The Big Breakfast was Channel 4’s lively irreverent, and often shambolic answer to the early morning offerings that ITV and the BBC were launching in the early Nineties.
A generation grew up with Chris Evans, Denise van Outen, Johnny Vaughan, Gaby Roslin, Kelly Brook and Zig and Zag.
Paula Yates wife of producer Bob Geldof, raised eyebrows with one of her “in bed” interviews with INXS singer Michael Hutchence, with whom she was reportedly having an affair at the time.
The show, which launched in September 1992, memorably dispensed with a conventional TV studio. Instead guests such as Gary Lineker and David Bowie travelled to a converted lockkeepers' cottage which fans usually called "The Big Breakfast House” located on Fish Island, in Bow in east London.
And now the house is up for sale at a knock-down price.
The property, which has been radically remodelled since its 1990s heyday, sits on just under half an acre of land and boasts its own unique London post code.
It’s a secluded bolt hole, surrounded by mature trees which ensure privacy, and its glass walkways are bullet proof, according to the listing from estate agents Hamptons.
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The full listing promises that buyers will benefit from a wraparound garden which ensures plenty of natural light and a 62-foot tear drop swimming pool.
The property has been extensively modernised with sustainably-renovated throughout to include beech wood and antique parquet, cast iron radiators, steel spiral staircases, Crittall doors and windows with a slate finish.
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The industrial kitchen was reclaimed and is open plan with the reception space. The majority of rooms offer amazing views of either the canal or the garden.
There’s also a separate cottage which has a sitting tenant and extensive workshop space. The property is regularly rented for shoots to production companies.
Hamptons say the “one of a kind home’ is more like a country house that sites in the heart of East London.
But even though the house is an extraordinary and unique opportunity, it hasn’t sold so the owners have knocked £1.15millon off the original price of £5.75million they were asking for last October. It’s now listed at a very reasonable £4,600,000.
The area, which was not so long ago, a post-industrial wasteland but now it’s a growing cultural hub with the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Ballet, University College London and a new theatre moving in.
The house could appeal to a Big Breakfast superfan that wanted to restore Lock-keepers’ Cottages to its original 1990s glory, or it could just go to a homebuyer that wanted to combine country living with a prime East London location, and needed bulletproof walkways, for some reason.
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