The genius that was The Big Breakfast (1992 – 2002)

Back in the 90s, the best way to start a week day was by switching on The Big Breakfast on Channel 4 and watching from 07:00 until 09:00 (if you were lucky enough to be off school/work). It was crazy, it was loud, but you felt like you were surrounded by your mates, and so you’d really start the day with a smile.

Below are some of my favourite TBB moments, because I know that there are people out there who haven’t heard of The Big Breakfast, mainly because I worked with one (who made me feel very old at that admission!).

Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams co-host with Gaby Roslin
I remember being VERY excited in February 1993 when a very young Gary (just 22) and Robbie (19, bless), along with the rest of Take That, co-hosted TBB. I used to VHS record every appearance of Take That that I could, so my collection was huge in the end. Enjoy if you’ve never seen them looking so cute!


More Tea Vicar?
Viewers were invited to call in and guess how many cups had been featured in a short clip. Whoever guessed the correct amount won a prize, a skiing holiday to Colorado no less in the clip below. Johnny would be dressed as a vicar, and Denise would be a put upon nun, who Johnny would regularly abuse.


The Friday Song
The Friday Song was at 8:55am each Friday, that most of us missed as we had gone to school or work, so you’d set the video recorder (remember them?) before you left the house. The verses would be topical and the chorus would be a rousing sing-a-long. In the clip below, you also get to see the legend that is Phil Gayle who was the newsreader on TBB from 1996 to 2000, including a news item that “The International Festival of Chocolate kicks off later…” What? Is it still going? *heads to Google* Yes, there is one this year, good to know… (see my new upcoming post, “The Chocolate Festival” lol).


The last ever Friday Song with Johnny and Denise
The saddest day for Johnny/Denise fans, the end of their presenting TBB and the last ever Friday Song on 12th January 2001 😦

1994 baby!

While I’ve been online, feeling sorry for myself with this stupid poorliness, I have been having a retro flashback on YouTube, so here are my favourites that made the Top 10 in 1994: a year when I turned 16, the possibilities seemed endless and the summer was actually hot 😀

D:Ream – Things Can Only Get Better
I was lucky enough to see D:Ream live in Leeds back in the day and it was an amazing gig.


Take That – Everything Changes
I have been a massive fan of Take That since I was 12 in 1991 and my local radio station, Radio Aire, ran a competition to win a signed 7″ vinyl single of “Do What U Like” and I won. One of my biggest regrets is that I have no idea where the signed single is now. Kids – take care of your stuff! Robbie was always my favourite, with his cheeky chappy ways, so this is one of my favourite Take That videos.

Bad Boys Inc – More To This World
Bad Boys Inc were another cute boy band around in the mid-90s, giving us girls even more eye candy on the front covers of Smash Hits, Big, Just Seventeen, Mizz or More! magazines.


Let Loose – Crazy For You
I remember seeing Let Loose live at Party In The Park in Leeds in 1994 and the crowd went mad for them. As we were leaving the venue, they drove past us on the road and waved to us from the back of their van. I have been telling anyone that story as soon as Let Loose is mentioned for years as it was one of the biggest moments of my teens! The song hasn’t aged a day and it’ll always be a classic for many people of my generation 😀


PJ & Duncan AKA – Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble
No cheesy 1994 list would be complete without a bit of PJ & Duncan from back in the day. I loved Byker Grove and felt genuinely sad when PJ was blinded in that infamous paintballing incident. This is a classic video, but nowhere as cheesy as “Eternal Love”…


Zig & Zag – Them Girls
I’ve worked with someone who genuinely had no clue as to who Zig & Zag are. They also didn’t know who Robson & Jerome are or what The Big Breakfast was so that was a fun conversation which made me feel like I was about 100! The Big Breakfast was a lovely way to wake up on a morning, as when you switched your TV on, you felt like you were being entertained by your mates as Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen (my preferred pairing) were really inclusive to you as a viewer whereas some (shall remain nameless) shows make you feel like they’re having a secret laugh behind your back, but through the camera lens, AND getting paid for it! Zig & Zag were excellent interviewers, asking such in-depth questions as “who was the first boy you ever kissed?” (to Pamela Anderson), and commenting to Michael Parkinson, “You’ve got hairs in your ears, Mr. Parkinson” (Zig). I may actually go and do a The Big Breakfast post now, as it rocked!

Film Review Friday: Valentine’s Day (2010)

I’d wanted to watch Valentine’s Day when it came out at the cinema so I was excited to see it available to watch on LoveFilm instant. There are a lot of famous people in it! I rated it as a 5 out of 5 as it really made me smile a lot. It reminded me of Love Actually as there were quite a few different story-lines going on, some obviously linked, some not so obviously linked, and had a great ending. Queen Latifah and Anne Hathaway were both hilariously funny. I’d definitely watch it again, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes love films. Aw.