Chris­tine Lam­pard on sub­bing for Lorraine

Chris­tine Lam­pard on cov­er­ing for Lorraine Kelly, steal­ing shoes and why she won’t be host­ing the Danc­ing on Ice come­back

TV Times - - News - Lorraine Mon-fri / ITV / 8.30AM Emma Bul­limore

Lorraine Kelly makes break­fast telly look ef­fort­less, but even she needs a hol­i­day some­times. Lucky, then, that bright and breezy pre­sen­ter Chris­tine Lam­pard is on hand to look af­ter her show and plump the cush­ions for three weeks dur­ing the sum­mer.

For­mer Day­break pre­sen­ter Chris­tine, 38, is de­lighted to be back at the helm, hav­ing pre­vi­ously cov­ered for Lorraine ear­lier in the year. She calls TV Times af­ter a par­tic­u­larly long morn­ing ap­pear­ing on both Lorraine and Loose Women, and tells us she’s liv­ing the dream pop­ping up on ITV’S day­time favourites…

Chris­tine, are you en­joy­ing keep­ing Lorraine’s seat warm?

I love it! Lorraine is one of those shows I grew up watch­ing, so to end up stand­ing on the set your­self and pre­sent­ing it is a mas­sive deal for me. There isn’t one mo­ment where I’m not pinch­ing my­self. It’s a re­ally lovely ex­pe­ri­ence and the team is fan­tas­tic, so it all feels very nat­u­ral. The nerves have never left me, though. I’m fine un­til about 10 min­utes be­fore­hand and then the but­ter­flies kick in. I sup­pose ev­ery­body gets that when you know you’re on live telly and could po­ten­tially mess up at any mo­ment!

Does Lorraine give you any in­struc­tions be­fore­hand?

I bumped into Lorraine just be­fore she went on her well-de­served break. She gave me a hug and told me to have a great time and en­joy my­self. I told her that I’ll do my best to not com­pletely mess it up for three weeks, so that she’s still got a show to come back to! Ob­vi­ously Lorraine’s lovely, she’s so syn­ony­mous with early morn­ing telly now, so you do feel you’ve got huge shoes to fill, even though it’s a tem­po­rary thing. I hope she’s pleased and knows I’m hold­ing the fort for her.

Talk­ing of fill­ing her shoes… Have you stolen any­thing from Lorraine’s fab­u­lous wardrobe? She gets great clothes. I sneak into her dress­ing room to leave my bag there and I’ve tried her shoes on, but she’s so pe­tite, my feet are twice as big, so un­for­tu­nately that was never go­ing to work for me! It’s a shame be­cause she has a vast ar­ray of nice shoes…

What time do you have to wake up in the morn­ing to do the show?

I get picked up around

5.20am, but oddly enough it doesn’t feel to­tally ridicu­lous as long as I’ve been sen­si­ble the night be­fore – and I have been known not to be sen­si­ble, if I’m hon­est! It’s nice in the sum­mer be­cause there are bright blue skies, no­body on the roads and you feel like you’re the only per­son up. I have a lot of cof­fee on set to keep me awake, though. The other day I re­alised I’d had four cups be­fore I went on air so I had to switch to pep­per­mint tea…

Do you have to be care­ful not to wake your hus­band, [for­mer Eng­land foot­baller]

Frank, as you get ready to leave the house?

It’s all about prepa­ra­tion! The night be­fore I get every­thing ready, hang up the clothes I want to wear, and then creep out of the house; I’ve got it down to a fine art now. Luck­ily I’m a morn­ing per­son.

New Doc­tor Who star Jodie Whit­taker is among your guests on Lorraine. Do you think she’ll make a good Time Lord?

It’s bril­liant cast­ing.

I like Jodie and have al­ways en­joyed the work she’s done in the past. I wouldn’t say I’m a mas­sive Doc­tor Who fan, but I get why peo­ple love it. I re­ally

en­joy the in­ter­views, but seven min­utes is never enough time!

What makes Lorraine such a pop­u­lar show?

As a viewer at home I love that you can watch the news in the morn­ing and then there’s a show with a slightly light-hearted feel straight af­ter. We may touch on some­thing that’s very se­ri­ous or in­tense, but there is a bit more light and shade and I like that in the morn­ing. Lorraine ob­vi­ously does it so bril­liantly and the mix of all the el­e­ments is great. I love fash­ion with Mark Hayes, I’m ob­sessed with him!

You’re a reg­u­lar on Loose Women and present This Morn­ing from time to time, too, both of which are filmed in the same build­ing as Lorraine. Do you ever find it all a bit con­fus­ing? Yes! It’s al­ways the same floor man­ager and sound per­son and once Lorraine fin­ishes they change the set and it be­comes Loose Women. So I’ll look at the crew and we’ll say to each other, ‘What show is it to­day?’. I feel very lucky though; I’m hav­ing so much fun and although it’s a very cheesy and tacky thing to say, it re­ally is like a big fam­ily, par­tic­u­larly at Loose Women. I got the big­gest hug from Coleen Nolan to­day be­cause I hadn’t seen her for a cou­ple of weeks, which was so nice.

Danc­ing on Ice will be back on our screens next year, af­ter a four-year break, a show that you pre­vi­ously hosted with Phillip Schofield. Will you be head­ing back to the rink?

God no, I wouldn’t think so. It cer­tainly hasn’t been men­tioned to me and I’m sure that it’s all been planned al­ready. I will be watch­ing it, though, be­cause it’s a bril­liant show and I loved it long be­fore I was part of it. I keep ask­ing peo­ple on the inside which celebri­ties have been booked, but I haven’t got any­where with my dig­ging! They need a big sexy dance show on ITV and Danc­ing on Ice will tick all those boxes. They need to bring it back in the same time slot in Jan­uary when Christ­mas is done and Strictly’s over be­cause that’s when you

need a bit of glit­ter!

You’re on live telly and could

po­ten­tially mess up at any


early bird: Chris­tine in­ter­views Bradley Walsh on Lorraine Him in­doors: On the town with Frank

Cut­ting loose: Frank joined Chris­tine on the talk show

Lunchtime chat: With her Loose Women col­league Coleen Nolan

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