Monday 26 September 2016

The cult of TFI Friday returns: Four standout moments from the iconic show

Published 12/06/2015 | 11:01

Nostalgic: Chris Evans returns to Channel 4 with 'TFI Friday' for one night only, to celebrate the show's 20th birthday.
Nostalgic: Chris Evans returns to Channel 4 with 'TFI Friday' for one night only, to celebrate the show's 20th birthday.

'TFI Friday' air tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm

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Standout moments from the iconic show

SHAUN RYDER(1996)

As mentioned, Ryder caused so much consternation among the Channel 4 suits that he was banned from ever appearing on the network. A visibly nervous Evans, half in awe and half intimidated by the notoriously garrulous Mancunian, even offered him his own designer shoes if his guest didn't swear.

Ryder was so impressed by the shoes that he immediately swore...

SAMUEL L JACKSON (1996)

A firm favourite on chat shows now, Jackson first showed his skewed sense of humour on TFI, and he has a lot to thank Evans for. According to legend, it was Jackson's praise for Star Wars during the interview that inspired George Lucas to cast him in The Phantom Menace.

PETER O'TOOLE

The legendary hell-raiser remains one of the greatest guests to have appeared on the show and his rendition of the lyrics from Wannabe delivered with full thespian gravitas, remains a highlight, which was fittingly called 'Peter O'Toole Delivers Lines That Are Plainly Beneath Him.'

UGLY BLOKES/ FAT LOOKALIKES

Doing exactly what they said on the tin, both these regular slots would have been crude, belittling, insulting and downright mean, except for the fact that everyone was in on the gag and there was a waiting list from eager punters who wanted to appear for some ritual hazing...

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