This Morning (TV programme)

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This Morning
This Morning TV Logo.png
Also known as
  • This Morning with Phillip & Holly
  • This Morning with Eamonn & Ruth
Created byDiane Nelmes[1]
Presented by
Theme music composerDavid Pringle
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series30
No. of episodes6,985
Executive producer(s)Emma Gormley
Production location(s)
Editor(s)Martin Frizell
Running time120 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)
Original networkITV
Picture format
Original release3 October 1988 (1988-10-03) –
External links

This Morning is a British daytime television programme that is broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom. The show airs live and features news, topical items, showbiz, style and beauty, home and garden, food, health, real life and other similar features.

The series was originally presented by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan for more than a decade after its launch. It is currently presented alternatively by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, and Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, and has aired on ITV since 3 October 1988, making it one of the longest running daytime programmes on British television.


In 1988, ITV decided to create a live daytime morning programme to replace the weekday morning edition of Children's ITV. Five regional ITV companies made pilot shows to bid for the national contract:

The first episode of This Morning aired at 10:40 am on 3 October 1988 and finished at 12:10 pm, live from the Granada studio inside the Albert Dock in Liverpool. An industry insider believed the idea would not work and would be pulled by Christmas 1988, but despite This Morning being launched with no publicity, its ratings quickly rose to a daily average of two million viewers.

In the first few series', the show's "experts" were weatherman Fred Talbot, agony aunt Denise Robertson, medic Dr Chris Steele, cook Susan Brookes, beauty presenter Liz Earle, hair and make-up artists Andrew and Liz Collinge, and wine expert Charles Metcalfe. The theme tune was by David Pringle, who also wrote opening music for Wheel of Fortune, Fun House and The Pyramid Game.

To end the first series, in 1989, the show was presented via satellite from Disneyland, California. Produced by Granada's Field Producer, Brian Thomas, the set was built directly in front of 'Sleeping Beauty Castle', a first for Disney. The 'special' week achieved the highest daytime viewing audiences outside of a Royal Wedding.[citation needed]

As part of the show, weather presenter Fred Talbot used a floating map of the British Isles to report the forecast.[6] A clip of Mark Roberts, a prolific streaker, running onto Talbot's weather map in 1995 is regularly shown on clip shows.[7]

In 1996, the show was moved to the London Studios on the grounds that it was difficult to get celebrity guests to travel from London to Liverpool.[8] In the summer of 2001, Madeley and Finnigan left This Morning to present their own series on Channel 4.

The show proved newsworthy on several occasions. In 2001 This Morning covered new ground by showing a gay partnership celebration live,[7] and a 2008 interview with Kerry Katona slurring her words also attracted coverage.[9]


This Morning titlecard used from 2009 to 2015

ITV relaunched This Morning in 2009 with a new set and with Holly Willoughby replacing Fern Britton as co-host, which saw ratings rise by 20%.[10]

This Morning Cook In!, an interactive cook event, began on 1 March 2010. Each week, five viewers and a celebrity guest cooked along, via Skype, with Gino D'Acampo or Phil Vickery.[11]

From 20 March 2010, This Morning increased from five to seven shows a week, with two new one-hour shows broadcast on the weekends, where Schofield and Willoughby presented pre-recorded links in between compilations of the week's programming. The weekend editions were later[when?] dropped from the schedule.[12]

The 'Hub' interactive segment was heavily featured from 2010 until 2014. Presenters included Jeff Brazier (2013–14), Jenni Falconer (2013–14), Stephen Mulhern (2011–2014) Rylan Clark (2013–14), Emma Willis (2012–2014), Coleen Nolan (2010–2012), Samanthi Jayawardena (2010–2012) and Matt Johnson (2010–2013).[13][14]

On 21 August 2013, Carol Vorderman took her first steps towards a 2014 World Record attempt by doing a solo flight to 1,000 metres high, live on This Morning. Reporter Jenni Falconer covered the occasion.[15]

On 3 October 2013, This Morning celebrated its 25th anniversary. The programme was broadcast live from its original home at Albert Dock in Liverpool with presenters Phillip Schofield, Eamonn Holmes, Holly Willoughby and Ruth Langsford being joined by original presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. Numerous historical clips of the show were aired, including Gene Pitney's miming gaffe from 1989. Keith Lemon presented the weather from the show's famous floating weather map, while Stephen Mulhern presented various items including 'The Hub Sub' (the 'Hub' on a submarine).[16] There was speculation concerning whether Fern Britton would return for the 25th anniversary; however, it was confirmed eight days beforehand that she would not.[17]


During the summer of 2015, Marvin Humes and Rochelle Humes presented This Morning, however they were later replaced by Gok Wan and Jenni Falconer.

On 27 August 2015, This Morning broadcast the remaining weeks' shows from the South Bank due to the main studio having a revamp ready for the new series on 1 September. The new series had many changes including a brand new set, theme music, titles and the new logo being painted onto the outside of the building.[18]

During the weeks of 19–31 October, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield separated for half term. Schofield presented with Christine Lampard, and Willoughby presented with Ben Shephard.

