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Monday, 1 April, 2002, 16:47 GMT 17:47 UK
Big Breakfast: Your views
Final Big Breakfast
The show went out in style
The Big Breakfast on Channel 4 has ended after almost 10 years on television.

The programme has been axed after ratings fell to an average of about 300,000 viewers.

The final programme featured tributes from a host of past presenters including Chris Evans and Johnny Vaughan.

"There was nothing in the finale show to suggest it should have been saved from the swinging axe," said BBC News Online's Keily Oakes of the final show.

But what do you think? Should the programme have been axed? What are your favourite moments? What should replace it?

HAVE YOUR SAY

Each time my wife and I visited Britain, we always looked forward to watching the Big Breakfast in the mornings...fortunately, we were able to see the show one last time just last month while in London. Our trip to London next year will not be the same without the Big Breakfast!
scott, USA

I tried to watch The Big Breakfast but it was boring and clearly was targeting students who either have gone to college/ uni at that time of the day or still having a hangover in bed!
Lee, UK


The Big Breakfast is probably the most unique show on television.

Luke Alchin, United Kingdom
It is with great pleasure that I hear that the Big Breakfast is to be axed. Channel 4 had a perfectly good breakfast programme that was interesting and informative when they replaced it with the mental equivalent of baby food for the last decade. I have probably watched about an hour of the Big Breakfast in the last decade and the only reason that it could be called 'big,' was because it was utterly indigestable.
Matthew Pook, United Kingdom

Channel 4 have nade a terrible mistake and they will soon realise the extent of their misguidence.
Pam, UK

Thank heavens that the truly obnoxious Richard Bacon has gone at long last.
Helen, UK

The Big Breakfast is probably the most unique show on television. Nothing can compare with it and it is such a shame that it has been axed.
Luke Alchin, United Kingdom

Why can't Channel 4 continue to make the show for their digital E4 channel?
John Simpson, UK

It will be the undoing of Channel 4. I look forward to a revival when they come to their senses.
Mark Cooney, UK


A truly innovative show that would have no doubt become great again if it had just been given the time

Jamie, UK
The BB was axed a couple of years too late. It wasn't that entertaining in the end. But I think it's been panned a bit too much - it's not like the rest of the breakfast TV programmes are anything special. BB was at least having some fun and putting smiles on faces early in the morning.

The BB was supposed to be an antidote to the straight-laced BBC - and the BBC critics on this website are quick with their condemnation. Yet BBC Breakfast continues its own pursuit of low-rent tabloid status.
John Squire, UK

When it was good - it was great. A truly innovative show that would have no doubt become great again if it had just been given the time.
Jamie, UK

Mornings will never be the same again. C4 should be shot. BB was an institution. At least BB got a parting shot with their gnome giving a two finger salute to the Channel 4 offices.

Much respect due to all the presenters and crew who have made the show what it has been for the last 9 and 1/2 years.
Wombat, Surrey, UK

I'm glad it's gone, it was an embarrassing shadow of itself and should have been axed after Liza Tarbuck left. I don't even know the names of the presenters anymore and I used to be an avid viewer when it was worth watching.

The best thing is that we don't have to suffer those talentless wannabe famous floor crew members who screeched and pulled faces every time the camera came anywhere near them as if their jobs depended on it.

Time for a fresh start to the day instead of the sour taste of desperate programming.
Phil, UK


It may have broken the mould 10 years ago but you can only live on past glories for so long

Dave, UK
The show was legendary and simply brilliant from 1992 to 2001 when Vaughan and Van Outen left it. This is when it should of ended. The last show was sub-standard and although I will miss the concept and brand name, it's a shame it had to end with someone as truly appalling as Richard Bacon presenting the show, it simply tarnishes the memory of great presenters like Evans, Little and Vaughan.
Adam, UK

In the early years with Chris and Gabby it was good entertainment whilst getting ready for work, but after Chris, Gabby and the late Paula Yates departed it fast became the biggest load of TV tripe on the box. I can't believe Channel 4 wasted so much money on it.
Kevin, UK

Great breakfast show during its 10 years on C4. A bit of a shame to bring it to an end. We have to accept those decisions.
Graham Carter, Great Britain

It may have broken the mould 10 years ago but you can only live on past glories for so long. In the end it was just another TV show and will soon be forgotten.
Dave, UK


The last show was evidence enough that the BB was not ready to be axed

Andrew Griffiths, UK
Although it is a shame the Big Breakfast has been axed, the format of the show was looking tired. After many changes, the show went back to the same routine of trying to re-live the days of Chris and Gabby, Johnny and Liza but it just didn¿t work. Yes it will be hard to replace, but an alternative is now needed.
Andy Henrys, UK

