It was the show that made a star of Chris Evans and introduced a slice of irreverence into our early-morning TV diet. And now a report in today’s Sunday Mirror suggests that The Big Breakfast – Channel 4’s light entertainment vehicle that originally ran from 1992 until 2002 – will return to our screens in time for the Olympics.
According to the article, producers have permission to use the old Big Breakfast house by the East London Olympics site, although it’s yet to be decided whether the series will resurface on Channel 4 or 5. Could it be that the doors of those lockkeepers’ cottages will be open once more?
A source told the newspaper: “The aim is to be as good as the original – full of fun and frolics”, while insiders say that the show will apparently include popular features such as Vital Statistics, More Tea Vicar and the Pun Down.
At its height in 1993, The Big Breakfast’s viewing figures reached around two million per edition with fans tuning in to see such items as Paula Yates’s bedroom interviews plus appearances from puppet aliens Zig and Zag.
Former presenter Amanda Byram – who is tipped to front this new incarnation – commented: “There’s a big gap in the market.”
However, it is thought unlikely that past hosts Evans or Denise Van Outen will be taking part in any revival.
So, does The Big Breakfast have the power to demolish Daybreak or is the format past its sell-by date? Is the breakfast TV market already crowded enough or do we have room for more? Comment and let know.