Channel 4 confirm all the details for The Big Breakfast's big return

Mo Gilligan and AJ Odudu are joined by an all-star celebrity lineup as Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast, returns for a two-hour special!


After nearly 20 years away, Channel 4 is going live from Lock Keeper’s Cottages in East London for a very special one-off edition of the seminal morning entertainment show The Big Breakfast as part of Channel 4's Black to Front Project, almost 30 years after first launching.


Mo Gilligan and AJ Odudu will host the live two-hour special joined by a mix of famous guests to kick start the day with a bang.


Olympic legend Usain Bolt, music hero Nile Rodgers, smash hit singer-songwriter Eve, acting icon Idris Elba, musicians Krept & Konan and Tokyo 2020 medallists Emily Campbell and Kye White will join The Big Breakfast as the show comes live from its original East London location, the Lock Keeper’s Cottages.



With its original anarchic spirit, distinctive energy and unique sense of humour reimagined through an unashamedly Black British lens, the two hour special will also see newsreader Phil Gayle return to read the news, Judi Love assuming her position as our On The Bed host, Big Zuu cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and Melvin Odoom pounding the streets of the UK where one viewer will be playing for prizes on their doorstep and Munya Chawawa will be offering the alternative news as Barty Crease.


There will be fresh new features alongside some nostalgic Big Breakfast classics including Family of the Week, Super Hints, One Lump or Two and Don’t Phone, It’s Just For Fun plus more famous names and surprise guests popping by for games, music and chat.


Speaking ahead of the big day, Mo Gilligan 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!"

To which AJ Odudu added "I absolutely can’t wait to get stuck into The Big Breakfast. It is such an iconic show to be part of and I am buzzing it is finally coming back! I’m so looking forward to working with Mo and I can’t wait to wake up the nation! I’m thrilled to be part of Channel 4’s Black to Front Project – which quite rightly gives a platform to deserving Black British TV talent across our industry, both on and off-screen. It’s going to be really special."

And roving reporter Melvin Odoom said "The Big Breakfast inspired me, and I’m sure many more of us in the industry, to get into TV back in the day."


"With its colourful chaos in the mornings, it looked like the most fun job in the world, so it’s a real dream come true to be part of the squad bringing the show back and giving it our own flavour. I’m really proud to be part of Channel 4’s Black to Front Project, which we hope will inspire another generation of TV talent on and off-screen."

The Big Breakfast returns Friday at 8am on Channel 4