Wednesday 28 September 2016

Whatever happened to the stars of The Big Breakfast?

Ben Lawrence

Published 06/07/2016 | 10:31

The Big Breakfast. Photo: Channel 4
The Big Breakfast. Photo: Channel 4
Gaby Roslin and Paula Yates. The Big Breakfast. Photo: Channel 4
Zig and Zag. The Big Breakfast. Photo: Channel 4
Paula Yates. The Big Breakfast. Photo: Channel 4
Dannii Minogue. The Big Breakfast. Photo: Channel 4
Donna Air, Richard Bacon and Amanday Byram. The Big Breakfast. Photo: Channel 4
Zoe Ball. The Big Breakfast. Photo: Channel 4
Sharron Davies. The Big Breakfast. Photo: Channel 4
Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen. The Big Breakfast. Photo: Channel 4
Johnny Vaughan and Kelly Brook. The Big Breakfast. Photo: Channel 4

As the police question Chris Evans’s co-workers on the seminal Nineties show The Big Breakfast, we take a look at how life panned out for some of the show’s other stars.

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Gaby Roslin (1992-1996)

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At the height of her career, Roslin presented her own Channel 4 show and hosted Children in Need with Terry Wogan for several years. Although she has a lower profile now, she still works consistently, hosting The National Lottery Draws Live and The Saturday Show for Channel 5.

Zig and Zag (1992-1997)

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The puppets were, arguably, the show’s biggest ever stars. Highlights included showing Ol’ Dirty Bastard how to fold a serviette like a pineapple. Their single Hands Up, Hands Up, remains a classic of Nineties pop. Last year, they were reunited with Evans and Roslin for a special episode of TFI Friday.

Paula Yates (1994-1995)

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Yates appeared on the show in the early days as the “On the Bed …” interviewer. One guest was Michael Hutchence, lead singer of Australian band INXS, with whom she had a much publicised relationship.  Hutchence committed suicide in 1997 and Yates died of an accidental heroin overdose three years later.

Dannii Minogue (1994-1995)

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Forever in her sister’s shadow, Minogue has at least managed to gain exposure by appearing as a judge on The X Factor. She later moved to the Australian edition. In 2002, Minogue became involved in a scandal when she was quoted saying that the right-wing French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen “struck a chord with people”. Minogue refuted all claims of racism, saying: “That is not how I live my life. I have a Jewish manager, I perform in gay clubs, I come from a multicultural background and I am very proud of that."

Paul Ross (1994-1995)

Brother of the more famous Jonathan, Ross has appeared in such shows as All-Star Family Fortunes, Celebrity Fit Club and Stars in Their Eyes where he appeared as Tommy Steele. Two years ago, Ross revealed that he was addicted to mephedrone.

Mark Little (1994-1996)

Known to a generation of schoolkids as Joe Mangel in Neighbours, Australian Little has enjoyed a successful career as a stand-up comedian and occasional TV pundit. For many years he lived in Brighton with his wife Cath where they won Best Open House Award at Brighton’s Festival of Artists’ Open Houses.

Keith Chegwin (1995-1996)

The eternally youthful Cheggers had enjoyed a successful career in kids’ TV (Cheggers Plays Pop) in the early Eighties. However, his career waned due to alcoholism. In 2000, he caused a stir by flaunting rather too much flesh in Channel 5’s Naked Jungle. Other appearances include a cameo in Ricky Gervais’s Extras where the fictional version of himself bemoaned a BBC “full of queers and Jews”.

Zoe Ball (1996)

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The archetypal Nineties ladette enjoyed a brief stint on the show before enjoying wider success on Radio 1 where she received a warning from the BBC for saying the word ”bastard” live on air. She was ranked third on Strictly Come Dancing in 2005.

Rick Adams (1996-1997)

This low profile co-host was plucked from the Nickelodeon Channel’s Slime Time and he has never reached such giddy heights again. He was last heard of freelancing for the Weather Channel.

Sharron Davies (1996-1997)

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The strapping Olympic swimmer appeared in the show’s wilderness years before its triumphant resurrection, courtesy of Johnny Vaughan (see below). In 2010, Davies appeared as a contestant on Dancing on Ice, where judge Jason Gardiner likened her to faecal matter.

Johnny Vaughan (1997-2000)

The super-slick Vaughan reigned supreme over breakfast TV for four years. His career has never been the same since, with such vehicles as sitcom ’Orrible proving a disaster. He can currently be heard on X Radio.

Denise Van Outen (1997-1998, 2000-2001)

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The indefatigably cheeky Van Outen has kept busy in both West End productions (Chicago) and on TV (most recently as “sassy” business woman Karin Smart in EastEnders). She reunited with Vaughan for Capital’s Breakfast Show but left the show claiming that relations had soured.

Kelly Brook (1999)

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Famously, producers had to spell names phonetically on cue cards for the lingerie model who left the show amid criticism of her presenting skills. Yet she bounced back, and has enjoyed success in theatre and on film. In 2015 she became a brand ambassador for Skechers.

Liza Tarbuck (1999-2000)

Seen as a cerebral antidote to Brook, earthy Tarbuck proved a hit with viewers. She went on to greater success as an actress (Bleak House) and currently presents a Saturday show on Radio 2.

Paul Tonkinson (2001)

The laddish Tonkinson was known for his abrasive manner, once thanking co-host Donna Air for leading viewers up a “little Geordie cul-de-sac of nothingness”. He has won two Time Out comedy awards and last year had the dubious honour of supporting Michael McIntyre on tour.

Donna Air (2001)

The former Byker Grove star may not have made her name in showbiz, but she certainly knows how to bag an influential boyfriend. For years, she was in a relationship with the businessman Damian Aspinall and has more recently squired James Middleton, brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, around town. She can be seen in the current series of Celebrity MasterChef.

Richard Bacon (2001-2002)

Following his “coke shame”, the ex-Blue Peter presenter was given another shot at fame by Channel 4. He has since hosted a successful Radio 5 show and formed an unlikely double act with Una Stubbs on The Big Painting Challenge.

Amanda Byram (2001-2002)

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The Irish former model at least brought glamour and poise to the show’s dog days. She has worked extensively in America and is probably best remembered for her role in frenetic gameshow Total Wipeout.

Mike McClean (2001-2002)

Another forgotten face, McClean is best known as a stand-up comedian and kids’ TV presenter on Nickelodeon’s appropriately named Mad for It. In 2014, he appeared in E4’s critically lauded My Mad Fat Diary.

Lisa Rogers (2001-2002)

Once known as the squeeze of Royle Family star Ralf Little, perky Rogers has two children with a contestant whom she met on Scrapheap Challenge. In 2009, she “authored” The Perfect Vagina for Channel 4.

Telegraph.co.uk

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