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You're Smarter for 10; MARION MCMULLEN wakes up to breakfast telly following the launch this week of ITV's new show Good Morning Britain.


Who first set the alarm clock? American TV channel NBC launched its successful breakfast programme back in 1952 with the Today show.

When did Britain wake up? The BBC launched Britain's first breakfast show, Breakfast Time, at 6.30am on January 17, 1983.

Who were part of the breakfast club? The BBC's studio line-up included Frank Bough and Selina Scott along with Nick Ross, David Icke, Diana "Green Goddess" Moran, astrologer Russell Grant, weatherman Francis Wilson and newsreader Debbie Rix. Fern Britton and Mike Smith also appeared on the show.

When did ITV pass the marmalade? A few weeks later with Daybreak and Good Morning Britain on TV-am.

Who helped keep us awake? Mike Morris was one of the Good Morning Britain presenters alongside the likes of Anne Diamond and Lorraine Kelly. He was the first journalist to interview Nelson Mandela on British television after the famous South African was released from prison.

Who proved a cereal killer? Roland Rat proved a ratings hit when he appeared on TV-am. One of his co-creators was Anne Wood, who later brought viewers the Teletubbies.

Who super-sized breakfast? Sir Bob Geldof's Planet 24 launched The Big Breakfast on Channel 4 in 1992. It broadcast from a real house on Fish Island in east London and Paula Yates, Chris Evans, Gaby Roslin and Mark Lamarr were among the presenters.

Who would be the cream in the coffee for Good Morning Britain's new presenter Susanna Reid? She says she'd love to interview Michelle Obama. "She is married to the most powerful man in the world. She is independent and strong, but it would be fascinating to see what makes her tick."

How does the rest of the world wake-up? USA favourites include Good Morning America, Norway has God Morgen, Norge!, Trinidad and Tobago has Cock-A-Doodle- Doo and Australians can watch Get Cereal.

When did it become toast? Denise Van Outen and Johnny Vaughan later proved a winning combination presenting The Big Breakfast but the Channel 4 favourite ended in 2002.


From left, Gaby Roslin, Chris Evans, Paula Yates and Mark Lamarr

Anne Diamond and Nick Owen

Top, from left, Francis Wilson, Debbie Rix and David Icke, bottom, Frank Bough, Selina Scott and Nick Ross

From below left, Sean Fletcher, Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins on the set of Good Morning Britain
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 3, 2014
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