Paula Elizabeth Yates (24 April 1959 – 17 September 2000) was an English television presenter and writer, best known for her work on two television programmes, The Tube and The Big Breakfast. She was in a relationship with musician Bob Geldof from 1976 to 1996. Yates died of a heroin overdose in 2000.
Yates in 1996 with daughter Tiger Lily
Paula Elizabeth Yates
24 April 1959
Colwyn Bay, Wales
|Died||17 September 2000 (aged 41)|
|Cause of death||Heroin overdose|
|Occupation||Television presenter, writer|
|Known for||The Tube|
The Big Breakfast
(m. 1986; div. 1996)
|Partner(s)||Michael Hutchence (1995–1997)|
|Children||4, including Peaches and Pixie Geldof|
Born on 24 April 1959 in Colwyn Bay, Wales to English parents, Yates was brought up in a show business family. Her mother was Elaine Smith, a former showgirl actress and writer of erotic novels from Blackpool, who used the stage name Heller Toren. Until late in her life, Yates believed her biological father to be Jess Yates, who hosted the ITV religious programme Stars on Sunday. Jess Yates and Elaine Smith were married from 1958 to 1975. Jess Yates was nineteen years older than his wife, and their marriage was unconventional.
Yates described her childhood as lonely and isolated, as she spent much time alone at her rural house; her mother, she claimed, was absent for much of her upbringing. She attended school at Rowen Primary School, Penrhos College, and Ysgol Aberconwy. The Yates family ran the Deganwy Castle Hotel for a time, before moving to a large house in Rowen, Conwy. After the break-up of her parents' marriage in 1975, Yates lived mostly with her mother, including periods in Malta and Mallorca where she was a pupil at Bellver International College, before returning to Britain.
In 1979, Yates began her career as a music journalist with a column called "Natural Blonde" in the Record Mirror, shortly after posing for Penthouse magazine. She first came to prominence in the 1980s, as co-presenter (with Jools Holland) of the Channel 4 pop music programme The Tube. She also appeared alongside friend Jennifer Saunders in 1987 for a spoof 'mockumentary' on Bananarama.
Yates continued with her rock journalism, in addition to being presenter of the cutting-edge music show The Tube. She became most notorious for her "on the bed" interviews on the show The Big Breakfast, produced by her husband, Bob Geldof.
On 27 October 1995, Yates appeared on the quiz programme Have I Got News for You and clashed with Ian Hislop over comments he had previously made about her breast enlargement surgery. Yates called Hislop a "cunt" and referred to him as "the sperm of the devil".
Yates met Geldof in the early days of the Boomtown Rats. They became a couple in 1976 when she flew to Paris to surprise him while the band was playing there. Their first daughter, Fifi Trixibelle, was born on 31 March 1983, named Fifi after Geldof's aunt Fifi, and Trixibelle because Yates' wanted a belle in the family. After ten years together, they married on 31 August 1986 in Las Vegas, with Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran acting as best man. The couple then had two more daughters, Peaches Geldof on 13 March 1989, and Pixie Geldof on 17 September 1990.
Yates first met Michael Hutchence in a 1985 interview on Channel 4's rock magazine programme The Tube. During this appearance on The Tube, Yates was reportedly asked to leave Hutchence alone by the road manager of INXS when she walked up to him and said, "I'm going to have that boy." Yates was unmoved and began to show up at INXS gigs everywhere for the next few years, even bringing her daughter (Fifi Geldof). Yates maintained irregular contact with Hutchence during the intervening nine years and their affair had been underway long before their Big Breakfast interview in October 1994. In February 1995, Yates left Geldof.
Geldof and Yates divorced in May 1996. Yates's daughter with Hutchence, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence (known as 'Tiger') was born on 22 July 1996.
