Fiona Phillips: I was paid far less on GMTV than Eamonn Holmes

Phillips was ‘a relative pauper in relation to my on-screen king’ during nine-year partnership

The former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips has revealed that she was paid considerably less than her co-host Eamonn Holmes.

The pair formed one of Britain’s most memorable breakfast TV partnerships between 1996 and 2005, when Holmes departed for Sky News. Phillips continued for a further three years full-time on the ITV show’s sofa.

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The Truth About Stress review – interesting ideas illustrated with fairly silly stunts

Presenter Fiona Phillips investigates what happens when we get stressed and what we can do about it. Plus Car Crash Britain

The other day I had one of those blood-boiling moments that sometimes coincide with leaving the house. You know the sort of thing: I was trying to retrieve a package from the UK’s most poorly sited postal sorting office; I got stuck in traffic, couldn’t park and found myself at the back of a long queue leading to a window staffed, it seemed, by no one. I had a choice of standing either just inside or just outside the automatic double doors, which opened and closed continuously due to my presence. I started to judder like a washing machine spinning a wet duvet.

According to The Truth About Stress (BBC1), I was experiencing a classic fight-or-flight reaction – adrenaline rush, elevated heart rate – which may have been of
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Fiona Phillips and Gaby Roslin to present Lorraine over Easter

Fiona Phillips and Gaby Roslin will cover Lorraine Kelly on ITV's Lorraine over Easter.

Both women will present the show for a week as Kelly takes holiday.

Phillips will take over from Monday, March 30th and Roslin will present from April 6th.

Phillips said: "I always love doing the Lorraine show; they always have such brilliant guests and it's like going home too, as I get to see all my old mates!"

Roslin added: "I'm thrilled and very touched to be asked back again to stand in for the queen of daytime. The team were so welcoming and I'm looking forward to working with them all again. A lovely Easter present!"

Guests over the next fortnight on Lorraine include Coronation Street's Debbie Rush, Amelia Lily, Shayne Ward, Stacey Solomon, 5ive and Texas.
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Thursday’s best TV

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London bus trainees in Double Decker Driving School, Fiona Phillips on The Truth About Sugar and Trevor Phillips fronts Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True. Plus: convict troubles down under in Banished, baby boom in The Triplets Are Coming and Dina Torkia enters the Muslim Miss World pageant

Getting a job as a London bus driver is a fiercely competitive business. A recent vacancy at bus company Arriva drew 20,000 applications. If you do manage to get on their six-week course, it’s an intensive business, putting potential drivers in charge of a 24ft, 10-ton vehicle. Single mum Claire is hoping to become one of the surprisingly slim 1% who make it through to full qualification, but her nerves threaten to derail her. Meanwhile, Yas from Gloucester has a few issues with authority. Ben Arnold

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When British daytime TV and geek heroes collide

Doctor Who, Star Trek and more: what happened when sci-fi, horror & fantasy heroes have popped up on British daytime TV over the years…

Pre-YouTube, fandom was a hard-earned thing. It took research, dedication and enough patience to hover over the family video player’s ‘record’ button for an entire episode of TV-am in anticipation of six minutes with Sylvester McCoy. Six minutes in which the Seventh Doctor would be polled if he was a cat or dog person and then asked to taste a lemon roulade.

Scarcity bred desire in those days, so we took what we could get from our heroes of yore, even if that meant watching Hammer Horror legend Ingrid Pitt make a chocolate mousse, or the aforementioned McCoy attempt to answer fan questions above the hubbub of a Nottingham swimming pool complex. The collision of geek icons and UK daytime magazine shows was sometimes illuminating, sometimes excruciating,
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Is breakfast TV the perfect training ground for politicians?

The news that Selina Scott is thinking of standing for the Conservatives adds yet another name to the growing list

It is a question to rival Mrs Merton's famous inquiry of Debbie McGee: "What first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?" What do political parties see in the telegenic, media-savvy, warmth-and-empathy-laden presenters of populist breakfast television shows with their huge, loyal followings among people who have neither the time nor the inclination to engage with politics, or vote for anything other than a face they recognise and associate with good times and somehow the uber-trustworthy face of Everyman's Everyman Phillip Schofield?

Esther McVey, the minister for employment promoted to full member of the Cabinet in the recent reshuffle, is only the latest to have completed the journey from the morning sofa to the corridors of power. In the 1990s, she was a presenter of ITV's GMTV by day
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Thought Bubble Comic Con 2013: A Report

Last week, from the 17th to the 24th of November, Thought Bubble – the Leeds comic art festival – took place at various venues across the city, culminating in the centre-piece two day convention on the 23rd and 24th at Clarence Dock. I got a chance to visit the convention on the last two days (two-day passes for the general public were a very reasonable £22, incidentally). It was the first comic book convention I have ever been to and therefore an entirely new experience for me, so I thought I’d give my views on it…

I arrived in Leeds with friends on the Friday afternoon and immediately scoped out the venue. Clarence Dock consists of New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries Hall and Allied London Hall.

