Top Town



Roy Bradford (radio series)

Neal Arden

Peter Haigh

Peter West (1956)

David Jacobs (Top Town Tournament)

Stuart Hall (1987)


BBC Light Programme, 12 June to 28 August 1951

BBC-tv, 4 February 1954 to 10 December 1956

As Top Town Tournament: BBC-tv, 22 January 1959 to 23 June 1960

BBC2 North West, 2 October to 20 November 1987 (8 episodes)


Talent competition with a It's a Knockout-style twist of two towns competing against each other, the whole caboodle culminating in a final to crown the UK's "Top Town". How proud they must have been. In the early series, a panel of judges simply announced the winning town at the end, but later on there was a proper scoring system in which each act received points out of five, the town with the higher cumulative total winning.

The programme appears to have been briefly revived in 1987 for some reason. Maybe to give Stuart Hall something to laugh about?


Claire Sweeney made one of her first television appearances on the revivial show, singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow with very bad hair.

Web links

Newspaper article about a 1956 show

See also

Star Town
Up for the Cup


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