On 22 November 1997, Hutchence committed suicide in a hotel room in Sydney, Australia. Yates wrote in her police statement that Hutchence was "frightened and couldn't stand a minute more without his baby." During their phone conversations on the morning of his suicide he had said, "I don't know how I'll live without Tiger." Yates also wrote that Geldof had threatened them repeatedly with, "Don't forget, I am above the law". Yates became distraught, refusing to accept the coroner's verdict of suicide. She eventually sought psychiatric treatment.
In June 1998, Geldof won full custody of the couple's three daughters after Yates attempted suicide. She met Kingsley O'Keke during her stay in treatment, but the pair broke up after a six-week romance. O'Keke later sold his story to a tabloid newspaper.
While Yates was fighting for custody of Tiger, it was reported in the media that Jess Yates was not Yates's biological father. A paternity test proved that the talent show host Hughie Green, who died six months before Hutchence, was her biological father.
On 17 September 2000, on Pixie's 10th birthday, Yates, 41, died at her home in London of an accidental heroin overdose. The coroner ruled that it was not a suicide, but a result of "foolish and incautious" behaviour. A friend disclosed during the inquest that Yates had not taken illegal drugs for nearly two years, and the coroner, Paul Knapman, concluded that though the amount Yates had taken would not have killed an addict, as "an unsophisticated taker of heroin" Yates had no tolerance to the drug.
Soon after her death, Geldof assumed foster custody of Tiger Lily so that she could be brought up with her three older half-sisters, Fifi, Peaches and Pixie. Her aunt, Tina Hutchence, the sister of Michael Hutchence, was denied permission by the judge to apply for Tiger Lily to live with her in California.
In 2007, Geldof applied to a British court for and was granted formal adoption of Tiger Lily and a change of her surname to Geldof, despite opposition from Hutchence's mother and sister. Since January 2008 her legal full name has been Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof.
On 7 April 2014, her second oldest daughter, Peaches, also died of a heroin overdose, aged 25. One day before her death, she uploaded a picture to her Instagram of herself as a young girl and her mother under the caption "Me and my Mum."
Paula Yates was the author of several books, including:
Andy Smart (born June 16, 1959 in Southsea, Hampshire, England) is an English comedian, actor, and TV panel show participant.
Andy has been performing as a guest with The Comedy Store Players for 13 years now and a permanent member since 1995. Before joining the Players he was one half of the Vicious Boys with Angelo Abela. Together they won the 1984 Time Out Street Entertainer Award and later appeared on The Tube, where, dressed as a bell boy and pretending to be a Great Dane, Andy licked Paula Yates' face.Andy currently improvises on stage every Wednesday and Sunday at The Comedy Store, London.
Andy also presented American Football on Channel 4 in 1987 alongside Abela.Arnold House School
Arnold House School is a preparatory school for boys in the St John's Wood district of Westminster, Greater London. It consists of a Junior School (Years 1-4) and Senior School (Years 5-8).Band Aid (band)
Band Aid is a charity supergroup featuring mainly British and Irish musicians and recording artists. It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-famine efforts in Ethiopia by releasing the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for the Christmas market that year. On 25 November 1984, the song was recorded at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, and was released in the UK on Monday December 3. The single surpassed the hopes of the producers to become the Christmas number one on that release. Three subsequent re-recordings of the song to raise further money for charity also topped the charts, first the Band Aid II version in 1989 and the Band Aid 20 version in 2004 and finally the Band Aid 30 version in 2014. The original was produced by Midge Ure. The 12" version was mixed by Trevor Horn.Elaine Smith
Elaine Smith may refer to:
Elaine Smith (Scottish politician) (born 1963), Scottish Labour politician
Elaine Smith (Idaho politician), Democratic Idaho State Representative
Elaine Smith (actress) (born 1962), Scottish-born Australian actress
Elaine C. Smith (born 1958), Scottish actress and comedian
Elaine Smith, mother of Paula Yates and a showgirl, actress and writer of erotic novels, who used the stage names Helene Thornton and Heller TorrenElegantly Wasted (song)
"Elegantly Wasted" is the first single from and title track of the album Elegantly Wasted by INXS, released in Europe, Japan, Australia and South Africa, and the US. The song is said to have been written after Michael Hutchence and Bono from U2 went out for a "night on the town"."Elegantly Wasted" is a deft mix of rock infused with dance beats. The band's new sound bridged the gap between the public's taste for post-grunge rock anthems, and the slinky mechanical seduction of electronica.
