Episode From 21st October 1995
Many More Episodes To Come If Demand Is There For Them
MTV's Most Wanted started on April 14, 1992 at 20:30 CET on MTV Europe. Every Tuesday to Friday, Ray Cokes offered a lot of viewer interaction, funny jokes, live music, famous guests, and crazy competitions. While many believed the show to be sub-par at first, the quality of the program did increase with time. As it went on, the popularity of the shown reached enormous proportions. The end was announced as "quit while you are on top". It ran for four years, and the final show came on December 15, 1995. But Cokes would soon be back.
"Welcome to history boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen. Because this is the beginning of a new era, the beginning of a new series here on MTV. It's called MTV's Most Wanted. We wanted it, and you got it. NO! You wanted it and we got it!". That's how Cokes started the series.
Another entertaining aspect of the show was Cokes' interaction with his crazy crew of cameramen, producers, and soundmen. The crew members were treated as part of the family, and included people such as Andy (Andicam), Rob (Eééévening), Craig the cameraman (Hello Europe!, QVC), Tracy (The tyrant), Timmy (The tea boy), Naughty Nympho Nina, the assistants and Alain (the Dictator - Director).
Brought live from MTV HQ in London, Most Wanted managed to bring a smile to millions of European viewers: 60 million viewers across 38 countries to be exact. Not even the most terrible circumstances of war prevented people in former Yugoslavia from watching the show and laughing with Cokes' often repeated jokes.
Most Wanted started out as programme with a simple concept: a show where viewers could request a video. Although financial resources were limited, the show's popularity increased rapidly as a result of the successful concept and the host's unique and open style of presenting.