Mo Gilligan and AJ Odudu return to Channel 4 for summer of The Big Breakfast
James R | On 28, May 2022
The Big Breakfast is officially coming back to Channel 4 – again.
The broadcaster revived its seminal morning entertainment showlast year, as part of its Black to Front initiative to improve Black representation on and off screen. At its heart was a revamped version of the breakfast magazine programme, presented by AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan, broadcast live from its original East London location, the Lock Keepers’ Cottages, with Big Zuu in the kitchen and Judi Love as the On the Bed host, alongside returning newsreader Phil Gayle.
“They are bursting with energy and easygoing chemistry, while surrounding themselves with a quality team,” we wrote in our review of the one-off. “Seeing them all knock about the familiar house with a blend of smooth choreography and hilarious chaos is just the thing your morning’s been missing.”
Now, Channel 4 has decided the same thing, with The Big Breakfast bursting back onto our screens for four weeks on Saturday mornings this summer.
AJ Odudu said: “There really is nothing like The Big Breakfast on our screens. I loved hosting it last year and I am looking forward to being back at the house to kick off summer weekends on this now award-winning show.”
Mo Gilligan added: “I love being part of this incredible history making show. The whole team are so spectacular, and I have so much fun working with AJ – she’s one of the best in the business. And now a live summer series? LET’S GO!”
Phil Harris said: “Mo and AJ both have their own big primetime entertainment shows on Channel 4 with The Lateish Show and The Bridge, so it’s really exciting to be able to harness their combined power and brilliant chemistry to smash into the morning schedules once again”
Lee McNicholas, Creative Director, Lifted Entertainment said: “Bringing the Big Breakfast back with a bang last year was a real joy for all the team working on the show and RTS recognising the programme as best Entertainment show and Mo and AJ as Best Presenters was the icing on the cake. We’re so excited to get the team together and bring the show back.”