Professional beard-wrangler and Mr Blobby fetishist, Noel Edmonds, is something of an enigma. First of all, watching recent episodes of Deal Or No Deal we became convinced that he’s made a deal with the Devil. Seriously, the man has not aged. We then pondered that he might actually be the Devil after we reminded ourselves of this clip from ’80s television atrocity, The Late, Late Breakfast Show.
The show was known for its stunts. Stunts so big and insane that they nearly brought about legal action from the Health and Safety Executive. Watch this clip and it’s easy to see why.
First, Guy Skippon launches his Mk1 Escort up a ramp at a really-not-slow rate of speed. The car flies. Good. Then it crashes into the crowd. Bad. That’s… bad. John Peel, god rest him, tries to remain calm, but you can tell by the shift in his normally chilled voice that all is not well. Bad times.
Does Noel call it a day? Does he buggery! So Rich Smith winds his – you’ll love this – JENSEN INTERCEPTOR up to 140mph and takes flight through the wreckage of the Escort. And by the looks of it, it had no cage or any kind of safety other than poor Smith’s prayers. A fractured pelvis, head, neck and back injuries later, and Smith was on the ground.
All on live, Saturday morning TV. All the alleged brainchild of Edmonds, who seemed completely unfazed that a man might be, you know, dead, when the camera cut back to him. The ’80s were weird.