New Dock Hall – Leeds’ biggest conference venue – was the main venue housing the biggest names on show, with 200 tables of exhibitors showcasing their talents, selling their
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How the party reshuffles have propelled GMTV's politicos on to the front bench

The world has been turned topsy-turvy as breakfast telly's presenters become Labour and Tory big hitters

Saw off your shotguns, sharpen your axes, fire up your chainsaws. Our business is with zombie breakfast show GMTV, whose mindless lurch toward the heart of British public life continues unabated, despite it having been killed off three years ago.

Before we go any further, Lost in Showbiz would like to apologise for a premature obituary. When the axing of GMTV was announced in the dying days of Gordon Brown's administration, I made some point about its demise coming in concert with that of the New Labour government on which it had always been so cosily co-dependent. Mostly eschewing the more highbrow inquisitions to which former leaders had felt obliged to submit, serial guest Tony Blair had loved sofas so much that he even governed from one, with his Downing Street "den" being
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Eamonn Holmes to host 'Daybreak' in £4m deal?

ITV is reportedly planning to poach Eamonn Holmes from Sky News to become the new host of Daybreak.

The broadcaster is apparently prepared to pay almost £4 million to secure the former GMTV presenter - £2.4 million to buy him out of his three year Sunrise contract and £1.5 million for two years' salary.

The station's new director of daytime Helen Warner wants the popular presenter back on ITV in a bid to boost ratings, The Mirror reports.

Daybreak's New York correspondent Lucy Watson and Newshour host Ranvir Singh are said to be in the running to be his new co-host, but the 53-year-old wants wife Ruth Langsford on board. The pair already host This Morning on Fridays.

Daybreak launched in 2010 with Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, but the duo were axed a year later after failing to attract viewers.

Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly took over last September, but the show's
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Mum of the Year Awards to air on Channel 5, hosted by Fiona Phillips

Fiona Phillips will host this year's Tesco Mum of the Year Awards, which for the first time ever will be broadcast on Channel 5.

The awards, which are now in their eighth year, take place at London's Savoy on March 3.

Since 2006, Tesco has given out the awards to inspirational mums around the UK.

This year's winners will include Anna Kennedy, who remortgaged her home to set up a school for autistic children, Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall and local Gloucestershire pre-school campaigner Mireille Williams.

There will also be a 'Celebrity Mum of the Year' award at the event.

"I am delighted to be bringing such an inspiring and emotionally-charged event to Channel 5," said Channel 5's entertainment, daytime and soaps commissioner Greg Barnett.

"On a day when we celebrate mums, we'll be championing some of Britain's best."

Tasha Gladman, Tesco brand communications director, said: "Many mums are unsung heroines and the Tesco Mum
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Simon Cowell wants original X Factor panel back

Bruno Tonioli says Kate Garraway, Fiona Phillips and Ann Widdecombe have been the worst ever 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestants. The former 'GMTV' hosts and the Tory MP have all taken part in the BBC One show and while they have been hit with viewers, judge Bruno wasn't impressed with their moves. When asked who the worst contestants have been, he said: ''The 'GMTV' girls - Fiona Phillips and Kate Garraway - danced as though their bodies had been filleted of all bones. And Ann Widdecombe, bless her, was just dragged round the dancefloor week after week. I don't think it's ever been
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Brendan will work with anyone Strictly

Brendan Cole insists he's happy to work with anyone on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The professional dancer - who has previously been paired with Kelly Brook, Fiona Phillips, Lisa Snowdon and Natasha Kaplinsky - says it doesn't bother him who he's partnered with because he loves doing the BBC One show so much. He said: ''I honestly don't know, it's a closely guarded secret but I'm always happy to work with anyone. It's part of the show's challenge.'' Brendan - who is expecting his first child with wife Zoe - has been on the show since it started in 2004 but he says he
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Bb's Caroline blows budget

Brendan Cole insists he's happy to work with anyone on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The professional dancer - who has previously been paired with Kelly Brook, Fiona Phillips, Lisa Snowdon and Natasha Kaplinsky - says it doesn't bother him who he's partnered with because he loves doing the BBC One show so much. He said: ''I honestly don't know, it's a closely guarded secret but I'm always happy to work with anyone. It's part of the show's challenge.'' Brendan - who is expecting his first child with wife Zoe - has been on the show since it started in 2004 but he says he
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Fiona Phillips: 'I feel destined to get Alzheimer's disease'

