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.
The 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!