This Morning (TV programme)
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|Presented by||Philip Schofield (2002-)
Holly Willoughby (2009-)
Ruth Langsford (2006-)
Eamonn Holmes (2006-)
(See full list)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Executive producer(s)||Fiona Keenaghan
|Location(s)||Albert Dock (1988-96)
The London Studios (1996-)
|Running time||120 minutes (weekdays)
60-75 minutes (weekends)
|Production company(s)||ITV Studios
|Original channel||ITV, STV, UTV|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original run||3 October 1988– present|
This Morning is a British daytime television programme broadcast on ITV. As of September 2011, its main presenters are Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, and Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, with various other presenters standing in for illness or contributing to sections of the programme.
The show was devised by Granada Television and was first broadcast from studios at the Albert Dock in Liverpool on 3 October 1988. It was presented by married couple Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan until July 2001. The show relocated to The London Studios in 1996.
It features news, topical items, showbiz, style and beauty, home and garden, food, health, real life and more similar features. This Morning airs daily on ITV, the live weekday editions air from 10:30 lasting 120 minutes, whilst pre-recorded weekend editions air at varying times lasting 60 minutes. Since early 2012, the Sunday edition of the show has been dropped. Since 2010, during the summer, This Morning: Summer has aired on the same channel at the same time slot. It is generally a continuation of the same format effectively making the show a year-round broadcast, however it does not feature the main presenters, Schofield and Willoughby.
The show has won three consecutive National Television Awards for Best Daytime Programme.
This Morning is currently hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby between Monday and Thursday, and Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on Fridays and school holidays. Jeff Brazier, Matt Johnson, Stephen Mulhern, and Emma Willis present segments in The Hub. This Morning reporters include Paul Ross, Jenni Falconer and Alison Hammond.
From October 1988 to July 2001, This Morning was presented by husband and wife team Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. At this time the show was very popular attracting around two million viewers daily. From time to time, during their holidays, they were replaced for short stints by guest presenters such as Stephen Rhodes and Alison Keenan. Originally the show was broadcast from a studio inside the Albert Dock in Liverpool. As part of the show weather presenter Fred Talbot used a floating map of the British Isles to report the forecast. A clip of a streaker running onto Fred Talbot's weather map in 1995 is regularly shown on clip shows.
For the beginning of the Autumn 1996 series was relocated to LWT's Television Centre (now The London Studios) in London, coinciding with a housing relocation for Madeley and Finnigan and to secure even more celebrity guests for the show. From 1998 onwards, Richard and Judy hosted only the Monday to Thursday editions, with regular guest presenters hosting on Fridays: during the tenth series Caron Keating and Ross Kelly presided, and from series 11 in 1999 Fern Britton and John Leslie were regular presenters of Friday's show.
When Richard and Judy departed the series in 2001, they were replaced by Coleen Nolan and Twiggy, with Britton and Leslie remaining on Fridays. However, when Nolan and Twiggy proved less popular with viewers, Britton and Leslie took on the full job of presenting the show and brought the ratings back up to around one million. In 2002, after certain allegations were made in the press about his private life, Leslie was dismissed.
Lorraine Kelly joined the team in 2003, to co-present with Phillip Schofield on a Monday and a Friday. This was to enable Fern Britton to spend more time with her family. Kelly left This Morning in March 2006 to concentrate on her GMTV programme (GMTV with Lorraine), as well as to spend more time at home. Schofield and Britton presented the show from Monday to Thursday, whilst Ruth Langsford presented the show on Fridays alongside Schofield. Joined by Eamonn Holmes, Langsford also presented the show during school holidays and since September 2008, the real life couple host the show each Friday. However, this wasn't the first time the couple had appeared presenting the show, having presented a special edition in 2002 to coincide with the Queen's jubilee.
In March 2009, Fern Britton announced that she was to quit the show and was replaced by Holly Willoughby in September 2009. On 17 July 2009 Fern Britton presented her final show with a list of friends and celebrities after 10 years of presenting. A relaunch of This Morning took part at the same time and subsequently the ratings rose by 20%.
The show has been presented by only one presenter five times in its history. The first by Madeley while Finnigan was ill with a cold. Three times by Britton; in 2002 following the allegations against Leslie, in 2008 when Schofield was absent due to his sick father, on 2 February 2009 when Schofield became snowed in at home and was unable to make it into the studios, and once on 23 March 2009 when Britton fell ill just before the opening of the show.
In March 2010 Karl Newton announced that This Morning would air seven days a week, with two new one-hour shows being broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays. Schofield and Willoughby present pre-recorded links in between compilations of the past week's programming - beginning on 20 March 2010. Also on 1 March 2010, This Morning began an interactive cooking event, named This Morning Cook In!, where each week, five viewers and a celebrity guest cook along, via Skype, with the chefs on the day of the event. Gino D'Acampo and Phil Vickery have been the two hosting chefs to be a part of This Morning Cook In!.
The current series of the show began on 6 September 2010, the twenty second, with Willoughby and Schofield returning from the summer break. The new series features a brand new kitchen designed by Magnet and an addition to the show called This Morning Hub, where messages from Twitter and Facebook users, as well as emails and texts are read out. The Hub presenters are Steven Mulhern, Emma Willis and Matt Johnson. A new look version of the website was launched for the new series.
On 4 April 2011, ITV confirmed that presenter of travel items on the show Jenni Falconer, and Friday co-presenter Ruth Langsford would cover Holly Willoughby, from 14 April for the first six weeks. Ruth will present the first three weeks with Jenni the final three. Jenni Falconer filled in for Holly, on the 12th April 2011, as it was announced by Phillip Schofield that Holly may or may not be in labour. Schofield confirmed via Twitter that indeed Holly was in labour. Falconer covered the remainder of Willoughby's leave until 14 July 2011.