The last show was evidence enough that the BB was not ready to be axed. There was so much life in it that a special longer three hour episode wasn't enough to say goodbye properly. An excellent presenting team, and a formula that worked, all gone because Channel 4 couldn't take the consequences of their neglect of the show.
Andrew Griffiths, UK

Well let's hope BSkyB have people who can choose decent presenters. There was nothing wrong with the last lot's ability to read off autocue, but they were so not funny. The BB was a great institution ruined by bad choices of talent. It was like throwing the bike away because of a flat tyre. Really sad.
Dave, Brighton, UK

The Big Breakfast looked after a group of people that no other programme covers in the morning. It was a bit like reading The Sun - you know the majority of its content is nonsense but at 7am at the morning, who wants to be serious? You've got a day at work to do that.
Andy Turner, UK


Second rate entertainment for second rate minds

Mr EE Jacob, United Kingdom
I started watching BB from the off. It's been a fantastic show from beginning to end. It's helped me go through school and college by starting the day on he right foot. It's had its bad times but always come through them, just like it was starting to do before being axed.
Brad, UK

Second rate entertainment for second rate minds produced and presented by individuals unable to succeed elsewhere. Thank the Lord that good taste and intelligence have, at long last, triumphed with the end of this monster.
Mr EE Jacob, United Kingdom

I agree with Kelly Oakes' comments on Richard Bacon getting annoyed about being upstaged because I feel his arrogance could be responsible for the axing of The Big Breakfast amongst other things.

However on a positive note, presenters like Chris Evans, Johnny Vaughan, Liza Tarbuck and Denise Van Outen made the show a great pleasure to watch and make the show a great institution.
Robin Blamires, UK

The Big Breakfast created Channel 4 to what it is now, surreal programming with a distinctive edge. The Big Breakfast should of become The Big Kebab and brought to a later audience of beer monsters who did actually watch it some years ago, when they were either going to school or walking in from the pub lock-in.
Stevie, UK


Nothing on television can compare

Michael Collins, UK
Its ratings were falling, and a better programme is on its way. I'm quite sure this new programme will be more successful than BB.
Nick Dalby, Leeds, UK

It's been very good and things have been nice - however all good thing must come to an end. It's a pity though as the Big Breakfast was fast and funny. Especially with all those nice girls it had to host the show. I just hope something like this will come back, something even better.
Jas Dobe, Slough, UK

Even though I could only watch 20 minutes in the morning, it was worth it for interviews with the greatest celebrities. Nothing on television can compare.
Michael Collins, UK

The Big Breakfast is one of the best shows ever, and I have watched it since it started. It was the only different thing on TV at breakfast, and now we will have to put up with Channel 4's answer to GMTV, Rise!
Thomas Bottrill, England

Going, going, gone, but not forgotten, Channel 4 have really missed the big picture about the Big Breakfast. It has had its ups and downs, sure, but it has always been the much needed alternative to mind numbingly boring BBC and ITV alternatives on show.

It has been the funny, light hearted and much loved kick-start to millions of peoples' days, whether off to work, school or simply staying home.
Ian, Lancashire, UK


Richard Bacon was a genius who could have saved the show

Simon, UK
In my view, Richard Bacon was a superb presenter and I hope he gets a good job on something prominent after the sad loss of the program. Although the new females presenters have come across as fairly stupid and extremely irritating, Bacon has represented the everyman, smart but with a real personality rather than the over-confident personas you get from this generation of celebrities.
Davy James, Wales, UK

Johnny and Denise will forever be the best breakfast TV pairing.
Paul Ryder, England

The Big Breakfast will be a sorely missed kick start to the day. In its last few months it regained its courage, with nothing left to prove it went for it and as a result was outstanding.

Richard Bacon was a genius who could have saved the show, his daily performance was a brilliant satire of crap TV presenters. However most people didn't watch long enough to understand that.
Simon, UK

The bosses have themselves to blame for the demise of the viewing figures. They picked some really good presenters (Bacon and Byron are just as good as Vaughn and Van-Outen) but they made them try and be like Johnny Vaughn and Chris Evans - because they think that's the only way to get the viewers back.

But it had the opposite effect and made the presenters nervous, tense, unnatural and grating to watch some times. When Richie Bacon was relaxed and being himself, he was hilarious and terrific TV. RIP.
Richard, N Ireland


The press coverage, even the existence of this debate, proves just how special The Big Breakfast is

Carpet, UK
The show should not have been axed. It has become a classic and brought a new dimension to morning TV. Channel 4 have made a big mistake.
Paul Bradley, UK

It's a shame - I think the current presenters were starting to get it back where it was in the two earlier golden eras, Chris and Gaby and then Johnny and Denise.

It got me through uni, and then six years of getting up to go to work. Going to miss it.
Tom Driver, UK

The show that celebrated its mistakes, its crew and the average British person going about their daily life.

