Richard Madeley unrecognisable in throwback clip for This Mornings anniversary

This Morning shows flashback of Richard and Judy presenting

Richard Madeley appeared unrecognisable in a throwback clip from 1988 on Tuesday’s This Morning.

Tuesday saw the ITV daytime show marking its 35th anniversary, and to celebrate, hosts Holly Willoughby and Josie Gibson interviewed Good Morning Britain star Richard, who was the original presenter along with his wife, Judy Finnigan.

Before chatting to Richard, they showed a clip from the very first episode which saw the pair welcoming viewers to the new show.

In the throwback footage, Richard stated: “A very warm good morning to you.

“Welcome to Liverpool’s Albert Dock, my name is Richard Madeley and this is my wife, Judy Finnigan.”

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“Hello,” Judy added before a very young-looking Richard continued: “And this morning and every weekday morning we invite you to join us for a brand new show.”

“We’re on the air live for 90 minutes, and we hope you’ll join us because we’ve got something for all the family,” Judy added.

She went on: “We’re looking at food, drink, shopping.

“We’ve got all the latest fashions and beauty tips and we’ll be showing you how you can bring a designer look to your home.”

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Following the clip, Richard admitted: “We were nervous”.

“There was this idea that daytime TV was inferior television, not proper television, the toy town television, I have no idea why,” he went on to explain.

“So there was a lot of sort of willingness for the thing not to work, which actually changed ourselves and made us more determined to make it work and boy did we work hard in order to get it to air.”

“Yeah, well you started it and we continue to look after it,” Holly remarked.

“And I think it sort of does change and evolve but really the heart stays the same and people really do think that the show belongs to the audience, and I think you guys really started that.”

“That’s one of the things that we said towards the end of that very first show,” Richard recalled.

“We said, ‘Let’s make one thing clear, this is your show. It’s not our show, it’s not ITV’s show, it belongs to you. So we’ll give you what you want. Let us know and this is in the days before social media, so people have to ring in and write in.’ And it still belongs to the viewers.”

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.

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