​cult tv show 'eurotrash' returns for one night only on eve of europe vote

Jean Paul Gaultier and Antoine de Caunes are set to remind us Brits of the ‘many, varied and occasionally alarming cultural delights enjoyed by our European cousins.'

by Charlotte Gush
10 May 2016, 1:50pm

Channel 4 has confirmed that cult late-night TV show Eurotrash will make a comeback for one night only on the evening before Brits go to the polls to vote on whether or not we should remain in the European Union — Thursday, June 23.

In this "édition spécial," presenters Antoine de Caunes and French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier will remind "their straight-laced British chums" (that's us) of the "many, varied, and occasionally alarming cultural delights enjoyed by our European cousins," according to a statement.

Broadcast between 1993 and 2007, Eurotrash took a sexy, kitschy look at the proclivities of our of our continental friends, providing a thrillingly camp take on European politics, art, (naked) sporting events and, erm, beauty standards, with celebrity appearances from the worlds of fashion — including Naomi Campbell, Giorgio Armani, J Alexander and Tyra Banks; music — Björk, Kylie Minogue, Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder; film — John Waters, Lars Von Trier and Pedro Almodovar; and photography — Jean Paul Goude and Ellen von Unworth.

Ahead of the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union, Antoine and Jean Paul will showcase a variety of "crazy continentals" from Spain to the Ukraine, to remind the British public that "without them, we really are just a very sad and insignificant little island with bad food and terrible teeth."

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It's not the first time Antoine and Jean Paul have reunited since the show stopped in 2007. In fact, i-D got the Eurotrash team together in 2014 to celebrate the opening of Gaultier's Barbican exhibition with a kilt-wearing dance-off judged by Jade Parfitt, and to reminisce about the time they taught Carla Bruni, future first lady of France, to say "Please put a finger in my ass" in many different languages.

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Jean Paul Gaultier