After an argument with Liam Gallagher of Oasis, Hutchence added some additional vocals to the chorus, which the rest of the band were unaware of until months after the album's release. When listening for it, the chorus can either be heard as "I am elegantly wasted" or "I am better than Oasis". This was further to an altercation between Hutchence and the Gallagher brothers at the 1996 Brit Awards. At the awards, Noel Gallagher collected an award from Hutchence by saying, "Has-beens should not be presenting awards to gonna-be's." It was also reported that Liam and Hutchence had a scuffle backstage with Hutchence throwing a fire extinguisher at Liam following some disparaging remarks he made about his then lover Paula Yates.Elegantly Wasted was the last album released by INXS with
Hutchence, who died that same year, on 22 November 1997.Georgina Haig
Georgina Haig (born 3 August 1985) is an Australian film and television actress, known for her roles in the Australian children's television series The Elephant Princess, as well as the American television series Fringe, Limitless.
and Once Upon a Time.Hughie Green
Hugh Hughes Green (2 February 1920 – 3 May 1997) was an English television presenter.Jess Yates
Jesse Frederick Joseph Yates (20 December 1918 – 9 April 1993) was an English television presenter and producer. He was the creator, presenter and producer of Yorkshire Television’s religious programme Stars on Sunday.
He was born in Tyldesley, Lancashire. His family moved to Llandudno when he was five. After leaving school, Yates worked as a cinema organist. He was born into a show business family; his mother booked stage acts. After the war he worked for BBC Television as a freelance designer and joined the BBC on the production side in 1949. He was involved with programmes such as Come Dancing, The Good Old Days and the Miss World competition. In later life, he lived in the village of Rowen, near Conwy in North Wales.
In 1968, he became Head of Children's programmes for Yorkshire Television. The following year, he began hosting Stars on Sunday. Yates introduced the show seated at an electric organ, placed in front of a stained-glass window. One of his many observations was, "We can't see round the bend in the road, but God can." The programme attracted many special guests, including Harry Secombe, Dame Anna Neagle, and Gracie Fields. He was quoted as wanting stars to appear on the programme as that is what he thought would persuade viewers to tune in.
From 1958 to 1975 he was married to actress and author Elaine Smith (whose stage name was Heller Toren, and who later wrote under the pseudonym Helene Thornton). His TV presenting career ended in 1974 when it was revealed that he had been having an affair with young actress Anita Kay, although he was separated from his wife at the time. Amid the ensuing furor, Yates had to be smuggled from Yorkshire Television's studio complex in Leeds in the boot of a car.
