Eurotrash (TV series)

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Eurotrash
Eurotrash.jpg
Created by Peter Stuart
Presented by Antoine de Caunes
Jean-Paul Gaultier (1993–97)
Guest presenters
Starring Victoria Silvstedt
Eddy Wally
Graham Norton (series 9)
Carla Bruni
Melinda Messenger (1997–98)
Voices of Davina McCall (series 1)
Kate Robbins
Johnny Daukes
Narrated by Maria McErlane
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 16
No. of episodes 153[1]
Production
Running time 30–60 minutes
Production company(s) Rapido Television
Release
Original network Channel 4
Original release Original series:
24 September 1993 (1993-09-24) – 2004
EU Referendum special:
17 June 2016 (2016-06-17)
Chronology
Related shows Rapido
Eurotrash: The Sexy Bits
External links
Website

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 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.[2] Channel 4's slot average for Eurotrash's broadcast time is around 900,000 viewers, making the show an important hit for the channel.[3]

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 in Ireland. Series 1 is also now available on All 4. After more than 10 years of broadcast, the show built up a substantial following and Eurotrash has around 15 million fans, and various fan sites.[citation needed]

All intellectual property rights to the series are now controlled by the production company, Rapido Television.[4]

A one-off special aired on 17 June 2016 to coincide with the UK referendum on EU membership.[5][6][7]

History[edit]

The show was conceived in Paris for London-based Rapido Television by producer and director Peter Stuart.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10][11][12][13] 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.

Content[edit]

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. 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.

Episodes[edit]

UK series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes[14][15]
1 24 September 1993 29 October 1993 6
2 28 April 1994 13 May 1994 6
3 14 October 1994 18 November 1994[16] 6
4 12 May 1995 16 June 1995[17] 6
5 17 November 1995 29 December 1995 7
6 12 April 1996 17 May 1996 6
7 13 September 1996[18] 18 October 1996 6
8 9 May 1997[19] 27 June 1997[20] 8
9 9 January 1998[21] 20 February 1998 8
10 25 September 1998 18 December 1998 8
11 8 January 1999 1999 9
12 24 September 1999[22] 24 May 2001 17
13 7 July 2000[23] 7 September 2000 10[24]
14 29 March 2001[25] 7 June 2001 10
15 8 August 2002 December 2002 9
16 12 August 2004 December 2004 12

Specials[edit]

Title Air date
Christmas Special(s) 24 December 1994
22 December 1995
24 December 1997
December 1999
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
Euroballs 2000 2000
Unzipped 19 November 2001
Eurotrash EU Referendum Special' 17 June 2016[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archive / Clip Licensing". Rapido Television. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Source: Rapido TV website, accessed 16 May 2014 (link)
  3. ^ Jasper Rees (1999-05-15). "Television Review - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  4. ^ Imagiz @ Rapido Television. "Welcome to Rapido Television - The Home Of Eurotrash". Rapidotelevision.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  5. ^ Jones, Paul (2016-06-17). "Eurotrash Referendum special review: Antoine de Caunes and Jean Paul Gaultier have still got it - whatever the hell 'it' is". Radio Times. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  6. ^ Christopher Hooton (2016-05-10). "Eurotrash returning to Channel 4 to settle EU referendum: 'For which side is anyone's guess' | News | Culture". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  7. ^ Hannah Ellis-Petersen. "Eurotrash is back for one night only on the eve of the EU referendum | Television & radio". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  8. ^ Lobrano, Alexander (1994-01-21). "France's 'Eurotrash' - Cross-Channel Humor - NYTimes.com". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  9. ^ "Jean Paul Gaultier turns fifty | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2002-04-23. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  10. ^ Peter Allen (2010-05-25). "Carla Bruni 'shocked' as video showing her discussing sex reappears | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  11. ^ James Rampton (1996-02-17). "Contentious? Moi? - Life & Style". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  12. ^ Film. "Steeckler for accuracy". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  13. ^ Serena Mackesy (1997-05-03). "Sads, mads and le lad - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  14. ^ "Eurotrash - UK Series 1". Rapido Television. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Eurotrash: Complete Episode List". TheTVDB. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "Eurotrash[18/11/94] (1994)". BFI. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "Eurotrash[16/06/95] (1995)". BFI. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "Eurotrash[13/09/96] (1996)". BFI. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "Sads, mads and le lad". 2 May 1997. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  20. ^ "Eurotrash[27/06/97] (1997)". BFI. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "Eurotrash[09/01/98) (1998)". BFI. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  22. ^ "Eurotrash[24/09/99] (1999)". BFI. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  23. ^ "Eurotrash[07/07/2000] (2000)". BFI. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  24. ^ The time newspaper Channel 4 Channel 5. The Times (London, England), Friday, July 07, 2000; pg.
  25. ^ "The Observer Profile: Antoine de Caunes - Interviews - guardian.co.uk Film". Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  26. ^ "Eurotrash returns to Channel 4 - Channel 4 - Info - Press". Retrieved 1 July 2016. 

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