Mo Gilligan hosting Big Breakfast revival

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 August 2020
Mo Gilligan

Mo Gilligan

Comedian Mo Gilligan is set to host a one-off 'Big Breakfast' revival for Channel 4's Black Takeover Day next year

Mo Gilligan is to present a one-off revival of 'The Big Breakfast'.

Channel 4 has announced plans to bring back the hit show as part of its Black Takeover Day, which is scheduled for autumn 2021, and the 32-year-old comedian will be at the helm of the rebooted programme.

Mo 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."

The programme – which was originally made by Charlie Parsons' company Planet 24 – will be produced by ITV Studios for its upcoming revival.

'The Big Breakfast' first launched in 1992 with Chris Evans as the host, while the likes of Paul Ross, Denise Van Outen, Johnny Vaughan, Gaby Roslin and Kelly Brook all presented the show over the years.

As part of Black Takeover Day, Channel 4 is also planning to showcase black talent on the likes of 'Countdown', 'Celebrity Gogglebox' and 'Hollyoaks'.

However, the broadcaster insisted the event isn't meant to be a one-off "day of eye-catching programming", but instead it can be a "focal point" to promote "on and off screen representation" well into the future.

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes, added: "Channel 4 was created to give voice to underrepresented parts of society and do things which other broadcasters would not, and the Black Takeover qualifies on both counts.

"It will be much more than a day of eye-catching programming, providing a focal point for our efforts to drive up on and off screen representation and leaving a lasting legacy on the channel and beyond."

The news comes after it was confirmed Mo will be replacing 'The Hangover' actor Ken Jeong as a judge on the next series of 'The Masked Singer'.

He recently said: "It's a real privilege to be joining 'The Masked Singer' team.

"It's one of the funniest shows out there and I'm really proud to play my small part to help bring a little bit of joy to the nation."

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