DEATH AT CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE
CHRISTMAS EVE, 1981 - Filming has just wrapped on the Top of the Plops Christmas Special and its the television studio’s wrap party on set. Festive cheer is clouded by the bitterness in the air as each musical act have been at each other’s throats competing for the coveted Christmas Top Plop spot all December. Will this Christmas carnage end in murder?
THEMES AND INSPIRATION: 1980s, Party, Music, Christmas, Top of the Pops
Meet the Suspects
MICHAEL SOUFFLE - Michael is the owner of the BMBC television station and has been for the past 2 years. He is a ruthless boss who always seems to get what he wants. Many people know not to cross Michael but all artists want to work with him as his station broadcasts the best music program on television ‘Top of the Plops’. Tonight, Michael will announce the artist that has nabbed the Christmas Top Plop.
JORD MICHAEL - Jord is the lead singer of popular pop group ‘Whim’. His jaw-dropping good looks and immaculate hair make him a heart throb and is the most common choice adorning the walls of teenage girls’ bedrooms. He is always followed by a herd of hysterical fans!
ARIA CLARY - Aria Clary is the first lady of Christmas and a global superstar with one of the best voices the world has ever heard! She is a renowned diva with outlandish demands and a huge entourage. Michael has hit the jackpot as he is not only the manager of the television station, but he is Aria’s agent and husband. Whenever she performs, she steals the show!
TREMBLIN’ TREVOR - Tremblin’ Trevor is the rebellious lead singer of glam rock group ‘Boney Men’. He notoriously doesn’t care for his fellow musicians and is very self centred. He’s only bothered about his fame and fortune and is well known for his quite lavish, glittery lifestyle. He was a big star in the 70s and has been off the radar for a few years. He’s surprised his fans by releasing a new Christmas record that is surprisingly pretty good!
REVEREND NODDY BALDER - The reverend is the biggest religious celebrity in the country. Some even say that he’s bigger than Jesus! His brand of holy pop is a hit with music enthusiasts and Christians alike. With his squeaky clean image, he is considered the saint of the music industry!
TONY COCKBURN - Tony Cockburn is the suave and cool host of Top of the Plops and has been for 4 years. Envied by men, fancied by the ladies, and adored by children - he really is the perfect star! Since Michael took over as manager of the television station 2 years ago, the pair haven’t seen eye to eye. Tony knows that Michael cannot sack him because of his popularity so frequently winds Michael up and very often gets too big for his boots.
BERTHA SPITT - Bertha is the 16 year old president of the Jord Michael fan club and is obsessed with the Earth Jord Michael walks on. Her life is devoted to being a committed ‘Whimsy’ and she thinks about nothing else. Bertha is completely in love with him and she is determined to get close to Jord at every occasion possible and to eventually become Mrs Michael.
ELLEN JONES - Simple, shy, coffee girl and runner on the set of Top of the Plops. She started on the same day as Michael took over the studio and has worked there ever since. She is very forgettable and keeps her head down while working.