The press coverage, even the existence of this debate, proves just how special The Big Breakfast is.
Carpet, UK

The Big Breakfast was broadcasting's answer to the tabloids: Cheap, tacky, populist, sensationalist, irritating and rather a waste of 10 years overall.

"I'll look forward to C4 replacing it with something more in keeping with the world we live in today but to be honest I am expecting them to try something else "radical" to try and replace it.
James, Milton Keynes, England


I have probably watched about an hour of the Big Breakfast in the last decade and the only reason that it could be called big, was because it was utterly indigestable

Matthew Pook, UK
It's a shame that the Big Breakfast has gone. The reason for falling ratings is simple. The producers just couldn't pick decent presenters.

When they did, the show was fantastic (Chris and Gaby, Johnny and Liza etc.) But in recent years they've tended to go for looks rather than talent (Kelly Brook, Denise Van Outen etc).

I can't think what C4 will replace it with that won't be just a carbon copy of BB. It'll be interesting to see what comes in it's place, but they must choose the right people to go in front of the cameras or they're simply wasting their time.
Steve Smith, UK

Each time my wife and I visited Britain, we always looked forward to watching the Big Breakfast in the mornings...fortunately, we were able to see the show one last time just last month while in London. Our trip to London next year will not be the same without the Big Breakfast!
Scott, USA

I tried to watch The Big Breakfast but it was boring and clearly was targeting students who either have gone to college/uni at that time of the day or still had a hangover in bed!
Lee, UK

It is with great pleasure that I hear the Big Breakfast is to be axed. Channel 4 had a perfectly good breakfast programme that was interesting and informative when they replaced it with the mental equivalent of baby food for the last decade. I have probably watched about an hour of the Big Breakfast in the last decade and the only reason that it could be called big, was because it was utterly indigestable.
Matthew Pook, United Kingdom


I almost switched off when Donna Air became full-time, and then stopped watching completely when Richard Bacon was brought into the house

Simon, UK
Channel 4 have made a terrible mistake and they will soon realise the extent of their misguidance.
Pam, UK

Thank heavens that the truly obnoxious Richard Bacon has gone at long last.
Helen, UK

The BB reached its zenith with Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen/Liza Tarbuck but did decline rather rapidly. I will miss it as BBC Breakfast is sometimes a little too dry and GMTV is breakfast TV for the brain dead.
Graham, London, UK

After reading these comments, I must be the only person in the UK who found Johnny Vaughan unbelievably irritating, every time he was on I switched off. He was, is, always will be talentless and annoying.
JD, UK

The programme had seen better days but C4 should have saved it from the axe. BB will be sadly missed, it was a break from the dull and drab programming offered by the other broadcasters. The only programme that made you smile in the morning.... RIP BB.
Paul, Leicester, UK

I agree that it should have been moved to the E4 channel. Let's hope that its replacement is as good.
Dave, England

It's a shame Channel 4 couldn't manage to save what was a fantastic programme, but viewing figures as low as they were dictate when a show should be axed.

The BB, at one point, had the ability to make me laugh so hard I would cry, and as such I used to look forward to dragging myself out of bed at 7. However, whenever a good pair of presenters left (Gabby and Chris, Jonny and Denise/Liza), they never seemed to pick themselves up quickly enough. I almost switched off when Donna Air became full-time, and then stopped watching completely when Richard Bacon was brought into the house. Such a shame, because there are so many other people out there that could have made the show funny again (e.g. Mel and Sue from Light Lunch).

It's a shame, I'll miss it, but perhaps it was past its sell-by-date. RIP BB.
Simon, Nottingham, UK


The Big Breakfast was at its best when it relied on the inventiveness of top quality presenters. The format and content of the show was always inane and weak and with ordinary presenters, it showed

Steve Johnson, UK
It was a great show in its day. But then started to fail (as Channel 4 found out!) It was innovative (at its height) but now it's gone and I for one shall not miss it. Channel 4 have obviously thought about this and I shall look forward to the new show! Good luck Channel 4
Russell English, England

Atrocious rubbish. Good riddance to it, and all the talentless nobodies that have hopefully gone forever.
Terence Joyce, Ireland

I only started watching the Big Breakfast a few years ago and was lucky enough to see the brilliant talent that Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen brought to the show, before Richard Bacon and those other losers messed it all up. The show had to be scrapped, with the terrible mis-timing and poor puns from Richard Bacon and Amanda Bryon.
Craig Wallace, Sheffield, UK

It was good entertainment ten years ago, but since the emergence of Richard Bacon it has gone off the scales of rubbish viewing. Thank goodness it's gone. Roll on its replacement.
Georgina, UK

The Big Breakfast was at its best when it relied on the inventiveness of top quality presenters. The format and content of the show was always inane and weak and with ordinary presenters, it showed. Sadly, the producers never really recognised that fact - the beginning of the end was the decision to employ a bra model to present.
Steve Johnson, UK

