The Morning Show reminds me of my TV-am days


Kathy Tayler when at TVam Hi!

You may have spotted a pattern in my appearances on your screens – I'm now a regular fixture on the Morning Show, from Tuesday to Friday every week.

Doing the Morning Show is a bit like old times, really. It was in 1989 that I first appeared on TV-am (left), on the sofa with Mike Morris on Good Morning Britain. Where are you, my dear old friend Mike? (I mean 'old' in the nicest way, of course!) If anyone knows, do pass on where I might find him. The last I heard he was working for Yorkshire TV, but that was a while ago now.

What life was like at TV-am…

Presenting on that show involved arriving at the studios in Camden at 3.45am, so it was a good thing I lived in London at the time. After a while, I swapped to a later start and where I felt most comfortable – the After Nine show. I stayed there until TV-am lost the franchise to GMTV at the end of 1992, conveniently just six weeks before my second child Charlie was born, so I was happy to stop work for a while.

It was a good place to work, and I certainly learned lots about live TV, especially how to hide things (hopefully) that go wrong on air. I also met some fascinating people. Do you remember the Cooking Canon, and Lizzie Webb? And I always looked forward to Thursday mornings when Claire Rayner spread her wisdom as an agony aunt.

Interviewing Oscar-winning actors

But one of my favourite memories is when I interviewed two gorgeous actors at the same time – Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ben Kingsley (wow!). There was a special moment when they discovered, on air, that they were both born on New Year's Eve – they were delighted to share their birthdays and I felt privileged to share the moment they discovered the bond between them. It was shiver-down-the-spine stuff and I still enjoy the memory.

Make the Morning Show your show

But back to the Morning Show. Debs and Claire are at the helm on Monday mornings at 9am (rather them than me – I need to recover from my weekends!) and then I'll usually be sharing the rest of the week with Simon, sometimes Julian. This week Simon is in Turkey as part of QVC US's Voyager show, so the American public will be able to enjoy his talents, but he'll be back to join me next week.

But I hope Simon and I can bring you the same sense of belonging to a family that I think our TV-am viewers enjoyed. People used to watch every morning to see what we were up to. I'm growing my hair, but don't expect any 80s style big hair! And any jackets I wear nowadays won't be padded at the shoulders.

So even if you're not in the buying mood, I hope you'll tune in to QVC at 9am each morning. We plan to entertain you as well as offer you some great bargains, and we'll let you know about some of the highlights in the day ahead. 

Also, don't forget to enter our competition each day. The highest rollover prize so far has been £500, and remember, it could be you winning the QVC credits!

We'd also like you to feel that the Morning Show is YOUR show – if there's anything you'd like to see more of (or less), let me know. And if you have any special memories of the good old days of TV-am, I'd love to hear them!

Take care for now,



  1. Rebecca March 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy. I love watching the morning show when you are on. You are always so lively and i like your presenting style. You and Julian always make me laugh and you seem so natural. It really comes across that you are enjoying it. I like to see the selection of items that are coming up. I enter the competition mostly when i’m reasonably sure what the item is. Still not been called yet though, but keep my fingers crossed. Your hair is looking really nice i think. I always think its hard growing your hair as there always seems to be the in between stage that is hard to manage. Anyway, i’ll keep watching as its a great start to my day. Thanks
    Love Rebecca

  2. Garratt March 9, 2009 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Just to let you know, mike works for a company called Network Films now.

  3. Judith March 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    You are really looking more glam these days. I can see your hair is growing but what has happened to your specs?
    Your skin always looks great too, so I’d love to know your secret.
    I love the way you (and I stress YOU) present the shows. You do it in such a natural and genuine way, without the hard sell and hyperventilation of some of the other presenters. You seem to really consider the product you are selling and ask your guests very appropriate questions on our behalf.
    Just stay yourself Kathy and I look forward to watching your shows.
    Best regards.

  4. Kathy Tayler March 15, 2009 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Rebecca
    Thanks for your lovely comments, I’m really pleased you enjoy watching the morning show – we certainly enjoy bringing it to you. It’s much more fun to present a show with a partner, whether it’s Simon or Julian. They bring completely different styles to the show, and it’s great working with either of them. Hopefully it will be your turn to be called for your answer to the competition soon – I look forward to speaking to you!
    Kathy x

  5. Kathy Tayler March 15, 2009 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Garratt
    Thanks for that info. I’ve looked at their website and Mike’s entry doesn’t seem to be working so I’ll try emailing them to see if he’s still there. It would be good to talk to him again after all these years.
    Thanks again

  6. Kathy Tayler March 15, 2009 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Judith – thanks for your kind comments. Many more and they’ll start going to my head!!
    I’m not very good at a hard sell – I prefer to give you all the information I can and let you decide whether you want it or not. That way, hopefully, you don’t need to return too much. I also don’t feel a very glamorous person, but I realise that in TV it’s important to look your best – hence the change in hairstyle. I also thought that sometimes, wearing glasses might seem like a barrier between you and me, so I decided to investigate wearing contact lenses, just while I’m on air. I have a brilliant optometrist and she has found a way for me to read my close up notes and the details on our screens a few yards in front of us, and still not fall down the stairs when I rush from one studio to another. I haven’t found it too difficult to wear them as they are the soft disposable type, and I only wear them for a few hours.
    As for my skin – thanks! I’m not too wrinkled but as I approach 50 years old I can definitely see my face heading south! My skin also seems to be much more red in colour, and spotty around the chin lately, but at least I can conceal that.
    I don’t really do all that I could to prevent time telling it’s tale on my face, but I do all the basics with great quality products – my favourites are Elemis, Liz Earle, Decleor and Gatineau. I drink lots of water, and try to eat a good diet, so maybe that helps, too.
    I hope you carry on enjoying the Morning Show – make sure you have a go at the competition!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  7. Gavin Martin March 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Last time i heard of mike he was working for Network Firms which was in 2007. I have setup a facebook page to ask GMTV to bring back After Nine the web addrees is /edit.php?edit_members&gid=352349847498#!/group.php?gid=352349847498
    i hope you find it, Kathy
    Gavin Martin
    PS I do argee you The Morning Show does remind you of After Nine from TV-AM

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