30 Un­for­get­table Years!

All about This Morn­ing

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It’s been thirty fun-filled years since Bri­tain’s much-loved break­fast tele­vi­sion show This Morn­ing first aired in Liver­pool’s Al­bert Dock on Oc­to­ber 3, 1988.

And for its 30th an­niver­sary, ITV are host­ing a spe­cial 90-minute doc­u­men­tar y, a “laugh-a-minute piece” look­ing back over three decades of the most dar­ing morn­ing tele­vi­sion!

The first ever live tes­ti­cle ex­am­i­na­tion; cheeky Gino D’Acampo’s ful­filled prom­ise to cook naked; and Holly Wil­loughby and Phillip Schofield’s drunk broad­cast af­ter par­ty­ing all night at the Na­tional Tele­vi­sion Awards – there’s never a dull mo­ment on This Morn­ing.

And gen­er­a­tions have grown up with the show, so there’s no deny­ing its in­flu­ence on Bri­tish tele­vi­sion and the way the na­tion tunes in.

“We make the show for you!” says the ever-smi­ley Holly, who’s pre­sented most week­days along­side Phillip since 2009.

“The view­ers have al­ways been a part of the show. Some­times it feels like it’s not just us two on that sofa, it’s like they’re all sit­ting with w us and help­ing us mould the t show.”

Phillip, who’s been one of This T Morn­ing’s most charis­matic c hosts for over a decade d says, “In the time I’ve been b here, times have changed c mas­sively. But as a show, s we are al­ways adapt­ing and a mov­ing with the times.

“Things come and go, but This T Morn­ing is like the galleon oof TV – it sails on! But what it ddoes have is this amaz­ing l oy­alty, so I would just like to ssay thank you to all the vview­ers.”

This Morn­ing’s 30 years of break­fast ban­ter be­gan with a ver y timid in­tro­duc­tion from the soon-to-be power cou­ple of morn­ing tele­vi­sion, Richard and Judy: “Hi and a very warm good morn­ing to you! My name is Richard Made­ley and this is my wife Judy Fin­ni­gan.”

The pair fast be­came house­hold names, and the cou­ple had such an im­pact on view­ers that many be­lieved This Morn­ing was ac­tu­ally called “Richard and Judy”.

Richard says the show was never re­ally about bag­ging the

“This Morn­ing’s like the galleon of TV – it sails on!”

best celeb in­ter views or the fresh­est news sto­ries.

He ex­plains, “It was the live phone-ins that were al­ways at the heart of This Morn­ing for us. We loved them, and the way they al­lowed our view­ers to take pos­ses­sion of the show.”

Judy agrees, say­ing the show has al­ways been for and about its au­di­ence: “Fun­da­men­tally we al­ways be­lieved that the pro­gramme be­longed to the peo­ple watch­ing it, not to those of us mak­ing it.”

Richard and Judy

Cheeky Gino!

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