Remembering BBC Choice – Part 2.

Here’s part two then with 12 more shows that used to delight viewers on channel 7… vlcsnap-00855

Hype. One of the earlier shows, a look at the latest entertainment news and features for teenagers hosted by the likes of Rick Adams and Jonathan Wilkes.

Inside Tracks. A late-night music show hosted by the much missed Kevin Greening featuring the latest news on the music scene plus live performances and interviews. vlcsnap-00863

Johnny Vaughan Tonight. Having enjoyed his work on various shows including The Big Breakfast, I often watched this chat show which was shown three times a week, featuring various interviews and sketches. There was even a live band! vlcsnap-00862

The Johnny Vegas Game Show. A one-off show for the crumpled comedian hosted in his usual style. Contestants played various games for prizes but I’m still not sure if it was a parody or not.

LA Pool Party. Various presenters including Lisa Snowdon hang out at all the fancy dos in America and meet lots of big showbiz stars in the process. Aren’t they lucky.

Lenny Beige’s Variety Pack. A late-night comedy that was a parody of variety/light entertainment shows with various acts including female double-act Supergirly who seemed to be on TV a lot at the time but where are they now, plus turns from many others including Matt Lucas and David Walliams. lenny0001

Liquid News. Possibly the best-known of the BBC Choice shows which evolved from an earlier News 24 show called Zero 30, I’ve never really been that interested in pointless tittle-tattle about celebrities I haven’t heard of but Christopher Price made it more entertaining than most. It was a real shock when he died in 2002 aged just 34 because he was great and I have little doubt that he would’ve gone on to be a famous and successful presenter. He always managed to get good value out of his studio guests too. The show did carry on though for a while with various new presenters including Claudia Winkleman until it just all fizzled out. There were also various spin-offs including when Christopher met Kylie Minogue which also the last-ever show on the channel in 2003. vlcsnap-00861

A Little Later. A 15-minute show where various performances by a music act on Later… With Jools Holland were compiled together.

Mark Owen’s Celebrity Scooters. I don’t remember this show much myself but it did happen. The Take That man travels around Europe talking to various stars about their love of scooters. Yes, really.

Off Your Box. A late-night show with various presenters that looked back at the TV highlights of the week.

110%. A live sport show that had analysis of all the latest news. Presenters included Matt “not that one” Smith.

Out On A Limb. Another crazy one-off comedy game show, this was a very funny one hosted in a madcap style by the comedian Jason Byrne, who plucked people out of the studio audience to play various silly games, with the star prize being Rod Stewart’s wife or something.

The third and final part is coming later.


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