T4 hosts: Where are the faces of 2000s Channel 4 weekends?


It was the law in the 2000s that if you were out on Saturday night, Sunday morning would be spent on the couch in front of T4 on Channel 4, hungover.

A hybrid weekend morning of presenters interviewing celebrity guests, Hollyoaks omnibus and Friends episodes and cheeky Popworld and its teenage presenters like Miquita Oliver and Simon Amstell.

It also hosted his bouncy beach gigs, T4 on the Beach for seven years in Weston-Super-Mare, before Pop Beach performed in Great Yarmouth from 2002.

Many presenters are still on TV today as the show, which ran from 1998 to 2012 on Channel 4 and E4, served as a launchpad 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 his standout moments on the show. Since leaving, she has appeared on The Pledge by Loose Women and Sky News.

A dedicated diversity advocate, June has authored two books, Diversify: Six Degrees of integration and The power of women and in 2019 became the BBC’s first director of creative diversity.

Vernon Kaye

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

What about Vern?

Since joining T4 for five years, in 2000, it seemed like he never left our screens with presenting duties on All Star Family Fortunes, Beat the Star, Gameshow Marathon, Splash!, his shows from Radio1 weekend and more.

Over the past decade, the 47-year-old former model, who is married to Tess Daly with whom he has two daughters, has been on TV a bit less, until his successful stint on I’m a Celebrity in 2020. This Morning and hosted Game of Talents on ITV.

Margherita Taylor

Co-host of Dermot and a member of the T4 team from 1999 to 2001, Margherita is a regular Sunday host 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? He really disappeared from the radar after his three years on T4. Of course we are kidding! Like Vernon, Dermot became one of the UK’s most prolific television presenters.

Now 48, he was one of the original presenters from 1998 to 2001 and has appeared on primetime television ever since, with presenting roles on Big Brother’s Little Brother, Comic Relief, The X Factor, Children in Need, hosting Royal Wedding coverage and loads more.

Since 2010 he has co-presented Soccer Aid, he led the National Television Awards from 2010 to 2019, he recently joined This Morning as a co-presenter and ITV’s 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 idol was frontman of T4 for seven years from 2003 after working on Welsh music show The Pop Factory broadcast from Porth in Rhondda.

Steve made show headlines for his brief fling with Pamela Anderson and his romance with actress Hayden Panettiere in the 2000s, but he put it all behind him when he married Phylicia Jackson in 2014.

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

Since 2016, he has been the leading coverage of Formula 1 on Channel 4.

Ben Shepherd

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

Ben, 47, also presents ITV’s daily quiz show, Tipping Point.

David Berry

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

You will also have seen it on the reboot of Keith Lemon’s Through the Keyhole and Holly Willoughby of Surprise, Surprise.

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

Rick Edwards

Rick presented T4 for four years from 2007 and during the 2010s he was on TV fronting various shows such as the Made in Chelsea specials, Tool Academy, London Paralympic Games coverage on Channel 4, Safeword and Impossible.

He is currently the presenter of the Radio 5 Live Breakfast Show alongside Rachel Burden.

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

Miquita Olivier

At just 16 when she started as a Popworld presenter alongside Simon Amstell in 2001, Miquita moved on to a lead 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 heard insulting singer Kesha.

During the 2010s, Miquita, who is the daughter of TV chef Andi Oliver, presented shows like Young, British and Broke: The Truth About Payday Loans, The Month With Miquita and she was part of the TV series of the BBC 24 Hours in the Past.

Time spent with 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, can be seen on TV alongside her mother on BBC2’s Celebrity Gogglebox and The Caribbean with Andi and Miquita.

His presenter buddy, Simon, who was adored for his super goofy celebrity interviews, went on to host Never Mind the Buzzcocks where he made famous people even more goofy (cough, cough Preston from Ordinary Boys). After three years of delighting viewers with his acerbic humor, he’s gone on to projects like his sitcom Grandma’s House, mockumentary Carnage, and a successful stand-up career. His latest special, Set Free, is on Netflix.

Alexa Chung

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

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

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

Alexa still has her own fashion brand.

Nick Grimshaw

His unmistakable Oldham drawl was on T4’s Freshly Squeezed for two years from 2010 and since then he’s been a staple of Radio 1, hosting Radio 1 Breakfast for six years between 2012 and 2018. He was on the Drivetime show until last year, 14 years old. after his debut at the station.

The 37-year-old was also judged on The X Factor in 2014 and most recently has been on Celebrity Gogglebox with neice, Liv and featured on The Great British Bake Off For Stand Up to Cancer.

Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil
Jameela Jamil

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

In 2012, she made history as the first solo host of the Radio 1 Chart Show.

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

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


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