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Thursday, 16 August, 2001, 18:25 GMT 19:25 UK
Twiggy to replace Richard and Judy
Twiggy
Twiggy was an icon in the 1960s
Former model Twiggy and ex-pop singer Coleen Nolan, of Nolan Sisters fame, have been chosen as the two presenters to replace Richard and Judy on ITV's This Morning.

The programme will return in September with the pair working alongside current stand-in presenters John Leslie and Fern Britton to front the show in rotation.

Richard and Judy
Richard and Judy were daytime favourites for 13 years
Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan quit the programme for a lucrative contract with Channel 4.

The couple had fronted the show for 13 years, making it the cornerstone of ITV's daytime schedules.

Honoured

Twiggy said: "I'm happy to have been asked to work on a show that I've always been a huge fan of. I'm greatly looking forward to working with the new team and we're going to have some fun."

Coleen Nolen said she was honoured to have been chosen.

Coleen Nolan
Coleen Nolan was a pop star in a past life
"I just can't describe how I feel. I used to watch This Morning every day - I think most mums do - but I never thought I'd end up on it."

Executive producer Charlie Bunce said she was delighted to be able to sign up a "talented team".

"Between them, they possess an enormous range of skills and experience. We're really looking forward to getting the new show on air," she said.

Nolan found fame with her sisters in the pop group in 1980 when they scored a hit with I'm In The Mood For Dancing.

'Advice'

She said she would love to speak to Richard and Judy to get some tips about presenting the show.

"I'd love some advice from them. I don't think I could ever hope to be as good as them though."

Twiggy became a 60s idol as a model and later had a string of acting roles and once stood in for Finnegan when she was unwell.

Regulars Dr Chris Steele, the show's GP, agony aunt Denise Robertson and psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud will return to the show.

See also:

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