A few years after his death, a DNA test revealed that Paula Yates' biological father was not Jess Yates, but the television presenter Hughie Green.List of people from the London Borough of Islington
Among those who were born in the London Borough of Islington, or have dwelt within the borders of the modern borough are (alphabetical order):
Douglas Adams, writer, lived on Arlington Avenue and Duncan Terrace, later renting his house to comedian Angus Deayton.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, actor was born there
Lily Allen, singer and daughter of actor Keith Allen
Nadia Almada, first transsexual winner of Big Brother
Tash Aw, Whitbread Book Award-winning author
Julian Barratt and Julia Davis
Nina Bawden, author, has lived in Islington for many years
James Beck, actor, was born there
Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK, lived at 1 Richmond Crescent before moving to Downing Street
Helena Bonham Carter, actress
Jay Bothroyd, footballer
Jim Broadbent, actor, lives in the area
Omar El Habassi, legend
Jonny Buckland, lead guitarist of the band Coldplay
Alexandra Burke, singer and winner of The X Factor
Kathy Burke, actor and director, lives in Islington
Elaine Lordan, actor, appeared on EastEnders as Lynne Slater
Asa Butterfield, actor
Neve Campbell, Canadian actor
Jimmy Carr, comedian
Natalie Cassidy, actress, was born and raised in Islington
John Chapple, one of the last Field Marshals of Great Britain and Governor of Gibraltar
J. Smeaton Chase (1864–1923), travel writer and photographer who wrote about California; buried in Palm Springs, California
Caroline Chisholm, lived at 32 Charlton Place
Sorcha Cusack, actor
Phil Daniels, actor
Alan Davies, actor and comedian, Jonathan Creek and Bob and Rose, lives in Highbury
Dido, singer, born in Islington and owns a property there
Colin Firth, Academy Award-winning actor
Edwin Flack (1873–1935), athlete and tennis player
Jonathan Fortune, Sheffield United F.C. footballer, born in Islington
John Foxx, electronic musician and first Ultravox singer, lived there in the 1970s
Peaches Geldof, daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates
John Glascock (1951–1979), (musician), bassist of Carmen from 1971–1974 and Jethro Tull from 1975–1979, born and raised in Islington
Kate Greenaway, children's writer and book illustrator, lived at 147 Upper Street for 20 years before moving to Holloway
Jonas Grimås, film and television director
Teriy Keys, music executive, entrepreneur, founder and co-chief executive officer of R.O.A.D. Group
Tony Hadley, lead singer, Spandau Ballet, born in Islington in 1960
Edmund Halley, Astronomer Royal and discoverer of Halley's Comet lived in Islington (exact location unknown) from 1665
Charlie G. Hawkins, actor, Darren Miller in EastEnders
Isabel Hilton, journalist and broadcaster
William Hogarth, artist, was born in Bartholomew Close in 1697 and spent his early years in Islington
Edward Irving, founder of the Catholic Apostolic Church, lived in Claremont Square
Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, musician
Ian Jack, writer and journalist
Boris Johnson, MP Former Mayor of London
Semothy Jones, songwriter/record producer, grew up in Holloway
Churchill Julius, lived at 44 Milner Square in 1881, vicar of Holy Trinity Islington – went on to become Archbishop of New Zealand.
George Julius, lived at 44 Milner Square in 1881, invented the world's first automatic totalisator.
Gary Kemp and Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet, born in Islington, lived on Elmore Street
Skandar Keynes, actor The Chronicles of Narnia (film series)
Danny King (author), wrote The Burglar Diaries and Thieves Like Us
Charles Lamb, writer, lived in Chapel Street from 1796, at 64 Duncan Terrace and also in Colebrook Row
Edward Lear, writer, poet, artist, born in Islington
Heath Ledger, lived in Roman way, Islington while filming his final film in 2007 before his death
V.I. Lenin, lived at 30 Holford Square from 1902 and later at 16, Percy Circus
Leona Lewis, singer
Louise Lombard, actor
Arthur Louis, singer, lived at 12 Richmond Avenue in the 1970s
Louisa Lytton, actor
Marianne Majerus, photographer
Dean Mason, association football player
Princess Martha Louise of Norway lived in Islington 2012-2014
James McAvoy, actor
Cameron McKenna, television announcer and radio broadcaster
Scott Mills, Radio 1 DJ, lives here
Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development in the British Government (from May 2010 -)
Ugo Monye, Harlequins and English rugby union player
Robert Muchamore, author of the CHERUB series
Sheree Murphy, actor, was born here
