The static and concerned middle-aged dad pondering his son's future was one of the oddest things on TOTP for a long time. I suppose Matthew was a bit young to be there beside him in the studio. It was a welcome surprise hit as far as I was concerned, pure and atmospheric analogue synths were rarely heard by the late eighties.
I doubt Karel had much to worry about. I'd wager Matthew grew out of those macho career aspirations and he enjoys a comfortable middle class lifestyle in some form of consultancy, is a staunch Remainer, and the only street fighting he does is in the cause of climate change.
Yes GD was a little odd that one, but quite atmospheric at the same time, well i quite liked it.
They really had a problem representing House Music at the time, trying to set 'House Master Boyz' as some kind of band?? when really they are just studio producers, House Music isnt really for sitting down watching, its for dancing to 2am in some sweaty club (or even a non sweaty club), and thus the context is often going to be lost.
Anyhow since there are 4 B2B Smithy episodes the Beeb are leaping over, here is the next one from 24th September.
With Mike Smith shows almost over with, it makes me wonder how BBC4 are going to fit 1988 into the rest of the year, assuming that there are no other banned presenters. I hope they don't resort to showing three a week.
My theory is that they will show 2 per week and when the proms are on and The Sky At Night, they will show 2 on a Thursday and a Friday when they make up the time.
In 2021 (if the repeats are still going), I think they will revert back to the weekly editions and say "We go back 30 years to TOTP 1991. #TOTP"