Angela and Friends

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Angela and Friends
Presented by Angela Griffin
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 180
Producer(s) Crackit Productions
Running time 90 minutes
Original network Sky1
Original release 9 November 2009 – 2 July 2010

Angela and Friends was a British talk show which was produced by Crackit Productions for Sky1. The show aired at 12pm, Monday to Friday, and was presented by actress Angela Griffin, who was joined by three "friends" in each show to discuss the latest news, celebrity gossip as well as other topical issues.

The show was the centrepiece of Sky1's first foray into daytime television and was originally commissioned for 90 episodes – 18 weeks – each of 90 minutes.[1]

Viewers were encouraged to contact Angela and her "friends". They could do this by text, email, Facebook or Twitter.[2] Griffin read out these messages during the show.

In March 2010, after the show finished for a two-week Easter break, it was announced that the series had been recommissioned for a second series,[3] at the slightly later time of 2.30pm on Monday, 12 April.[4] The duration of the show was reduced to 60 minutes.

For the last six weeks of the second series, it was brought forward to the time of 12:00pm. The series ended on 2 July 2010.

Friends and Experts[edit]

Three "friends" join Griffin on the sofa every week. Each friend has a topic that they will be discussing on the show. These friends include: Josie D'Arby, Sarah Cawood, Jeff Brazier, Jeremy Edwards, Zöe Salmon, Lisa Faulkner, Sara Cox, Amanda Lamb, Tara Newley and Marc Bannerman.[5]

Angela and Friends also includes a group of experts who appear regularly on the show. The experts are:

  • Sam Mann – Showbiz gossip expert[6]
  • Niki Wibrow – Fitness expert[7]
  • Dean Piper – Showbiz and Entertainment expert[8]
  • Chantal Denny-Harrow – Weight-loss expert[9]
  • Alexandra Heminsley – Book expert[10]
  • Dr Christian Jessen – Health and Medicine expert[11]
  • James King – Entertainment expert[12]
  • Toby Amies – Art and Photography expert[13]
  • Nathalie Eleni – Skincare expert[14]
  • Brix Smith-Start – Fashion expert
  • Andrew Barton – Haircare expert [15]


Angela and Friends premiered amid much publicity in the media, yet only managed to attract an audience figure of 35,000 viewers (or a 0.6% share) for its first episode.[16] However, Griffin remained hopeful, stating that she would not read reviews of the show or worry over how many people viewers it attracts, stating "I'll cope by not reading any reviews. And if people don't watch, I'll go back to acting."[17]


  1. ^ "Ex-Corrie star unveiled as new face of Sky1 – TV News". Digital Spy. 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  2. ^ "Angela & Friends". Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^!/AngelaAndFriends?v=feed&story_fbid=113845275295998
  5. ^ "Friends – Angela & Friends". Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  6. ^ "Sam Mann – Angela & Friends". Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  7. ^ [2] Archived 30 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Dean Piper – Angela & Friends". Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  9. ^ [3] Archived 30 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ [4][dead link]
  11. ^ "Dr Christian Jessen – Angela & Friends". Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  12. ^ "James King – Angela & Friends". Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  13. ^ [5] Archived 8 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Nathalie Eleni – Angela & Friends". Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  15. ^ "Andrew Barton – Angela & Friends". Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  16. ^ "1.2 million see Gary Glitter 'hanged' – TV News". Digital Spy. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  17. ^ "Griffin: 'I won't read show reviews' – TV News". Digital Spy. 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 

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