Chris Evans to host 20th anniversary episode of ‘TFI Friday’

Evans suggested on his radio show that live special would air in June

Chris Evans is bringing back TFI Friday for a live special to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show.

The special episode will be 90-minutes long and will air on June 12, Evans suggested on his Radio 2 breakfast show this week. “If it were to come back live on Channel 4 on June 12 at 9pm, 90 minutes up from an hour,” he teased. “If that were to happen, for example.”

TFI Friday was a hit Channel 4 show that ran from 1996 to 2000, playing host to some of the best live music of the Britpop era.

The show often courted controversy for running features such as ‘Freak Or Unique’, which saw people waiting outside the studio showing off a special talent each week. Shaun Ryder was once notoriously banned from ever appearing on Channel 4 again after he went on the show and repeatedly swore.

Plans for the special programme are yet to be announced, although Evans said last year that TV bosses had approached him about doing the show. “Channel 4 have asked us to do a TFI Friday 20th anniversary show and/or run next year,” he said at the time. “I was completely bang up for it until I did the maths last week and had to phone them and say it’s only 19 years next year, it’s actually 20 years the year after. I think they still want to go for it and just hope no-one notices.”