Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Chris Evans

Christopher Evans is one of the most famous British presenters. He was born in 1966 in Warrington and was the youngest of three children. His father died when he was 13. After this tragedy, Chris entered the Padgate High School but left it at 16 and had quite a number of jobs before setting up and working in his private detective agency.

His broadcasting career started in Piccadilly Radio in 1983, where he worked on Sundays afternoon and weekdays evenings before moving to the BBC London Radio station GLR. He worked there from 1990 to 1993 firstly as a producer and then as a presenter of a Saturday afternoon show. At that moment he decided to devote his time to his TV career.
His first show on Channel 4 was called: ”The Big Breakfast". He presented this mix of news, weather, interviews, audience phone-ins and general features from 1992 to 1994. He had a huge success from the first sitting and became a national star. Meanwhile, he formed his own company called Ginger Production and performed a new variety Saturday night show “Don’t forget your Toothbrush”. It was very successful and the number of viewers reached 6 millions. A year after he moved to the unique end-of-the-week TV show on Channel 4: “TFI Friday” from 1995 to 2000. At that time things went bad for Chris Evans who became a swellhead and got less “success”.

In 2002, he developed programmes for his new radio and television production company, UMTV. One of these was “Terry & Gaby”, a weekday morning magazine host by Terry Wogan and Gaby Roslin, Chris’ former co-host in the Big Breakfast. But the show failed because the audience numbers stagnated.

Nevertheless, he pulled himself together and presented the Breakfast show on UK Radio Aid’s day of programming for the victims of the Asian Tsunami in 2005. The same year, he also presented a number of shows for BBC Radio 2, especially the Easter Bank holiday, the Brit Awards and the Comic Relief. He finally rejoined Radio 2 to present his regular Saturday afternoon show. In April 2006, Chris and Sir Terry Wogan worked together on "Drivetime", a show about business, sport and traffic

In January 2010, after 4 years on Drivetime, Chris will move to the Breakfast Show, presented until now by Terry Wogan. For the occasion, Chris will host on Wednesday 23 December « Bye Bye Drivetime: Hello Breakfast » from the O2, a concert arena in London.

Laurence Henriet and Bérangère Piccinin

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