Richard and Judy at Albert Dock recently for The House Beauty Spa Book Club
Albert Dock Liverpool will be the backdrop for the 25th birthday celebrations of ITV’s This Morning programme in October – which will see the show broadcast live from the city for one day only.
The spotlight will fall on Albert Dock for the special two-hour show on Thursday, 3 October, and will feature a live guest appearance from the show’s original hosts, husband and wife team Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.
Richard and Judy will join the show’s current hosts, Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, as well as a number of celebrity guests, for a special programme to celebrate its Silver Anniversary – which also coincides with special anniversaries for Albert Dock and Tate Liverpool.
The show will see the return of the famous floating weather map especially for the occasion – this time fronted by prankster and friend of the show, Keith Lemon.
Viewers will also be invited to contact the show via its Hub presenters – and will see ‘The Hub on a Sub’ presented live from a yellow submarine boat in the city.
This Morning was launched in Liverpool in 1988, broadcasting live from its Albert Dock location for eight years until 1996.
Peter Cronin, director of development and marketing for Albert Dock Liverpool, said:
“We are very much looking forward to welcoming Richard and Judy, This Morning and ITV, back to Albert Dock for this very special event. The show has such a loyal following, and I am sure they will be just as excited as we are to see the show broadcast live again from Liverpool, with Albert Dock as the magnificent backdrop.
“People still associate Albert Dock as the original setting for This Morning, so we are delighted that the team has chosen to come back to its roots for this special anniversary show. The return of the show is also extra special for us, as this year also marks the 25th anniversary of the resurgence of Albert Dock and the 25th birthday of Tate Liverpool. It promises to be a fantastic occasion with plenty of surprises – it’s definitely one to watch.”
As part of This Morning’s special birthday, the show will launch the Take A Moment campaign next Monday (9 September), to encourage viewers to get involved in their local communities by completing small acts of kindness. Other ITV shows and celebrities will be on board to show what they have done and for the first 50,000 acts of kindness submitted, the Government will donate £5 per act. The grand number of people involved and total money raised – for ITV’s Text Santa charities – will be revealed during the anniversary show.
This Morning’s executive producer, Miles Jarvis, added:
“The team have worked incredibly hard on the plans for this exciting event, and we hope all our viewers will enjoy being part of it.”
This Morning’s editor, Adam Vandermark, continued:
“Our whole family of talent are really excited about this special anniversary show – there’ll be plenty of surprises and memories shared, and it’s going to be extra special returning to where it all started.”