But the reason I bring it up is it is curious given her level of absence on Radio 1 that it literally happened once and once only on Live and Kicking. Perhaps given the telly work was higher profile she was less inclined to "pull a sicky"...(of course she may actually have been ill, the only reason I cast doubt on this is she herself has said she was burning the candle at both ends during this period).
I don't think there's any kind of conspiracy about it, when she started on Radio 1 the idea was that she was supposed to come in hungover straight from parties and the like, they were pretty much encouraging it. And she was doing a lot in those days as well, there was that sketch from the Angus Deayton End of the Year Show in 1997 which is on YouTube somewhere which parodies it by featuring her running breathlessly between Radio 1, Live and Kicking and Top of the Pops.
Besides, Mike Read was always oversleeping, to the extent that they moved the start of the breakfast show to 7.30 for his final year. And Wogan was always late too, endlessly getting stuck in traffic. Indeed Ken Bruce had to fill in for him on his very first day on Radio 2 in 1982 when he was standing in on early breakfast.
I remembered last night that there was one week during the Andi and Emma era of Live and Kicking where Trevor was absent because, as I recall, he'd fallen off his bike and broken his arm, but Simon still appeared and, presumably after some frantic rewrites, most of the regulars and guests filled in for Trevor in the various sketches. I remember Tony Blackburn appearing frequently in his place as a running gag.
And of course in the final series of Dick and Dom, both Dick and Dom missed an episode of the Sunday show. The one Dick did on his own was a bit dull, but the one with Dom on his own was absolute carnage.
Yeah, I put that sketch up on YT, it is one of my favourites. I still think "get out of the fri**ing way* whenever there's someone in my path...
I just thought that period was a bit odd coming so soon after Evans, who of course was also going out to parties etc. And it clearly was very short notice due to the double shift Scott Mills kept putting in. On the 40th anniversary show that Ball and Cox did, Scott recorded a message saying a big thank you for all the overtime he got over the years...
The Dick and Dom absences were a bit odd given that year the Sunday show were recorded directly after the Saturday shows. But then it seemed fairly obvious they found the Sunday shows a bit of a chore by that point.
If we're talking about Saturday morning absences, Mark from Sam and Mark missed a couple of weeks of TMi one year. Caroline had left by this point so Sam did the whole show himself, and looked absolutely knackered by the end.