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Lovely Ken Bruce, lovely Sarah Kennedy.

Chris Evans | 12:42 UK time, Monday, 11 January 2010

They could not have made us more welcome today and there we are now - the first one over and done with.

Thank the heavens:

A. For giving us ye olde job in the first place

B. For the first show going without a hitch. We got all our music away and miraculously were more or less on time

So the seed has been sewn and it's onwards from here. As Ken said only 26 years and 364 more shows to go.

We're happy to serve.





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  • Comment number 1.

    Well done Christophe! Sadly I didn't hear it all because of this nuisance of a job, but what I heard was great fun xx

  • Comment number 2.

    Brilliant CLP!!


    Em xx

  • Comment number 3.

    Fab fab fab. Was up early, showered, dressed and waiting by the radio!!

  • Comment number 4.

    knew it would be a hit. Keep up the good work.......

  • Comment number 5.

    well done for a great show - I am currently listening again as I cannot listen on the tube in the morning but its sounding gerat :-)

    baggy puss

  • Comment number 6.

    I dont know about you Chris, but it seems the rest of us had a blast.

    How many more shows before the next bye bye bash????

    Lets not even think about it.

    We are still coming down from the last one.

    Breakfasts take on a whole new meaning now.


  • Comment number 7.

    Well done CLP, it bought back lovely memories of when I used to listen to Radio 1.

    Pen xx

    pee ess, Hazel, hope you feel better soon and indeed all other poorly peeps xx

  • Comment number 8.

    Thank Evans indeed Christoff.

    And jolly old ticketty-boo it was.


  • Comment number 9.

    Many congrats Big Chief CLP!!!!

    t'was the first time in a long one that I have used the alarm on the stereo . . .!

    A very valiant and successful first attempt . .
    tell Jonny to calm down a bit, he's not on in the evenings anymore - we need a bit of quiet to wake up slowly!!!

    The King is dead - long live the King (No, I never understood that particular one either!!!!)

    Have a good few zzz's till 2 moro . . .

    DtM x

  • Comment number 10.

    MTFairy, please take it gently xx

    Hello Bondy, good to see you.

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 11.

    Just listened on iplay - very very good - keep it up. Great music and lovely to hear Moira too - one of the best at reading the news. Until tomorrow.............

  • Comment number 12.

    DTM - can I just confirm that you were at the o2 and we had a nice little conversation - for all those sceptics out there :-)

  • Comment number 13.

    Congrats again CLP - I agree with Dan, Jonny was a bit nervy but all in all a brilliant show.

    Baggy!!! you're back. Happy new year.

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 14.

    Indeed DTM first in the bloggers VIP queue.

    Ta, Pen.xxx

  • Comment number 15.

    Hurrah CLP - oh what a show :)

    Set my alarm for 6.55am just so I wouldn't miss that first song!

    Looking forward to the morrow


    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"
    George Orwell

  • Comment number 16.

    Hi Pen, Thanks. How are things with you?

  • Comment number 17.

    Enjoyed what I heard, it was lovely to hear Moira back on air.

  • Comment number 18.

    Superb! Well done Chris.
    Hopefully many more years of the same ahead of you.
    I even didn't mind waking up that half an hour earlier, and I do like my sleep!


  • Comment number 19.

    Good Afternoon Chris and Bloggers, havent blogged for a while but felt I had to today on this monumental day. Well dont know about you but my morning routine has changed, turned on the radio at 7.00 and spent the next hour getting ready for work listening to Mr Evans and dancing around to the music. Love Moira that women has the most deliciously chocolate covered voice, she could read a shopping list out and it would sound wonderful.

    Love the fact I can listening to the whole show now as I can listen in the car and when I get to work. Loved it Chris and Team keep up the good work.

  • Comment number 20.

    CLP, a big "three cheers" for all of you .

    I usually watch the telly first thing, but this morning I sat and ate my crunchy nuts listening to you . I turned you up a bit when i was in the shower, and even louder when i put the hair dryer on . Bet the whole of my street were listening to you by the time I left the house.

    Great show, will listen to the rest of it tonight, onwards and upwards.

    MTF, take it easy , hope you are ok

    MC xxx

  • Comment number 21.

    Yes,t'was me Super Bp!!!! - met you, et al the bloggers - had a fab time - and a few sherbets as well . . .!!!


