Updated: Jun 22, 2021
British comedian and TV Presenter Mo Gilligan will front the return of Channel 4's hit show 'The Big Breakfast' for a one-off special as part of 'Black Takeover Day.'
'The Big Breakfast' made its debut in 1992 and after 18 years off air fans are eager to see its return. It was originally hosted by Chris Evans but over the years saw the likes of Paul Ross, Denise Van Outen, Johnny Vaughan, Gaby Roslin and Kelly Brook all present the show.
Mo said: "Like so many of us, I loved 'The Big Breakfast' and I am so grateful to be asked to host this special event, particularly as part of such a hugely thrilling and history-making day for British television."
The one-off show will broadcast in 2021 and is set to air exactly a year after the murder of George Floyd (a tragic event which sparked international protests and debate) as well as leading into the events marking Black History Month. The show will also kickstart an entire day of programming at channel 4 (labelled 'Black Takeover Day') dedicated to showcasing black talent and opening up conversations about representation and diversity.
Ian Katz, director of programmes, said: "Channel 4 was created to give a voice to underrepresented parts of society and do things which other broadcasters would not, and the 'Black Takeover' qualifies on both counts. It will be much more than a day of eye-catching programming, providing a focal point for our efforts to drive up on and off screen representation and leaving a lasting legacy on the channel and beyond."
An array of Channel 4's other most popular shows are also set to make a feature on 'Black Takeover Day', including Celebrity Gogglebox, Countdown, Channel 4 News and Hollyoaks. Additionally, the TV network will be launching a Black-led comedy series and an unscripted prime-time series which intends to give an authentic insight into Black lives.
Mo Gilligan can also be seen making an appearance later this year as a new judge on the UK series of 'The Masked Singer.' He wrote "It's one of the funniest shows out there and I'm really proud to play my small part to help bring a little bit of joy to the nation."