The 25th anniversary of This Morning will bring back on the screens the much beloved couple-on screen and off-screen- Richard Madeley and Judy Finningan. The pair hosted the show from 1988 until 2001 and they became the most easily recognized pair of British television faces.
The married couple met the first time in 1982, when they were working on different programmes for Granada TV. After leaving This Morning they had their own chat show on Channel 4, called “Richard and Judy”, which ran from 2001 until 2009. Richard is still presenting, but his wife stepped back from the television life to focus on her writing career.
The presenters of This Morning want to reunite the whole gang for the October anniversary, which will probably take place in Liverpool, the show’s initial home. Richard declared I can’t think of any of the regulars who’ve popped their clogs, so fingers crossed we’ll all be there. It will be great. I’m not to say too much but Liverpool is very much in the picture. We were at Albert Dock last week promoting Judy’s novel and we went to where we used to… yeah, it’s a café now. It was a strange feeling.
Someone who might not join the celebration is former host John Leslie. He was charged with unproven rape allegations in 2002, and a source told The Sun that while nobody is banned from coming to the anniversary it is unlikely that John will join. He might be part of the montage but they haven’t decided on that yet.