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Thursday, 8 November, 2001, 10:23 GMT
Evening show for Richard and Judy
Richard and Judy
Richard and Judy recently attended the Harry Potter première
Daytime TV stars Richard and Judy are to return to British screens on 26 November with a daily evening show on Channel 4.

The new show, called simply Richard and Judy, will be broadcast live for an hour every weekday at 5pm.


We were always going to have to change and we didn't think we would get a better challenge than this

Richard Madeley
Channel 4 promises the new programme - part of the channel's new winter schedule - will tackle "topical and entertaining" news items with expert advice, guests and celebrity interviews.

But unlike ITV's This Morning - which the couple hosted for 13 years - there will be no regular cookery, make-over or fashion items.

'Delight'

Judy Finnigan said: "We love popular journalism and breaking news - that's our background - plus we love talking to people and celebrity interviews.

"So the idea of doing a topical entertainment programme at tea-time was just a delight."

The couple said when they left This Morning that they were looking for a more exciting challenge in TV.

Richard Madeley said: "Our new show is a really exciting proposition.

"We were always going to have to change and we didn't think we would get a better challenge than this."

The show will be broadcast from a specially-built studio in Kennington, south London.

'Ambitious'

Other highlights of Channel 4's new season include a £10m two-part drama starring Kenneth Branagh.

The drama, to be shown early next year, is called Shackleton.

Filmed in the UK, Iceland and Greenland, it tells the story of the British Antarctic explorer of the same name.

Screenwriter Jimmy McGovern's new drama documentary, Sunday, will also be screened.

It focuses on the events surrounding the 1972 Bloody Sunday disturbance in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Tim Gardham, Channel 4's Director of Programmes, said: "Channel 4 continues to offer the most ambitious and varied schedule of any broadcaster."

The channel's new schedule also includes a series of documentaries examining anatomy and the growing trend of extreme plastic surgery.

The Anatomists will centre around Gunther Von Hagen, a German professor whose exhibition of dissected and flayed human corpses has been seen by millions around the world.

Extreme Plastic Surgery meets the people willing to go under the knife in order to improve their appearance.

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