  • Comment number 22.

    Just listening again to a fab show. Woke at 7 as planned but due to late night dropped off again. DOH!

    That mystery guest was a bit hyper wasn't he?!!

    Loving Moira too and it's great to see some of the drivetime elements included in the new show.

    Keep up the good work Chris,

    Ta ta Lin x

  • Comment number 23.

    thought it was excellent Chris - as someone else said (sorry can't remember who or where) I liked it that some was familiar and enjoyed the new bits too - Moira was superb - a real laugh and just the honeyed voice you need at 7am!
    The music was great - and thanks for the Bruce...
    And yeah - tell Johnny he doesn't need to try so hard - we love him already!
    The only downside? Twenty-seven years + of setting my alarm for 7am!
    I didn't really believe there was a 7am till this morning....

    Callie x

  • Comment number 24.

    Well done CLP it was a brill show, looking forward to waking up with you and wending my way to work with you instead of the other way around (that'll take a bit if getting used to, was momentarily a tad confuddled this morning!)

    Oh and what a top bloke the vicar was from bringing in champers to toast your first show!


  • Comment number 25.


    Firstly, WELL DONE LAMBIE PIES!!! As posted by Nic on the previous blog, we listened to the start of the show together at 7am and yes, you nailed it Chris! The back-to-back Beatles was the perfick way to start your era of Breakfast.

    Loved the "Wrong Gong" - I was awarding a Wrong Gong to the numpty lorry driver who managed to close the A14 at Catthorpe this morning - cheers for that! And please do send auld Saunders on a teccy course for mobile phone usage!

    And indeed, I can concur that the weekend was amazing. Have seen my new home town, taken to a lovely pub for Sunday lunch, relaxed and laughed. A lot.

    The drive to work this morning was a commute and then some: M6 Toll, M42, M40, M43, M45, A14, A134 and all in 5 and a half hours with one petrol/wee break!

    Is it Friday yet?

    Much love

    x x x x

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi really enjoyed the show. music was great as was the presenting. just one complaint what was that awful quiz? The show is good enough without having silliness, any chance of moving it to around 9.00am so as i miss it when i get out of the car to drop my daughter at school? Good choice of first song.

  • Comment number 27.

    I'm sorry but I don't agree with the comments above. I don't think it was a good show, in fact it was the was the same style as your drive time show. Just replace the words 'drive time' with the word 'breakfast'. What made Terry's show different was he didn't talk about sports or get 'famous' people who can blow up hot water bottles but simply read out listeners stories and comments. It was a nice simple way to start the day. Your show to me, sounds nearly the same as all the other commercial stations. All you need is the news to be sponsored by some corporate company and I would not be able to tell the difference.

    Also may I ask what happened to Terry's Team? Have they all be laid off/moved to different departments?

    I know my comments won't please a lot of people but I just wanted to say my bit, I for one miss Terry's show, it was different, which made it interesting.


  • Comment number 28.

    mjg here, hiya clp, great show this morning!! this was brought into sharp focus by my nine year old daughter Rosie, previously mentioned on this blog and mentioned by yourself too!! she was waiting to hear you and said why is this boring news on (no offence Moira, you were great too!!) but I want to listen to Chris.

    you have been missed buddy, good to hear you on the bestest radio station there is!!!

  • Comment number 29.

    CLP, I am sure you will sleep well tonight!

    Are you still going to have ARF? We could request more gentle toons seeing as it will be early morning!

  • Comment number 30.

    Laughter is the sun which drives the winter from the human face.

    One of my favourite (and most practised) quotes. Victor Hugo.

    MTF. Away to brave the elements.XX

  • Comment number 31.

    Hello all

    Just wanted to say well done Chris and team - glad you're back on the radio. Show was fab - well maybe apart from the mystery guest slot?? Bit weird that one. Maybe you could be given 3 minutes to guess what their talent is next time??

    Loved the Wrong Gong - and Moira's going to fit in just fine!!

    Happy New Show and Happy New Year

    T xxx

  • Comment number 32.

    Fabulous show CLP - awesome start!

    Looking forward to tomorrow... Though seriously, do we HAVE to have the football bit on? Too tedious for words :-)

    Naturally miss Sir Tel, but am thinking you'll be ok. And such a sweet vmail from him! Bless... xxx

  • Comment number 33.


