7 items from 2015
Channel 4 is getting nostalgic with a new documentary about 1990s culture.
Ninety-minute doc Turn Up...The Nineties will chronicle the rise of Cool Britannia and Britpop, as well as taking a look at some of the decade's most culturally influential figures such as Oasis, Kate Moss, Damien Hirst and David Beckham.
"We're all waiting for the next pop culture revolution where a chart battle between two bands can make the six o'clock news," said Jonny Rothery, Channel 4's commissioning editor for music.
"Whilst we wait, I'm really pleased to be taking a look back at this fascinating period when Generation X rose to prominence and everyone was mad for it."
Turn Up...The Nineties will air on the same weekend »
If you want tickets to watch Tfi Friday's anniversary special don't expect it to be easy, as you're going to have to "earn it".
As part of a daily countdown to the event by host Chris Evans, the BBC Radio 2 DJ said that he is already being bombarded with requests for tickets for next month's one-off celebration.
Evans said: "We're going to give 184 pairs out, and then we want one couple... from each of the Tfi Fridays that were broadcast to be there on the night, so we have all the Tfi Fridays there sort of in spirit with us.
"And then we have 50 pairs left... and if you want a pair, you have to earn it."
With just the vague instruction to "go film something in 15 seconds", people can email their finished result to firstname.lastname@example.org, in the hope of being chosen for tickets.
Evans also marked »
The show's host Chris Evans had helpfully already let slip the date of the episode, which is airing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the programme (even though it's not actually the 20th anniversary).
The special will celebrate the history of the show, which originally aired from 1996 to 2000 on Channel 4.
The broadcaster has promised a look back at highlights from the series - including segments such as Freak or Unique, Ugly Bloke and Fat Lookalikes - as well as the introduction of new features.
The channel also revealed that "once again, music will form a hugely important part of this very special show".
"I can't believe it's been almost 20 years since the first episode of Tfi, and I'm thrilled to be bringing the show to a whole new generation »
The date was previously rumoured, but has now been confirmed by the presenter, who will celebrate the Channel 4 show's 20th anniversary with a 90-minute episode.
Evans also revealed that he had the "first, proper grown-up production meeting" about the special today (April 14).
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) April 14, 2015
Evans has previously expressed interest in reviving the format, first stating that he was »
'Tfi Friday' is set to return for an anniversary special. The former host Chris Evans blatantly hinted that the Channel 4 entertainment show - which was on the air from 1996 to 2000 - will be revived for a live 90-minute special in June to mark its 20th anniversary. Speaking on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, Chris said: ''If it were to come back live on Channel 4 on June 12 at 9pm, 90 minutes up from an hour. If that were to happen, for example.'' The show originally aired on Friday evenings and was hosted by Chris for five series, with »
Show would celebrate 20th anniversary of Channel 4’s hit 1990s entertainment show
The show, which ran from 1996 to 2000, was a huge hit despite regularly courting controversy – notably when guest Shaun Ryder swore and was subsequently banned from ever appearing on the channel again.
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- Press Association
Friday used to be the highlight of the week for the committed sofa-dweller, with the likes of Tfi Friday, The Word and Friday Night Live. Now it’s all self-improvement shows and Alan Titchmarsh. What happened?
Friday night telly used to be the highlight of the week for the committed sofa-dweller. Gone were the endless weekday soaps, Diy saviours and the dreaded Question of Sport, and in came a glorious line of high-kicking comedy and entertainment shows to cheer up the majority of us who did not want to be pressed up against the wall of a heaving bar, trying to get served.
Where have those shows gone? It wasn’t so long ago, was it, when we crashed into a pile of couch cushions, Budweiser in hand, scrunchy flung off with abandon as the opening bars of The Riverboat Song by Ocean Colour Scene filled the living room and »
- Julia Raeside
7 items from 2015
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