MO GILLIGAN reckons weekend TV is over-stuffed with cooking shows – so he’s here to save Saturdays with, er, breakfast.
The comedian is back with four more helpings of his reboot of The Big Breakfast after the success of its one-off special last year alongside AJ Odudu.
He said: “I think there’s a gap for Saturday vibes. There’s a lot of great Saturday TV, but there’s a lot of cooking stuff going on Saturdays.
“It’s going to be bringing some comedy to the mornings. Life in general could do with a bit more comedy at the moment.
“With The Big Breakfast, it’s quite fun and quite silly and just a great wake-up call.”
Throwing down the gauntlet to another pair of morning telly fav- ourites, Mo added: “Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, you could never!”
Phile Gayle — who returns as newsreader — agrees about the number of food series and said: “You can only have so many cookery shows on a Saturday morning.”
The original 1990s show was hosted by Chris Evans, — now a Virgin Radio DJ — with Gaby Roslin and Paula Yates.
AJ and Mo’s one-off Big Breakfast special in September won a Royal Television Society award for best entertainment performance as part of Channel 4’s Black To Front project to boost Black representation in the TV industry.
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AJ has been talking about the show’s legacy with former hosts Zoe Ball and Denise van Outen — who will appear as a guest this weekend.
She said: “I worked with Denise on Cooking With The Stars, and she was just so complimentary of the special and the show.
“She said it was the best show ever to work on, and Zoe said she loved working on it too.”
Meanwhile, Phil is finding the new format is different for him, as he is based in its new house studio, and not a remote location, as he was before.
He said: “To be in the middle of everything is just so weird.
“It’s the same show, the same vibe, but has completely different people. And it still works.”
But then, it always did make weirdness work.
- The Big Breakfast is at 10am on Saturdays, from this weekend, on C4.
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Katie too busy for baby no3
YOU’D think getting an OBE might mean calling the shots at home.
But busy Katie Piper says her husband Richard has put his foot down about adding to her groaning workload since she began a new chat show.
Katie, whose breakfast show airs on Sundays, told the Joe Wicks Podcast: “I love being a mum. I would have more kids but my husband refuses, so it’s just two girls for now.
“I think three is the magic number. But yeah, they’re amazing. It’s hard work and I have so much solidarity for every parent.”
Katie got her OBE in the 2022 New Year Honours, for services to charity and victims of burns and other disfigurement injuries.
THE ROSE AND TOWN
NEW BBC Three horror thriller Red Rose is set in Bolton – and writers Michael and Paul Clarkson, who grew up in the town, set out to make it about ordinary locals.
They said: “Normally when you hear northern accents on TV they’re working in the Downton Abbey kitchens or crack addicts on The Bill.
“We thought, ‘Why can’t we see real human beings?’.”
Isis Hainsworth, who plays Rochelle in the series, starting on Monday at 10pm, added: “I don’t come from a wealthy background. Trying to get into acting, I did feel disadvantaged to an extent.”
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The designer, who leads Channel 4’s reboot of the BBC show, joked that fellow designer Linda Barker is still in therapy after £6,000 worth of teapots got smashed to smithereens in 2000.
Laurence said: “It’s a show that quite frankly gets people talking, it always has.
“Although the famous teapot disaster wasn’t anything to do with me. I think Linda Barker is still receiving therapy. It really is a programme with a long legacy, and the British public love to talk about it.”
The show returned for a new series last night and Laurence said viewers should expect a new batch of surprising makeovers.
But he added: “Minimalism is definitely dead and buried in its beige tomb. Welcome instead colour pattern and loads of personality.”
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