In early 2016, Eamonn Holmes went on leave due to a double hip operation, so Shephard and Rylan Clark-Neal alternated as hosts, with Ruth Langsford.

On Monday 18 April 2016, Phillip Schofield hosted with Ruth Langsford due to Holly's son (Chester) being in hospital.

During late July and late August 2016, Willoughby and Schofield did not present the show, owing to the school holidays. Therefore, Holmes, Langsford, James Martin and Anita Rani alternated. Martin and Rani were later replaced by Rylan and Dan Neal.

During late October 2016, Holly and Phil separated for the holidays: Amanda Holden and Ben Shephard, who both did separate weeks, alternated presenting duties.[citation needed]

During 13–17 February, Willoughby and Schofield were again absent for half term, so Holmes, Langsford, Allison Hammond, and Clark-Neal alternated.

In February 2017, it was announced that The London Studios, where This Morning is filmed, were planned to close for large-scale redevelopment in early 2018, and thatThis Morning would be relocated to Television Centre during construction.[19][20]

During the Easter holidays,[when?] Holmes and Langsford hosted from Monday to Thursday, with Shephard and Holden taking over on Friday.[citation needed]

On 13 April 2018, This Morning aired its last show from The London Studios, alongside Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and Loose Women.[citation needed]

On 16 April 2018, This Morning with Phillip & Holly aired its first show from the Television Centre alongside, other ITV Daytime programmes.[citation needed]

On the Early May Bank Holiday, This Morning did not air and was replaced by a film. In the summer of 2017, Willoughby and Schofield were absent for the summer holidays; therefore, Holmes, Langsford, Clark-Neal, Hammond and Geri Horner alternated as hosts.[citation needed]

In July 2017, at the start of the summer series, new titles were made to match Langsford and Holmes presenting the show. The titles were different from the usual design, showing a behind-the-scenes look from the doors to the studio, make-up props and room, clothing department and the art gallery with a view of the studio at fast speed with crew in the presenters' place. The show was also retitled This Morning with Eamonn and Ruth. The regular series titles used since 2015 returned on 4 September, when Willoughby and Schofield returned to the show.

During the October half term, Shephard and Holden presented from Monday to Thursday, with Holmes and Langsford hosting on Friday.

In late 2017, Rylan Clark announced he was temporarily leaving This Morning, and Georgia Toffolo stepped in.[citation needed]

In mid-February 2018, Willoughby and Schofield did not present, due to the school holidays, so Holmes and Lansford presented from Monday to Thursday, with Ore Oduba and Davina McCall hosting the Friday show. During the Easter holidays, Willoughby and Schofield did not present, so Holmes, Langsford, Clark-Neal and Emma Willis alternated.

During the week of 28 May to 1 June, Willoughby and Schofield did not present, owing to half term, so Holmes, Langsford, Clark-Neal and Holden alternated.[citation needed]

At the start of the summer series, on 16 July 2018, Langsford and Holmes confirmed that they would be doing six out of the seven weeks of the summer shows. The change was due to them attending a family wedding in the week commencing 6 August. New titles were also introduced to recognise the recent move to Television Centre. As with the previous year, it featured a behind-the-scenes look at the studio from all aspects of production.

During the 2018 summer holidays, Willougby and Schofield did not present, so Holmes, Langsford, Humes, Wan, Clark-Neal, Shephard, Ranj Singh, Vanessa Feltz, Michael Ball, Sara Cox, Nigel Havers, Lisa Snowdon, Mollie King, Mark Wright and Matt Edmondson alternated as hosts.


When the show's new series began on 3 September 2018, several changes were made, including a new title sequence showing its new home at Television Centre. A new opening sequence with Eamonn and Ruth was also re-introduced for when they present. This was the first time they were seen in the titles since 2014. A new cooking segment starring Gordon Ramsay, titled "Big Chef Little Chef" with his daughter Matilda. Gok Wan and Rylan Clark-Neal also presented a new segment called 'Life of Luxury'. From 23 September, a special edition entitled "This Morning, This Week," featuring the highlights of each week, edited into one program, was made available every Sunday on BritBox in the United States and aired on ITV on Sunday mornings in the UK under the title 'This Moring on Sunday. The shows were presented live with Eamonn and Ruth, showcasing clips from that week as well as live cooking at the start of each episode and sometimes at the end. [21]

From 1 to 5 October 2018, This Morning celebrated 30 years on air. During the week, it broadcast a live wedding, a brief come-back of the classic weather map from Albert Dock (presented by Alison Hammond), special opening titles, a new app, a live studio audience, a special 30 years bus (with correspondents Lisa Snowdon and Ore Oduba), as well as special games and guests. On 2 October, an ITV special aired, entitled This Morning: 30 Unforgettable Years. It featured Coleen Nolan, Twiggy, Richard & Judy, Phillip and Holly, Eamonn and Ruth, Keith Lemon, Robbie Williams, Gino D'Acampo, Alison Hammond, John Leslie, Fern Britton, Phil Vickery, Denise Robertson, Dr Chris, Dr Ranj, Mel B, Peter Kay, and was being narrated by Joanna Lumley.

