I haven't watched TOTP for ages, but I used to watch it every now and then, mainly through the 90's. I've also seen some TOTP 2's as well, because although most of it isn't my thing, I think music history is pretty important and relivant in influence to music today.
But I've never really taken the program too seriously. When Prodigy released 'Firestarter' and it made Number 1, they refused to play on TOTP because they didn't like it, and wanted to keep underground. The fact they made number 1 without having to appear on TV to do it is an achievement of good strong and hard music that penatrates through the spoon feed of TOTP.
TOTP were left with no choice but to show the video for 'Firestarter', but they thought Keith Flint was too scary. So they asked Prodigy to re-make the video, but they refused. Then TOTP even offered to pay for them to re-make the video. Luckily Prodigy stuck to their grounds and refused to change for anyone else. But this is why I don't take TOTP seriously. I mean, how can you take a program seriously that trys to change something just, even though it popular, just to tailor to their injustified needs? The excuse of Kieth being too scary was rediculous. He was only scary to people who are too scared to express themselves. In which means TOTP, so they try to change it, and then feed that change to soceity. That's why I can't take it seriously.
But for the hell of it, sometimes it can be interesting. My fave performance on TOTP was Jamiroquai's 1996 performance of 'Virtual Insanity'. Adamski's 'Killer' from 1990 was also pretty clool