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JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
I admit I find it amazing how a show which has been off air for twice as long as it was running can still generate so much discussion.
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Flux London London
I admit I find it amazing how a show which has been off air for twice as long as it was running can still generate so much discussion.


It seems quite unique to the Big Breakfast. I guess it was so groundbreaking at the time, and as we’re still seeing its influence on many shows it still feels relevant somehow.

I wonder what the reaction will be like when it returns next year! Imagine the outrage if they’re not sat in front of French windows Laughing
AJ
AJ London London
I genuinely hope that they do the one off show justice next year, but can't help but feel it'll be back in name only.
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today


Some great clips here. Including shots of the lesser seen "brown house":

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I think the decor which features in most of these clips (I call it the 'acid era' with the lime green hallway and yellow living room with orange swirls) is probably my favourite look for the house.

It also shows how much effort went into the show during the early Johnny Vaughan years, such as the skits they'd do with special effects (split screen etc) and sending him out on OBs. Compared to this, 1999 and 2000 seemed a bit lazy.
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RobinBlamires05 Meridian (South East) South East Today


It also shows how much effort went into the show during the early Johnny Vaughan years, such as the skits they'd do with special effects (split screen etc) and sending him out on OBs. Compared to this, 1999 and 2000 seemed a bit lazy.


Whilst it had it's moments, there was a sense that the show was trapped in 1998 for the majority of Vaughan's stint.
Pretty much in the same way that TFI Friday during their five years on air couldn't get out of 1996.
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Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
For some reason in a lot of that video, they were sat slightly off to the right (our left), with the hallway door in the background which I don’t recall them doing.

Oh and I used to hate that Oscars Show, where they’d be half way through a feature and have to drop it to go straight to the red carpet, and stuff like the Pun Down would be delayed so much I’d have left for school
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Yes, took them quite some time to convert it from yellow back to the brick effect. Not sure if the brown was always a planned undercoat or a panic repaint job after I think the local council complained about the bright yellow effort. From that it wasn't until June 1998 that the French doors were replaced so the art deco windows/doors did last the best part of two years.

Anyhow, ignoring the architecture for me 1998 was probably the best year of the show, though I suspect for others it was 1993.
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
For some reason in a lot of that video, they were sat slightly off to the right (our left), with the hallway door in the background which I don’t recall them doing.


They did that during the whole yellow house era because (similar to what has been recently discussed about the 2001 relaunch french windows) the windows were too wide and it just doesn't look great (IMO).

When they scrapped the den in early 1997 they tried the chairs back in front of the french windows for a time (this cap from Johnny's first guest hosting stint):

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When Johnny joined full time and they revamped the living room (but kept the 1996 french windows) they moved to the corner of the living room.

They moved back in front of the windows when they installed the more classic style, and in time they worked out it looked better to hide the two outer doors with curtains.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
The balcony (which was removed in the summer) probably helped slightly by shading the windows, meaning it was less of a problem before the revamp in the summer. BTW did the internal gallery over the den in the living room disappear with the changes over Christmas when the den was scrapped or was it still there until the summer. I don't think it was until 1998 that "Den's Den" was created as a replacement for the boudoir directly over the living room (when those windows in the brown house pic above were installed). Until then the boudoir remained on the canal side with their early competitions done in the hallway or outside.
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Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Oh yes I’d forgotten they’d removed the entire floor to create a balcony from upstairs.

The amount of structural work that went on, and money wasted, removing floors, and then building the floor back again, cutting out windows and doors, and bricking others up, adding and removing balconies. I’m surprised when the show finished, that the house wasn’t on the verge of collapse!
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
I would guess the ceiling was filled in at the same time the den was filled in, because they would have needed the ceiling in order to install the lighting required to light the chairs in front of the door.

There's a clip on YouTube of Vanessa in the boudoir in May 1997 so there was one upstairs then.

Talking of the Den, I think it's judged too harshly based on the first episode of the relaunch. It actually didn't look bad once they settled in:

JC
JCB
Oh yes I’d forgotten they’d removed the entire floor to create a balcony from upstairs.

The amount of structural work that went on, and money wasted, removing floors, and then building the floor back again, cutting out windows and doors, and bricking others up, adding and removing balconies. I’m surprised when the show finished, that the house wasn’t on the verge of collapse!


I think it was. I vaugley remember there being a bit of a running gag during the shows dying days about the house falling apart. On screen it certainly looked battered by the end. I thought it was a mistake making the house look like 96 never happened. Structurally it was fine. All they really needed to do was restore the living room. Everything else, the balconies, combined hall and kitchen, library/phone room, could have been kept as they were but with the new more vibrant decor.

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