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You are in: London > Radio > 94.9 Information > 94.9fm Weekday Schedule > Anne & Nick: The TV-AM reunion on BBC London 94.9

Nick & Anne today in the BBC London studios

Nick & Anne in the BBC London studios

Anne & Nick: The TV-AM reunion on BBC London 94.9

For one week only....Anne Diamond and Nick Owen re-create the magic from their TV-AM days on BBC London 94.9's Breakfast Show - Tuesday May 27 to Friday May 30 from 6am

Anne Diamond and Nick Owen

Anne & Nick in the 80s

It's hard to believe that there was ever life before 24 hour TV; before CBeebies; before TV on demand.

But, 25 years ago, the country shook with excitement at the prospect of a mammoth change in the world of telly.

What was it? 50 channels at the touch of a button? Interactive on screen text services? A choice of any programme from any continent around the world?

Er, no.  Instead, TV was about to start three hours earlier.

"Anne and Nick were the partnership which established breakfast television and has influenced everything which followed"

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But this was massive. No, it really was.  Because it was this sea-change which proved TV could have an audience whenever it broadcast, and it changed our viewing habits forever.  Until 1983, who watched TV before we got back from school or work? – devotees of the Open University and fans of transmitter information and essentially no-one else.

Breakfast television began humbly. The BBC started first with 'Breakfast Time' - hosted by the woolly jumpered Frank Bough and Selina Scott with Francis Wilson on the weather and Russell Grant with the stars. This is still the most memorable team in the history of BBC breakfast TV.

TV AM 2008: Nick, Wincey, Lizzie and Anne

TV AM 2008: Nick, Wincey, Lizzie & Anne

And within weeks, TV-am. From their purpose built ‘Breakfast Television Centre’ in Camden Lock during Camden's pre-trendy years, the original line up of Robert Kee, Angela Rippon, David Frost, Anna Ford and Michael Parkinson were soon followed by the absolute definition of breakfast TV: Anne Diamond and Nick Owen presenting, and Wincey Willis with the weather. 

Anne and Nick were the partnership which established breakfast television and has influenced everything which followed.

Ah TV-am.  What other programme would have the guts to have opening titles featuring skydivers, pigeons and sailors; or to install oversize egg-cups on its roof; or to invite Jeff Wayne to write an opening title music featuring the pan-pipes.  

When Anne and Nick’s TV-am, along with the after nine Wide Awake Club and Roland Rat, broadcast its last programme on 31 December 1992, it was destined never to be forgotten. 

And, 25 years on, Anne Diamond and Nick Owen are reunited for one week only on BBC London 94.9FM sitting in for Jo and Paul on the Breakfast Show from Tuesday May 27 at 6am.


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