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21st August 2005

Season 42, Ep 34, Aired 8/21/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Presenters: Fearne Cotton with Rufus Hound Playlist: • Girls Aloud - Long Hot Summer [Performance] • Athlete - Tourist [Performance] • Elvis Costello - Oliver's Army [Archive Performance - Feb 1979] • Jamiroquai - Seven Days in Sunny June [Performance] • John Legend - Number One [Repeat Special Performance] • Ian Brown - All Ablaze [Performance] • They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul [Archive Performance - Mar 1990] • Jem - Wish I [Promo Video] • Super Furry Animals - Lazerbeam [Performance] • McFly - I'll Be Okay [Performance]moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Stuart McDonald

  • Amanda Church

  • Annie McDougall

  • Sally Darling

  • Sophie Butler

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Rufus: Girls Aloud there, who are both Aloud and, contrary to tabloid speculation, Girls.

    • Rufus: Not all of us were born on BBC ONE you know? Fearne: Actually, I was born on GMTV. Gutted(!). Rufus: Well, with my newly found sense of superiority then, we need to celebrate...

    Notes (3)

    • Not live: This episode was pre-recorded on 19th August 2005.

    • Wacky Wardrobe: Super Furry Animals appear wearing glow-in-the-dark suits which becomes very evident when the studio lights are switched off during the song.

    • Tune up: Girls Aloud's stage performance has a vehicle mechanics theme (as in the promo video) with a sign saying 'GA Autos'. All the girls wear overalls... but not for long.

    Trivia (10)

    • Onscreen Factoid: They Might Be Giants were formed in the early 80s by school pals John Linnell and John Flansburgh. The two Johns have been the only constant members in the band's ever-changing line-up. At one point the band was made up of the two Johns and three Dans: Dan Miller, Dan Hickney and Dan Weinkauf until one of the Dans left and was replaced by a Marty, which spoiled it for everyone!

    • Onscreen Factoid: McFly are the youngest band ever to debut with a number one album.

    • Onscreen Factoid: 'Notting Hill' star Rhys Ifans was once lead singer of Super Furry Animals.

    • Onscreen Factoid: Things could have been so different for Jemma [Jem] Griffiths. Despite writing and recording songs secretly back home in Cardiff since the age of 13 she almost ended up following in her dad's footsteps by becoming a barrister. But whilst studying law in Brighton by day, Jem was DJing around Brighton by night and soon decided that a career in music was her only option. The white wig never would've suited her anyway!

    • Onscreen Factoid: Ian Brown appeared in 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'

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    Allusions (1)

    • Caption: Elvis Costello is the son of British bandleader Ross McManus who was best known for performing a lemonade ad jingle in the 70s. Reference to the infamous 1970s TV commercial for 'R Whites' Lemonade.

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