Scott Neal, actor, Beautiful Thing and PC Luke Ashton in The Bill
Edmund John Niemann, 19th century landscape artist born in Islington
Ed O'Brien, guitarist, Radiohead
Joe Orton, playwright, lived and was murdered in a flat at 25 Noel Road
George Orwell, writer, lived at 50 Lawford Road and in a flat at 27B Canonbury Square
Nicholas Owen, newsreader and broadcaster, was born in Islington and raised in Reigate, Surrey
David Oyelowo, actor, grew up in Islington and attended City and Islington College
Stephen Poliakoff, playwright
Su Pollard, actor, Hi Di Hi
Anna Popplewell, actress The Chronicles of Narnia (film series)
Jacob Post, religious writer
Sir Walter Raleigh, writer, poet, courtier and explorer lived in Upper Street between 1575 and 1581
Simon Rattle, conductor who lived in Islington for a period
Linda Robson, actor, Birds of a Feather
Francis Ronalds, inventor of the electric telegraph lived in Canonbury and then Highbury Terrace in the period 1789-1813
Ronnie Ronalde, music hall performer famous for his singing, whistling, yodelling and imitations of bird song was born and raised in Islington
Jon Ronson, author, columnist, documentary maker
Salman Rushdie, writer who lived in Islington for a period
Dana (Scallon), winner of the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest
Kaya Scodelario, actress
Andy Serkis, actor, The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
Martin Shaw, actor, Ray Doyle and Judge John Deed, lived in Noel Road, including while starring in The Professionals
Ben Shephard, TV presenter, lived in Islington 2001–2004
Sir Charles Scott Sherrington, neurologist, pathologist, bacteriologist, born in Islington
Sid Smith, novelist, journalist, lives in Islington
Nicky Spesh, rapper, lives in Islington
Mark Strong, actor born in Islington
Shana Swash and Joe Swash, Eastenders actors
Ann Taylor (1782–1866), poet, writer, born in Islington
Sir Charles Todd FRS (1826–1910), astronomer
Laura Trevelyan, international BBC newsreader and correspondent, born in Islington, now resides in New York City
Ms. Triniti (born 1974), recording artist, born in Islington
Peter Vowell, schoolteacher, executed for high treason
Frank Warren, boxing promoter, born in Islington
Emma Watson, actor
Samuel West, actor
Kenneth Williams (1926–1988), actor and comedian, born at 11 Bingfield Street, lived in Cromer Street
Kate Winslet, actress
Elizabeth Wilkinson (1700s), English bare-knuckle boxing champion, known to be the first female boxer.
Edgar Wright, film director
Hugo Young, journalist, lived in Milner Square from the late 1960s until the mid-1980sMichael Hutchence
Michael Kelland John Hutchence (22 January 1960 – 22 November 1997) was an Australian musician, singer-songwriter and actor who co-founded the rock band INXS, which sold over 55 million records worldwide and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. Hutchence was the lead singer and lyricist of INXS from 1977 until his death. According to rock music historian Ian McFarlane, "Hutchence was the archetypal rock showman. He exuded an overtly sexual, macho cool with his flowing locks, and lithe and exuberant stage movements." Hutchence won the 'Best International Artist' at the 1991 BRIT Awards, with INXS winning the related group award.
Hutchence was a member of the short-lived pop rock group Max Q. He also recorded some solo material and acted in feature films, including Dogs in Space (1986), Frankenstein Unbound (1990), and Limp (1997).
Hutchence had a string of love affairs with prominent actresses, models and singers, and his private life was often reported in the Australian and international press. In July 1996, Hutchence and English television presenter Paula Yates had a daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.
On the morning of 22 November 1997, Hutchence was found dead in his hotel room in Sydney. His death was reported by the New South Wales Coroner to be the result of suicide.Oxford Road Show
Oxford Road Show was a pop music magazine show broadcast on BBC2 from the BBC's New Broadcasting House, Oxford Road, Manchester between 1981 and 1985. The show featured live music, pop music news and competitions and was also presented as addressing issues for young adults by young adults.
The show was renamed as ORS 84 and ORS 85 in 1984 and 1985 respectively.
Many bands and artists popular at the time performed on the show including The Cure, Queen, Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Japan, U2, Marillion, and The Smiths. A full show was also dedicated a live concert by Depeche Mode performing at the Birmingham Odeon in February 1984, as part of ORS 84.
