With Lorraine Kelly

Celebrating two TV anniversaries


I had a fun, busy day yesterday!

The morning was spent celebrating QVC’s 21st birthday, a milestone we’re all really proud to have reached. But it was nine years longer that I was recognising during In the evening – 30 years of presenting breakfast television is an amazing record that Lorraine Kelly has just notched up.

She’d already been working as a reporter for TVam for three years when I joined the station in 1989. When I moved from the Good Morning Britain show to the After Nine sofa, Lorraine began to host the main show, and she’s been on our screens in the mornings ever since.

We used to share a dressing room and became good friends. When Lorraine and her partner Stevie moved south from Scotland they decided to live close to us so that Stevie could share the occasional beer with Olley and so it was easier for me to see Lorraine away from work.

TVam lost its franchise to GMTV at the end of 1992 a few weeks before my second child Charlie was born, so I was happy to swap early mornings for sleepless nights! Lorraine, however, was the only presenter to make the jump between TV companies and she has been the darling of ITV mornings since then.

She’s a great journalist and a hard worker but her real appeal, I believe, is that what you see on the screen is the real Lorraine. She really is as warm, funny, kind, interested and sensitive as she appears on screen and when the empathy and humour is genuine it shines across the airwaves.

LK1 editedThe party was held to celebrate her achievement so far – there’s no suggestion that Lorraine plans to stop any time soon. We’ve lost touch in recent years so it was wonderful to find that those years melted away as we chatted about old times and new, our work and our families.

I also met some other friends and colleagues (including Dr Hilary in the photo with me) who I hadn’t seen for ages – it was a wonderful evening!


  1. Carole Bevan October 9, 2014 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Lovley to hear you enjoyed your reunion but when it comes to talking about warm funny kind interested and sensitive you could be describing yourself you lovely lady. As a presenter you are a joy to watch, the only one that I can always watch no matter how I am feeling, you always make me feel happy and cheerful, and I read your blogs with interest you obviously have a lovely family and a full and varied life. You are a down to earth lady with no airs and graces or artificial traits and I hope you appear on television for a good long time yet. Stay as thoroughly nice as you are Cathy Taylor.

    • Kathy Tayler October 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

      Wow Carole, what lovely things you say – you make me blush! I really appreciate you saying them, and I’m glad I make you feel happy. I’m sure there are others who I annoy, but the difference in us all is part of what makes the world go around, I suppose.
      I am very lucky to have a job that I enjoy and a wonderful family. And lovely people like you who make my day when they comment on my blog. Thank you!
      With my best wishes
      Kathy x

  2. Susan October 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, I couldn’t agree more with Carole!! You are a joy. I find you and Anne really easy to watch and neither with airs or graces! What a lovely photo of you and Lorraine. You looked gorgeous Kathy! I have to just say today I hope you are able to spend some time with Ali over the next few days after her scan. I know you two are such good friends. Talking of friends, do you see Debbie G much now? Hope so. Lots of love, Susan x

  3. Kathy Tayler October 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Susan. Yes, I see Ali as much as our busy schedules allow. We share a dressing room but it’s rare that we spend time in it together as we work different shift patterns, but now she and Colin have moved close to us we can see more of each other away from work. She’s had the all clear from the scans now, just has the final reconstructive surgery to get though next week and hopefully she can relax and look forwards to lots of good things next year. Good to hear from you again – take care.
    Kathy x

  4. christine jones October 24, 2014 at 12:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    not blogged for a while but think of you often and so lovely to see you with lorraine kelly, you look absolutely stunning in your outfit.. I agree we are blessed with lovely family and friend and that is precious.. We have just returned from a superb anniversary holiday in Croatia.. Truly beautiful and we raised a glass to your son who s birthday is on our anniversary… You may remember we met last year before we went on our ruby anniversary and we were so pleased to meet up with you and other presenters at the autumn fashion show.. We ll never forget it..

    We send our love to you, especially to Bex as she does her final year to be a dr. She will be a blessing to so many as she gives of her gifts and talents to help others.. Just like her mum!!! The fruits of all your hard work raisingyour children have paid off.. and its clear to see that they love there mum ( and dad!!) too..

    lots of love
    Christine xxxxx

    I dont think you realise Kathy just how special you are and always have a way that cheers up people.. A rare quality that you have…

    Lots of love to you and especially to Bex in her final year, thats quite an achievement and she will be a blessing to all she meets as she uses her talents and gifts in her calling as a doctor..

    Christine xxxx

  5. Kathy Tayler November 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Hello Christine
    Sorry this is such a late response to your lovely message – not quite sure how I missed it. Of course I remember meeting you last year – that connection with your anniversary and Billy’s birthday (19 this year!) is one to remember! It sounds as though you had another lovely celebration this year.
    Thanks for your lovely comments about me, I’m glad I can help you feel cheerful. And Bex too – yes, we’re very proud of her (of all three of our children, of course) and come August she will be a fully qualified doctor. She is working in Luton and Dunstable hospital at the moment, having lots of contact with patients and is absolutely loving it. I’ll think she will make a wonderful doctor, she has a lovely nature and is very empathetic, patient and supportive. The NHS gets a fair amount of bad press at the moment – often justifiably – I really hope Bex can make herself a happy life within it.
    I also hope you’re well, do take care
    Kathy x

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