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TV Diary: An anonymous Channel 5 insider

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On the far wall of the programming department at Channel 5, there is a “mood-ometer” – and, on Monday mornings, the mood is not good.

The ratings are always bad at weekends, so Mondays in the office can sometimes seem like the five stages of grief on fast forward. The trick is to try to get Ben [Frow, Channel 5’s programme supremo] to accept the situation before he starts strolling around the office musing on the other things he could have done with his life. Ennui won’t get us out of our ratings slump.

Alison Hammond’s Big Weekend to lift the lid on celebrity guests in 2025

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Throughout their time together, Hammond will get to know her guests for the six-part series as best she can.

A BBC Studios Entertainment production, the show is to air on BBC One, and will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

“I’m so excited to serve up some big lols and tons of OMG revelations on the BBC as I spend some quality time with some of the UK’s favourite celebrities,” said Hammond. “When I’m on a mission no secret is safe, and trust me no stone or cupboard will go unturned!”

Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley confirmed as new presenters of ITV's This Morning

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Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley will replace Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, who both departed the show in 2023, as main presenters in the Monday to Thursday slot.

Shephard is a familiar face to ITV, having presented the channel's former breakfast programme GMTV, its quiz show Tipping Point from 2012, and co-hosting Good Morning Britain.

Emma Gormley's TV diary

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I’m glad we decided Christmas should come early on ITV Daytime this year. It’s been another tough weekend for the nation, with Storm Arwen ripping through a large part of the country (and taking I’m a Celebrity… off air for the first time ever). 

There’s also been a Saturday-evening address by the Prime Minister, setting out new measures to stop the Omicron variant overwhelming the NHS. 

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. 

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.

This Morning to air on Sundays

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This Morning on Sunday will review the funniest, most touching and enjoyable moments from the week and will also feature new and exclusive content.

The hour-long show will see guest interviews, advice from experts and unbelievable real-life stories, as well as showcasing delicious recipes and fun competitions.

Airing on ITV from January 20th at 10.30am, it will be hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

The pair will tell funny stories from behind the scenes and provide a small preview of the following week’s show.

The rise and rise of daytime TV

This Morning's 30th anniversary episode saw the show's biggest audience for nine years (Credit: ITV)

Daytime TV has long been the butt of comedians’ jokes. In an episode of Mock the Week last year, Hugh Dennis pretended to be a weary daytime announcer: “Well, because they’re all the same, and I can’t be bothered to announce them all, here’s Flog Dickinson’s Antiques Sun Hammer Pointless Breakout in the Country… finishes at 5pm.”