    I don't think you can fully judge whether it was a success or not one 1 show but I, for one, liked it. I like the mix of familiar and new features and the segment with Jonny and Moira worked well. The surprise guest was way too whacky and hyper...lol...looking forward to tomorrow.



  • Comment number 34.

    I'm good thanks, James. Like a lot of people, had enough of the white stuff now, wish it would just do one! Roll on the Spring, at least we have CLP to help along the cold mornings.

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 35.

    Hi Chris and co

    Just thought that I would say how much I enjoyed your show this morning. It felt very familiar as I was an avid listener to the evening show. Having said that I also listeded to Tel in the mornings and was a great fan. I don't think there was anyone else who could have come near to replacing him but you have, not by trying to copy him but bringing your own unique style to the job.

    Well done Chris keep up the good work!


  • Comment number 36.

    Congratulations Chris!

    Great show, great start to the show with a bit of Beatles that put a smile on my face which is rare on a Monday morning! May the rest of your time on Breakfast be as successful!

    R :o)

  • Comment number 37.

    Fantastic show - well done Chris thats the first one over with!

    Was so good to hear you back on the air again. Looking forward to tomorrows show, and the day after, and the day after.........

    Lilly x

  • Comment number 38.

    Afternoon Chris,

    Congrats on getting the first "live" one in the bag, what better way to start the day than hearing Moira read the news - genius - it just got better and better from then on in. Only listened up to 8:30, but will listen again later to the rest of the show, although I probably won't be able to do that every day.

    Well done to you.

    To The Bloggers,

    I hope you are all fine and dandy and managed to stay warm and safe this weekend. I need to sort out my computer at home, there is something blocking me blogging and I can't work out how to fix it! Doh, might have to get a man in who can.

    MTF, Glad to see you are up and about, please take it easy though.

    HL, Sending big hugs to you xx

    Freezing my lallies off at the church this afternoon....eek.


  • Comment number 39.

    Well done Chris i was up waiting for you to start this morning... the show was great.. it was as if you have always been here. xx It let me forget about my leeky roof and dead battery in my car.. keep up the good work all the best to you and yours for 2010..

  • Comment number 40.

    I am a long-term Radio 2 listener despite only being in my 30's and loved both your drivetime show and Wake up to Wogan.
    I have to say I was a little disappointed this morning - it was all just a bit much that early - too many excited people and lots of noisy jingles (help I'm sounding like my mother!) - a style that was more suited to drivetime. Maybe it was just the excitement of the first show, but I did find myself scanning the airwaves for a slightly calmer alternative to ease myself into the day a bit more gently (and that's a first in many, many years).
    I also missed the gentle ramblings and giggles with Boggy, Deadly and Fran, although it was good to hear Moira Stuart again. Change must always come and whilst I do try to embrace it, I hope my comments are helpful.

  • Comment number 41.

    Having listened to most of the show, I found the music choices often rather patronising and the rest of the show disappointing. Surely the largest radio audience in the country is entitled to expect more than the wholesale transfer of "features" from your Drivetime show? (Top Tenuous, Hit or Miss, Fox the Fox - albeit with Johnny Saunders - etc etc ad nauseam). Moira Stewart was good. But many of us were hoping for some intelligence and wit, not phone-ins from schoolkids. As for the end of the show, pointless and tedious choruses of Hellos from nonentities seeking a namecheck recalled the worst days of Seventies local radio. Please, at least spare us this final agony. If you'd listened more to Terry's shows, though laudably never intending to emulate him, you might at least have grasped that the whole point of getting text and email contributions from listeners is that you can whittle them down to the funny ones. Unlike phone-ins where we're all subjected to endless bores seeking a "mention".

  • Comment number 42.

    I think the only bit I "didn't get" on the new show was the "Hello Goodbye" slot right at the end. A novelty today and tomorrow, but could possibly wear thin by the end of the month .....?


  • Comment number 43.

    Pen, I know what you mean. We typically have it on the ground here until March, but we've had white Easters and even snow in May before. Hope you're coping okay. Stay warm and safe!

  • Comment number 44.

    Welcome all the newbies. Please stay and join in again.

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 45.

    MTF, love your quote..... hope you are well.

  • Comment number 46.

