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      22.05.2010 14:24
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      Alternative breakfast television

      My mother never really liked this morning show but I loved watching it maybe because it seemed to be aimed at a more youthful audience and because it was so different to BBC Breakfast and GMTV. Although there are some differences, in essence the breakfast programmes on the BBC and ITV 1 are the same and now that The Big Breakfast is gone from Channel Four and has been for some time, choice has become limited as this show has never been replaced or updated.

      The format was fresh with the programme being broadcast live from a house which was near a lock and if I remember correctly the address of these buildings was Lockkeepers' Cottages, Old Ford Lock. The two presenters would conduct most of the show from the lounge area but different features could be broadcast from the kitchen, bedrooms and I remember the two puppets Zig and Zag who became very famous in their own right seemed to live mostly in the bathroom. The quizzes on the show seemed to take place in the garden as they often involved outrageous rubber or foam sets and lots of water. Celebrities or guests would sometimes be interviewed in the shed.

      I can still remember the theme music and the way at the end of the show the camera would gradually pan away to show the whole house and of course the colourful graphics for example showing a soldier made from bread being dipped in to a runny egg.

      Gaby Roslin was already working in television I think but the The Big Breakfast made Chris Evans a household name famous for his ginger hair and black NHS spectacles. When these two stopped hosting the only other two people who were as good in my opinion were Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen although lots of other people would appear for a couple of weeks here and there like Kelly Brook, Liza Tarbuck and Paul Ross. In the early days the late Paula Yates would interview a guest in one of the bedrooms and Mark Lamarr would be out and about doing all sorts of things prompting the phrase "where are you Mark?" Richard Bacon replaced him later.

      A family of the week was invited on to the show to stay and contribute for the time they were on as well as Sir Trevor Baylis talking about new inventions and Wayne Hemmingway discussing fashion and new trendy products.

      A major difference in this show to the others available was that it was not just about the presenters being on screen. The camera men, floor staff, production staff and anybody on the set would often be seen or even involved in features or items as the camera panned around the house. Like I said it may have appealed more to me and my friends because we were young as some people seemed to think it was silly and irrelevant but I loved it before school and we were always using the tunes and jingles from the programme in our conversations with each other.

      I think there is room for this and there is definitely a gap in the market as although the breakfast shows on the two channels I mentioned are professional and informative they are fairly serious and there is not a massive deal of variety and we all need something to laugh at or find enjoyment in especially in the morning.

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      09.01.2009 18:04
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      a brilliant breakfast tv show from the 90's

      The big breakfast was a show run in the 90's that got me up for my days at primary school and then secondary school, it was a brilliant show for all ages providing great entertainment in the morning, which doesn't exist these days, around the time i watched it, it was presented by the likes of Johnny Vaughan, Denise Van Outen, Richard Bacon and Gabby Roslin, these are only who i remember of the top of my head, oh and how could i forget the great Chris Evans.

      I can remember the great wee competitions they had which involved counting the cups of tea put on the screen in a sequence, appropriatly named more tea vicar, a rarity nowadays with the likes of GMTV putting up silly questions at premium rate phone numbers and ripping people off.

      Every morning was different on Big Breakfast with many different celebrities and sketches done each day as well as combining it with the news, sport and weather as you would expect with a breakfast tv show, so i say....BRING BACK THE BIG BREAKFAST

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        05.01.2009 10:06
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        Bring it back, please!

        If ever there was a programme dying to make a comeback, it's this one. If ever there was a series, so sorely missed, it was this: A groundbreaking breakfast show that replaced the utterly bland and dire Channel 4 News at breakfast time on weekdays. This was avant-garde TV which , since its brutal axing, has never really been replaced with a worthy newcomer.

        The zany and irreverent show featured a host of presenter teams introducing varied magazine-style articles, guests and features. These included: Pun of the Week, Zig and Zag and Paula on the Bed. The news and weather, it seemed, were secondary and incidental to the entertainment provided by the ad-libbed and seemingly unscripted, unfolding chaos.

        The presenters were a hearty mix of good and bad. Perhaps unsuprisingly it was Chris Evans (pre-Billy Piper) and Gaby Roslin (where is she nowadays!?) who brought the viewers to Channel 4 in their droves. They metaphorically "bounced" off each other and had a genuinely believable and adored partnership. Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen repeated this success years later though not quite to the same extent.

        All in all, a much missed programme that leaves a large hole which was never replaced. You just dont see Eammon (GMTV) and Natasha (BBC) et al bouncing around the studio in quite the same way as Chris Evans - something that really woke you up and gave you a great start to the day.

