Alison Hammond

Alison Hammond named as new host of For the Love of Dogs

Alison Hammond meets the Battersea Team: Nat Ingham Canine Behaviour Manager, Alison Hammond, Ali Taylor Battersea Head of Animal Behaviour and Becky Verne Rehoming Welfare Manager with Battersea Rescue Dogs Pip and Olive

The series will once again take to the over 150-year-old Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, a UK charity, where Hammond will help the pets in their care search for a new home. There are currently more abandoned and stray dogs in need than ever.

Across six parts, Hammond will explore the stories of some of Battersea's latest arrivals, while helping the expert staff and volunteers treat and train them to put their best paw forward for their potential new owners.

Celebrity Big Brother to return in 2024

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The new series will air on ITV1 and STV, followed by hour-long companion show Celebrity Big Brother: Late & Live every night on ITV2 and ITVX. Late & Live will feature evictees’ first live interview after leaving the Big Brother house, as well as debate and commentary from special guests.

The Celebrity Brother: Live Stream will make a comeback, showing live footage from the house long after Celebrity Big Brother: Late and Live. The livestream will air every night of the week on both ITVX and STV Player.

Alison Hammond confirmed as the new host of The Great British Bake Off

Alison Hammond with a cake decorated with the judges and hosts

Hammond (This Morning) was a fan favourite when competing on Celebrity Great British Bake Off 2020. She described herself to the judges as a “born baker and a born eater”, making her most likely also a born Bake Off host.

Hammond will be replacing host Matt Lucas who departed from the Bake Off Tent after joining the show in 2020, to dedicate more time to presenting Sky’s Fantasy Football League.

Host Noel Fielding will be joining her in the tent, alongside judges Dame Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.

Ear Candy: My Life in TV

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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. 

BBC One announces celebrity panel for I Can See Your Voice

Comedian Jimmy Carr and TV favourites Alison Hammond and Amanda Holden will be guiding the players guessing who can and can’t sing from a group of unknown singers standing before them.

Each week a different popstar will also join the panel.

Holden said: “I’ve seen first hand over my many years as a judge how acts can shock you with an incredible voice.

“With my experience on stage, television and radio I think I have one of the best pair of eyes in the business for spotting talent, so the masqueraders will really have to up their game to fool me!”

ITV announces specially commissioned shows for Black History Month

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Celebrating the contribution of black people in television, comedy, history and wider culture, ITV will broadcast a host of new programmes and will promote the work of Black artists in the channel’s on-air branding throughout the month.

Alison Hammond: Back To School (w/t)

In this one-hour special, Good Morning Britain’s beloved Brummie Alison Hammond will be going on the definitive school trip.

From Hadrian’s Wall to Hampton Court, Alison will travel across Britain to discover a different side to the history that is taught in schools.

ITV announces new live morning schedule

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From the 6th January the morning line-up will see Good Morning Britain be extended by half an hour from 6am until 9am, bringing viewers a mix of breaking news, the latest showbiz stories and exclusive interviews every week day.

Lorraine will then be on from 9am to 10am, before This Morning starts – 30 minutes earlier – from 10am to 12:30pm.

Loose Women will then air from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, ending seven and half hours of live TV all filmed at the Television Centre in White City.