    Hi Chris

    Well done on the first show but a few constructive comments that I have already seen mentioned here too.

    I agree about the awful quiz - what was that all about?

    No - we do not want to hear people shouting their goodbyes or even shouting at all

    Jonny does need to tone it down a bit....!

    Do we have to keep being told that we are listening to Radio 2 at the BBC etc, etc? Please give us some credit that we know what we have tuned in to and that we are awake enough to realise it!

    Why do we need a mystery guest like that? Who was he and what was all that about?!!

    Apart from that -


    We have missed you!

  • Comment number 47.

    I missed it earlier because I've not been very well but I am here and listening again - I am so excited it's stupid!

  • Comment number 48.

    I loved the choice of first record as I love the Beatles, so that was a fantastic start. I generally loved the content and certainly the music. BUT I absolutely hated all of the phone ins. It is my own personal gripe. I don't understand the need to know what some unknown person is wearing and I certainly thought the Guinness book of records man was barking and not in a nice way, unlike your singing deep sea divers.
    I loved your interaction with Moira and can see a wonderful fun relationship building between you two and Lynn.

  • Comment number 49.

    Thanks Chris and team great show keep up the good work l know you will


  • Comment number 50.

    Loved, Loved, Loved the show Christophe! Well done. We loved listening to you on Drive Time but I'm thinking you're going to make it easier getting up at 7am with my 4 and 23 month old babies! Now you've got the first one out of the way, you can relax and enjoy it from now on!

  • Comment number 51.

    I thought the first show was poor, very poor. It's just Drivetime moved to Breakfast, music was predictable, too many phone-ins, I just can't imagine who wants to hear stupid phone-ins first thing in the morning.

    Chris, personal message: I thought you weren't going to talk over the music? Frank Sinatra was the first victim - just typical of your lack of respect for good music. I will never forgive you for ruining the Glenn Miller track you played Armistice week, appalling behaviour, you really should be ashamed of yourself.

    Too shouty. Even the folk phoning in were being interrupted. It's as if Evans' questions are more important than the callers' answers. Clearly listeners do not come first in Evansville!

    I will not be a regular listener.

    John W

  • Comment number 52.

    PS - thanks MTD for the hiya - I have been staying away from the blog for reasons best not got into but couldn't let Chris' first day go by without some sort of recognition.

    After all without him this blog would not exist :-)

    PPS - CLP - read your book over Christmas and I understand a lot about where you are coming from in my own special way

  • Comment number 53.

    Hi Chris well done first morning show done! I do hope that you will be coming up with some new ideas as time goes on and not just the features from Drivetime. I miss Wogan but I am willing to give you a chance and would love more funnies I need a good laugh in the morning but don't we all!
    Thought the message from Terry was lovely

    Cheers big ears Molly whopsie x

  • Comment number 54.

    Well done Chris great show,loved waking up with you.
    more tomorrow please.xx

  • Comment number 55.

    Hi Chris,

    Only listened from 7 till 8 as I start work at 8, loved what I did hear though, well done!



    p.s. Can't do listen again as we don't have broadband.

  • Comment number 56.

    Excellent first show Christoff. I think the nerves showed a bit, and am positive that things will settle down to give us consistently great entertainment.
    I don't understand the "Its not Wogan, its Drivetime" comments. Of course its not Wogan, its Chris. Its different, not an imitation. Wogan was brilliant, but so is Christoff, just in a different way.
    Moira was excellent, as was Jonny.
    Shame about the mystery guest, he was a bit too lively for early morning.
    Love the kids being involved.
    All in all ....... excellent for a first show, and can only get better.

  • Comment number 57.

    To all you moaning minnies out there, give the boy a chance! I'd like to see any of you start a brand new job and get it absolutely right on day one!


  • Comment number 58.

    Just listening to the first shown on listen again. Sounding great so far. Good luck.

  • Comment number 59.

    Congratulations, I enjoyed the Show Chris but any chance of less phone ins! ok for drive time but not for the mornings!

  • Comment number 60.


    Yes, I was there listening from 7am, even had the 13 yr old thinking of re-tuning his radio!!

    And the comment on the first record was " Beatles. Cool!"

    Did think this morning was very frantic though, am sure it will all calm down a bit when everyone has settled in. Loved Moira, beautiful voice.

