March 29, 2002
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I've always had a love hate relationship with The Big Breakfast. But now that it's come to the end of a ten year run I think something will be missing in the morning -- it offered something different to the slow newscasting on the BBC and the slow presenters on GMtv. The show went out with a characteristic flourish, not only with this mad scoop on Britney Spears, but also by dumping a giant garden gnome outside Channel 4 offices, it's hand remodelled to give a 'v' sign to the bosses who wielded the axe. Goodbye, you beauty.
posted by feelinglistless (7 comments total)
dead horse plus the act of flogging it!

i watched the last show this morning and remember watching it during it the first time. Johnny Vaughn, Liza Tarbuck, Chris Evans and Gaby Rosyln were always going to be the tough acts to follow, but *ALL* of the other presenters didnt even seem to try to help a sinking ship

Richard Bacon the messy scruffy looking ex blue peter presenter and that waste of space co presenter Amanda wont ever be missed.

This should have happend along time ago and gone out on a high rather than the latter two waving good bye

posted by monkeyJuice at 4:33 PM on March 29, 2002

Wow, it ended just after I left from my trip over to England.

If you ask me, good riddance. That was the _most_ annoying thing I've ever seen on TV in the morning (well, I suppose forching yourself to watch the DIY channel or TECHTV at 8:00 am would be equally bad).
posted by shepd at 4:33 PM on March 29, 2002

Being an American, I've never seen the show, though I've heard about it on occasion. But I just read that lately they've been being beaten in the ratings by Channel 5. (American translation: Imagine if Captain Kangaroo starting getting more viewers than the Today show.) So regardless of what they once were, they don't seem to have been doing it right for quite some time.

Such is the way of all shows eventually, of course, although all can be revived again given the right combination of on-air and behind-the-scenes personnel. Few networks are willing to wait long enough to find the next right combination, though.
posted by aaron at 4:35 PM on March 29, 2002

watching it during it the first time -opps
...watching it during its first week.
posted by monkeyJuice at 4:35 PM on March 29, 2002

It will be sadly missed. What a shame.

The final show was excellent though. We were laughing our heads off when they unveiled the gnome outside the C4 offices - any Londoners know how long it stayed there for ?
posted by ajbattrick at 1:14 AM on March 30, 2002

it was a damn fine show, it managed to be amusing and entertaining though not always that funny, and they got lots of famous folk to appear like woody allen and tom hanks, and it made the headlines a few times, it deserves some respect. it was much better with j vaughn presenting though.
posted by mokey at 2:21 AM on March 30, 2002

Although i haven't seen it for years i was a bit sad to hear it's gone. I wasn't quite sure why, then i realised it's just one of those mini-events in life that decorate time and serve as a reminder that eras fade and pass. The B.B yells 90's for me and it's demise is a bit like a punctuation mark.

As time inevitably ticks and we form a zeitgeist in this decade we each find ourselves slowly developing the ability to look back at the last as a fully formed packet of time. Of course, it's then that the little things which were once a normal, stable, daily part of lifes fabric begin to shine and remind us of so much else - the things we were yet to notice had gone, the things we thought would never go and even the things we wanted rid of, thought we would never miss, but which were a piece of lifes wallpaper all he same. The moat between the realities of now and then frames each and holds them apart as separate. That moat just got bigger.

I used to enjoy the show. At it's height it was top quality pantomime. It was so full of energy that when you woke up feeling like a sack of excrement it gave ya a good kick up the arse to getcha self off to work. It flowed and was able to sustain a force of unpredictability fueled by improvisation. In contrast to BBC1's sterility, or the cheesy Max Clifford-PR fest hell of GMTV, the B.B was a TV revolution in a cornflake bowl.
posted by Kino at 6:35 AM on March 30, 2002

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