80S BREAKFAST TV IS BORN!
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 British TV Presenter Frank Bough
Clip 1 -The first ever episode of TV-AM
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
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!
8. Kenneth Williams and Bernard Manning on TV-AM
9. Diana Dors, Nick Owen and lots of lard!
10. Pet Shop Boys on Breakfast Time in 1985