Before Alison Hammond starts her new gig on This Morning in January, the presenter, reporter and actor is taking listeners on a trip down memory lane with some famous faces for ITV’s first branded podcast, My Life in TV.
The weekly pod invites celebrity guests to discuss their own lives on television, from favourite TV moments to their childhood on-screen inspirations.
The likes of Mo Gilligan, Emily Atack and AJ Odudu choose the shows they would “bin, binge or bring back” and share their personal career journeys in television. Hammond’s own path to success started with a much-loved stint in the Big Brother house, after which she established herself as a permanent fixture on daytime TV.
The ITV regular is known for hilarious interviews with Hollywood stars such as Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, and her enthusiastic (though unsuccessful) attempt to get Meghan Markle’s attention on her first official outing with Prince Harry. This later went viral.
Emily Atack shares memories of staying up late to watch female comedians such as Kathy Burke and Victoria Wood. There’s also her career-changing stint in the jungle. While Olivia Attwood, another guest, talks about the reality TV shows that inspired Olivia Meets Her Match, and Joel Dommett discusses learning on the job and his disastrous audition for The Inbetweeners.
Hammond’s infectiously positive outlook on life and comforting TV anecdotes deliver the perfect nostalgia-fest to lift your spirits on a dreary Monday morning.