Rapido (TV series)

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De Caunes presented and linked reports in front of the minimalist white lettered background seen here
Developed by Rapido
Country of origin France
Running time 22 minutes
Original network BBC2 (United Kingdom)
Canal+ (France)
Original release 3 October 1988 – 21 April 1992

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 Antoine standing in front of a large Rapido sign on a white background.

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.


  1. ^ James Rampton (1996-02-17). "Contentious? Moi? - Life & Style". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  2. ^ Serena Mackesy (1997-05-03). "Sads, mads and le lad - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  3. ^ Imagiz @ Rapido Television. "(BBC rock show)". Rapido. Retrieved 2009-11-08.

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