The Word (TV series)

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The Word
Created by Channel 4
Directed by Luke Campbell
Julia Knowles
Presented by Terry Christian
Mark Lamarr
Dani Behr
Alan Connor
Amanda de Cadenet
Katie Puckrik
Jasmine Dottiwala
Michelle Collins
Ryan McBride
Theme music composer 808 State[1]
Opening theme Olympic (Euro Bass Mix)[2]
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 104
Executive producer(s) Jane Buchanan
Producer(s) Sean Borg
Paul Ross
Tamsin Summers
Asif Zubairy
Running time 60 Mins
Original network Channel 4
Original release 10 August 1990 –
24 March 1995
Followed by The Girlie Show

The Word was a 1990s Channel 4 television programme in the United Kingdom.[3]


Its presenters included Mancunian radio presenter Terry Christian, comedian Mark Lamarr, Dani Behr, Katie Puckrik, Jasmine Dotiwala, Alan Connor, Amanda de Cadenet and "Huffty".[4] Originally broadcast in the old Tube time slot of 6 pm Friday evenings, The Word's main live show was shifted to a late-night timeslot from 9 November 1990, with a compilation sister show fronted by Mark Lamarr in the week. The magazine format allowed for interviews, live music, features and even game shows. The flexible late-night format meant that guests could do just about anything to be controversial.

There was also an 'I'll do anything to be on television' section called "The Hopefuls" in which people ate worms, bathed in maggots, licked sweat off fat people, intimately kissed old people, and did generally repulsive things in order to get featured on the programme.[4]


The show was the brainchild of Charlie Parsons and was originally produced for series 1 and 2 by the production company 24 Hour Productions, which later became Planet 24.

The first series of the show was broadcast live (with no delay) originally from London Studios in the LWT building on the South Bank and then from Limehouse Studios, Wembley (1991–1992). When those studios closed the show moved to Teddington Studios.[5]

Paul Ross was the series editor on series 3 and 4, and became executive producer for series 5. Director Martin Cairns directed many of the stunt film clips for which the programmes became famous. Some receiving warnings on content from C4. Jo Whiley worked as a researcher–band booker and is credited as having given Nirvana their historic and notorious first TV appearance.[6]

The programme ran for five series from 1990 to 1995. From the start, there was considerable tabloid backlash against the show. In mid 2000, Channel 4 screened a short-running compilation series titled "Best of The Word", which mostly featured music performances and was presented by Terry Christian.

Tango sponsored the show in 1994.

Notable moments[edit]


  1. ^ Simon Donohue (2002-12-31). "Madchester revival may be on the cards - News - Music - Greater Manchester's CityLife". Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Nottingham Music - 808 State". BBC. 2003-02-03. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  3. ^ Parsons, Charlie (2010-08-10). "How The Word changed television for ever". Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  4. ^ a b Mark Lawson (1995-03-09). "The Last Word In Trash Tv - Life & Style". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  5. ^ "History of TV studios in London". Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  6. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Jo Whiley". Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Best of The Word". Channel 4. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  8. ^ Tim Lusher (2010-08-10). "Best moments of The Word: from grunge to gross-out | Television & radio". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  9. ^ "Elephant Man Buju Banton Shabba Ranks boom bye bye". YouTube. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 

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