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Top Of The Form (Television Top Of The Form)

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Top Of The Form began life at 7.30pm on Saturday 1 May 1948, as a radio series on the BBC Light Programme.

The format transitioned to BBC television in 1962, where it was titled Television Top of the Form.


The series tended to feature grammar schools, although in later years, as these schools became less commonplace, comprehensive schools featured also. There was an increasing dominance by independent schools.

The autumn 1967 series featured only comprehensive schools.

BBC Radio 4 continued with the format from 1970 to 1986. The final episode went to air on Tuesday 2 December 1986.

Reportedly the series was finally cancelled because the competitive nature of the show jarred with modern educational philosophy.


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