11/06/2015 12:48 BST | Updated 11/06/2015 13:00 BST

'TFI Friday' Returns: 14 Things We Didn't Have When The Show First Aired In 1996 (PICS)

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Nostalgia fans can look forward to the return of ‘TFI Friday’ to our screens this week, where Chris Evans will be taking the helm of the Channel 4 show for a one-off special, 15 years after it last hit the airwaves.


‘TFI Friday’ first burst onto our screens in 1996, and quickly made a name for itself as being one of the most chaotic shows on telly, thanks to its controversial mix of guests, politically incorrect segments and outrageous moments that had everyone gasping from their sofas.

Almost two decades later, and things are more than a little different. For one thing, if you missed ‘TFI Friday’ back in the day, there was no on-demand service to catch up with it, there were no digital recorders and there was definitely no pausing the live TV to make yourself a cup of tea when it all starts getting a bit lairy.

If you didn’t have a VHS recorder, you’d have to go without, and even if you did, you’d have to make sure no one else wanted to tape anything on the other side.

That’s not the only change that has happened in the past 19 years, though. Here are just 14 of the things we have today that we were solely lacking when ‘TFI Friday’ first aired in 1996...

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