He’s one of the safest pairs of hands in television with a career spanning four decades – so who else would ITV ask to present a live 24-hour one man television telethon for charity but Phillip ‘consummate professional’ Schofield?
And professional he has been. At 11am on Tuesday, the This Morning presenter finally signed off after 24-hours of solid hosting, interviewing and entertaining across the ITV network.
His full day and night on screen has seen the 52-year-old present Loose Women, the weather and the news, abseil down the side of ITV’s London HQ, walk across glass, appear on Good Morning Britain, host an I’m A Celebrity curry party with former campmates – and in the morning interview the Prime Minister in Downing Street’s Cabinet Room. All this while taking on continuity duties introducing shows across the ITV network.
Much of Schofield’s 24-hours was spent on ITV3 hosting over 200 special guests including Amanda Holden, the X Factor finalists, Davina McCall, Brian Cox, Michael Ball and the cast of Coronation Street and Emmerdale in a bespoke Text Santa studio. Among many other features, at 8pm on Monday, Schofield also introduced the first glimpse at George Clooney in Downton Abbey.
Phillip’s challenge concluded with him back on home turf on This Morning with his wife Steph and a phone call from his mum congratulating him on his achievement. Apparently she managed 19-hours awake watching him.
It was also revealed that his challenge has not quite finished – next he will be climbing the inside of the Shard tower in central London to raise even more money for charity.
Well done Phil, we salute you…
ITV’s Text Santa telethon is on 19 December