Breakfast Time

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the first episode of Breakfast Time. And the wonderful Andy Pearman has uploaded the entire thing for us. How nice.

It launched a couple of weeks earlier than TV-am over on ITV, and caught its rivals unawares by being a little more cosy that expected.

Here’s an article from The Stage in early 1980, about the new plans for the breakfast franchise.

The Stage – Thursday 03 January 1980

Here’s how The Mirror previewed the new BBC offering, on the Saturday before its launch.

Daily Mirror – Saturday 15 January 1983

And here’s the report card after both channels had been up and running.

The Stage – Thursday 17 February 1983
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