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          29.05.2008 03:06

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          Having watched The Big Breakfast for a few weeks for the purposes of reviewing it I have to ask the question : what is Johnny Vaughan supposed to be? During Comic Relief last year he proved he cannot sing, he clearly has no views on anything so he's not a pundit, he doesn't interview anyone other than to set up a feeble 'gag'. As yet he hasn't told a joke so he's not a comedian. I simply do not get the point of him.

          On The Big Breakfast he is surrounded by a group of people who seem to be connected to wires or headphones and many have clip-boards. These I assume are the production crew but surely it doesn't take this many people to produce a show which seems to consist of Johnny Vaughan reading cards. Ah so that's what he does he reads cards and for an encore he hits his left hand with the cards he's holding in his right hand. Brilliant!

          On these cards are excerpts or headlines from the morning papers. Wow truly groundbreaking stuff. Every now and then though we leave the cards to see somebody running round the streets to no obvious purpose either as entertainment or contributing to a neighbourhood watch scheme and then it's back to Johnny and more cards which I assume the people with headphones wrote for him.

          So to recap Johnny Vaughan reads cards and hits his hand with them. This however is two more things than Denise Van Outen seems to do. She appears to be little more than a talking cleavage.
          Have I missed the point with this show? Where does the budget go? Are all the fawning sychophants in headphones paid? My mind has gone numb watching it.

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          08.05.2002 17:43
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          Why oh why oh why oh why, have Channel Four taken away the only cheerful breakfast television programme and replaced it with absolute drivvle??? I don't think Channel Four will ever be able to pull in massive breakfast ratings, but if they thought the BB's were low then just wait until that RI:SE has been on for a couple of weeks. I miss the chants of "Woman in a Tabbard", "Steps of Woe", "Get your Knobbly Nuts Out" and "More Tea Vicar". Now I get a few ponsey presenters trying to look laid back, relaxed, casual. When I wake up in the mornings I want to start the day off with some cheer, not some programme which makes me suicidal. The BB had it's great presenters, it had it's bad but after every miss they'd have a hit. Chris Evans, Gaby Roslin, Mark Little, Donna Air, Denise Van Outen, Johnny Vaughn, Liza Tarbuck and Richard Bacon. We all had our favourties, we all had our hates, but wouldn't you like to take a big kipper and slap it round the chops of every single one of those RI:SE presenters!!!!!!!

