This is the new Shiver show that breaks into the archives to reveal the television debuts of some of Britain’s best-loved actors and actresses, presenters and pop stars.
You Saw Them Here First is jam-packed with baby-faces, mullets, dodgy fashions, fresh-faced actors and shaggy haired chefs; all serving up their television debuts. Plus, some lucky stars visit the show’s video-vault where they come face to face with their past as they’re confronted with long-forgotten footage from yester-year.
Narrated by Robert Webb, You Saw Them Here First features television firsts from acting royalty Dame Judy Dench, Sean Connery and Dame Maggie Smith, top TV talent such as Chris Tarrant, Eamonn Holmes and Declan Donnelly, and pop stars including Ed Sheeran, Charlotte Church and Jessie J.
The programme features Cheryl Cole dancing in a bright yellow leotard on a children’s TV show and a cross dressing Jude Law being banged to rights by Sherlock Holmes.
You Saw Them Here First has delved into the archives to unearth various Hollywood greats who started out on the small screen. This fascinating footage reveals some facts you may not have known about these A-list stars, including: Daniel Craig has always been happy to flash a bit of flesh it seems, wearing just his underwear in an early nineties episode of Boon; Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville played a drug addled aristocrat who dramatically dies skidding on his knees; Judi Dench went all Italian whilst playing a barmaid; and Halle Berry’s skimpy blue swimsuit impressed the judges of Miss USA 1986.
In the first episode Coronation Street’s Michelle Collins is first to enter the ‘video booth’ and she comes face to face with clips from her past both as an actress and a backing singer. Michelle’s musical onscreen debut was in the 1982 David Essex Showcase. As she watches her twenty-year-old-self performing onscreen, Michelle sings along in the booth to ‘Just what I always wanted’.
Other stars highlighted in this episode of screen debuts include: Stephen Mulhern, Eamonn Holmes, Naomi Campbell, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale, Sean Connery, Suranne Jones, Penelope Wilton, Jenny McAlpine and Gordon Ramsay.
You Saw Them Here First is produced by Shiver, exclusively for ITV. 8pm, Wednesday 31st July (Ep. 1) and Wednesday 7th August (Ep. 2).