#FlashbackFriday: TFI Friday's top 5 classic moments from the 90s
Twas the era of Britpop and Loaded was the Bible for lads - indulge in a little 90s nostalgia with a look back at some of the highlights of the show that defined the era, TFI Friday, ahead of its return to our screens for a brand new run tonight.
The Chris Evans fronted show brought all sorts of delights to our family living rooms every Friday after school/college/work from a swearing Shaun Ryder to the rather unPC segments 'Freak or Unique' and 'Fat Lookalikes'.
Here are some of the best bits:
The Happy Mondays frontman's first live interview on the show was so choc full of expletives that Channel 4 bosses demanded he never be interviewed live on the station again.
His next interview was pre-recorded but he was allowed to sing live. Unfortunately Ryder couldn't hold back the f-word and was banned from Channel 4 for life.
Here he is appearing under strict instructions not to swear and lasts about 60 seconds before his "nerves" get the better of him:
SAMUEL L JACKSON (1996)
Jackson and Evans shared a fanboy moment over Star Wars, which supposedly inspired George Lucas to cast him in The Phantom Menace (Jackson, that is, not Evans).
PETER O'TOOLE (1998)
Peter O'Toole on any show is a highlight but he was particularly wonderful on TFI as he read the lyrics to Wannabe in a segment titled, 'Peter O'Toole Delivers Lines That Are Plainly Beneath Him.' It was the 90s equivalent of Jimmy Kimmel's hugely popular 'Stars Read Mean Tweets'.
UGLY BLOKES/ FAT LOOKALIKES/FREAK OR UNIQUE
People actually applied to appear on this segment. We're pretty sure this would be deemed 'bullying' or 'fat shaming' or just plain horrid in this hyper-sensitive social media world of ours and would likely not survive as a regular segment on a chat show, unless Evans reintroduces it tonight (in which case Twitter will be interesting).
REEF SING IT'S YOUR LETTERS
The 'It's Your Letters' segment was interesting mostly for its introduction - 'It's Your Letters' sung to the tune of Reef's 'Put Your Hands Up'. Many a band - including Faith No More - had a pop, but clearly none could top Reef themselves.
KYLIE MINOGUE AND GERI HALLIWELL ARM WRESTLE
This is really of its time. In 1999 a fresh-faced Geri Halliwell and equally fresh-faced Kylie Minogue arm-wrestled. It was typical Loaded material and we're not sure they'd do it today, sexist as it is, although they appeared to be enjoying themselves. They even kissed at the end, much to the bawdy crowd's delight.
U2 AT EAMON DORAN'S
Not strictly the 90s as it aired in 2000, but we cannot leave TFI Friday's St Patrick's Day special at Eamon Doran's out of the list. Evans as Bono if the Rosary beads the Pope had given him "were a bit like a Blue Peter badge."
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