The show had several presenters including Peter Powell, Jackie Spreckley, Janice Long, Timmy Mallett, Richard Witts, Rob Rohrer and Victoria Studd. Paula Yates, later to present The Tube on Channel 4, co-hosted an early edition in 1981. ORS 85 featured guest presenters from the world of popular music.
The show was later parodied as "Nozin' Aroun'" in the first episode of The Young Ones.Paula (given name)
Paula is a common female given name (from Latin Paulus, petite). It is used in German, English, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Latvian, and Croatian languages.
Notable people with this name include:
Saint Paula (347–404), saint and follower of St Jerome
Paula Abdul (born 1962), American pop singer and television personality
Paula Acker (1913–1989), German correspondent, journalist, communist activist
Paula Berry (born 1969), American javelin thrower
Paula Byrne (born 1967), English author
Paula Cole (born 1968), American singer-songwriter
Paula Creamer (born 1986), American golfer
Paula Nicho Cumez (born 1955), Mayan-Guatemalan artist
Paula Davis (born 1973), American state legislator
Paula DeAnda (born 1989), American R&B singer
Paula Deen (born 1947), American cook, restaurateur, writer, and TV personality
Paula Dei Mansi (d. 1288), Italian scribe
Paula Echevarría (born 1977), Spanish model and actress
Paula Fernandes (born 1984), Brazilian singer
Paula Forteza (born 1986), French politician
Paula Fudge (born 1952), English long-distance runner
Paula Green (poet) (born 1955), New Zealand poet and children's author
Paula Gunn Allen (1939–2008), Native American author and activist
Paula Hawkins (1927–2009), American politician
Paula Kelley, American singer-songwriter
Paula Kelly, (born 1943), American dancer, singer and actress
Paula Nickolds (born 1973), British businesswoman
Paula Patton (born 1975), American actress
Paula Poundstone (born 1959), American comedian
Paula Radcliffe (born 1973), English long distance runner and Olympian
Paula Rego (born 1935), Portuguese painter and visual artist
Paula Roberson, American biostatistician
Paula Scher (born 1948), American artist
Paula Seling (born 1978), Romanian singer
Paula Taylor (born 1983) Thai actress and model
Paula Thebert (born 1968), known as Lacey Wildd, American model
Paula Tsui (born 1956), Hong Kong singer
Paula Weishoff (born 1962), American volleyball player
Paula White (born 1966), American pastor and televangelist
Paula Wilcox (born 1949), English actress
Paula Vicente (1519-1576), Portuguese artist, musician and writer
Paula Yates (1959–2000), English television presenter
Paula Zahn (born 1956), American newscasterPeaches Geldof
Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof-Cohen (13 March 1989 – 6 or 7 April 2014) was an English columnist, television personality, and model. She was the second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and television presenter Paula Yates.
Born and raised in London, Geldof was educated at Queen's College after her parents' divorce in 1996, and later moved to New York City, where she worked as a writer for the UK edition of Elle Girl magazine. She also worked in television, producing and developing her own TV programmes which were broadcast in the United Kingdom in 2006. In the later part of her life, Geldof worked primarily in modelling and television, and gave birth to sons in 2012 and 2013.
Geldof was found dead at her home on 7 April 2014. The inquest found that she died of a heroin overdose.Pixie Geldof
Little Pixie Geldof (born 17 September 1990) is an English model and singer. She is the third daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates.SFX Cassette Magazine
SFX Cassette Magazine was a short-lived British music magazine published in the very early 1980s (not to be confused with SFX magazine, a best-selling science fiction magazine published continuously since 1995). The distinguishing feature of SFX was its format: rather than traditional print media, the magazine was distributed in the form of a one-hour cassette. Magazines were sold as cassettes twist-tied to an 8-1/4" x 11-3/4" cardboard backing. The tag line of each issue: "The Only Music Magazine on C-60."
The format of each issue was similar to a radio show, featuring news and interviews with pop stars (mostly but not exclusively British) and others involved with the music industry; reviews of record releases given by other musicians and artists; previews of upcoming album releases; unsigned band demo recordings; occasional features on culture, fashion and football (soccer); and three or four commercials per issue.
