TFI Friday was the chaotic show that tore up the rule book.

The wacky Channel 4 programme, which launched in February 1996, was must-watch television thanks to the hilarious antics from host Chris Evans.

Coming from the mind of funnyman Danny Baker, TFI Friday was a symbol of 90s rebellion with its edgy and innovative ideas.

Whether you were staying in or going out on a Friday night it was the go-to show at 6pm.

The audience stood around a bar which guests would have to walk up to for interviews in the pub-style set - getting a drink off of Andrew the Barman.

While a host of sensational artists performed live in the studio including Aerosmith, David Bowie, Kylie Minogue and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

But with the shambolic show pushing boundaries it was often caught up in controversy.

Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder swore during an interview on the second show of the first series, then repeatedly shouted the F-word during a live show a month later.

Other iconic moments included Kylie snogging Geri Halliwell, Noel Galagher joking about "casing the joint" and Ewan McGregor saying the Tory government had "f***ed everything up".

Sadly it all came to an end in December 2000, but the show was briefly revived for one series in 2015.

So what are all the stars of TFI Friday up to now?

Chris Evans


Chris Evans brought smiles to all our faces


Writer and presenter Chris Evans was the star of the show - becoming a national treasure.

After the decline of the show, he handed over presenting duties for the final series to a string of guest host pals including The Spice Girls, Sara Cox and Elton John.

When TFI Friday was axed he continued hosting Virgin Radio's breakfast show but his contract was terminated in June 2001 after repeatedly failed to turn up to work for several days after being snapped boozing.

Evans set up UMTV in August 2002, his own radio and TV production company, but struggled to get high ratings.

In September 2005 he permanently joined Radio 2 and had success with his Saturday afternoon and Drivetime shows.

Shaun Ryder on TFI Friday
Shaun Ryder on TFI Friday with Chris Evans

He took over the Radio 2 Breakfast Show from Terry Wogan in January 2011 then left again for Virgin Radio in September 2018.

He became Top Gear presenter in June 2015 on a three-year deal but stepped down after just a year after receiving criticism from viewers for his presenting style.

Back in 2016, Chris was forced to defend himself against 'bullying' claims dating back to the 90s when he worked on The Big Breakfast.

Evans was at the centre of claims he 'bullied' co-workers and ­allegedly reduced one female producer on his Radio 2 show to tears.

Former co-host John Revell claimed Evans was "out of control" and BBC bosses were "scared to confront him" as he called on BBC chief Tony Hall to suspend him.

Defending Evans, the BBC hit back by saying there was nothing to investigate and other allegations against his conduct on Top Gear were "completely untrue".

Chris Evans joined Top Gear

At the time, they said: "There is nothing to investigate as the accusation that Chris’s ­behaviour has fallen below the standards required of BBC staff since taking on Top Gear are completely untrue – something we have made clear a number of times.”

Chris' friends insisted he wad the victim of a "vindictive witch hunt" as part of a smear campaign to damage his career.

While Chris defended himself against the allegations and revealed the stress it was putting his family under.

"All these bullying claims and other allegations are just ridiculous," he told The Sunday Mirror.

"I'm not a bully. But of course if you sling enough mud, some will stick to the wall.

"Is it hurtful to see your wife - or your children - upset? Of course it is."

Danny Baker


Danny Baker was the writer behind the show


Danny Baker was the mastermind behind TFI Friday.

The comedy writer, radio DJ and all-round funnyman went on to present the morning radio show on BBC London 94.9 from 2002 to 2012.

He also wrote a three-volume autobiography, which was used as the basis for his BBC sitcom Cradle to Grave in 2015.

Close friends with former England striker Gary Lineker, the pair have worked together on their own podcast, Behind Closed Doors.

Danny Baker was fired from the BBC

Baker was rocked by a racism scandal in May 2019 when he tweeted a picture of a chimpanzee with the caption: "Royal Baby leaves hospital" after the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby.

After causing the Twitter storm he was sacked by the BBC.

Baker confessed it was "one of the worst days of my life" and said he was "paying the price for this crass and regrettable blunder".

In an apology tweet, he wrote: "But it was a genuine, naive and catastrophic mistake. There is of course little media/twitter traction in such a straight-forward explanation. The picture in context as presented was obviously shamefully racist. It was never intended so - seriously who on earth would 'go there'?"

He added: "Anyway I am now paying the price for this crass and regrettable blunder and rightly so. Probably even this final word from me will extend the mania. ('Dog whistle' anyone?) I would like to thank friends on here for their kinder words and once again - I am so, so sorry."

Will MacDonald


Will McDonald then and now


Evans's on-screen sidekick Will ‘Wiiiiill’ Macdonald was actually also a producer on the show.

The audience would point their fingers at Will and chant his name when he came on.

Speaking of his fondest TFI moments in 2015, Will said: "Memory’s quite strange when it comes to TFI Friday. Right now, there are lots of people around the office watching old tapes and there’s a whole bunch of stuff I can’t recall at all.

"Apparently I laid in a bath of hot water for an entire episode but have no recollection of it whatsoever.

"We were in such a bubble, it all came thick and fast and was fuelled by alcohol, so there’s a startling amount I can’t remember. It’s a bit like childbirth - you look back and have fond memories but conveniently forget the pain involved."

Since the show, Will went on to be executive producer for ABC's My Kind of Town, Swinging and more recently Made in Chelsea.

Andrew 'The Barman' Carey


Andrew the barman in TFI Friday 1996


Andrew the Barman was many viewers' favourite.

He poured drinks for some very famous faces while standing behind the on-set bar.

Back in 2012, it was reported that Andrew sold a pub in Belsize Park, north London for a staggering £2 million.

When rumours of a revival were swirling, Andrew claimed it was a "great idea" to bring TFI Friday back and joked about adding "a few extra noughts" to his fee.

So he was "shocked, disgusted and disappointed" when he was not invited back by Channel 4 bosses to take part in the revived series.

"I think it’s disgusting that they did an anniversary show, and ran clips from the original series, but did not see fit to invite me or any of the other regulars from the series, told the Irish Post in June 2015.

"They had a bar there on the night but they didn’t invite me and I’ve no idea why."

He added: "The bottom line is I am disappointed, disgusted and I think it’s ridiculous the way they did that show – without all the old faces that people would remember and want to see."