A Song for Europe 1991 with Terry Wogan one Friday evening.
A very grand affair with a very elaborate studio set up. The stage built that it's overhanging over an orchestra pit. Not quite sure if health and safety would allow this kind of set up nowadays.
Also look out for the very perfectly timed ending to the show at 1:00:20. With a Production credit which would also most likely caused for some very colourful language on talkback during that final sequence.
Eitherway it could very much be argued that A Song for Europe that year was a much better and slicker production than the contest itself from Italy which was an utter shambles.
Haha! At least this time they ran the roller.
Never seen that before. What an excellent production it was, though.
Was the EBU deadline later back then (and the contest generally a bit earlier, sometimes pushed into the end of April?) Nowadays everything has to be "in the can" by mid-March. Im guessing therefore Good Friday would have been pushing it for the British National Final on several occasions?
To answer elsewhere - Yes, there was a mix of TOTP and Lottery specials in the 90s. Gina G was chosen by.TOTP in 96, Katrina was chosen on the Lottery in 97. Think 98 might have been a more elaborate affair - I remember a VT
with Katrina showing off the NIA.
Couldn't tell you how we picked after that, only that Making Your Mind Up came after Jemini. That got rebranded Eurovision Your Decision at some point. Then it was 2 years of Your Country Needs You, four years of internal then as of this year 4 years of Eurovision You Decide.