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Rapido is a BBC2 television show which ran from 1988 to 1992, and was presented by Antoine de Caunes.[1][2] It ran in over 14 countries worldwide.[3] The show which would usually go out in an early evening slot, such as 7.30pm on a Wednesday night, featured reports from up and coming new bands linked together with footage of De Caunes standing in front of a large Rapido sign on a white background.

De Caunes presented and linked reports in front of the minimalist white lettered background seen here
Developed byRapido
Country of originFrance
Running time22 minutes
Original networkBBC2 (United Kingdom)
Canal+ (France)
Original release3 October 1988 –
21 April 1992

The show developed from shows De Caunes presented in France, and gave the name to the production company Rapido TV (later Planet Rapido) which created the late night Channel 4 television show Eurotrash.

Rapido was notable for De Caunes' idiosyncratic delivery. His English is completely fluent, but he (deliberately) spoke it with French intonations and speech rhythms on the programme.[citation needed]


  1. ^ James Rampton (17 February 1996). "Contentious? Moi? - Life & Style". The Independent. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  2. ^ Serena Mackesy (3 May 1997). "Sads, mads and le lad - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  3. ^ "(BBC rock show)". Rapido. Retrieved 8 November 2009.

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