    Hi SBP, nice to see you here, even if it's a quick stop, we'll be thinking of you

    MTF How you getting on? I think we need three rings from you when you get home

    And welcome to new voices here today. Hope you're going to stick around and keep joining in.

    Seza xxx

  • Comment number 61.

    What has happened to the intellegent, warm and interesting radio 2 we were able to listen to up to the 18th December last between 7.30am and
    9.30am? We don't like the new style, it is harsh and brash and the 'phone-ins are a definite "no no". If people like this kind of thing there are other radio stations to listen to, our radio 2 breakfast
    programme is ruined.

  • Comment number 62.

    Well done CLP - heard the first hour and twenty and it sounded really good, fresh and upbeat. Love hearing Moira on first thing, calming and efficient!

    We'll be tuning in each morning for as much as we can (me, Mr Daisy and two Daisy boys!). Good job!

    You can't please everyone all of the time but you will find your groove and we think you made a good start today..

    Daisy x

  • Comment number 63.

    Really and truly very very disappointing, Chris shouts and has a horrible tone of voice. We do not want to hear him talking to children what is all that about? Moira is too strait laced, the public who like Chris are the new people to Breakfast shows, wrong choice BBC! Very, very sad day.

  • Comment number 64.

    well done christophe and team. woke up early and listened to you until 9. lots of fun as usual. moira was brilliant. so glad to hear her velvet voice on the beeb again.
    you will always have complaints from the old buffers who can't cope with change. for me its a breath of fresh air in the morning.
    the one thing i did like on terry's show was thought for the day. made one think a bit about life in the morning and me thinks thats a good thing in this consumerist world.

    all in all great job you have a new fan on the breakfast show.

  • Comment number 65.

    Hiya Chris,

    I'm sure you must be enjoying the feedback you are getting today - even the people who didn't like the show have written interesting comments!

    Personally, I loved the show. I was like an excited schoolgirl this morning, and I was grinning from ear to ear. I thought it was absolutely lovely that you and Johnny sounded a wee bit too loud, because you were both a wee bit nervous - that's got to be a good thing. Even the lovely Lynn sounded a little bit out of her depth, she was nervous too! It was all very exciting, and I think it is going to be great. Moira was wonderful, she always is. You could just tell she was having a terrific time.

    However, there's too much content - I think you will know that when you listen to it. We don't need every single second to be tied up with "doing stuff". I think you will get really interesting and funny emails - I hope you will spend more time on them, and give us an idea of how you feel about the people contacting you, and what they are saying.

    Chris, the first two records were inspired choices. Your interaction with the Reverend on Pause for Thought was just perfect. I really felt part of all of it.

    Once things settle down a bit, it's going to be great, and we will all be there for you!

    BTW: is it a wee bit crazy that I felt I was being unfaithful to Terry?! How about that good luck message he sent? The man is wonderful.

    Love, Chrissie xx

  • Comment number 66.


    Don't listen to the "Daily Mail" lot on here, whining on about how you aren't Terry Wogan. There were always going to be people too stuck in their ways and unable to accept change, some of which clearly haven't even listened to the Drivetime show, so carry on doing what you do best - being you, being positive, fun and entertaining.



  • Comment number 67.

    Can I just say there are a lot of us who used to listen to Chris and to Terry, who will miss Terry but are happy to hear Chris in the morning. Radio 2 is a big and varied family, there is a place for most of us

    Just because you like one thing, it doesn't mean you can't like anything else

    I'm glad Thought for the Day will be continuing and look forward to the new converations that will start

    Really don't understand how music choices can be patronising? There are many specialist music programmes on Radio 2 and the day-time music has always been very much main stream, I thought this morning's choice was varied and upbeat

    School run, or skate, now


    Seza xxx

  • Comment number 68.

    Totally agree with girlracer 53 it is the 1st show and like daydreaming daisy says Chris will find his groove. Crikey give the bloke a break he had a hard act to follow with El Tel and he did a cracking job. Cant please all of the people all of the time Chris.

  • Comment number 69.

    Seza - I'm with you - I have been listening to Terry before work/ Uni for 10 years and will miss him alot

    I like Chris and although it will take a while for the show to shake down I'm not going to winge he is not Terry - I am not the person I replaced at the company I work for and thats because my bosses wanted someone different - that is what the BBC want!

