On set with Lor­raine Kelly

TV Times goes on set to ask Lor­raine Kelly how, after three decades, she is still monarch of the morn­ing… EYE on the op­po­si­tion…

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She’s the undis­puted queen of break­fast TV so it’s no won­der Lor­raine Kelly throws back her head and laughs when asked if live telly ever holds any fear for her.

‘No, I can cope with just about any­thing after 30-odd years,’ she grins. ‘We’ve had lights go­ing out, alarms go­ing off, floods, I’ve fallen over, had a fox run through the stu­dio – you name it, I’ve had it!

‘There’s one time I do get ner­vous,’ she ad­mits. ‘If I’m meet­ing some­one I’m re­ally in awe of, then I get starstruck. Such as Buzz Aldrin, the sec­ond man to set foot on the Moon. I watched him on TV with my dad when I was wee, so meet­ing him turned me into a com­plete fan girl!

‘George Michael was an­other. I got a ner­vous rash. I tend to get them if a band from the 1980s comes on. Our young re­searchers are like, “Oh, it’s some old bloke on to­day”, and I’m like, “It’s Phil Oakey from The Hu­man League for good­ness sake! I’m hav­ing a melt­down, my God!” It’s hi­lar­i­ous.’

Hav­ing risen with the larks since join­ing Tv-am in 1984, she’s as bub­bly at bleary-eyed o’clock when TV Times ar­rives to shadow her through a live show of Lor­raine as she is when she’s on screen at 8.30am.

‘Come in, wel­come,’ she says in her trade­mark Scot­tish lilt as we join her in hair and make-up at the ITV Stu­dios on Lon­don’s South Bank.

We’d ex­pected a more fren­zied at­mos­phere, but all is calm, with only a few ‘Ahh’s to be heard as Good Morn­ing Bri­tain’s en­ter­tain­ment ed­i­tor Richard Arnold strolls past with a cute dog in tow.

And so, Lor­raine’s master­class in tele­vi­sual ex­cel­lence be­gins… Pam­per­ing done, Lor­raine goes into her dress­ing room, chooses an out­fit and has a quick look through the run­ning or­der of the show to make any last-minute changes.

‘i de­cide what to wear on the day. A won­der­ful lady called deb­bie brings me clothes and it’s quite dif­fi­cult be­cause there are a lot of women on day­time telly and we don’t want to dress the same. There have been a few times i’ve worn the same out­fit as ruth Langs­ford or na­dia Sawalha!’

Lor­raine Kelly is the Queen of break­fast TV

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