Sunday Brunch was back with presenters Tim Lovejoy, 52, and Simon Rimmer, 57, on hand to host the Channel 4 show. However, to mark the 25th birthday of soap opera Hollyoaks next week, the programme’s theme tune was replaced by the soundtrack which plays to the credits of the weeknight serial drama. Taking to social media, it seems viewers weren’t too happy with the shake-up imposed at the beginning of the latest episode.
Even Tim was unsure of what happened as once the title sequence had played, he said: “I’m confused – is this Hollyoaks or Sunday Brunch?”
The presenter then explained viewers would have heard the soap’s theme tune and they were joined by actors Nick Pickard, 45, and Jennifer Metcalfe, 37, to mark the anniversary celebrations.
Simon joked: “I bet [those watching at home] thought they’d pressed the wrong button,” and it seems they did.
Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: “Omg I almost switched off when I heard #hollyoaks theme tune #SundayBrunch #confused.”
“Haven’t watched #Hollyoaks since I was at Uni but somehow still recognised the theme tune when it played over #SundayBrunch just now?” another confused viewer remarked.
“I’m more of a Brookside fan #SundayBrunch,” a third commented, to which a fourth posted: “‘What’s your favourite Hollyoaks moment?’ – The end credits! #SundayBrunch.”
Taking to their official Twitter account, Sunday Brunch bosses shared their excitement at having the stars of the soap on the show.
Captioning an image of the pair, sat socially distanced at the table, the post read: “It’s great to be celebrating 25 years of @Hollyoaks with @missjenjomet and Nick Pickard #SundayBrunch.”
However, there has been a number of changes to the show since the pandemic hit the UK back in March with guests speaking via video.
Tim has previously spoken out about working alongside Simon, explaining they have a lot of fun together both on and off-screen.
“We’re like Morecambe and Wise, we go to bed together in our pyjamas and get up the next morning,” the presenter joked.
“We spend every Sunday together, we see each other sometimes on a Saturday night, generally we speak to each other most days on the phone.
“We’re genuine friends which makes it so much fun,” the Sunday Bruch host said of his working relationship with his co-star in an interview with Digital Spy.
Simon has also spoken about his admiration for Tim, explaining: “We’ve worked together for ten years and we’ve never fallen out.
“We might have a little sulk with each other every now and then but he is genuinely one of my best friends in the whole world.”
The presenter also told Huffington Post he takes his job “very seriously” and has never done anything to put it at risk.
“I’ve done it without sleep, but never hungover and never drunk in ten years. Never ever ever. I love my job too much.”
Sunday Brunch airs at 9:30am on Channel 4.