Good Morning Britain (1983 TV programme)

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Good Morning Britain
TV-am Good Morning Britain logo.jpg
GenreBreakfast television programme
Directed byNicholas Ferguson
Presented by
Theme music composerJeff Wayne
Opening theme"Good Morning Britain"
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)Breakfast Television Centre
Running time150-minutes
Production company(s)TV-am
Original networkTV-am (ITV)
Picture format
Original release1 February 1983 (1983-02-01) –
31 December 1992 (1992-12-31)
Followed byGMTV (1993–2010)
Related showsDaybreak (1983 TV programme)
Opening shot of the programme from 1986. This shows the main set, and (from left to right) presenters Richard Keys, Anne Diamond, Nick Owen and Wincey Willis. The on-screen clock can be seen at the bottom-right.

Good Morning Britain was TV-am's flagship breakfast television show, broadcast on weekdays from February 1983 until the franchise ended in 1992. It had many different presenters throughout its run but the most enduring pairing was Anne Diamond and Nick Owen.

From a slow start, which almost led to the closure of the channel, Good Morning Britain became very successful and ultimately achieved impressive ratings.[1] According to one presenter Mike Morris they estimated to have interviewed over 30,000 guests on the sofa throughout its run.

The studio buildings in Hawley Crescent would later be acquired by MTV, and ultimately used as Viacom Media Networks' offices.

The TV-am programme archive, including Good Morning Britain, is understood to be nearly completely intact.


Good Morning Britain had a mixture of news and current affairs, weather, cartoons, music and many popular guests of the time. It also featured a popular exercise section, hosted in the early days by Michael Van Straten and Jackie Genova, and then more famously by "Mad Lizzie" Webb. The news was provided in-house by TV-am but following its loss of the licence the news provision was contracted out to Sky News.

In its heyday, the programme would feature large outside broadcasts throughout the European winter/Australian summer from Bondi Beach in Australia, renaming the show G'Day Britain.

Other presenters of the show included Chris Tarrant, Anneka Rice, Richard Keys, Kathy Tayler, Lorraine Kelly, Jayne Irving, Dynasty star Gordon Thomson and initially, David Frost, Anna Ford, Michael Parkinson and Angela Rippon.

Weekday schedule for presenting[edit]

Years Presenters
February–April 1983 David Frost with Anna Ford
April 1983 Nick Owen with Angela Rippon
April–June 1983 Nick Owen with Lynda Berry
June 1983 – 1986 Weekdays: Nick Owen and Anne Diamond or John Stapleton
August 1986 Adrian Brown[2] and Anne Diamond
early 1987 Mike Morris and Anne Diamond or Richard Keys and Anneka Rice
1987–1988 GMB Newshour (0600–0700) with Richard Keys or Mike Morris
GMB Main Show with Richard Keys or Mike Morris and Anne Diamond
1988 The Morning Programme (0600–0700) with Richard Keys
GMB with Mike Morris and Anne Diamond
1988–1989 The Morning Programme (0600–0700) with Richard Keys
GMB with Mike Morris and Lorraine Kelly/Kathy Rochford or Kathryn Holloway
1989 The Morning Programme (0600–0700) with Richard Keys
GMB with Mike Morris and Kathy Tayler
1989–1992 The Morning Programme (0600–0700) with Richard Keys
GMB with Mike Morris and Lorraine Kelly

Weekend schedule for presenting[edit]

Years Presenters
1983-1984 Michael Parkinson with Mary Parkinson
June 1983–June 1985 Toni Arthur and Henry Kelly
June 1985 – 1987 Mike Morris or Richard Keys
1987–1989 Geoff Clark
1990 Ulrika Jonsson
1991–1992 Mike Morris and Lorraine Kelly


  1. ^ "Mike Morris: Presenter who helped put TV-am on to an even keel - Obituaries - News". The Independent. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  2. ^ "TV-am - Presenter Profiles".

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