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Natasha's first anniversary
Natasha on her first week

Natasha Kaplinsky presented her first Breakfast exactly a year ago.

So how has it been?

Though bleary eyed, she still found the energy to stay up beyond her bed-time to write us this:

You'd think that after a year I would be used to my 3.20 am alarm call. I'm not. It is still as painful as it was the first time.

Despite that - the year has zipped by.

It's been a year of momentous events with the war in Iraq dominating the news.
The most memorable interview has to be the chicken in the studio!
Natasha Kaplinsky

We've had the chance to interview some fantastic guests - from politicians to pop stars, authors to astonaughts, dieticians
to disco-dancers.

But the most memorable interview has to have been the chicken in the studio!

Who knows that the next year holds. But you can be sure, we'll do our best here at Breakfast to keep you informed.

There's still time to bid for Natasha's alarm clock in our online auction for Children in Need.

You can also watch our eight-minute film, shot specially for the Breakfast website, which takes a look behind the scenes with Dermot and Natasha

If you can't watch the film, read this...

  • To prepare for the early starts, Natasha admits that she now goes to bed at 8pm each night. She gets up at 3.20am the following morning.

  • The tight schedule leaves a little more than an hour for the presenters to read the briefs on the interviews they'll conduct during the programme - and to get themselves spruced up for TV.

  • From 6am to 9am each morning, the presenters are on their own kind of journey, where almost anything can happen. That includes having to interview your own father, as part of a breaking news story - as Natasha discovered in May 2003.

    "That was definitely my worst moment," says Natasha. "I just blushed and I kept calling him dad," she says. "He was really cool and answered all his questions really efficiently like a proper journalist - and I just fluffed it."

  • So - how to sum up the job of presenting one of the most fast-moving live TV programmes? Natasha says: "It's almost like going on a long-distance flight. You metaphorically strap yourself in with a seat-belt and say we're on air now."

    Natasha's first year
    "It's zipped past and been such a fantastic year"

    BBC Breakfast



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