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Monday, 2 September, 2002, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK
Anthea Turner back on daytime TV
Anthea Turner
Turner has been off terrestrial TV for three years
TV presenter Anthea Turner is to return to daytime TV, hosting a three-month series on This Morning about couples who are using in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment.

Turner, once the second highest paid female presenter on television, has been hired as part of a relaunch for the show, currently hosted by John Leslie and Fern Britton.

The 20-part series, called Baby Makers, will follows the fortunes of three couples attempting to start a family with IVF treatment.

Turner and her husband, businessman Grant Bovey, have used IVF treatment to try and have a child, but have yet to be successful.

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However, a spokeswoman for This Morning dismissed speculation that Turner would be co-hosting with Leslie when Fern Britton was away, saying they had "no plans" for her to do so.
Richard and Judy
Richard and Judy now host a Channel 4 show

Turner, 42, who has presented such shows as GMTV, The National Lottery Live and Wish You Were Here, has been away from terrestrial TV for three years.

Her most recent job, presenting cookery show Taste Today With Anthea on the digital and cable channel Taste CFN ended last Christmas when the network closed.

Turner, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2001, also saw her BBC Lottery show Big Ticket axed, and her programme with sister Wendy, Your Kids Are In Charge, was a ratings flop.

More recently, Turner's personal life overshadowed her professional role, with her being accused of "sickening" promotion of a chocolate company at her wedding to Bovey in 2000.

This Morning has seen its viewing figures fall since original presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan left last year to host a new show on Channel 4.

They were replaced by Coleen Nolan and Twiggy, the latter leaving after just one month.

At one point the show reportedly lost more than half of its 1.5 million audience, and is planning its autumn relaunch in an effort to win back viewers.

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