Richard and Judy

Richard and Judy : The Autobiography

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Described as the nation's best-loved couple, Richard and Judy have been on television togther for 18 years. For 13 of those they fronted "This Morning", the most popular British daytime programme ever, and their departure gave rise to huge newspaper coverage when they left in 2001. Now back with a Channel 4 show, the couple write the full story of their lives: their childhoods, unsuccessful first marriages and professional and personal lives together. In juxtaposed accounts, we hear about Judy's many health problems and how Richard coped with the lowest points. We find out how both of them survived his court ordeal on a shoplifting charge, how Judy felt on baring more than her soul at a TV awards ceremony, why they left "This Morning", and how they handle home, work and parenthood, as well as the ever-curious press.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 146 x 234 x 38mm | 762.05g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 24pp colour photographs
  • 0340820934
  • 9780340820933

Author information

Richard Madeley was born in Essex and started work at 16 as a reporter for the Brentwood Argus. He began his career in television in 1978 and started presenting Granada Reports with Judy Finnigan in 1982. They married in 1984. Richard has one previous marriage. Judy Finnigan was born in Manchester started work in television as a secretary at the BBC in 1971. She became Anglia's first woman presenter in 1974. She has twin sons by her first marriage and Jack and Chloe by her marriage to Richard. Richard and Judy began presenting This Morning in 1988 and left in 2001. They now present a daily news-based show on Channel 4.show more

Review quote

Detractors notwithstanding, Richard and Judy are one of the nation's best-known couples. On television for 18 years, they fronted the popular daytime programme This Morning for 13 of those years and their departure was big news in 2001. Now back with a Channel 4 show, they grant us the full story of their lives - their childhoods, unsuccessful first marriages, and, of course, their own professional and personal lives together. In juxtaposed accounts, we hear about Judy's many health problems; Richard's shoplifting charge; Judy's baring more than her soul at a TV awards ceremony; why they left This Morning (and we all thought they were sacked). It will be difficult to miss the launch of this book: multi-part, TV advertised serialisation, etc. Love 'em or hate 'em, Richard and Judy will shift a few books.show more

Review Text

There can barely be a person alive in Britain today who doesn't know who Richard and Judy are. Their jointly presented morning magazine show was the epitome of the 1990s and for a while they couldn't move without the press knowing about it. This quite possibly long-awaited autobiography is written from both points of view. Richard and Judy supply alternate chapters charting their rise to celebrity, their burgeoning careers and their developing and enduring relationship. The book is hugely readable in a comfortable, friendly and chatty way. There are no great revelations, but it's interesting to read their reactions to low points in their lives such as Richard's shoplifting charge and Judy's health problems. They come across as highly successful, loving and caring, and obviously value their family above all else. But the sceptics amongst us will try to read between the lines - the almost identical recounting of experiences and incidents, the very nearly word-perfect accounts of conversations and the lack of mutual criticism or irritation often seems a little too contrived and makes the reader suspect they are also talented manipulators of their images. Still, it's an enjoyable read which will be thoroughly appreciated by fans of the show. (Kirkus UK)show more

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