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U2 and Take That hail return of TFI Friday

By | Published on Tuesday 13 October 2015


The return of ‘TFI Friday’, if nothing else, means a new addition to the scarce collection of slots available for promoting new music on mainstream British TV. So I’m sure everyone out there struggling to be heard will be heartened to know that producers have decided to give plucky upstarts Take That and U2 a chance on the series premiere this Friday.

“It wouldn’t be the first episode of ‘TFI’ without one of the biggest bands in the world, if not the biggest”, says presenter Chris Evans. “We’re over the moon that we’ve got U2 on the show. They’re coming in specially, flying straight from a show in Antwerp and straight back to Cologne, making the time just for us, and we certainly plan to make the most of it”.

Punk duo Slaves will also appear, so my opening was slightly facetious. Oh well. The series will run for ten weeks, after which its future is uncertain. Evans has said that his contract to present the next series of ‘Top Gear’ for the BBC prevents him from returning to the Channel 4 show again.