    So thanks to all the contructive critism but remember it is a free world and pleanty of other radio stations - I don't listen to alan carr on the radio becuase his voice irritates me, but I certainly wouldn't stop others listening to him or be nasty about it - its all personal taste!

  • Comment number 70.

    Afternoon each

    Well Chris, lots of good and not so good opinions on your first show. I'm sure you'll take on board some of the comments.

    I listened from start to finish and thought it was a great show, although must have missed the frantic one while I was in the shower. Think I agree that frantic is a bit much for early morning.

    Hellen Bach's comments were good.


  • Comment number 71.

    Funny old day eh!!! .

    Mixed bag of comments there . I was awake for the start ,wouldn't have missed it for the world and didn't even set the alarm but we,Mr B and I were there for the off and listened to the last half hour ,day off you see .

    Chris, you will not be able to please all of the people all of the time ,its just the way it goes .I for one will be with you for four days a week as I can't always promise you that I'll be there on Mondays ,as It's my day off.


  • Comment number 72.


    A day off Monday sounds perfick. Early morning cawfee and CLP in bed for a half nine lay-in!

    Yay! Sorted!


  • Comment number 73.

    Said it before, say it again, I thought the show was brilliant. Missed a few bits so will listen again. Just what I need to wake me up in the morning. Not sure about the hello bit at the end though - think it should be replaced by Bingo's thought for the day??? Just a suggestion ;o)

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 74.

    Hello lovely fella, (and Hi to everyone else!)
    I only heard until 9am so can't comment on the 'hello/goodbye' bit although doesn't sound too popular. Loved the rest and was very glad it hadn't moved too far away from the drivetime format. I think the mystery guest could be quite good if the right person is picked but this morning's bloke didn't have much of interest to say. Something along the lines of the usual drivetime guests would be good like the xmas pullover man/sleep experts etc.
    Loved the first song and didn't think Jonny was too excitable at all so don't let it get to you chuck. Had a blast and long may it continue. By the way, I didn't get much sleep at all cos I couldn't stop wondering how well YOU were sleeping!! Take care and much love to you all. xx

  • Comment number 75.

    Naturally enough Chris has lots of support on this blog, but I'm one of many who didn't enjoy his 1st breakfast show full of features & phone ins. Hopefully he'll take note of the constructive criticism here & elsewhere and calm the show right down. But if it continues as morning Drivetime I'll be switching off I'm afraid.

  • Comment number 76.


    Fantastic as always, well done on your first show!!!

    Sian , Mike & Austin in Swansea

  • Comment number 77.


    My first blog entry...even though read it every day for years....Cracking Show this morning...would never have picked the first song in a million years ...we had bets in our house on The Candyman!!

  • Comment number 78.

    Hi Chris and Fabulous New Team - very well done this morning!
    Broadcasting in top gear driving home was a must and worked brilliantly - but can we have a little defrosting time, first into second gear in the mornings please?
    That'll do very nicely, thank you.

    PS - Johnny - stay off the Coco Pops till the end of the show.

  • Comment number 79.

    Di Fife

    In our house, the bets were on Wake Up Boo!


  • Comment number 80.

    Beez: Bingo on the show - excellent suggestion.

    I loved the children, so sweet.


  • Comment number 81.

    Hello Breakfast bloggers [many of whom I recognise from Drivetime blog] and ...
    Hello Chris & the brekky team

    Set my alarm, tuned in at 6.45 and listened until 9.45. My thoughts for what they're worth -
    1] Choice of music - OK for first show - 7/10
    2] Moira - smooth as silk - 9/10
    3] La Bowles - use her more - she's an ace banterer - 8/10
    4] Jonny - "that sporty bloke"! - use him wisely - 5/10
    5] The Rev - the most natural dialogue exchange in the whole 145 mins - 8/10
    6] The Quiz - Wha ...? 0/10
    7] The Mystery Interview - heads should roll :) 1/10
    8] Top Tenuous - still Jonny's best bit - 8/10
    9] Wrong Gong - best new feature by far - 9/10
    10] Phone-ins/Goodbye - short and slightly frantic - prefer emails/texts - 6/10

    The thing is - even the most experienced broadcaster/producer ain't gonna get it spot on first time off. With millions of listeners to please and the media press poised to leap on every perceived error, it takes a very brave man to sit in the breakfast chair.
    Christoff - you are indeed that man. Three cheers for YOU.

