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Friday, 4 May, 2001, 15:32 GMT 16:32 UK
Daytime TV's royal couple
Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan
Looking ahead to a new Channel 4 chat show
Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan's move to Channel 4 brings to an end the most successful daytime show on British television.

The 13-year run of the show, which regularly pulled in audiences of 2m, has generated many classic TV moments.

The couple also made a memorable visit to the National Television Awards in October 2000, when Finnegan's dress fell open to reveal her cleavage as they took the stage to receive an award.

Richard and Judy have made a terrific contribution to ITV over the past 13 years

Maureen Duffy, controller daytime programmes ITV

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan met each other in 1982 and married in 1986.

Madeley had begun his career as a journalist on local papers in Essex and east London, moving to BBC Radio Cumbria at 19 as a news producer and presenter.

He joined Granada TV in 1982 from Yorkshire TV.

Female reporter

Finnegan was born and brought up in Manchester and studied English and Drama at Bristol University.

She joined Granada as a researcher in 1971 and in 1974 became Anglia Television's first female reporter.

She rejoined Granada in 1980 and worked on a range of programmes including Flying Start, Granada Reports and Scramble.

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan
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They began fronting the new Granada programme This Morning together in 1988, their relaxed style and personal chemistry proving a big hit.

Originally broadcast from Liverpool, the programme moved to London in 1996.

Award

Finnegan's health problems in 1997 led to rumours that their marriage was on the rocks, but she returned to the show after a three-month break.

The show went on to celebrate its tenth birthday by winning a National Television Award for Best Daytime Show in 1998.

In the same year the couple hit the headlines by receiving a group of nude guests from the Naturalist Foundation.

There was also a press storm in January 1999, when Dr Chris Steele conducted a testicular examination of volunteer Alan Reeves on camera - to publicise the dangers of testicular cancer.

In 1999 the show won another National Television Award.

In June 2000 Madeley appeared as a guest on his own show - made up as Sacha Baron Cohen's comic creation Ali G.

Gay 'wedding'

In October 2000 the show its third National Television Award.

On 14 February 2001 - Valentine's Day - the show televised a live gay "wedding" between Neil Morris and Mark Jinks.

There were rumours that the couple were planning a move to another channel, which were initially denied.

Now Channel 4 is constructing a chat show format for Madely and Finnegan.

Bidding them farewell, Maureen Duffy, controller of daytime programmes at ITV, said:

"Richard and Judy have made a terrific contribution to ITV over the past 13 years and we wish them well in the future.

"They leave This Morning, Britain's most popular daytime magazine show, in great shape."

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