One to Watch: This Morning… with Richard and Judy, ITV, STV and UTV at 10.30am
It’s been eighteen years since Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan sat down to present a whole live edition of This Morning, however, all that changes today as the original hosts return to the programme on its 31st anniversary.
Back in 2001 Richard and Judy decided to quit the daily magazine show for a teatime Channel 4 series after thirteen years as the lead hosts. Their switch to Channel 4 proved successful with the Richard and Judy show running for eight years; this was followed by a less successful primetime version on a UKTV channel. Despite these shows, and indeed solo presenting roles – Richard hosted game show Runway for ITV and Judy fronted consumer issues programme We Can Work It Out – the pair will be best remembered for their time on This Morning.
Today the duo are back, for one episode only, presenting the show for the first time from Television Centre in London. Richard and Judy launched This Morning in Liverpool at the Granada dockside studios for eight years before the show moved to London where they fronted the series from a specially created studio at the LWT Centre. What’s in store today? Well they have confirmed its ‘business as usual‘ no special look backs, no reflection just your everyday edition of This Morning – only hosted by its best presenters.
With journalist backgrounds and a happy marriage expect that hit-mix that made the show so popular initially, yes no need for faux ‘cock-ups’ and forced laughter today.