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The Chris Evans Breakfast Show

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show
Genre Talk; Music
Running time Weekdays 6.30am-9.30am
Country United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 2
Host(s) Chris Evans
Vassos Alexander
Lynn Bowles
Moira Stuart
Recording studio Western House, London
Air dates since 11 January 2010
Audio format FM and Digital radio
Website Official site
Podcast The Best Bits

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show is the flagship show for the UK's BBC Radio 2. It is presented by Chris Evans from 11 January 2010, when Evans took over from Sir Terry Wogan who ended his stint as Breakfast presenter at the end of 2009. The programme airs from 6:30am to 9:30am on weekdays[1] It was confirmed on 7 September that Evans would succeed Wogan when he retired as presenter of the breakfast show in December.[2] On 6 January 2010, it was announced that Moira Stuart would return to BBC News, reading the news for the Chris Evans Breakfast Show.[3] The original sports presenter Jonny Saunders was replaced by Vassos Alexander on 25 July 2011.

Saunders was mysteriously absent from the show between 14 and 16 June 2011 and it was revealed on 17 June that he had been away revising for and taking an Open University exam in English Literature as he was leaving the show on 8 July 2011 to become a teacher.

The show

The first three songs played on the first broadcast of the show were The Beatles tracks "All You Need Is Love" and "Got To Get You Into My Life"; and also Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly with Me".

Chris's team of co-presenters on the show includes ex-BBC TV newsreader Moira Stuart, sports presenter Vassos Alexander and travel reporter Lynn Bowles. There are also sometimes roving reports from Joe Schmo (aka Joe Haddow) from various locations in the UK.

Features on the show include:

  • Introduction - Chris introduces the contents of the show over the theme from Joe 90.
  • Big Screen Belter - a track featured in a movie at 6.40am
  • Good Morning Chris Club - at 6:45am listeners email in with a reason to be in Chris's "club" and if he thinks they should go in, he rings a bell. Background music is the theme from Thunderbirds (TV Series).
  • On this Day; - a run-down of significant events from history that occurred on that day read by a celebrity at 7.15am
  • Kids Get A Fanfare - a child gets to tell the nation about something that they're going to do for the first time that day before coming back on the show the following day to talk about how it went (7.25am)
  • Moira's Golden Oldie — Moira Stuart reads out the request for a classic song selected by a listener after the news at at 7.30am
  • Frontpages - Chris reads a selection of stories in the morning papers to the theme from Indiana Jones at 7.40am
  • Listener Breaking News — listeners contact the show with pieces of their own news; Evans reads a selection at 8.10am to the theme music from The Adventures of Black Beauty (previously the theme to Jurassic Park) playing in the background
  • Head to Headlines — Vassos and Moira each choose three news stories each day, and Evans decides which of the stories is better in three head-to-head rounds per day (~8.25am read to Soul Bossa Nova by Quincy Jones)
  • Gobsmackers — two songs selected by a listener that sound great when played back to back at 8.45am
  • 70s Smasher - a classic song from the 1970s is played every day after the news at 8.30am
  • Mystery Guest - Chris conducts a three-minute 'interesting, stimulating, and if it calls for it humorous' interview with a guest he has had no prior warning about, to the theme music from Agatha Christie's Poirot.
  • Top Tenuous — Listeners' texts and emails with tenuous connections to an event, object or celebrity read to the theme tune to the The Naked Gun movies at about 9.10am
  • Pause for Thought - a brief reflection with a spiritual theme; regular contributors include Reverend Rob Gillion, Rector of Holy Trinity Church and St Saviours who was, at one time, an actor in Tales of the Unexpected.[4] Other contributors have included the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York.
  • Don't Forget - Listeners email in a reminder for the day for a friend or relative to be read just before 9.30am to the theme tune from Please Sir

Regular songs include "The Candy Man" sung by Sammy Davis, Jr., which is played every Friday after the news at 8.00am.

Stand in presenters

Evans' stand in presenters have included Graham Norton, Richard Allinson, Miranda Hart and Jon Holmes, Richard Madeley, Zoë Ball,Ryan Tubridy and Patrick Kielty.

In October 2011 the show attracted criticism after Hart and Holmes co-hosted it for a week while Chris Evans was on holiday. The website Digital Spy reported that some listeners were unhappy with the quality of the programme. The BBC issued a statement in response saying, "Miranda Hart is one of the UK's best-loved comedians and BBC Radio 2 felt it appropriate to bring her warmth to its audience for a week. Jon Holmes is a highly experienced presenter from BBC Radio 6 Music [...] BBC Radio 2 appreciates if their presentation wasn't to everyone's liking, but feels it's important to be able to bring new talent to its output and hopes its audience understands the importance of maintaining a breadth of content on the network."[5]

On 11 April 2013, Evans had turned up to work with a sore throat, and ended up losing his voice. Sports Presenter Alexander stood in for Evans. Zoë Ball stood in for Evans the next day and the following Monday, with Richard Allinson taking over on the Tuesday when Ball was also ill. Evans returned on 17 April, revealing he had been suffering from rhinitis.

See also


External links

  • BBC Programmes

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