Presenters Helen Skelton and Christine Lampard will front ITV’s Lorraine while Lorraine Kelly takes a break.

“I’m so excited for what will definitely be a trip of a lifetime and I feel very reassured to know that the show is in such safe hands while I’m away. I’ll be keeping in touch from Antarctica throughout my journey and I look forward to sharing my adventure with Lorraine viewers when I get back!” – Lorraine Kelly

The pair will be keeping Lorraine’s chair warm while she takes a special trip to mark her 25th wedding anniversary. She will be fulfilling a long held ambition by following the voyage, taken a century ago, by Polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in the South Atlantic to South Georgia.

Countryfile host Helen, who is also a published children’s author, presented the programme for a week last October and was an instant hit with Lorraine viewers. Helen, who has spent time in Antarctica, has a son called Ernie and one of the reasons she named him that was after the famous explorer Shackleton. Now expecting her second child, Helen will present the programme for a week from Monday 20th February and it will be her last presenting role before she goes on maternity leave.

The following week, former Daybreak co-host, Christine Lampard, who has most recently been anchoring Loose Women will step into Lorraine’s shoes to present the show for two weeks. Christine has presented on a number of ITV shows including Dancing on Ice, This Morning and factual series Wild Ireland. Alongside all the overnight showbiz news from Ross King in LA, Dr Hilary with the Pulse, Mark Heyes’ best fashion buys from the high street, there will also be exclusive coverage on London Fashion Week as well as the BRITS and from the Oscars.

“We’re delighted to welcome Helen back to Lorraine – along with her energy, sparkle and empathy and love of live TV. Christine shares this love for live TV and we’re excited to be introducing her to Lorraine viewers. Christine is a natural, warm and charismatic broadcaster and as she and Helen take their turn at the helm, the show promises to be as engaging, lively and entertaining as ever.” – Lorraine Editor Sue Walton

Helen Skelton will present ITV’s Lorraine from Monday 20th February for a week, Christine Lampard will present the show from 27th February for two weeks. Lorraine, ITV, weekdays 8.30am – 9.25am

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