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So You Want to be Top?
Created by John Langdon
Ian White
Presented by Gary Wilmot
Starring Kate Copstick
Bill Homewood (series 1)
The Gemini Twins
(scorers - series 1)
Leni Harper
(series 2 and 3)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 18
Producer(s) Judy Whitfield
Running time 30mins
Original network BBC One
Original release 7 November 1983 (1983-11-07) – 17 December 1985 (1985-12-17)

So You Want to be Top? is a British children's television programme presented by Gary Wilmot. It aired for 3 series from 7 November 1983 until 17 December 1985 normally on a Friday afternoon.


The show includes sketches and games that are slapstick in nature. The contestants were schoolchildren (except for series 3 - see Criticism). Much of the dialogue was pun-laden and tended to elicit groans from the audience. Scores were decided via a clapometer measuring the volume of the clapping/cheering of the children in the audience. Scores were recorded by The Gemini Twins in series 1 and Leni Harper in series 2 and 3.

One of the show's highlights was the spoof adverts for fake products used in pranks, most of them made by fictional company Top Kid.


A number of catchphrases were associated with the show including:

  • "So that means that the Creeps are top of being bottom and the Crawlers are bottom of being top!" (Gary Wilmot after the current scores have been announced)
  • "Miss Harper - to the scoreboard, please!" (Gary Wilmot to Lena Harper - series 2 and 3)
  • "Mark 'em, top kids!" (Leni Harper when asking the audience to score the contestants on the clap-o-meter - series 2 and 3)
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