TELEVISION / Tabloid TV
Wednesday 04 August 1993
Breakfast television rivalry continued when ITV employees were barred from appearing as guests on The Big Breakfast unless they had already appeared on GMTV; The Big Breakfast team was meanwhile enjoying its comparative success until Chris Evans was vomited on by a cameraman when broadcasting live from a helicopter.
There were changes in stars' shapes: Esther Rantzen confessed that she was overweight as a teenager, Robbie Coltrane revealed that he has lost six stone since Christmas, and Burt Reynolds was reported to be shrinking by an inch a year due to injuries received when playing American football when he was younger.
Elsewhere, the BBC rescued This Is Your Life, the show ditched by ITV, and signed Michael Aspel to front three successive series.
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
- 2 McKamey Manor: This 'extreme' haunted house is the stuff of nightmares
- 3 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 4 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 5 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
This is what a film sex scene actually looks like on set (mostly awkward)
Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
Pottermore: JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story featuring 'greying' 33-year-old wizard
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Fury, film review: Brad Pitt stars in visceral and brutally ugly drama that reminds us war is hell
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts