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james-20015,057 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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Such a good relaunch they didn't even have the new titles ready, just using the old titles but using the "Big Breakfast" sign by the pool to cover up any shots of the old house.

This was the same time Rick was supposedly a shoo-in to present Live & Kicking, then he flunked his screen test with Zoe Ball and ended up here instead.
JasonB5,109 posts since 20 Sep 2003
London London
Such a good relaunch they didn't even have the new titles ready, just using the old titles but using the "Big Breakfast" sign by the pool to cover up any shots of the old house.

This was the same time Rick was supposedly a shoo-in to present Live & Kicking, then he flunked his screen test with Zoe Ball and ended up here instead.


"Who else can we get to present this new show?"

"The only other person available is Rick Adams from Nickelodeon"

"OK, he'll do"
"623058 The whole thing has been a dump squirt."
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Steve Williams2,781 posts since 1 Aug 2008
"Who else can we get to present this new show?"

"The only other person available is Rick Adams from Nickelodeon"

"OK, he'll do"


Well, it wasn't so unusual, he clearly had a bit of a Chris Evans vibe about him and on his previous shows he'd exhibited quite a quick wit, his background probably wasn't that dissimilar to Chris Evans when he started.

Rick probably wasn't the problem, the problem was pairing him with Sharron who was absolutely useless, and the pair never gelled. Sharron brought nothing to the table, so Rick clearly felt he had to talk for the pair of them.
Brekkie31,795 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
Rick and Denise from the start might have been a different story, though Richard and Denise always had a much better partnership. Johnny of course was also a contender then, but perhaps had he'd been paired with Sharron he'd be viewed now as successful as Rick is.

Still annoys me they didn't do a bit more with the titles for the relaunch - understand why the house shots weren't ready and eventually they did change the ending but always felt the first half seemed really out of sync with the new break stings.

Most of their changes were at least worth a try, such as merging the Family of the Week with Down your Doorstep, moving to a 30-minute cycle, giving Snap daily presenters and introducing the Telecopter. Others were baffling, especially axing the competition as actually they'd probably pushed those as much during the Zoe Ball era as they'd ever had.
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JasonB5,109 posts since 20 Sep 2003
London London
I wonder how long before the show those titles were filmed? If you look closely you can still see the back of the house is still unfinished.

I guess they kept the original shots in the titles not to scare people off straight away?
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Steve Williams2,781 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Most of their changes were at least worth a try, such as merging the Family of the Week with Down your Doorstep, moving to a 30-minute cycle, giving Snap daily presenters and introducing the Telecopter. Others were baffling, especially axing the competition as actually they'd probably pushed those as much during the Zoe Ball era as they'd ever had.


I've mentioned this before but the Down Your Doorstep bit was interesting, as you say Richard Orford spent four days with the Family of the Week in their own home, but then on Friday they'd all come into the house, including Orford, who would pretty much co-present the show that day, not just doing bits with the family (including the best feature of the whole relaunch, I Wish I Hadn't Got Married In The 70s). And Denise was moved into the house pretty sharpish, I know they said it was because it was too dark for the helicopter, but they'd have known that when they started it. So it seemed like they'd already decided Rick and Sharron were a terrible pairing pretty much from day one and wanted some other people in there.
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Brekkie31,795 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
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Even by Christmas I think producers were willing to give Sharron enough holidays to make Piers Morgan look like a workaholic.

Did Sharron get a last day (and the briefest of farewells) or did she just go on holiday never to return?
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Whataday10,028 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I wonder how long before the show those titles were filmed? If you look closely you can still see the back of the house is still unfinished.


I'd guess a day or two considering the house wasn't ready even a few hours before. Then I think the following day they used a handheld run-in.

What they should have done is opened with one of the break stings and sorted the titles later.
Steve Williams2,781 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Even by Christmas I think producers were willing to give Sharron enough holidays to make Piers Morgan look like a workaholic.

Did Sharron get a last day (and the briefest of farewells) or did she just go on holiday never to return?


She did have a last day, but it was only announced a few days before and I don't suppose many people saw it as it was on 2nd May, the day after the election. I certainly didn't see it. As you say, she was off a hell of a lot, I remember reading she did live miles away, but there was one episode very early on when she was absent at the last minute and Rick had to do the whole show by himself, that got in the papers. There was also the one I mentioned to Ian Jones for Morning Glory, Down Your Doorstep was at the Cheltenham Festival and Sharron was there but didn't actually do anything other than say hello.

I'd guess a day or two considering the house wasn't ready even a few hours before. Then I think the following day they used a handheld run-in.

What they should have done is opened with one of the break stings and sorted the titles later.


Well, indeed, they didn't need to have any opening titles at all. Actually the original titles weren't all that as I remember someone writing in to point out the cup of coffee at the end of them was completely mouldy.
Whataday10,028 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
She did have a last day, but it was only announced a few days before and I don't suppose many people saw it as it was on 2nd May, the day after the election. I certainly didn't see it. As you say, she was off a hell of a lot, I remember reading she did live miles away, but there was one episode very early on when she was absent at the last minute and Rick had to do the whole show by himself, that got in the papers. There was also the one I mentioned to Ian Jones for Morning Glory, Down Your Doorstep was at the Cheltenham Festival and Sharron was there but didn't actually do anything other than say hello.


Believe it or not she was commuting from THE COTSWOLDS each day. Another example of how ill fitted she was for the job.
peterrocket1,362 posts since 5 Sep 2001
Sharon did an interview with a money magazine where that came up

Quote:
Have you ever been paid silly money for a job?

I got a really big salary presenting the Big Breakfast in 1996. It was an all-consuming job – I was living in the Cotswolds and had to get into East London every weekday.

I would leave my house at 3am and get back at 1pm, when I would get scripts sent through for the following morning.

Then I would have to be in bed by 7pm. I did it for ten months and was paid more than £100,000.



https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-4020552/SHARON-DAVIES-Jess-Ennis-Hill-never-needs-work-earned-swimming.html