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            08.05.2002 04:51
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            I found myself in a "horrible limbo" in the week that followed the BB ending recently. Viewers were faced with a childrens' programme instead of the BB while channel 4 got to work on the final touches of "Rise", BB's successor. I have to confess that I actually cried when it last aired a few weeks ago. It surprised me but then it has been on our screens for over ten years so it shouldn't be that amazing for myself and others to find some regret in it's demise. It did go out with a fairly good "bang" though with Mike "Squeaky" Mclean one of the presenters depositing the BB Gnome outside Channel 4 studios with the addition of a "thumb" crudely summing up some of their thoughts. The rest of the last live show was I thought quite similar to the usual format of recent BBs hosted by the last presenters it was to have. The Big Breakfast has had some amazing high points often brought about just by the sheer chemistry between it's presenters. Chris Evans and Gabby Roslin were the first. I used to watch the show quite a lot at that time. I was studying my Law course and staying with lots of housemates when Johnny Vaughn and Denise Van Outen were the main presenters, and then of course, swiftly followed by Johnny and Lisa Tarbuck. I have particularly fond memories of all the housemates and I watching BB in the morning before College and the amazing hairdresser sketch which Johnny and Lisa did. Previously the sketch that I had loved had been with Johnny and Denise whose flirting and charisma made it exhilarating viewing. It was great fun to watch. Feel good viewing. There were so many presenters on the show. Paula Yates, again a very charismatic, compelling character, who used to interview guests on the house bed. Mark Little, the australian who used to be in "Neighbours" was pretty funny. Vanessa Feltz is str
            angely watchable for her unpredictability and eccentricities. She was bigger in those days and still married. Then when hubby left her she got slim, got made over and went on Celebrity Big Brother. She was a good interviewer. Lilly Savage was a host too, again a flamboyant person to say the least. Do we see a pattern emerging here!!?. There were guest hosts too like Patsy Palmer who I believe did a week on the show. I remember the huge excitement when Robbie Williams was on the show for a week and the massive crowds that gathered outside the house. I think some girls in the crowd played a game for a chance to snog him!. There were the outdoor presenters, Richard Bacon, Mark Lamarr and Squeaky Mclean. I adored Squeaky. I think because he had some cheekiness and flirtiness about him. Richard Bacon was too boyish for my liking and the charm never quite came off. He was the least charismatic of the presenters for me. I did like the way Richard alluded to the fact that he was a minor celebrity when he got deservedly promoted to being the "indoor presenter" as opposed to the "outdoor" one. Richard was also good at doing the papers, but somehow, the magic wasn't quite there. The days of fantastic pairings of Johnny/Denise/Lisa and Chris and Gabby were long gone. I wasn't even that keen on Johnny Vegas. While I am sure he is admired by many and has a huge fan club out there I didn't like his particular brand of humour. The innovative factors about the BB when it first began and remaining all the way through were that it was first and foremost, a house. No other programme has done that in Britain in quite the same way. There were families of the week, making it seem even more like a home, children who were brought in as experts to grade toys and sketches which because they followed a theme for a while became little fascinating programmes themselves. There was the garden shed where star guests would wait and be interviewed. The stars got very fond of the BB. They were used to the show and the format and spoke kindly of it. The show even had it's own huge and funny puppets "Zig and Zag" who themselves had "presenter status". And there was the bed used for interviews as a backdrop for more flirting than was "seemly" for that time in the morning. The show was anarchic, a sort of "Tiswas makes the News". It was very loud, (I can remember having to turn down the tv volume sometimes). There was lots of laughter and natural humour arising from the unexpected in a live forum. There was music, often in the form of live bands, and choirs. Sometimes there were "alternative musical numbers" from the crew themselves, they had their own breakfast song accompanied jovially by the piano. There were "silly games" for viewer participation, some involving stars' capacity to do something. The viewer would ring in to the show to suggest how well the star would do. I can remember a strange game which must have been in the summer where guests had to play tennis wearing further pairs of pants to restrict their capacity to play successfully. There was also another strange game played in the pool outside where a man swimming in the pool had to grab as many of the objects as he could while being directed by a viewer. I got into a habit of videoing the BB while I was at work on the two weeks up to it coming off the air. I had heard a rumour that it was being cancelled and then I saw it was happening. There is a new programme in it's place. It is sad but true, I think Channel 4 may have been right to try a format with a more "Euro" feel. "Rise" is BB all grown- up. The hosts all sit on a panel and everything is "bigger". The humour is ge
            ntle and only slight innuendos get through. It gave lots of people a lot of pleasure over the years. It's time for a change but it's always sad when something that was so unique is gone forever.

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              10.04.2002 05:46
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              The Big Breakfast Over the nine and a half years on Air, I grew to love the big breakfast; I have watched it practically since it began, my earliest memory being of 'more tea vicar'. Over the years it has had many presenters, the most successful in my opinion were Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen, although Kelly Brook was appreciated. About a year ago the big breakfast had a make-over trying to modernise itself, introducing three new presenters which were some bloke bad enough for me to not remember his name, Amanda Byram and Donna Air, of the three only Amanda survived to the end, with the other two being replaced by Richard Bacon and Mike 'Squeaky' McClean, which in my eyes was a very good swap, as well as this the trusty old news reader, Phil Gayle left and we soon got the lovely Jasmine Lowson doing the news and weather. The show was never serious, always a light-hearted comedy to cheer you up in the morning, as an alternative to my granny's favourite GMTV, the show had its ups and down like all programmes do but it never failed to make me laugh, and often made me late for college. Now all I have are Fiona Phillips and the teddy-bear that is Eamonn Holmes to keep me entertained in the morning, which sadly, doesn't do it for me, I pray that channel 4 come up with something decent soon. As my title states this is the end of an Era the big breakfast was easily the best breakfast show on TV in my opinion and I will miss it dearly farewell my friend. The Big Breakfast R.I.P. 1992 - 2002

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                10.04.2002 00:48
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                well the big breakfast no longer exsists and it has made my mornings different. Although the big breakfast has never been the same since jonny vaughn left.I think he was the best presenter ever and i loved big breakie when it used to be on tv although the one thing i don't miss is that annoying squeky and richard bacon i think they spoilt the big brekie always messing around. And richard is allways telling squekey to get gobby with the celebs.over all ithink that the big breakfast was a good show until bacon!

