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Starring Dougie Anderson
Tom Binns
Liz Bonnin
Henry Bonsu
Edith Bowman
Mark Durden-Smith
Kirsty Gallacher
Mel Giedroyc
Kate Lawler
Iain Lee
Colin Murray
Sue Perkins
Chris Rogers
Zora Suleman
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
Producer(s) BSkyB
Princess Productions
Running time 135 mins.
Original network Channel 4
Picture format 16:9 (SDTV)
Original release 29 April 2002 (2002-04-29) – 19 December 2003 (2003-12-19)
Preceded by The Big Breakfast
Followed by Morning Glory

RI:SE was a breakfast television show made by Princess Productions in collaboration with BSkyB for Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. It was scheduled to replace The Big Breakfast after declining ratings. It launched on 29 April 2002. The programme was broadcast between 06:55 and 09:00 in the morning - nationally in the UK. It ended on 19 December 2003.

The show[edit]

Original presenters included Mark Durden-Smith, Colin Murray, Kirsty Gallacher, Edith Bowman, Tom Binns, Chris Rogers, Liz Bonnin and Henry Bonsu.

Its viewing figures did not meet the initial expectations, and a variety of format changes were made to try to boost ratings. The programme began to model itself after The Big Breakfast, with the presenters sitting as a couple in front of French doors, games, competitions, crew involvement and outside broadcasts with the likes of Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins drafted in.

The Independent Television Commission condemned the show for an episode aired in December 2002 in which religious satire jokes were made on Jesus Christ.[1][2]

The show was relaunched on 20 January 2003 with presenters Iain Lee and Edith Bowman. Mel and Sue took over the final half-hour from 8.30am.[3] Bowman was later replaced by 2002 Big Brother winner, Kate Lawler. Zora Suleman provided half-hourly news updates. Dougie Anderson was a stand-in presenter and also often reported from a record shop near the studio) as well as helping with the daily television review.

RI:SE gave extensive coverage to reality TV formats including Big Brother, Pop Idol and The Salon. In summer 2003, RI:SE launched a contest for a member of the public to become the "reality correspondent", a competition won by "Kitty"[vague], who remained with the show until the final episode.

Big Brother monitor "James"[vague] joined Iain Lee and Kate Lawler, giving updates on events in the house and conducting live interviews with the latest evictees. One episode featured PJ[vague] who joined Iain and Kate after the first housemate - Anouska - was evicted from the Big Brother 4 house. James also accompanied Kitty on the final show.


Originally broadcast from BSkyB's studios in Isleworth, RI:SE moved to Whiteley's Shopping Centre in Bayswater, west London as part of the January 2003 relaunch - the more central location was intended to make it easier to book guests.


The last episode was shown on 19 December 2003, and had the most popular guests from the previous months including Jon Tickle and Shaun Dooley. The Bayswater studio - owned by Princess Productions - is now used to broadcast The Wright Stuff on Channel 5. The show ended with a giant 'pile on' which had been organised by Iain and Kate during the weeks before the last episode.

Since then, the show's morning slot has been taken up by re-runs of sitcoms such as Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond and Just Shoot Me. In January 2006, Channel 4 launched a new live show since RI:SE, called Morning Glory, which was presented by Dermot O'Leary. It broadcast between 08:30 and 09:00, Monday to Friday morning for a three-week spell during Channel 4's 2006 run of Celebrity Big Brother 4, but was not renewed due to poor viewing figures. In more recent times, Freshly Squeezed, a music show has been shown between 07:00 and 07:30 in the morning since the end of Big Brother 7 in 2006.


  1. ^ Julia Day RI:SE rapped over Jesus jibe, MediaGuardian, Monday 27 January 2003
  2. ^ Watchdog clears TV autopsy, BBC, Monday, 27 January 2003
  3. ^ Comedy duo join new Rise line-up, BBC News, Thursday, 16 January, 2003

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