Fiona Phillips has opened up about her fear that she will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The 51-year-old presenter admitted that she feels destined to succumb to dementia, which hit her late parents by the time they were in their 60s. "I have that feeling now all the time that I am bound to get it," she told The Mirror. "I worry. I keep thinking that I might only have five years left. When people say they might be around until their 80s, I just don't think that. "I suppose I feel like someone with a terminal disease who realises they don't have long left. That's awful because I don't want to live like that. But it is making me think I'd better make the most of life so that's positive, (more)
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David Cameron, we have a few questions for you…

From Piers Morgan to Polly Toynbee, Jemima Khan to Jarvis Cocker – David Cameron takes questions from public figures who want answers

Hear what the Pm has to say in our audio interactive

David Mitchell, comedian

Do you wish you were less posh?

"[Laughs] No. You can't change who you are. For a long time I thought my full name was 'The Old Etonian David Cameron'. I had parents who gave me a wonderful start in life, who sacrificed a lot to give me a great education. So I don't ever want to change – I don't want to drop my accent or change my vowels. I am who I am."

Piers Morgan, TV presenter

If you could relive one moment in your life, excluding births of children and marriage, what would it be?

"God, that's a really good question. Piers, why don't you ever ask really good questions like that normally? I
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TV review: University Challenge | Panarama: Finished at Fifty? | My Brother The Islamist

Here's your starter for 10: how many women were there in the University Challenge final?

Your starter for 10. If historical dates were times on the 24-hour clock so that 2010 was 10 past eight, how many minutes would it be from the Battle of Waterloo until the beginning of the First World War?

Jeffries, Wolverhampton: Pardon?

Another starter for 10. Which figure from the book of Genesis, when you read their name backwards, gives you a prefix denoting 10 to the power minus nine?

Jeffries, Wolverhampton: What?

So many questions went unanswered on the grand final of University Challenge (BBC2). Why were there no women on either team? Is it because clever women think this isn't a good showcase for their talents? Or institutionalised sexism? Why was I rooting for York University? Is it because of misplaced class hatred for Magdalen College Oxford's smug haircuts and insufferable self-deprecating smiles? How, ultimately, could York have
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Phillips 'in talks for This Morning cover'

Phillips 'in talks for This Morning cover'
Former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips is reportedly in the running to fill in for Holly Willoughby on This Morning when she takes maternity leave. The presenter is due to give birth to a baby girl in May. The Mirror claims that Phillips and former GMTV newsreader Helen Fospero have both held talks with show bosses about standing in for Willoughby alongside Phillip Schofield. Ruth Langsford, who presents the Friday edition of the ITV magazine show with husband Eamonn Holmes, is also believed to have discussed filling the role. "There is (more)
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Callard "agonised" over Corrie exit

Beverley Callard has admitted that she "agonised" over her decision to quit Coronation Street. The actress, who plays Rovers Return landlady Liz McDonald, announced that she was leaving the ITV soap in October. Speaking on Lorraine, Callard told guest-host Fiona Phillips: "Well, as you know I've just got married a few weeks ago and I agonised about it long and hard, because in this business it is difficult to get a regular paycheque." "I love [Corrie] and I will always be loyal to it," she said. "I just needed to have a break from (more)
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Strictly Come Dancing: the worst dancers ever?

Ann Widdecombe's murder of the dancefloor is over but Strictly has served up plenty of other candidates who proved nearly - but not quite - as bad

In pictures: Widdy on Strictly Come Dancing

Finally, Ann Widdecombe's reign of dancing terror is over, with 10 weeks of terrifyingly – and at times hilariously – awful routines brought to a close by the public's decision to kick the former Tory Home Office minister off the dancefloor.

Widdy's run surely reached its nadir last week, as she and Anton Du Beke attempted a rumba to Celine Dion's epic ballad My Heart Will Go On, complete with huge polystyrene iceberg in the middle of the ballroom floor. Whether you collapsed with laughter or wept into your sofa cushions with sheer embarrassment, it's pretty easy to agree that the routine was one of the worst ever seen on Strictly – although arguably, pretty much all
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'Strictly' Widdecombe 'like haemorrhoids'

'Strictly' Widdecombe 'like haemorrhoids'
Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has compared Ann Widdecombe's dancing to haemorrhoids following her latest performance on the dancefloor. The ex-Conservative MP picked up only 13 points for her samba, which involved her being dragged around the floor by her pro partner Anton Du Beke. It was one of the lowest ever scores on the programme, with only Widdecombe's salsa earlier in the series, and dances from Quentin Wilson and Fiona Phillips (more)
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