‘TV has become safe’ Gaby Roslin slams modern shows for not being risky enough

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Gaby Roslin, 57, has claimed television today is “too safe”. The TV and radio presenter made the comparison while discussing her early career alongside Chris Evans. Gaby told Kate Thornton on White Wine Question Time about her qualms with modern TV.

I really don’t want to do safe and I don’t think I’ve ever really done safe

Gaby Roslin

The former Children In Need host said that her show, Big Breakfast, was an original concept when they first started it together in 1992.

She commented: “Television misses fun, happy risky stuff.

“And I wish there was more of it, I would do it like a shot. I don’t necessarily mean Breakfast.

“I think that television has become a little safe.

“And even though I’m obviously slightly older than 33 (I tell everyone I’m 33 I’m sticking to that), there’s no way that somebody is going to make me sit behind a desk and go: ‘Good afternoon. Welcome’,” she added.

The radio star spoke of her “deep love” for her job and for former co-star Chris.

She added: “However, I love it when (the job) isn’t safe.”

“I really don’t want to do safe and I don’t think I’ve ever really done safe.

“Even when I started out. My very first TV show was a show called Hippo.

“I kept telling everyone I was a TV presenter. I’d never been a TV presenter! And then I had my own daily kids show.

“And we just went with it. And we just did things that people wouldn’t [do]. They would say: ‘Nobody does this. So let’s just do it’.”

Before Big Breakfast, Gaby worked on Saturday morning kids’ TV show Motormouth from 1988-1992.

She said of the experience: “I said: ‘I don’t know, Saturday morning telly every morning of the week!

“I didn’t know there was a possibility of it ever happening. So for me, [Big Breakfast] was just like the same thing, I suppose.

“Chris and I would say, ‘Do you think they’re gonna like this?’ or, ‘I hope the viewer gets this’.

“I do hope the viewer likes it. And when they started using catchphrases to us in the street, we’d just say: ‘How do they know that?'”

Gaby explained on the aforementioned podcast how Big Breakfast was unscripted and how her and Chris pushed themselves to try new and bold things.

She said: “When it started, Chris and I were very lucky that there were no scripts.”

Gaby explained how in the old days she got past rigid producers to put forward original ideas: “I spoke live on air to this couple who were family of the week, who wanted to get married.

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