I'm glad they have got rid of the show, I can see why the ratings went down.
Andrea, Essex


Why are people slagging Richard Bacon off? He was a great presenter who took the mick out of himself, the eccentric guests and the format in a way which brought the show back to life again

Phil, Australia
It's a disgrace for the BB to be shot down in flames like it has been, the only thing that we can hope for, as a nation is that like a pheonix from the flames a new beginning arises, arise "sunshine over vegas", the nation needs you! Your time is here!!!!
Chris F, England

Richard Bacon has got to be the worst presenter ever in television history. I stopped watching the programme after Liza Tarbuck left and have never watched it again. Richard Bacon is the most arrogant, irritating, and extremely rude presenter I have ever come across and he is certainly not entertaining. I hope Channel 4 have something spectacular up their sleeves to replace the BB - but please - no more Richard Bacon - ever again!!
Helen, UK

When the Big Breakfast started, it was mince. After years and years of shows, it was still mince.

However, when I turned over one day, I was struck by something really funny. Something entertaining to watch in the morning? But yes.

Then, of course, after Johnny and Denise quit, the show degraded into its former self. Bland, boring and utterly comtemptible.

I'm glad that it's gone, but will miss the days of Johnny and Denise.
Graeme, Scotland

JD, UK - I totally agree with you about Johnny Vaughan.
Peter, UK

I've been watching the Big Brekky before heading off to work on and off for the past 5 years or so. It has to be said that no one could ever replace Johnny and Denise, who were the best team of them all and it would've been good if they'd re-formed their partnership and taken over at the helm again, but alas it wasn't to be. Richard Bacon never managed to fill their boots and ended up making an idiot of himself most of the time. Amanda Byron was better but needed a stronger personality to bounce off. Let's hope C4's replacement programme (whatever that may be) is a worthy replacement.
Toby, England

I have to agree with nearly every other comment - it was good, it was bad, it was a laugh, it was switch off TV, and somehow it managed it all at the same time. When the pairings worked it was mindless, irratating but fun. When they didn't it was mindless, irratating but fun. But let's be honest, weekday mornings are now going to be June Sarpong and the idiot Vernon presenting cartoons to the under 12s.
Lucy, UK

I have always watched the Big Brekkie when I have visited the UK, and it is such a shame that it has been axed. Maybe another network will pick it up.
Cybill Young, Canada

I used to be obsessed with the BB and even managed to stay tuned through Kelly Brook's "presenting". Frankly, Lorraine Kelly is much more appealing. Somewhere, though, BB just became boring. There's only so much stale toast I could watch at that time in the morning.
Will B, UK

Very saddened to see the demise of the BB, purely as there will no longer be any Star-Turn, surely the finest game ever made. Please find a new home for the game.
Stu Clarke, UK

Why are people slagging Richard Bacon off? He was a great presenter who took the mick out of himself, the eccentric guests and the format in a way which brought the show back to life again. It's called sarcasm for those of you who didn't get it. Yes, Chris was great, yes, Johnny was hilarious but they did have good sparring partners - who did Rich really have? Donna Air - I mean come on! Sad to see it go, sadder still that I missed it. You should see some of the terrible boring, painful breakfast TV they have in Oz and consider yourselves lucky to have had the BB at all.
Phil, Australia

The BB was first class. The entire existance of this commentary reflects the way in which the Big Breakfast touched each one of us in some small way. Let's face it, you either loved it or you hated it. But after all there are numerous other channels. The Big Breakfast will be sorely missed. Good news for all those looking forward to another news & snooze style programme post-BB.... It's being made by one of the original team that put together the first incarnation of The BB. Rest in Peace Big Breakfast. I for one will miss you.
Gavin Martin, UK

I enjoyed the final Big Breakfast, but I think it had gone past its sell by date and needs to be replaced by a programme more up to date, something like Liquid News on Choice.
Gill McGavin, England

Channel 4 might have better paid attention to GMTV in 1993. When GMTV launched, trying to be different from its predecessor TV-AM, it lost viewers because people don't like change. By copying TV-AM, it reclaimed its viewers back. People like the format of GMTV and the BBC, and The Big Breakfast, in trying to be different from this convention, was bound to be the loser in what was always really a two-horse race. Channel 4 knew that they would be the loser and it would only be a matter of time before the axe had to fall.
TSW, UK

It's sad to see the show go, especially as the show has improved so much since Christmas, that four presenter thing worked really well. What's the betting that in a few years time the rise will end up vertually a replica of the BB?
Chris, UK

It's a pity to see it go - the last batch of presenters didn't work, and they couldn't get a decent guest on for love nor money, but it was always a good alternative to the serious breakfast shows, and put me in a good mood for a long day at work. I hope the replacement can bridge the gap between the overly wacky and the serious.
Sali, UK

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