Big Breakfast in star-studded return with Hollywood guests

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The Big Breakfast with AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan

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The Big Breakfast has returned with a star-studded first episode on Channel 4, starring actor Daniel Kaluuya, singer Rita Ora and Love Island winners Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti.

The show first aired in 1992 as weekday morning entertainment and last aired in its original format more than two decades ago.

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It returned on Saturday (13 August) with TV host AJ Odudu and comedian Mo Gilligan fronting the revival.

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To kick off the show, Odudu and Gilligan took viewers around the new Big Breakfast house while introducing the show’s guests and backstage crew.

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The star-studded cast included singer Ora, who appeared on the show alongside producer and DJ Netsky via video link at her location from 3am.

As a tribute to their new song “Barricades,” they played a game in which they had to build a barricade using items from their respective rooms.

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The singer also left everyone in fits of laughter after mistaking a peach for a furry apple.

Oscar winner Kaluuya appeared in person to talk about his upcoming projects and how he’s adjusting to the move between the UK and US.

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He revealed that one of the things he misses most in his absence is baked beans and that he was stopped by airport security for trying to put them in his carry-on.

The British actor also said what he loved about the original big breakfast was that it seemed like everyone involved just “laughed” together.

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“You watch it and the hosts and crew put on a show and just laughed,” he added. “That got me into acting. When I was in the youth theater we just laughed and in the end we have a show.”

Soul singer Heather Small has been revealed as this week’s mystery guest after viewers were given clues as to her identity.

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Throughout the show, Love Island winners Culculoglu and Sanclimenti took part in various activities and revealed some personal news.

While chatting with Odudu and Gilligan, the couple announced they will be hosting their own spin-off show with ITV2, where they will be taking road trips to their home countries of Italy and Turkey.

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A number of presenters from the original show also made appearances, including actress Denise Van Outen and broadcaster Phil Gayle.

When they reunited, Outen said, “It’s so nice to hear Phil’s voice, it takes me back odd 20 years”.

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Van Outen also provided her best impression of Pat Butcher when she teamed up with EastEnders star Shaun Williamson for a comedy skit.

And Gayle reprized his original role on the show as news anchor, reading the latest headlines at regular intervals throughout the two-and-a-half hour show.

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Also among the guest appearances were comedian Joel Dommett and chef and internet star Big Has, who cooked on a grill.

To keep things going, two of England’s lionesses, Alessia Russo and Ella Toone, took part in a penalty shoot-out against the visitors and hosts.

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Presenter Judi Love also sat down in the “Love Shack” for a chat with rapper Lethal Bizzle, who performed his track Fester Skank at the end of the show.

Last year, Odudu and Gilligan hosted a one-off special of the show as part of Channel 4’s Black To Front project, which featured a program day where the channel aired shows featuring Black stars and Black contributors.

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The Big Breakfast returns on Channel 4 and All 4 on Saturdays at 10am.

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