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Richard and Judy back on the sofa

Richard and Judy
Richard and Judy presented the daytime show for 13 years

TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan have returned to This Morning for the show's 21st anniversary.

The couple, who co-hosted ITV's daytime magazine show for 13 years, appeared alongside current presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

Madeley recalled that in the hours before the first show he was "in the hands of the police" after being stopped for speeding.

He also described hosting the daytime stalwart as the "best gig in town".

Richard, 53, and Judy, 61, launched This Morning in Liverpool on 3 October 1988, by announcing they would be "on the air for the next two hours" and "had something for all the family".

No regrets

Madeley said the most nerve-wracking moment of the first day came when he and his wife had to shoot a live trail an hour before the show went on air.

"That was without scripts and it was outside on the Albert Dock," he said.

"A lot of people were watching us and preparing to judge us quite harshly, so it was very tense".

Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield
The show is currently hosted by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

The show went on to become a huge success with its mixture of cookery, lifestyle features, phone-ins, health advice and celebrity interviews.

Madeley recalled one early headline-making segment in which the show's resident doctor, Chris Steele, demonstrated how to carry out a testicular examination on a live model.

"The surprise was, in rehearsal the guy hadn't shaved and when we went live, he had shaved," the presenter said.

"We almost all collapsed in fits of laughter."

The couple insisted they had no regrets about leaving the show in 2001, after 13 years on the sofa.

"We look back on This Morning with huge nostalgia and affection," said Madeley.

"We hear the music sometimes in the kitchen and think: 'Oh yeah, we started that!'"

"I feel a little bit tearful when I look at [old footage] because its so entwined with our children's lives," added Finnegan.



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