The Big Arvo

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The Big Arvo
Also known as ''The Big Breakfast''
Genre Children's
Developed by Julie Hanna & Lisa Fitzpatrick
Written by Julie Hanna
Directed by Brian Foreshaw
Starring Ben Hewett
Jennifer Hardy
Anna Choy
Curtis Fernandez
Luke Jacobz
James Tobin
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
Executive producer(s) Julie Hanna
Location(s) Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Running time 22 minutes
Original network Seven Network
Picture format PAL (1999-2000)
576i (SDTV) (2001-2005)
Original release 2 August 1999–
14 July 2000
(as The Big Breakfast)
1 February 2001 – 6 May 2005
(as The Big Arvo)

The Big Arvo (originally titled The Big Breakfast) is an Australian television series that was broadcast on the Seven Network from 1999 until 2005. It starred four hosts, who hosted the show in a large model bus. They had segments such as "cool job" and "dare" to amuse younger viewers and to teach viewers who had outgrown Play School. The show appeared in K-Zone magazine to celebrate 500 episodes. It had begun in a morning timeslot under the name of The Big Breakfast, before moving to the afternoon to make way for AMV: All Music Video and Sunrise.


 Original   Replacement 

Role Name First Show Last Show
1st co-host Ben Hewett 2 August 1999 6 May 2005
2nd co-host Jennifer Hardy 2 August 1999 6 May 2005
3rd co-host Anna Choy 2 August 1999 May 2004
James Tobin October 2004 6 May 2005
4th co-host Curtis Fernandez 2 August 1999 July 2000
Luke Jacobz 1 February 2001 March 2005
  • There is a 7-month gap between Curtis Fernandez being replaced by Luke Jacobz as The Big Breakfast went off air during this time before being resurrected as The Big Arvo.
  • There is a 5-month gap between Anna Choy being replaced by James Tobin as The Big Arvo was off air during this time, replaced by Girl TV.
  • James Tobin was credited as "Jesse Tobin" for all episodes.
  • Ben and Jenny were the only two hosts to remain with the show for its entire run.



Here is a list of cartoons that were shown as part of The Big Breakfast:


The Big Breakfast has also aired a few live action programmes:

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