Eurotrash (TV series)
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|Created by||Peter Stuart|
|Presented by||Antoine de Caunes|
Jean-Paul Gaultier (1993–1997)
Graham Norton (series 9)
Melinda Messenger (1997–1998)
|Voices of||Davina McCall (series 1)|
|Narrated by||Maria McErlane|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||16|
|No. of episodes||153|
|Running time||30–60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Rapido Television|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Original release||Original series:|
24 September 1993 – 2004
EU Referendum special:
17 June 2016
Eurotrash: The Sexy Bits
Eurotrash is a 30-minute magazine-format programme in English, presented by Antoine de Caunes and Jean-Paul Gaultier and produced by Rapido Television. It was shown in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland on Channel 4 from 24 September 1993 and was a late-night comical review of unusual topics mainly from Western and Central Europe; though, despite the title, also around the world. The show averaged around a 20 percent audience share, pulling in around 2–3 million viewers each week, making it the most popular entertainment show on the channel. Channel 4's slot average for Eurotrash's broadcast time is around 900,000 viewers, making the show an important hit for the channel at the time.
It ran for 16 series (over 160 episodes) until 2007, making it one of the UK's longest running late-night entertainment shows. Channel 4 infrequently re-runs the series and repeats can be found on the Comedy Central Extra, Real Lives and on 3e and Comedy Central Extra in Ireland. Series 1 is also now available on All 4.
All intellectual property rights to the series are now controlled by the production company, Rapido Television.
The show was conceived in Paris for London-based Rapido Television by producer and director Peter Stuart, son of American film director Mel Stuart. Rapido Television makes over 100 programme titles, mostly for Channel 4, and was originally launched with backing by Richard Branson. The first Eurotrash series were presented by Antoine de Caunes and Jean-Paul Gaultier, with narrative voiceovers by British comic actress Maria McErlane. Gaultier left at the end of series 7 and de Caunes then co-presented with a range of guest presenters for the remainder of the run.
A number of features and stars survived from series one, including Pipi and Popo, two cardboard giraffes made from toilet paper tubes, and the Belgian singer Eddy Wally. Victoria Silvstedt was a semi-regular during 2003, often appearing in the studio with de Caunes to present the Naked Germans of the Week feature. Graham Norton featured as a roving reporter in series 9, Carla Bruni also appeared. Melinda Messenger appeared in the last series as a "roving reporter", always wearing a Union Jack minidress and big red boots.
In 2009, digital channel Living TV began airing a series of new compilation episodes under the title Eurotrash: The Sexy Bits. These included new voiceovers from original narrator Maria McErlane.
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Despite being a big budget show (around £400,000 per hour to make) the programme was surreal and had a deliberate low budget feel. Bright colourful pop-art studio backgrounds used to be built full size, but in later years chromakey was used with model shots, adding to the comical 'trashy' feel. Studio material was shot in Paris. Topics covered included rabbit-showjumping, singing dogs, 'nude cleaning services', magicians, porn stars (such as the late Lolo Ferrari) and Europe's very worst (but usually popular in their host country) bands and singers.
The series was voiced by Maria McErlane (who had also appeared in The Fast Show, a sketch show famous for its 'channel 9' segments, a spoof of European TV channels). Davina McCall provided English voice translations in series 1. In later years Kate Robbins provided voiceovers for the strange continental "stars", which she performed in Yorkshire and other British regional accents and similar quirky anglicised effects. Johnny Daukes, former singer and writer with the indie Band FIN in the 1990s, provided male voices in a similar fashion throughout the series.
One issue had an obituary of Lolo Ferrari which was produced and broadcast with a straight voiceover as a mark of respect, which stood out from the usual comic tone of the programme.
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||24 September 1993||29 October 1993||6|
|2||28 April 1994||13 May 1994||6|
|3||14 October 1994||18 November 1994||6|
|4||12 May 1995||16 June 1995||6|
|5||17 November 1995||29 December 1995||7|
|6||12 April 1996||17 May 1996||6|
|7||13 September 1996||18 October 1996||6|
|8||9 May 1997||27 June 1997||8|
|9||9 January 1998||20 February 1998||8|
|10||25 September 1998||18 December 1998||8|
|11||8 January 1999||1999||9|
|12||24 September 1999||24 May 2001||17|
|13||7 July 2000||7 September 2000||10|
|14||29 March 2001||7 June 2001||10|
|15||8 August 2002||December 2002||9|
|16||12 August 2004||December 2004||12|
|Christmas Special(s)||24 December 1994|
|22 December 1995|
|24 December 1997|
|A Song for Eurotrash||12 May 1998|
|Euroballs '98||16 June 1998|
|Eurotrash - New Year Special||31 December 1998|
|Eurotrash's Big Bang||31 December 1999|
|Eurotrash - Olympic Special||22 September 2000|
|Unzipped||19 November 2001|
|Eurotrash EU Referendum Special||17 June 2016|
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