Series: The Big Breakfast

The Big Breakfast was a early morning light entertainment show. Channel 4's answer to ITV's 'GMTV' and the BBC's more news based shows. Set entirely in an old Lock Keepers' Cottage it was a mix of news, gossip, weather and humor. Originally the show's presenters were Chris Evans and Gaby Roslin but after two years on the show Evans left which left the show in a bit of a turmoil with Mark Little, Paul Ross, Richard Orford and Keith Chegwin all attempting to fill his shoes at one point or another. With dwindling viewers the show got a revamp. On relaunch Johnny Vaughan and Denise van Outen were the next hosts, Van Outen left being replaced with Kelly Brook then Liza Tarbuck before returning to the show. Then in 2001 both Vaughan and Van Outen quit together being replaced by Richard Bacon, Paul Tonkinson, Amanda Byram and Simon Feilder. The show lost its appeal and was canceled in March 2002.

Notable other personalities involved in the series were:
  • Trevor Baylis, the inventor of the wind-up radio would talk about inventions and new gadgets.
  • Bob Geldof, part owner of the production studio that made the series, then husband of presenter Paula Yates, and also interviewed a couple of times on the show.
  • Zig and Zag, puppets that often interviewed guests.
  • Johnny Vegas, off-beat comedian
  • Paula Yates, who would interview celebrities whilst in bed. The interviewee had to get on, or in, the bed with her.

Provides Examples Of:

  • Determinator: The show aired every single weekday (and a few special weekends- new years', for instance) during its nine-and-a-half-year run, with the single exception of September 12 2001.
  • Flyaway Shot: The end-credits sequence, which is the Title Sequence in reverse.
  • Hurricane of Puns: A regular feature called "The Pun Down", which listed the best headline puns from that day's newspapers.