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
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