Putting that aside for a moment, I have reservations about the presenter, Tim Kash. I think he lacks personality and doesn't give any impression of hosting a big event. He's clearly very nervous. No doubt he will improve as he gets more shows under his belt but personally I find him quite wooden.He's certainly no Cat Deeley, is he?The launch show did try to make it more of an event. The Blazin' Squad number with all the dancers outside provided a great opening shot and eventually gave good energy to the performance, it was just a pity they took so long to get into the studio. It's difficult to see how they will be able to throw that kind of money at the show indefinitely though.The shooting of music performances has definitely improved. Victoria Beckham's number looked brilliant, as did the Black Eyed Peas. Having nicked one of our lighting directors, the lighting is more dynamic too.I'm not sure the look and taste of the show sit comfortably in the time slot. And while the set and graphic changes are, ahem, different, the VT packages such as the Travis tour piece and the news feel under-produced.Their piece on Beyonce was also out of date.TOTP will claim that it rates around the 4 million mark. Don't be fooled, it's a primetime slot of 19.00 on a Friday evening - the figures should always be fantastic, look at what the show is sandwiched between, they have a guaranteed audience.As a show I'm sure it will improve over the series, especially if it injects some original ideas from somewhere. The second show was certainly an improvement on the launch. Where will it go from here? I guess we will just have to wait and see...