Working Lunch

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Working Lunch
Working Lunch.jpg
The last Working Lunch titles used from
6 October 2008 - 30 July 2010.
GenreFinancial news
Created byBBC
Presented byAdrian Chiles (1994–2007)
Adam Shaw (1994–2008)
Paddy O'Connell (2003–2008)
Nik Wood (2007-2008)
Declan Curry (2008–2010)
Naga Munchetty (2008–2010)
Composer(s)John Ashton Thomas
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)Studio TC7,
BBC Television Centre, London
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format4:3 later 16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release19 September 1994 (1994-09-19) –
30 July 2010 (2010-07-30)

Working Lunch is a television programme broadcast on BBC Two which covers business, personal finance and consumer news, broadcast between 1994 and 2010. The programme was first aired on 19 September 1994. It had a quirky, relaxed style, especially when compared to other BBC business shows such as World Business Report. In April 2010, the BBC announced that the programme was being cancelled at the end of July 2010. GMT with George Alagiah took its place in the schedule at 12:30 on BBC Two.[1][2]


The original title sequence created by Piers Helm, featured a real goldfish and a rubber shark in a tank that contained the programme's subject matter represented as kitsch fish tank objects. These objects were a treasure chest, bank, factory and a version of the Richard Rogers Lloyds building. The title sequence led to a virtual set that was designed to look like a converted warehouse when in fact, the studio it came from was the smallest BBC News studio. By 2000, the title sequence had been changed by BBC Design to a computer generated sequence in which a goldfish is trying to escape from a shark on board a sunken ship. The programme graphics also reflected this style with a marine-themed studio background. Other graphics were in a "crude clipart" style.

2008 relaunch[edit]

The show was relaunched on 6 October 2008, with new titles, set and presenters. The familiar goldfish and shark were replaced by a piggy bank. Presenters Paddy O'Connell, Adam Shaw and Nik Wood, were replaced by Declan Curry and Naga Munchetty, the latter joining from Bloomberg TV. The new format was unpopular with viewers and the vast majority of comments about it were negative.[3][4][5]

Presenters and reporters[edit]

Originally, the show was presented by Adrian Chiles and Adam Shaw. Chiles left the programme on 26 January 2007 after twelve-and-a-half-years, to become the co-host of the BBC One current affairs and lifestyle programme The One Show. He was replaced by Nik Wood. On Fridays, Paddy O'Connell fronted the show with Shaw instead of Wood. Both O'Connell and Shaw bowed out on 26 September 2008.[6]

In 2007, former footballer Graeme Le Saux presented a series of items recorded in his birthplace of Jersey. Jenny Culshaw, a senior producer on the show, also occasionally presented items.

Other members of the Working Lunch team included Rachel Burden, Simon Gompertz, Rachel Horne, Rob Pittam and Gillian Lacey-Solymar.[7][8][9][10]

From 6 October 2008, a revamped lineup saw BBC Breakfast's former business presenter, Declan Curry, and Naga Munchetty take over studio presentation, with Wood returning to his former role of roving reporter, alongside Rob Pittam.[11]

Gillian Lacey-Solymar left the show on 29 January 2010.

The show had a regular cast of experts like Justin Urquhart Stewart.[12]

Broadcast schedule[edit]

The former Goldfish programme titles.

The show had a regular weekday slot at 12.30 pm until 1 pm, except on Wednesdays when it was broadcast an hour later. The programme was broadcast for 42 weeks of the year, taking a break for Easter, Christmas and some sports tournaments coverage, such as Wimbledon, the Olympic Games and golf.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BBC's Working Lunch show to end BBC News, 23 April 2010.
  2. ^ Goodbye message from Working Lunch BBC News, 30 July 2010.
  3. ^ (Press release statement) (17 July 2008). "New presenter line-up as Working Lunch relaunches". BBC Press Office.
  4. ^ Robinson, James (23 April 2010). "BBC axes Working Lunch". Guardian News and Media.
  5. ^ "BBC Points of view". Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  6. ^ Nik Wood BBC News, 19 February 2007.
  7. ^ Gillian Lacey-Solymar BBC News, 5 September 2006.
  8. ^ Simon Gompertz BBC News, 5 September 2006.
  9. ^ Rachel Horne BBC News, 5 September 2006.
  10. ^ Rob Pittam BBC News, 5 September 2006.
  11. ^ Why we're off air this week BBC News, 29 September 2008.
  12. ^ "A couple of things before you invest.... - BBC Working Lunch p.16 August 2001". Retrieved 12 November 2018.

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