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Monday, 3 September, 2001, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
Twiggy takes This Morning hotseat
Twiggy and Coleen Nolan
Twiggy and Coleen Nolan replace Richard and Judy
By BBC News Online's Keily Oakes

Model and 60s icon Twiggy has made her debut as the replacement for Richard and Judy on ITV's daytime programme This Morning.

The 51-year-old was joined in the studio by new co-host Coleen Nolan, who was a 70s singing sensation with the Nolan sisters.

Husband and wife team Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan quit the show at the beginning of the summer to move to Channel 4.
Joan Collins
Joan Collins was a guest on the first show

Twiggy Lawson and Nolan will present the show on rotation with John Leslie and Fern Britton, who has just had a baby with regular This Morning chef Phil Vickery.

Guests on the first show included veteran actress Joan Collins and the panel of judges from ITV's new talentspotting show Soapstars.


Speaking after the show, Nolan admitted nerves nearly got the better of her.

"I was absolutely dying before the show started. I woke up today and thought: 'I don't want to go, I don't want to do it'," she said.

She added she was so shaky she did not dare put milk in her coffee in case she spilt it over Joan Collins and that her eldest son had warned her not to embarrass him.

But Twiggy was more confident of her first appearance.

She said: "It's like doing a play - once you go out there you've just got to do it. Things go wrong and you deal with it."

The regular team of experts and agony aunts, including Dr Raj Persaud, Denise Robertson and the flamboyant flower designer Carl Wilde welcomed the pair to their first show.

As Joan Collins joined the presenters it became clear what direction the new show was going in.

The lack of journalistic training soon became evident as the talk was of looking good, how to keep your figure and banish those wrinkles.

Although Collins' new boyfriend was briefly brought up there were no details.

Midday money

The format of the show has stayed pretty much the same with the obligatory fashion show - ripped apart by Collins who said there was nothing new about the clothes being modelled.

Richard and Judy
Richard and Judy were daytime favourites for 13 years
The phone-in quiz Midday Money also returned, in which viewers can win thousands of pounds by answering simple questions.

Often they win the money anyway, even if they do not know the answer, depending on the mood of the presenter.

The phone-in was on why people want to be famous and yet again Twiggy got to talk about herself and her "instant" fame as the face of 1966.

Already, Nolan has taken the role of the self-deprecating side-kick while Twiggy talks up her glamorous lifestyle.

There were fluffed lines and a few glitches but even after 13 years Richard and Judy rarely managed a mistake-free show.

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