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This Morning presenter Richard Madeley says broadcasting from Liverpool “kept the show real”

6 years ago

This Morning presenter Richard Madeley says broadcasting from Liverpool “kept the show real”
Richard and Judy Credit: This Morning - ITV - Granada

This Morning began life here in our city in 1988 and of course was based in the heart of our waterfront within our Royal Albert Dock.

The daytime show was honoured for its “outstanding” contribution to television with Bafta’s Special Award at a tribute event in London on Monday and original presenter Richard Madeley has said that he and Judy Finnigan “felt like mavericks” during the first years of the show here in Liverpool.

The husband and wife duo, who hosted the show between 1988 and 2001, said its first broadcasts had pioneered the daytime television format. Granada had a base on the Albert Dock and the original This Morning studio was situated in what is now Smuggler’s Cove.

Finnigan, 70, said the show’s early years had been “joyous, wondrous” times, while the trailblazing style of production felt like they were “out there”.

She said: “When we were in Liverpool, this might sound very strange, but we felt very cut off from Granada headquarters, which were in Manchester.

“And because we had got this strange set up on the Albert Dock, it wasn’t ever a studio, it was a converted car showroom, it felt like we were pioneering the format.”

Richard & Judy visited the city for the 25th anniversary of the show.

Madeley, 62, added: “We felt like we were mavericks, didn’t we. We were in Liverpool, right at the heart of it, and we could walk out and down the docks and speak to people. It kept us real and helped us come up with new and exciting ideas.”

The pair, who went on to present their own programme on Channel 4, were joined at the event by This Morning’s current hosts, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Hosted by Alan Carr, the ceremony looked back at videos from the archive, including a clip made to promote the debut broadcast on October 3 1988.

The inaugural episode included segments on single mothers and the MMR vaccine.

Willoughby said: “When we looked at the rundown of your first show, it’s just not that different from how it is now.

“It’s got that same feeling and that’s why it still feel like it has remained just so successful. I think that’s the key to its success.”

What are your memories of This Morning on the Albert Dock? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.



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