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Radio 1: The Jocks

EVANS, Chris

"I don't want you bringing your bad attitude in here!"INITIALLY AFFABLE inventive bloke in oddly-named Sunday lunchtime slot Too Much Gravy, revolving around such offbeat gambits as Mind The Gap, basically phoning an unsuspecting celebrity during a brief bit of silence in a pop record. Then he had a couple of big TV hits, and was duly repositioned as a Britpop-toting ‘Zoo Radio’ Breakfast host intended to increase Radio 1’s listenership tenfold. It worked for a bit, but then he got obnoxious, then arrogant (especially about his friendship with the Brothers Gallagher and the incredible feat of being more popular than a local radio DJ in a remote part of Scotland), then unlistenably vitriolic about individual Radio 1 ‘suits’, and finally tired and emotional before sidling out through the back door to concentrate on TFI Friday.



  1. Scary

    August 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Too Much Gravy was essentially just the best bits of his GLR Saturday/Sunday morning show (Round at Chris’s) re-hashed. However because there was no studio ‘audience’ it didn’t have the atmosphere or the spontaneity… and of course for the GLR listeners we’d heard it all before.

    Incidently his sidekicks on Round at Chris’s were now Jonathan Ross producer Andy Davies and Evan’s then wife no Loose Woman Carol Mcgiffin… who would quite often be absent because they’d ‘had a domestic’

  2. Matthew Rudd

    January 13, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Read. His. Book.

  3. johnny Foreigner

    April 7, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Did you Matthew?

  4. Matty

    May 21, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Chris Evans had one of the few genuinely interesting stories of British popular culture in the 1990s. From bright, brilliant young star of TV and radio to arrogant, unlikeable, presumptuous booze-head within the space of a few years. It’s nice that it all ended well with his return to radio a few years ago and, with it, much of his old form without the old problems.

  5. Anthony

    May 12, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    His downfall from grace out of Radio 1 was entirely his own making;to say things about your employer on the air that’s sin number one, then to go on with tasteless slurs, offensive jokes and taking pops at Bannister and Dann that’s sin number two, and to upset people in your job and leave them in floods of tears as he did do, that is the icing on the cake. He alienated too many people and he swore before he left.

  6. Glenn A

    July 23, 2017 at 11:19 am

    He was a boring, laddish berk in an era when boring laddishness was fashionable. Thank goodness for Hughie Mullins and CFM to provide an alternative in 1996. Also on Radio 2 Evans is his same namedropping self and talks at listeners rather than to them and seems to think he’s hosting a sports show as he’s forever droning on about whatever sporting borefest is on at the weekend. Sorry, Evans, play the bloody music and shut up.

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