    Poster profile - Female, half a century young, Salisbury, Wiltshire

  • Comment number 82.

    Fair play to those with constructively critical thoughts about the show. I know CLP will take them all on board, he could hardly be accused of not doing that. But I'd like to add something.

    All those years ago I had been greatly amused by CLP on the Big Breakfast, and so was delighted at the prospect of his appearance on Radio 1. But when I first heard that Breakfast Show, I hated it. I remember thinking he was actually trying too hard, and tuned out again. However. A while later I listened again, this time LOVING it, and the rest, for me, was history. He had found his feet and, though slightly re-invented, was back to the CLP we have since come to know and (most of us) love.

    What was never going to happen was that CLP would try to emulate the National Treasure that is Wogan. Nobody could do that, indeed, no-one is more sorry about that than me; and God forbid that they should try. That way is doomed to fail. So he got stuck in, weeding out the more popular, or perhaps more appropriate, bits from Drive-Time.. rightly or wrongly. And Drive-Time, if my memory serves me correctly, was not well-received either, at first, following on from the popular Johnnie Walker. And thinking about it, neither was the Saturday show. But we all quickly grew into it, along with Christoff himself.

    In fact, I'm going to fess up to something here. That first Saturday show, the gorgeous Minnie Evans had (I think) just turned 80; therefore CLP asked if there were any other octogenarians out there, call in. And so I set up Renee, then 81, and my lovely now dear-departed Aunty Dot, then 79, and called in. The result was that Dotty was mortified to be called 80 when she was, in fact, 79 (bless her!), but Renee stepped up to the plate and sang a full chorus of a Wartime Favourite song. Now, that first show was a little wobbly also, but Renee was delighted with herself and still remembers her Radio 2 debut, toe-curling as it was, and the said show settled into itself after that.

    I also called into the first Drive-Time show, from over in Belfast, carried away with the general joy of hearing himself on air again. And was equally excrutiating. It was some daft spot or other and typically, I was hardly memorable (!) but hey, I was doin' me best. And again, the show was weeded out and tweaked a bit, and apart from one brief call into Womans' Minute and a couple on ARF, I haven't called in since. Thank the Lord. There are many hundreds of others far better equipped than meself wit me Vera Duckworth Eatin' Lightbulbs voice.

    So I suppose what I'm saying, as one who has made a right twit of herself several times and is therefore consigned to the Room 101 that will be this first run-in, yes, there are aspects of the show which will need to be buffed up a bit, or even dumped in the recyclin' bin. But I know in my heart that CLP will pull it off magnificently. After all. He's done it so many times before, and in a couple cases, back from the brink.

    As I said this morning. It's like steppin' into the brand-new Ferrari. All spankin' new, fast an' excitin', and you hit a couple kerbstones till yous get used to it, then it's FAB.. but you never forget your little aul first Mini, do you.

    So, me.. I'm delighted and shall be stickin' with it. We all had orbit-high expectations, and once we're back down to earth we'll be all the better for the experience. After all. The only failure in life is failure to give things a go, or to support others who do.

    Meanwhile, comfort can be taken from the fact that I shall (I hope) be safely dispatched across the Irish Sea from Thursday, and therefore out of calling-range, hahahaha!!

    So for what it's worth, well done, Christoff Lambie Pie. From one of many loyal eejits.


  • Comment number 83.

    It's like a new house thats just been built . The new foudations need time to settle and also the people living there need to settle in their new home and get used to it .

    There will be cracks but they will soon get get smoothed over and hey before you know it ,it will be like an old shoe you dont want to part with .


  • Comment number 84.

    Afternoon eejit, and Babydriver: well said.


  • Comment number 85.

    Hi Chris and Team,

    Not a bad first show - I tend to agree with most of the other bloggers in that it did all seem a touch frenetic.

    I'm sure it will settle down, and I know you'll want to take on board all of this feedback.

    Don't forget everyone...give it time, and if you don't already love it, you almost certainly will.

  • Comment number 86.

