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Working Lunch
Working Lunch.jpg
The Working Lunch titles
Genre Financial news
Created by BBC
Country of origin United Kingdom
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel BBC Two
Original run 19 September 1994 (1994-09-19) – present

Working Lunch is a television programme broadcast on BBC Two which covers business, personal finance and consumer news. The programme was first aired on 19 September 1994. It has become somewhat famous for its quirky, relaxed style, especially when compared to other BBC business shows such as World Business Report.

The original title sequence involved a goldfish trying to escape from a shark onboard a sunken ship. The programme graphics also reflected this style with a marine-themed studio background. Other graphics were in a "crude clipart" style.

The show relaunched on 6 October 2008, with new titles, set and presenters. The familiar goldfish and shark were replaced by a piggy bank. Presenters Adam Shaw, Paddy O'Connell and Nik Wood were replaced by Declan Curry and Naga Munchetty, the latter joining from Bloomberg TV.[1] The new format seems to be unpopular with viewers, as the vast majority of comments about it are negative.[2]


Presenters and reporters

Originally, the show was presented by Adam Shaw and Adrian Chiles. Chiles, who left the programme on 26 January 2007 after 12 years, became the co-host of the BBC One current affairs and lifestyle programme The One Show. He was replaced by Nik Wood. On Fridays, Paddy O'Connell fronted the show with Adam Shaw instead of Nik Wood. Both Shaw and O'Connell bowed out on 26 September 2008.

In 2007, former footballer Graeme le Saux presented a series of items recorded in his birthplace of Jersey. Jenny Culshaw, a senior producer on the show, also occasionally presents items.

Other members of the Working Lunch team include Simon Gompertz, Rachel Horne, Rachel Burden, Gillian Lacey-Solymar and Rob Pittam.

From 6 October 2008, a revamped lineup saw BBC Breakfast's former business presenter, Declan Curry and Naga Munchetty take over studio presentation, with Nik Wood returning to his former role of roving reporter, now alongside Rob Pittam.[3]

Broadcast schedule

The former Goldfish programme titles
  • Monday-Tuesday 12:30-1:00pm
  • Wednesday 1:30-2:00pm
  • Thursday-Friday 12:30-1:00pm

The programme is broadcast generally all year around, usually only taking a break for Easter, Christmas and some sports tournaments coverage, such as Wimbledon, the Olympic games and some golf. In 2009 for the first time since the programme began, Working Lunch took a Summer break for the whole of the month of August.

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