TV-am logo from the 80s


by Mark Nobes, chief editor

Do you remember waking up with Frank Bough and Selina Scott? Not literally, of course, but if you lived in the UK during the eighties you probably will have seen them on your TV screens, at least.

I certainly remember watching TV-am on ITV just before I had to go to school, and getting a right rollicking for being late! Yes, breakfast telly had only just begun and was, therefore, a real novelty in the early eighties.

On this page, we have some really fabulous snippets from 1980s Breakfast TV. Before you leave the page, don't forget to play the videos in the playlist and relive those golden days of TV-am and the BBC's Breakfast Time. 

80's TV Presenter Frank Bough

80's British TV Presenter Frank Bough 

BBC Breakfast Time Presenters (1983) - Weatherman Francis Wilson, Debbie RIx, David Icke, Frank Bough, Selina Scott and Nick Ross
The BBC Breakfast Time team in 1983. Top row; Weatherman Francis Wilson, Debbie Rix, David Icke, Bottom row; Frank Bough, Selina Scott and Nick Ross.

Clip 1 -The first ever episode of TV-AM

Sir David Frost


This video clip in the playlist above features the launch of the first TV-am programme by the Famous Five (David Frost, Michael Parkinson, Angela Rippon, Anna Ford and Robert Kee) on 1st February 1983.

2. TV-AM "Good Morning Britain" opening titles

This second clip really brings back some fond memories of my early morning breakfasts before rushing off to school - well I didn't exactly rush! Now, home time was a different matter. TV-AM was broadcast between 1st February 1983 and 31st December 1992.

3. Breakfast Time in January 1984

If you had a crush on Selina Scott, then you can relive those moments again by watching the video above! The clip starts off with the last few moments of Ceefax. You may remember that the BBC used to display selected pages before the real TV programmes started.

4. A Young Fern Britton On BBC Breakfast Time In 1984

In clip four Fern is discussing the sinking of the luxurious, Italian ocean liner the Andrea Doria in 1956 which killed 56 people.
Fern Britton on BBC Breakfast Time in 1984
Fern Britton
During the Autumn of 2012, Fern took part in BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing, although she was booted out after losing a dance-off with Girls Aloud singer Kimberly Walsh.

5. Debbie Greenwood in leather trousers

Well, if they aren't leather then they are definitely rubber! In this clip, Debbie interviews Tim "Biggot" Smith. As I write, Debbie is a presenter on the QVC shopping channel.

6. Rat on the Road from TV-AM in 1983

You either loved him or hated him! Yes, that blasted Roland Rat used to have a regular slot on breakfast TV just to annoy adults across the UK.

7. Margaret Thatcher gets frosty!

This snippet from 9th June 1985 features a heated exchange between David Frost and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher while discussing the sking of the Belgrano during the Falklands War.
TV-am egg cups from the 80s

8. Kenneth Williams and Bernard Manning on TV-AM

What happens when the legendary carry-on comedy actor and controversial stand-up comedian find themselves on the couch together with Anne Diamond and Nick Owen? You'll be surprised!

9. Diana Dors, Nick Owen and lots of lard!

In the ninth clip we see TV-am presenter Nick Owen and the lovely Diana Dors together in the kitchen discussing dieting and food.
Diana Dors Swinging Dors
Released in 1960, Swingin' Dors was the only complete album that Diana Dors ever released.

10. Pet Shop Boys on Breakfast Time in 1985

Clip 10 features an early Pet Shop Boys interview with Selina Scott which aired before the release of their Please album. Precaution! Chris Lowe actually has something to say!