    It is interesting seeing some of the postings here today.
    I would hazard a guess that there would have been negative postings even if they had managed to clone the great Sir T of Wogan but please let us be realistic.
    Terry would be a hard act to follow for anyone and I for one believe Chris has made a brilliant first pass at the show. Like anything new, it will take time to smooth things out.
    Keep it up Chris. Most of us think you are great.

    P.S. Can a number of the posters please stop saying that "we dont need this" and "we dont need that". I am quite able to speak for myself. Thank you.

  • Comment number 87.

    Hi CLP and team,

    Popping in to say I loved what I was able to listen to before having to go to work, so now I am off to listen to the rest on the iplayer. A great way to start with the Beatles.


  • Comment number 88.

    Well done Chris. M xx

  • Comment number 89.

    Thunder: I really didn't mean to include you or anyone else, sorry. It was just a term of speech, but you are quite right, and I do apologise to you and everyone.

    Chrissie x

  • Comment number 90.

    Indeed, Thunder. A fair point well made.


  • Comment number 91.

    There are so many great comments on here that I have decided to give my own tuppence worth :)

    Over all I thought it was great, my fav comment from the Blog has to be from SuperSavvySoph -

    "Broadcasting in top gear driving home was a must and worked brilliantly - but can we have a little defrosting time, first into second gear in the mornings please?"

    I totally agree, I never thought I was bad at mornings but about 8.30 I had to turn the radio off as it was just a bit to much for me.

    As I am sure we all know practice makes perfect and I am sure that CLP will find a good even balance between what came before and what will come after...

    I am sure that everyone involved breathed a big sigh of relief come 9.31am and I am sure that with a bit of time the show will settle down into the big comfy sofa of Radio.

    I will be sticking with it for the forseeable and I am confident enough of CLP to know that he will be reading this blog and taking on board the constructive comments - why wouldn't he?

    Hope a lovely day is had by one and all :)

  • Comment number 92.

    The blog's a bit different today, eh? Lots of new people, and welcome to them, but our little cosy chatter isn't around.


  • Comment number 93.

    Afternoon all,

    I loved the first show and was relieved that some of the features of the drivetime show were carried over to the breakfast show. There is no need to reinvent the wheel for the sake of it. I loved the Johnny versus Moira news quiz! I didn't like the mystery guest section but it may be that it was that particular guest (are you sure it wasn't Justin Lee Collins - be honest it was wasn't it?)

    I miss foxy & sally traffic but thought Lynne seemed an immediate part of the team.

    I loved it and GMTV will no longer be on in our 'ouse from now on!

    Well done our leader x x x x x

    Cathmel x x

  • Comment number 94.

    I loved hearing the show... first one... me & the boy in bed listening and watching the snow out of the window. I can tell him he was there at the very beginning :))

    Dan-baby-man & Booboo

  • Comment number 95.

    I know, Annie. But don't fret, hun; we'll be back to rantin' soon enough.

    An' if these youngfullers throwin' snowballs outside 'it my windscreen or knock me snowman's 'at off, there'll be some flayed buttocks round 'ere.

    Watch this space.


  • Comment number 96.

    Hi Annie,

    Yes, a very different blog today ..... but I have absolutely no doubt that normal service will be resumed shortly!

    C xx

  • Comment number 97.

    Hmm lots of interesting posts this afternoon, and you're right Annie, there's a different vibe to the blog, but then today is a momentous day in the life of Radio 2. I think everyone's entitled to their opinions, and of course you can't please everyone all of the time but trying to compare one show to Tel's 27 year "back catalogue" is maybe a tad unfair.

    Hope everyone is having a great day, there's bit a big thaw here in Edinburgh and virtually no snow left now... it's really strange looking out and not seeing a carpet of white!


  • Comment number 98.

    Howya Chrissie!

    By the way, c'mere hun. Can I just say something to you... you did NOT offend me all that time ago when we were discussing tryin' on weddin' frocks, bless you!!! As if. A little birdy told me you were worried...



  • Comment number 99.

    Hi Clodagh, Chrissie and Rosie.

    Was in Kirkcaldy today and there was no snow!! Apparently, as it's on the Forth, snow doesn't last long.

    Car was dug out and pushed yesterday and is now on main road. And more bleedin' snow is forecast for tomorrow. Bums.

  • Comment number 100.


    Rest assured my rant wasnt at you. I thought your comments were very constructive. The were a couple of posts just prior to yours that really got up my nose. :-)



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