T4 presenters: Where are the faces of Channel 4 weekends from the noughties?


In the noughties it was the rule that if you were out on a Saturday night, you’d spend Sunday morning hungover on the sofa in front of T4 on Channel 4.

A weekend morning hybrid of hosts interviewing celebrity guests, Hollyoak’s Omnibus and Friends episodes, and cheeky Popworld and its teenage hosts like Miquita Oliver and Simon Amstell.

It also hosted its jumping beach concerts, T4 on the Beach, in Weston-Super-Mare for seven years before Pop Beach was held in Great Yarmouth from 2002.

Many of the presenters can still be seen on television today as the show, which ran on both Channel 4 and E4 from 1998 to 2012, served as the launch pad for their careers.

June sarpong

June sarpong in 2002.

June hosted from 2000 to 2007, and interviewing Tony Blair – When Tony Met June – was one of her standout moments on the show. Since leaving, she has appeared on Loose Women and Sky News’ The Pledge.

A committed advocate for diversity, June has written two books, Diversify: Six Degrees of integration and The power of women and became the BBC’s first Director of Creative Diversity in 2019.

Vernon Kaye

Vernon Kay at Clothes Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham in 2002.
Vernon Kay in 2002.

What can we say about Vern?

Joining T4 for five years in 2000 it seemed like he never left our screens as he has hosted All Star Family Fortunes, Beat the Star, Gameshow Marathon, Splash!, his Radio1 weekend shows and more.

In the past decade, the 47-year-old former model – who is married to Tess Daly, with whom he has two daughters – has been seen on television a little less until his successful appearance on 2020’s I’m a Celebrity. He has stepped in for This Morning and hosted Game of Talents on ITV.

Margaret Taylor

Margherita, co-host of Dermot and a member of the T4 team from 1999 to 2001, is a regular Sunday presenter on Smooth Radio.

The 49-year-old is also a presenter on Escape to the County and was also a presenter on Countryfile.

Margarita Taylor and Dermot O’Leary in 2000

Dermot O’Leary

Hey, what happened to this guy? After his three years at T4, he’s really off the radar. Of course we joke! Like Vernon, Dermot has gone on to become one of the most prolific television presenters in Britain.

The 48-year-old was one of the original presenters from 1998 to 2001 and hasn’t stopped appearing on primetime TV since, with roles on Big Brother’s Little Brother, Comic Relief, The X Factor, Children in Need, Royal Wedding Coverage Hosting, and The X Factor. loads more.

He has co-hosted Soccer Aid since 2010, hosted the National Television Awards from 2010-2019 and most recently has co-hosted ITV’s This Morning and The Pet Show with Gavin & Stacey’s Joanna Page. He also presents his Radio 2 show on Saturday mornings.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

The Tylorstown heartthrob fronted T4 for seven years from 2003 after working on Welsh music show The Pop Factory, broadcast from Porth in Rhondda.

Steve made headlines on the show for his brief fling with Pamela Anderson and his romance with actress Hayden Panettiere in the ’00s, but he put all of that behind him when he married Phylicia Jackson in 2014.

Since leaving T4, Steve, 44, has presented gigs at The X Factor USA, Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose and Channel 4’s Sex Box.

He has fronted Channel 4’s Formula 1 coverage since 2016.

Ben Shepherd

Another early T4 presenter, Good Morning Britain’s Ben, was on the show for just a year from 1999.

Ben, 47, also presents daily ITV quiz Tipping Point.

David Berry

Now Absolute Radio’s breakfast show regular Dave, 43, had a brief stint on T4 in 2006/2007.

You’ll also have seen him in Keith Lemon’s Through the Keyhole and Holly Willoughby’s remake of Surprise, Surprise.

Once engaged to Sugababes’ Heidi Range, Dave is now married to charity communications and marketing consultant Sarah-Jane Davies.

Rick Edwards

Rick presented T4 for four years beginning in 2007 and has appeared on television in the 2010s fronting various shows such as Made in Chelsea Specials, Tool Academy, Channel 4’s London Paralympics coverage, Safeword and Impossible.

He currently hosts Radio 5 Live’s Breakfast Show alongside Rachel Burden.

T4 on the Beach Steve Jones, Jameela Jamil, Miquita Oliver, Rick Edwards and Nick Grimshaw

Miquita Oliver

Just 16 when she started as a Popworld presenter alongside Simon Amstell in 2001, Miquita moved into a starring role as a T4 presenter in 2006 and stayed for four years.

She left after her contract was not renewed following a six-week suspension after she was overheard insulting singer Kesha.

In the 2010s, Miquita, daughter of TV chef Andi Oliver, hosted shows such as Young, British and Broke: The Truth About Payday Loans, The Month With Miquita and was part of the BBC TV series 24 Hours in the Past”.

Bygone Times starring Tyger Drew-Honey, Miquita Oliver, Ann Widdecombe, Alistair McGowan, Colin Jackson and Zoe Lucker
Miquita in 24 In the Past with Tyger Drew-Honey, Ann Widdecombe, Alistair McGowan, Colin Jackson and Zoe Lucker

Recently, Miquita, 37, starred on TV alongside her mother on Celebrity Gogglebox and BBC2’s The Caribbean with Andi and Miquita.

Their host Simon, who was loved for his super awkward celebrity interviews, hosted Never Mind the Buzzcocks, where he made famous people even more embarrassing (cough, cough Preston from Ordinary Boys). After three years of wowing viewers with his snarky humor, he quit pursuing projects like his sitcom Grandma’s House, the mockumentary Carnage, and a successful stand-up career. His latest special, Set Free, is available on Netflix.

Alexa Chung

After working on Popworld since 2006, Alexa landed the role of one of T4’s main anchors in 2008, but only stayed for another year.

After moving to the US in 2009, she worked for MTV and NBC. A model and fashion muse for many designers, Mulberry has named a bag after her, has worked with and interviewed some of the biggest fashion designers in the world and published her book It in 2013.

In 2019, she launched her own YouTube channel and co-hosted Netflix’s Next in Fashion with Queer Eye’s Tan France, which was canceled after one series.

Alexa also has her own fashion brand.

Nick Grimshaw

His distinctive Oldham draw was featured on T4’s Freshly Squeezed for two years from 2010 and he has since been a fixture on Radio 1, where he hosted Radio 1 Breakfast for six years between 2012 and 2018. Up until last year, for 14 years, he was doing the Drivetime show following his debut on the station.

The 37-year-old was also a guest judge on The X Factor in 2014 and more recently he has been on Celebrity Gogglebox with his niece Liv and was a contestant on The Great British Bake Off For Stand Up to Cancer.

Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil
Jameela Jamil

Today, Jameela is a hit actress in the US with roles in The Good Place and the upcoming She Hulk show on Disney+. She started at T4 in 2009, where she stayed for three years.

In 2012 she made history as the first female solo presenter on the Radio 1 Chart Show.

It was when Jameela moved to the US in 2016 and bagged the role of Tahani in The Good Place and also became the host of the game show The Misery Index in 2019.

In 2018, she launched her “I Weigh” Instagram account in response to the Kardashian sisters’ obsession with woman’s weight, describing the resulting movement as “a movement … for us to feel worthy and see how amazing.” we are, and looking beyond the flesh is our bones”. The resulting podcast was nominated for a People’s Choice Award.


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