Minipops (Channel 4, 1983)
Minipops was a short-lived television broadcast in the UK in 1983. Designed for younger viewers, Minipops consisted of music performances on brightly lit colored sets featuring preteen children singing contemporary pop music hits and older classic songs. The children were usually made to look like the original performers using costumes and makeup and this is what led to the show’s demise. The other factor? There was much controversy over the children singing songs that often contained a subtext of adult content. Only 6 episodes were produced and the program only aired from February 8 to March 15, 1983. The Minipops continued to release albums throughout the 1980s.
A follow up show, Whatever Happened to the Minipops? aired October 11, 2005 on Channel 4. It featured a history of the show, interviews with the former Minipops and crew all at a reunion at the original theatre where the show had been filmed.