The concept was conceived and developed by Hugh Salmon, then a young account executive at Ogilvy & Mather, and edited by the respected NME journalist, Max Bell. Among notable editorial coups, including Paul McCartney talking for the first time about his feelings of the murder of John Lennon, SFX provided the first opportunity for Jools Holland, keyboard player of Squeeze, and the young Paula Yates, a well-known figure on the music scene then going out with Bob Geldof. They both went on to present the TV programme The Tube.
The publication was short lived, running from November 1981 through the summer of 1982. There were at least 19 known issues published. Taken as a whole, the SFX cassettes capture a narrow slice of music and pop culture as the punk/new wave movement was becoming more mainstream in content and performance.The Big Breakfast
The Big Breakfast is a British light entertainment television programme which was broadcast on Channel 4 and S4C each weekday morning from 28 September 1992 until 29 March 2002, during which period 2,482 shows were produced. The Big Breakfast was produced by Planet 24, the production company co-owned by former Boomtown Rats singer and Band Aid/Live Aid organiser Bob Geldof.
The programme was distinctive for broadcasting live from a former lockkeeper's cottages, commonly referred to as "The Big Breakfast House", or more simply, "The House", located on Fish Island, in Bow in east London.The show was a mix of news, weather, interviews, audience phone-ins and general features, with a light tone which was in competition with the more serious GMTV and even more serious BBC Breakfast programmes.The Six O'Clock Show
The Six O'Clock Show was a regional television magazine show broadcast in the Greater London area and produced by London Weekend Television between 1982 and 1988.The Friday evening programme was launched on Friday 8 January 1982 and presented in front of a live studio audience by Michael Aspel with co-hosts Danny Baker, Andy Price and Janet Street-Porter. Later presenters included Paula Yates, Shyama Perera, former Page 3 model Samantha Fox, Chris Tarrant, Emma Freud and Mastermind champion Fred Housego.
Devised by Greg Dyke and intended as a light-hearted introduction to the weekend, the programme included a 15-minute news bulletin (Thames Weekend News) produced by Thames Television alongside current affairs, features and entertainment. There was also a short-lived Saturday edition of the programme, which ran for six weeks during May and June 1985. The Six O'Clock Show went on to become one of the most watched regional TV programmes in Britain. One of the programme's first researchers, Paul Ross, later took over from Dyke as the show's editor.
Concern from the Independent Broadcasting Authority about the lack of a proper local news service at weekends forced LWT to introduce its own service of LWT News bulletins throughout the weekend in 1988 (the bulletins were produced originally by the news agency 'Screen News'). The Six O'Clock Show aired its final edition on Friday 15 July 1988 and was replaced by a smaller scale magazine show entitled Friday Now. This in turn was replaced a year later by Six O'Clock Live, presented by Frank Bough with reporters Danny Baker, Jo Sheldon and Nick Owen.
Six O'Clock Live was axed towards the end of 1992 in preparation for the launch of a new seven days a week news service jointly run by LWT and Carlton, which became known as London News Network. LWT News was also axed at the end of 1992 to make way for London Tonight.The Tube (TV series)
The Tube was a United Kingdom music television programme, which ran for five series, from 5 November 1982 to 26 April 1987. It was produced by Tyne Tees Television for Channel 4, which had previously produced the similar music show Alright Now and the music-oriented youth show Check it Out for ITV; production of the latter ended in favour of The Tube.
The Tube was presented live by hosts including Jools Holland, Paula Yates, Leslie Ash, Muriel Gray, Gary James, Michel Cremona, Felix Howard, Tony Fletcher, Nick Laird-Clowes and Mike Everitt. The brand name was relaunched by Channel 4 as an online radio station in November 2006. The show was directed by Gavin Taylor; Geoff Wonfor directed some of the insert videos along with other staff programme director of Tyne Tees Television Martin Cairns. Many other specials were made, including one for the eve of the millennium.