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The Word (TV series)

The Word was a 1990s Channel 4 television programme in the United Kingdom.[3]

The Word
Created byChannel 4
Directed byLuke Campbell
Julia Knowles
Presented byTerry Christian
Mark Lamarr
Dani Behr
Alan Connor
Amanda de Cadenet
Katie Puckrik
Jasmine Dotiwala
Michelle Collins
Ryan McBride
Theme music composer808 State[1]
Opening themeOlympic (Euro Bass Mix)[2]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series5
No. of episodes104
Executive producer(s)Jane Buchanan
Producer(s)Sean Borg
Paul Ross
Tamsin Summers
Asif Zubairy
Running time60 Mins
Original networkChannel 4
Original release10 August 1990 –

24 March 1995
Followed byThe Girlie Show



Its presenters included Mancunian radio presenter Terry Christian, comedian Mark Lamarr, Dani Behr, Katie Puckrik, Jasmine Dotiwala, Alan Connor, Amanda de Cadenet and Huffty.[4] Originally broadcast in the old Tube time slot of 6 pm Friday evenings, The Word's main live show was shifted to a late-night timeslot from 9 November 1990, with a compilation sister show fronted by Mark Lamarr in the week. The magazine format allowed for interviews, live music, features and even game shows. The flexible late-night format meant that guests could do just about anything to be controversial.

There was also an 'I'll do anything to be on television' section called "The Hopefuls" in which people ate worms, bathed in maggots, licked sweat off fat people, intimately kissed old people, and did generally repulsive things in order to get featured on the programme.[4]


The show was the brainchild of Charlie Parsons and was originally produced for series 1 and 2 by the production company 24 Hour Productions, which later became Planet 24.

The first series of the show was broadcast live (with no delay) originally from London Studios in the LWT building on the South Bank and then from Limehouse Studios, Wembley (1991–1992). When those studios closed the show moved to Teddington Studios.[5]

Paul Ross was the series editor on series 3 and 4, and became executive producer for series 5. Director Martin Cairns directed many of the stunt film clips for which the programmes became famous. Some receiving warnings on content from C4. Jo Whiley worked as a researcher–band booker and is credited as having given Nirvana their historic and notorious first TV appearance.[6]

The programme ran for five series from 1990 to 1995. From the start, there was considerable tabloid backlash against the show. In mid 2000, Channel 4 screened a short-running compilation series titled "Best of The Word", which mostly featured music performances and was presented by Terry Christian.

Tango sponsored the show in 1994.

Notable momentsEdit


  1. ^ Simon Donohue (31 December 2002). "Madchester revival may be on the cards - News - Music - Greater Manchester's CityLife". Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Nottingham Music - 808 State". BBC. 3 February 2003. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  3. ^ Parsons, Charlie (10 August 2010). "How The Word changed television for ever". Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
  4. ^ a b Mark Lawson (9 March 1995). "The Last Word In Trash Tv - Life & Style". The Independent. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  5. ^ "History of TV studios in London". Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  6. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Jo Whiley". Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Best of The Word". Channel 4. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  8. ^ Tim Lusher (10 August 2010). "Best moments of The Word: from grunge to gross-out | Television & radio". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Elephant Man Buju Banton Shabba Ranks boom bye bye". YouTube. Retrieved 19 September 2013.

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