On 12 November 2019, it was announced that from 6 January 2020, an extra 30 minutes will be added onto the show, which will see the show start at the earlier time of 10:00am.


This Morning is currently hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from Monday to Thursday, and Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on Fridays. During school holidays, Langsford and Holmes present between Monday and Thursday, with relief presenters on Friday mornings. The main relief presenters consist of Rochelle Humes, Rylan Clark-Neal, Alison Hammond, Mollie King and John Barrowman. Other stand-in presenters include Amanda Holden, Christine Lampard, Emily Atack, Dr Ranj Singh, Vanessa Feltz, Ben Shephard, Jenni Falconer, Matt Edmondson and Davina McCall.[22]

From October 1988 to July 2001, This Morning was presented by husband and wife Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. However, from 1998 onwards, they hosted only the Monday to Thursday editions, with regular guest presenters hosting on Fridays: during the tenth series Caron Keating and Ross Kelly presided, and from series 11 in 1999 Fern Britton and John Leslie were regular presenters of the Friday show.[23]

When Madeley and Finnigan departed the show in 2001, they were replaced by Coleen Nolan and Twiggy, with Britton and Leslie remaining on Fridays.[24][25] However, Nolan and Twiggy proved less popular with viewers: Twiggy was later axed, whilst Nolan presented until the end of 2001 with Leslie, and was subsequently replaced by Britton.[26]

After John Leslie was caught up in Ulrika Jonsson's rape scandal, his contract was terminated, and he was replaced by Phillip Schofield in 2002. Schofield developed an on-screen relationship with Fern Britton that was characterised by good humour and giggling.[27]

On 26 March 2009, Fern Britton announced that she was to leave This Morning, and would be replaced by Holly Willoughby on 14 September 2009. On 17 July 2009, Britton presented her final show after 10 years.[22]

Ruth Langsford is currently the longest-serving This Morning presenter after first joining the show in 1999.

On 20 September 2019, it was announced that Madeley and Finnigan will return to guest host the show on 25 October 2019, standing in for Holmes and Langsford.[28]


The show usually scores around 1 million viewers a day, a high rating for the ITV daytime schedules (6am-6pm). On 3 October 2018, the show had one of its highest ratings, when 2.7 million viewers tuned in for its 30th anniversary.[29]


The 2015 exterior design of former studio coinciding with the programme's revamp.

Prior to April 2018, This Morning broadcast live from Studio 8 at The London Studios on the South Bank, which features large picture windows looking out over the River Thames.[30] Coinciding with the programme's revamp, the outside of the studio was repainted with the new This Morning logo and branding.

Since 16 April 2018, This Morning has been broadcast from Studio 3 of the newly renovated Television Centre run by BBC Studioworks, along with the rest of ITV Daytime, including Loose Women, Lorraine and Good Morning Britain.[31]

It was planned to move back to the studios in 2023, but in October 2018, ITV announced it was looking to sell the site and would continue with the current studios and offices longer term.[32]


This Morning has won the National Television Award for Best Daytime/Live Magazine Show for 16 years running, from 1998 to 2019.[33]

Year Group Award Result
1998 National Television Awards Most Popular Daytime Show Won
1999 Won
2000 Won
2001 Won
2003 TV Quick Awards Best Daytime Viewing Won
2004 Won
National Television Awards Most Popular Daytime Show Won
2010 TV Times Awards Favourite Daytime Programme Won
2011 Won
National Television Awards Best Topical Magazine Programme Won
Craft BAFTA Digital Creativity Nominated
2012 National Television Awards Most Popular Factual Programme Won
TRIC Awards Best TV Daytime Programme Won
Freesat Awards Best Live Programme Won
BAFTA Craft Awards Best Interactive Programme Nominated
2013 National Television Awards Most Popular Daytime Programme Won
TRIC Awards Best TV Daytime Programme Won
2014 National Television Awards Most Popular Daytime Programme Won
TRIC Awards Best TV Daytime Programme Won
Transgender Awards Best Daytime Programme Won
2015 National Television Awards Most Popular Daytime Programme Won
Transgender Awards Best Daytime Programme Won
2016 National Television Awards Best Live Magazine Show Won
TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Show Won
Royal Television Society Daytime Programme Nominated
Transgender Awards Best Programme Won
2017 National Television Awards Best Live Magazine Show Won
TRIC Awards Daytime Programme Won
Diversity in Media Awards TV Moment of the Year Nominated
TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Show Won
2018 National Television Awards Best Live Magazine Show Won
TRIC Awards Daytime Programme Won
TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Show Won
2019 National Television Awards Daytime Programme Won
TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Show Won


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