The first series of This Time with Alan Partridge may have finished, but we’ve had a fine substitute in the form of Richard Madeley on Monday’s Good Morning Britain.
In the space of one show, Madeley pulled off a hat-trick of low-key, yet high-entertainment, mishaps while acting as a stand-in for regular host Piers Morgan, alongside Charlotte Hawkins.
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Firstly, the veteran broadcaster managed to let slip a swear word while interviewing Olly Murs and champion of The Voice UK Molly Hocking. Speaking about coming to terms with her victory, Madeley asked Hocking: “How does it feel when you think ‘S***, I won it!'”
The real joy here is Hawkins’s frozen grin after he says it.
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Fortunately, Molly wasn’t stumped by the language and the interview carried on. Madeley later apologised for the gaffe on air, saying: “Apparently I just said the word starting with ‘s’ and ending in ‘t’. I apologise.”
But later on in the show, the presenter made a similar mistake when talking to Sadiq Khan. When discussing air pollution in the capital, Madeley said the London Mayor took a “no point dicking about” approach to the issue.
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And then there was his chat with the young pupils of Flakefleet Primary School, who recently appeared on Britain’s Got Talent. Although the group – led by headteacher Dave McPartlin (no relation to Ant) – received a golden buzzer for their joyfully chaotic performance to Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, Madeley made clear their act “wasn’t perfect” – although he quickly added “but that was the point”.
Fortunately for Madeley, the group didn’t seem to be offended, with McPartlin quickly agreeing.
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) April 8, 2019
Madeley is expected to return to screens soon, with regular GMB hosts Susanna Reid and Morgan taking a break until Tuesday 24th April. Great news for viewers and TV reporters alike.
GMB is on 6am weekdays, ITV