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The Big Breakfast to return after 18 years with comedian Mo Gilligan as host for one-off special

THE Big Breakfast show is returning for a one-off special – 18 years after it was last on-screen.

Channel 4 announced today it’s bringing the hit show back with British comedian Mo Gilligan as host.

It’s to be celebrated as part of a Black Takeover Day in 2021 marking a year since George Floyd’s murder on May 25.

Mo, who won a BAFTA for Channel 4’s The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan, said: “Like so many of us, I loved The Big Breakfast and I am so grateful to be asked to host this special event, particularly as part of such a hugely thrilling and history-making day for British television!”

The Big Breakfast was originally made by Charlie Parsons’ production company Planet 24, but its revival will be produced by ITV Studios.

It first launched in September 1992 with Chris Evans as host.

Gaby Roslin, Paul Ross, Denise Van Outen, Johnny Vaughan and Kelly Brook were among the big names to present the show.

Channel 4 is also planning to make diverse versions of Celebrity Gogglebox, Countdown and Hollyoaks to air on Black Takeover Day.

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes, said of Black Takeover Day: “Channel 4 was created to give voice to underrepresented parts of society and do things which other broadcasters would not, and the Black Takeover qualifies on both counts.

“It will be much more than a day of eye-catching programming, providing a focal point for our efforts to drive up on and off screen representation and leaving a lasting legacy on the channel and beyond.”


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