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                  01.04.2002 09:12

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                  Like Channel 4 are ever going to get good ratings at 7am! - Advantages: Tongue-in-cheek humour. - Disadvantages: Presented by minor celebrities.

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                  19.01.2002 20:02
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                  The big breakfast was highly over-rated when Chris Evans and Gabby Roslin presented it and only really came to life once Johnny Vaughan entered and brought with him some wit and some well overdue new blood to the programme. The beauty of the programme is that it never claims to be the best breakfast programme or the one attracting all the star names but the fact that it could still provide some light entertainment into our half woken heads at 7am in the morning shows how underestimated it is and how it is going to be missed come april. Where else on tv can you see people being ridiculed at such an early hour or would you be able to see mayors for tiny towns fighting it out for a minor celebrity to switch on their xmas lights? As for the hosts, Richard Bacon has been given a new lease of life after those awful months on Blue Peter and shown himself to be future Johnny Vaughan and Amanda Bryon probably will get a job back home in Ireland on a similar show where people may actually be grateful for such a show when all else that they are given is boring old news programmes and Lorraine Kelly waffling on about something or another-goodbye big brekkie!Lets hope channel 4 replace you with an upmarket version of yourself!

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                    08.09.2001 01:58
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                    Almost every TV station worldwide has an early morning breakfast show.These are designed to help ease us in to our day with interesting issues,fun and the headline news that we are waking up to. Channel4 is no exception,It has it's own style of breakfast show "Big Breakfast", Its aimed mainly at the teen and middle age viewer and its on Channel 4 from 7am until 9am. It has two main presenters, which since it has started quite a few years back have been a prominent male presenter and a female presenter, some of the past presenters have been,Chris Evans,the late Paula Yates, Vanessa Feltz and Gabby Roslin. The big breakfast is set in a house,and does come across as a relaxed atmosphere. They do provide the headline news, which does not go into detail, its just gives you a taster of the news stories you would be watching on other channels. A while back after a long succession of different presenters, channel4 had Johnny Vaugh and Denise van Outen presenting the show. They were very successful, they managed to keep the light heartedness of the show as well being serious about certain topics. But the show has always been known for not being serious,wild and wacky, for instance one of the games on the show was "LADY IN A TABARD" which consisted of knocking on peoples doors to see if the lady of the house owned a tabard(overall) and if she did, would she parade it on national TV! Pure mindless entertainment, but it was given to the viewer in such a way they could handle at that early time of the morning. Denise and Johnny were so popular and had such a chemistry between them that they even released a song for charity, which soared up the charts... The Big Breakfast have since replaced their presenters, and they now have Richard Bacon and Amanda Byron. They have tried to keep the tone of the show on the same level as it has been in the past, Wacky humour, fun games a
                    nd such. Sadly these presenters fail to deliver a high standard of humour which is what the show prides itself on. It seems now to be more aimed at personnel insults to try and achieve laughs, for example, one morning Richard Bacon was doing a review of the days stories in the papers, and there was an article about a young lad aged 5 who had passed his GCSE's, Richard then went on in his own words to say how dull the boy is and so on....everyone was laughing along with him, which made me wonder if they had no one to laugh at where would the jokes come from? The show now consists of poor condescending humour, and the presenters seemly congratulating themselves on how clever and famous they are. I enjoy a good laugh and am in no way a prude, but I enjoy jokes that are genuinely funny. To anyone that may not have seen this show I would say, you are not missing much, and I would not recommend this show to anyone.

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                      25.05.2001 22:26
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                      The Big Breakfast should carry a health warning - "STOP! This TV Programme can seriously rot your brain"... As I'm sure you're all aware, another of the methods used to control society (see my other recent opinions on the subject) is to keep public entertainment at a very low intellectual level. Hence the rise of such TV programmes as The National Lottery Live, Graham Norton, The Priory, ALL soap operas, and in particular - The Big Breakfast. (Although to be honest the list is almost endless) But the most important aspect of The Big Breakfast, as a means of control, is the time at which it is broadcast - first thing in a morning - a time when the human brain is not at it's most alert and therefore very suseptible to outside influences, subliminal messages & mind manipulation. I can only compare watching The Big Breakfast to being woken up by someone pouring thick treacle syrup in your eyes & ears. On the surface it is loud, brash, crass, saucy, colourful, wacky, in-yer-face, up-yer-nose, down-yer-trousers... everything you DON'T WANT when you've just crawled out of bed. Yet underneath all this it is actually very bland, dull, trivial, boring & pointless... everything you DON'T WANT when your life is already an endless repetitive cycle of tedious working days. Think about it. EVEN THE THEME MUSIC IS ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU GO BALD! Oh, and don't tell me "...yeah, but it used to be good when so-and-so & thingy-person was presenting it. It's gone downhill since then..." - Nonsense! It's always been total rubbish, and forever will be. Do yourself a favour, remove this inane drivel from your life asap. Make the break, change the habit of a lifetime. Do something different. Be someone else. The change will do you good. I guarantee it. Or your money back. Cheers!

