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Noel Edmonds ...
 Himself - Presenter / ... (5 episodes, 1982-1986)


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4 September 1982 (UK)  »

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The Late Late Breakfast Show  »

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On November 8th 1986, The cancellation of "The Late Late Breakfast" was announced by the BBC announcer on BBC 1, after the broadcast of "Doctor Who" "The Trial of a Time Lord: Part 10". "This is BBC 1. Because of the tragic accident of Michael Lush whilst preparing for tonight's edition of "The Late Late Breakfast Show", The BBC has decided to cancel this and further editions of the program." The program and the following scheduled program "Every Second Counts" was replaced by the 1975 film "One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing". See more »


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Noel or no Noel?
16 August 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Contrary to popular myth, Noel Edmonds' 'The Late Late Breakfast Show' was not the Bearded Wonder's first attempt at an early-evening Saturday night show. In 1979, he fronted a revival of 'Juke Box Jury' ( in one episode, Johnny Rotten memorably clashed with D.J. Alan Freeman ), while a year before he gave us 'Lucky Numbers', an expanded version of a segment of 'Multi-Coloured Swap Shop'. Both bombed.

'Late Late' too looked set for the scrapyard when it was launched in 1982. It had a difficult birthing period; the early shows began with a title sequence reminiscent of the old Simon Dee show 'Dee Time', depicting Noel racing to the B.B.C. T.V. Centre in various forms of transport to the accompaniment of a strident theme by Gary Kemp of 'Spandau Ballet'. The late D.J. John Peel figured prominently, as did Scottish comedian Leni Harper ( whatever happened to her? ). Poor ratings necessitated a rethink. Noel decided his co-presenters were to blame and, ditching them, brought in fellow D.J. Mike Smith. There was also a lawsuit threatened by Peter Dulay, ex-producer of the British version of 'Candid Camera'. Dulay claimed that a 'Gotcha' stunt involving a conveyor belt was a steal of one of his ideas. The case was letter settled out of court, with Dulay receiving an on-screen credit as 'Consultant'.

Despite these troubles, 'Late Late' caught on, and would have run years had not viewer Michael Lush died in 1986 while rehearsing a stunt. Noel later commented: "It nearly ruined my career.". Didn't do poor Michael much good either, Noel.

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