Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush – tape 1833

A slight presentation glitch starts this tape of Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush.

Toothbrush glitch

But at least that ties the broadcast date to 23rd April 1994.

This episode comes from the Teddington Studios, as seen above, rather than LWT’s London Studios as it usually does. Chris Evans descends from the ceiling on a crescent moon singing When You Wish Upon A Star very badly, but I can’t tell if he’s doing it ironically, or if he’s really trying and that’s the best he can do.

Chris Evans Wishing on a Star


Musical guest is Barry White, and it’s a special episode because, if the couple competing for the holiday win, the entire audience get a holiday to Eurodisney.

And I night be wrong, but I think the Polaroid Sponsor bumbers feature Paul Putner, off of This Morning with Richard Not Judy.

Paul Putner

the next episode (the last in the series) has a bit of a Eurovision theme. Chris sings Save All Your Kisses For Me. The musical guest is Jerry Lee Lewis, except he didn’t turn up.

No big stunt like last week’s, but this time three couples play for the big holiday in Rio.

The recording stops after this episode, so it’s a short tape.


  • Ford Probe
  • Bodyform
  • Flake
  • Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum
  • Carlsberg – Angus Deayton
  • Jif
  • trail: Big Breakfast


  1. In terms of light entertainment, I think that episode of Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush is of absolutely pivotal importance, the whole series was a massive influence on the likes of Ant and Dec but that particular episode was absolutely unbelievable at the time. To that end we (I) highligted it as part of TV Cream’s Greatest TV Moments…

    Evans himself even attempted to get a whole series out of the concept with his dreadful flop lottery show Red Alert where every week an entire street would go on holiday, but it was a total mess. If it seems less exciting now, it’s only because loads of other shows have been influenced by it, but it was genuinely thrilling at the time.

    1. During the show, Evans himself said “It’ll never happen again” – doing it every week would just turn it into an entitlement.

      It’s odd how DFYT has become an obscure footnote, because, as you say, it felt hugely influential at the time. Have Channel 4 ever had a live Saturday Night entertainment show again?

      1. In 1997 they did Last Chance Lottery with Patrick Kielty which was just the most blatant attempt to ape Toothbrush, it was virtually the same show. There’s no need to do them now, I suppose, given BBC1 and ITV have so many shows that owe so much to Toothbrush.

        Everyone’s forgotten it now but the BBC bought the format a few years later and were going to remake it with MTV’s Ray Cokes. But they didn’t in the end.

      2. I saw a bit of Gaby Roslin’s ‘Whatever You Want’ which was clearly trying to be in the same vein. It wasn’t very good.

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