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                        21.05.2001 16:38
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                        Updated April 2002 I really can’t believe that the big breakfast has been axed. What’s a person supposed to do in a morning with no Richard Bacon, Squeaky Mcclean and Amanda Byrom. I mean Eammon Holmes and Fiona Phillips first thing in the morning is enough to put anyone off their breakfast. The Big Breakfast has had some cracking presenters over the years such as Chris Evans, Gabby Roslyn, Johnny Vaughn, Denise Van Outen, Lisa Tarbuck, Kelly Brook, not to mention Zig and Zag. I have to admit after Johnny Vaughn left the show went through a few sticky moments, but Squeaky McClean and Richard Bacon were cut off in their prime as the show was at last getting back to its old format. After all, on what other breakfast show can you see people streaking down their local streets wearing just a few rashers of bacon and an England flag to cover their modesty. They even brought back the game Star Turn. This involves a celebrity spinning round with a broom on their chin a few times and then trying to complete an assault course carrying a tray of drinks. Any amount of celebrities have ended up on their backs in this game and it is absolutely hilarious. This game is not as easy as you might think, believe me,I've tried it. Its a good game to try with your mates when you've had a beer or two. I recommend that you do it outside. Surely it has to be better to start the day with a chuckle and some humour rather than the normal doom and gloom of other breakfast shows. Although the Big Breakfast did cover the more serious stuff, even the news bulletins were presented slightly differently to the normal ITN/BBC coverage. I can’t understand why C4 have dropped a programme that has been running so successfully for so many years to replace it with…..cartoons! Do they have a plan or are we to be saddled with kids programming forever? My normal day has been totally disrupted by the TV programmers. It
                        used to be Big Breakfast while getting the kids ready for school. Turn over for Trisha while having a brew. Leave Richard and Judy on while doing the housework. Now there is only Trisha that I can rely on as This Morning has been taken over by Fern Brittain and John Leslie. (a person can only take so much Fern Brittain) Come on schedulers, sort it out!!?

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                          I can remember watching the big breakfast a few years ago when Chris Evans and Gaby Roslin used to present it and it was really good because Chris Evans used to my the most boring things sometimes seem really funny and when both of them quit i thought that no-one could be as good as them. Then Johnny Vauhgn and Denise Van Outen came aling and it was excellent because Johnny was natually funny and Denise was funny because she was thick and a new ere was born. Then when them two had quit i did think that no-one could replace them and i was right because now they have Richard Bacon and Amanda Byron and these two are really poor with Richard and his second rate allready used jokes and Amandas attempt to have a intelligent funny have put them flat on there faces. So i have one piece of advice for the producers of the big breakfast get some new presenters in before your show loses all of its viewers.

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                            26.04.2001 02:32
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                            "On friday 27th april the whole of Britain will be prepareing themselves for the ultimate game of the gods". this is what Richard bacon assures us and hes kind of right. Wonga is definitely prime time tv, you can't miss it, but the game is simply a beefed up version of "jenga" or "uno stacko" the ones where you take a brick from the tower and place it on top. What makes wonga so great is how funny it is. everyone in the studio gets extrermly hyped up at which i laughed all the way through. I can't say much else about the bb as i have school and stuff. I think the game was designed to take the rip out of people like Murry Walker. the presenters (especially Richard) give full commentary and tactics of each payers move as they remove a brick and place it on top of the tower. when the tower gets extremely high and a player uses the step ladder, this is portrayed as amazing and shocking as if that player has lost. the commentary is so funny to listen to. richard will say "oh my gosh she/he is using the ladder, this is a very tactical and skillful move, thats excellent placeing of the brick and what a quick return of the ladder and run back to save time on the clock. I strongly advise anyone with a sense of humour to tune in this friday at about 8:35, its so funny!!!!!!! to enter wonga you have to spot the wonga brick earlier in the show and ring up stating where and when you saw it. if you're entering - good luck, theres five grand at steak.

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