The show has proven newsworthy on several occasions. This Morning covered new ground by showing a gay partnership celebration live An 2008 interview with Kerry Katona, slurring her words, also attracted coverage.
|1998||National Television Awards||Most Popular Daytime Show||Won|
|1999||National Television Awards||Most Popular Daytime Show||Won|
|2000||National Television Awards||Most Popular Daytime Show||Won|
|2001||National Television Awards||Most Popular Daytime Show||Won|
|2003||TV Quick Awards||Best Daytime Viewing||Won|
|2004||TV Quick Awards||Best Daytime Viewing||Won|
|National Television Awards||Most Popular Daytime Show||Won|
|2010||TV Times Awards||Favourite Daytime Programme||Won|
|2011||TV Times Awards||Favourite Daytime Programme||Won|
|2011||National Television Awards||Best Topical Magazine Programme||Won|
|Craft BAFTA||Digital Creativity||Nominated|
|2012||National Television Awards||Best Factual Programme||Won|
|TRIC Awards||Best TV Daytime Programme||Won|
|Freesat Awards||Best Live Programme||Won|
|BAFTA Craft Awards||Best Interactive Programme||Nominated|
|2013||National Television Awards||Best Daytime Programme||Won|
|TRIC Awards||Best TV Daytime Programme||Won|
From 1988 to 1996 the show was broadcast from the Albert Dock in Liverpool. Shoppers and tourists were able to peer through the large window directly behind the presenters. Security guards prevented prolonged exhibitionism. Fred Talbot presented the weather from a large floating UK map on the Dock (which was famously invaded by a streaker during a live broadcast). The programme moved to London in September 1996 to make it easier to attract more celebrity guests. This Morning now broadcasts from Studio 8 at The London Studios on the South Bank which features large picture windows looking out over the River Thames. The windows that are seen on screen are real but have a silver coating on the outside to prevent people seeing in and also to prevent glare from the sun.
This Morning: Summer 
|This Morning: Summer|
This Morning: Summer titles
|Presented by||Ruth Langsford
John Barrowman (2012—)
Emma Willis (2012—)
Paddy Kielty (2012—)
Stephen Mulhern (2012)
Jenni Falconer (2011)
Coleen Nolan (2011)
Andrea Catherwood (2011)
Paddy McGuinness (2010-11)
Ben Shephard (2010)
Mark Durden-Smith (2010)
Myleene Klass (2010)
Amanda Byram (2010)
Jeremy Kyle (2010)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||105 (as of 31 August 2012)|
|Location(s)||The London Studios|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Original run||19 July 2010– present|
This Morning: Summer is a spin-off from the show This Morning on ITV. Since 2010, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford host the eight week summer-break series, under the name This Morning: Summer. The programme was commissioned for a fourth run following the successful third in 2012.
Friday presenters 
2011 summer series 
Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes presented from Monday to Thursday, with Paddy McGuinness on Fridays presenting alongside Andrea Catherwood for one week Jenni Falconer for three Fridays and Coleen Nolan for another three. On 2 September however, Eamonn and Ruth presented This Morning.
Every Thursday during This Morning: Summer, presenters including Stacey Solomon, Matt Johnson, Brian Dowling and Alison Hammond would visit seaside locations including Brighton, Blackpool and Bournemouth and present live broadcasts shown during the main This Morning programme.
2012 summer series 
This Morning‘s Executive Producer, Karl Newton, said: “This Morning brings in the summer with a bang direct from Benidorm as well as heaps of exciting content and new faces throughout that will join Eamonn and Ruth whilst Phillip and Holly take a well earned break.”
2013 summer series 
Ahead of the 2013 summer series, it has been rumoured that popular journalist and television presenter Martin Kelner has been approached to present a couple of shows in late July 2013.
Special features 
- Mondays – Zalza with Russell and Flavia
- Tuesdays – Fashion
- Wednesdays – Soapstar Superbrain
- Thursdays – Crime with Sue & Dating with Dowling
- Fridays – Miss Senior Citizen & West End performances
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||19 July 2010||3 September 2010||35|
|2||18 July 2011||2 September 2011||35|
|3||16 July 2012||31 August 2012||35|
- Warwick, Dave. "Fred Talbot". Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- Richard and Judy's memorable moments BBC News, 1 July 2009
- John Leslie is sacked by ITV Telegraph, 31 October 2002
- Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford to host This Morning through summer guardian.co.uk, 24 May 2010
- Tearful Fern Britton quits This Morning sofa The Independent, 17 July 2009
- ITV tops daytime viewing figures thanks to women presenters Mirror, 2 March 2010
- "This Morning to air at weekends". BBC News. 13 March 2010.
- "This Morning Cook in!". Retrieved 20 March 2010.[dead link]
- ITV expands cross-platform offering for This Morning New Media Age, 2 September 2010
- Jenni Falconer and Ruth Langsford to cover Holly Willoughby's Maternity Cover This Morning, 4 April 2011
- 'Over the moon' Holly Willoughby announces she's pregnant with second child live on This Morning Mail Online, 3 November 2010
- Kerry Katona's This Morning appearance was a new TV low guardian.co.uk, 22 October 2008
- Thanks for all the gaffes - Richard and Judy The Scotsman, 16 June 2008
- Saint Judy: Why we can't help loving TV's accidental heroine guardian.co.uk, 12 October 2000
- Studio 8 The London Studios