BBC Breakfast brings back original clock and first weatherman for 40th special

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BBC Breakfast brings back original clock and first weatherman for 40th special
BBC Breakfast brings back original clock and first weatherman for 40th special

BBC Breakfast will go back in time to celebrate its 40th anniversary - reinstating the original vintage clock and the show's first ever weatherman as part of the celebrations.

The show turns 40 on January 17 and to mark the occasion the programme will take viewers on a journey back to the very first show with archive footage, viewers favourites and some extra special guests.

Jon Kay and Sally Nugent will be on the sofa presenting BBC Breakfast including a special half hour when it will be rebranded to the original programme - Breakfast Time, and the team will also bring back the original and nostalgic vintage clock.

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Guests will include Leo Sayer who was a guest on the very first programme.

And there will also be a unique weather report with extra special guest Francis Wilson – the first Breakfast Time weather presenter – who will be joining Carol Kirkwood.

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Also in the programme, Jayne McCubbin will be in the capital with Diana Moran aka The Green Goddess, who will be recreating her famous morning keep fit routine at the site of her very first one - London’s Waterloo Railway station where she will yet again entertain morning commuters in true 80’s style. Viewers will also be treated to a look back at her very first show.

BBC Breakfast brings back original clock and first weatherman for 40th specialBBC Breakfast turns 40 on January 17 and to mark the occasion the programme will take viewers on a journey back to the very first show (BBC)

At 6.30am – the time the first show was launched - there will be a bespoke film presented by Jon Kay, where he will revisit how the first programme and how it came to fruition.

Jon said: “Sitting on the big red sofa is a dream come true for me, you will get to see a snippet of this from my childhood in the anniversary special. Its such a fascinating and fantastically busy time to be in news.”

BBC Breakfast brings back original clock and first weatherman for 40th specialBBC Breakfast's original team with Francis Wilson, Debbie Rix, David Icke, Frank Bough and Mick Ross (Daily Record)

Sally added: “It’s been a wonderful experience to be part of the BBC Breakfast team, and I’m so proud of some of the campaigns I have been a part of recently, for instance covering Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield’s fundraising journey for MND, its what we here at Breakfast do best, and in its 40th year we will have so much more to come.”

There will also be some special stories and memories shared from Carol Kirkwood who is the longest serving member of the team, starting as production secretary when Frank Bough and Selina Scott presented.

BBC Breakfast brings back original clock and first weatherman for 40th specialThe BBC is bringing back the original vintage clock (BBC)

Carol said: “I’ve been at BBC Breakfast from the early days, starting as a production secretary and now presenting the weather. I have made some brilliant memories on the show and look forward to continuing to do so.”

Since the beginning of January the programme has been calling out to viewers to get in touch and share their favourite moments from Breakfast across the 40 years of programming. Presenters have also be sharing their memories from the programme both before and during their time on the show.

BBC Breakfast brings back original clock and first weatherman for 40th specialBill Turnbull, Angela Rippon, Francis Wilson, Chris Hollins, Glyn Christian, Selena Scott, Sue Cook, Sian Williams and Mike Smith in 2008 (PA)

Richard Frediani, Editor of BBC Breakfast comments, “Life begins at 40… and what a 40 years it has been. BBC Breakfast is the UK’s number one choice every morning, so we want to celebrate this occasion in the best way possible, bringing back presenters, taking a look at the archives, and marking history, showing some of our favourite TV moments from the very first show.

We have a great team, on and off the camera, and I’m delighted to be at the helm for this special birthday. I hope viewers will enjoy the trip down memory lane as much as we have enjoyed making it while we prepare for an exciting 2023 with big plans for the year ahead.”

Mark Jefferies

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