7 questions on breakfast TV

Breakfast telly quiz

After 17 years, GMTV says farewell this week. Lots of early morning programmes have come and gone since the BBC's Breakfast Time and ITV's Good Morning Britain woke up the bleary-eyed early in 1983. How much do you remember?

GMTV logo

1.) Multiple Choice Question

The UK's first national breakfast television show, Breakfast Time, began on BBC1 in 1983. Who spoke the first words?

  1. Selina Scott
    Selina Scott
  2. Frank Bough
    Frank Bough
  3. Nick Ross
    Nick Ross


The Breakfast Time team included, clockwise from left, weather man Francis Wilson, newsreader Debbie Rix and sports presenter David Icke. Continuing the rotation, Ross, Scott and Bough are in the front row.

Breakfast Time team

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The so-called Famous Five launched Good Morning Britain two weeks later on ITV. Who was Anna Ford a late replacement for?

  1. Esther Rantzen
    Esther Rantzen
  2. Angela Rippon
    Angela Rippon
  3. Anne Diamond
    Anne Diamond

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Roland Rat helped to revive TV-am's fortunes. What was the name of his younger brother?

Roland Rat
  1. Reggie
  2. Kevin
  3. Errol

4.) Multiple Choice Question

In 1989, Channel 4 got in on the act, launching its first breakfast show. Its name?

Bowl of cereal
  1. The Big Breakfast
  2. Morning Glory
  3. The Channel 4 Daily

5.) Multiple Choice Question

In between The Big Breakfast and Morning Glory, RI:SE launched in 2002 on Channel 4. Which Big Brother winner was a host?

  1. Craig Philips
    Craig Philips
  2. Kate Lawler
    Kate Lawler
  3. Brian Dowling
    Brian Dowling

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Exercise routines became an energetic feature of breakfast TV. Who made a green leotard famous?

  1. Diana Moran
  2. Lizzie Webb
  3. Mr Motivator


Green Goddess Diana Moran hosted the exercise routine on BBC's Breakfast Time from 1983 to 1987. She later became a campaigner for breast cancer charities (see inset).

Diana Moran

7.) Multiple Choice Question

GMTV took over from TV-am in 1993. What was it originally called?

Lorraine Kelly
  1. Daybreak
  2. ITV Breakfast
  3. Sunrise Television


Daybreak will be presented by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley. They worked together on the BBC's One Show and ITV is hoping their reunion can challenge BBC Breakfast's dominance in the sofa wars.

Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley


  1. It was Frank Bough, who opened the show with the words: "It's 6.30, Monday January the 17th, 1983. You are watching the first edition of BBC television's Breakfast Time." Scott and Ross were also presenters and Harry Secombe was the first guest.
  2. It was Esther Rantzen, who was pregnant. The other four in the all-star cast were Michael Parkinson, David Frost, Robert Kee and Angela Rippon. Diamond was hired later that year from the BBC and teamed up successfully with Nick Owen.
  3. It was Reggie. Kevin and Errol were his pals, a gerbil and a hamster. Roland Rat joined TV-am when it only had 100,000 viewers, hence his description as the "only rat to join a sinking ship". But soon there were two million tuning in.
  4. It was The Channel 4 Daily, with Carol Barnes and Dermot Murnaghan. The Big Breakfast replaced it three years later and promptly overtook the BBC and ITV shows. Morning Glory came later.
  5. It was Lawler, who presented RI:SE with comedian Iain Lee. The final episode was in December 2003.
  6. It was the BBC's Moran, nicknamed The Green Goddess. Webb was GMTV's hyperactive fitness guru for nine years, followed by Derrick "Mr Motivator" Evans, who wore every colour. At the same time.
  7. It's Sunrise Television, a name that was blocked by Sky because of its Sunrise breakfast show . ITV Breakfast became the new official (off-air) name for GMTV in 2009. Daybreak starts on Monday.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Sleepy

4 - 6 : Rise and shine

7 - 7 : Morning glory

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