Chris Evans, born in Warrington, Lancashire, is a TV and radio presenter who currently presents the BBC Radio Two morning breakfast show, a slot inherited from Terry Wogan
and Sarah Kennedy
Prior to taking over the radio show, Evans presented TV shows, most notably Don't Forget Your Toothbrush
(gameshow) and TGI Friday
. He is most famous for re-inventing morning breakfast TV, revolutionising the genre with the zoo-format The Big Breakfast
on Channel Four
. (since widely imitated worldwide).
His previous stint at the BBC, on Radio One
, was marred by allegations of bullying staff and ended in his being sacked for refusing to work on Fridays because it clashed with his TV show for a rival channel. However, all appears to have been forgiven and forgotten, and Evans is now very popular in the morning radio show, gathering consistently high ratings and a loyal fan-base.
He was formerly married to singer-turned-actress Billie Piper
, now famous for her work on Doctor Who
He is not to be confused with
the American actor Chris Evans
This radio presenter's career and work contains examples of:
- Cluster F-Bomb: dropped by guests such as Sean Ryder on his live Friday evening show, forcing the regulators to insist potentially contentious parts be pre-recorded.
- Drinking On Duty: some of the work he did during the latter stages of his marriage to Billie Piper has overtures of this. Both were frequently pictured leaving supermarkets with a shopping basket full of booze, and Evans himself admits he was drinking far too heavily at this point.
- Hatedom: all the people who still resent him for not being Terry Wogan, who think he has dumbed down the morning show, and those who suspect he had a hand in Sarah Kennedy's departure and the demotion of broadcasting legend Johnny Walker. Evans deals with most of these issues in his biography.