They were some of the first to greet us in the early mornings, with their smiley and bubbly personalities, but what are our favourite breakfast TV presenters from the days of TV-am doing now?
Ulrika Jonsson gave Good Morning Britain viewers a blast from the past yesterday as she was invited by Piers Morgan to present the weather forecast just like she used to for the show’s predecessor.
The TV star, 52, kickstarted her career on the small screen as a weather presenter on ITV back in 1989, alongside fan-favourites Anne Diamond, Nick Owen and Lorraine Kelly.
TV AM first hit screens in 1983 with its ‘Famous Five’ founders, Michael Parkinson, Angela Rippon, Anna Ford, David Frost and Robert Kee.
But despite treating Brits to their cheery dispositions throughout the 80s until it ended in 1992, some of the well-known faces have largely disappeared from our morning routines – instead opting for reality TV shows and shopping channels.
Read on to discover the varying fortunes of your favourite breakfast TV presenters…
Sir Michael Parkinson CBE
Michael Parkinson, now 84, joined the original line up of the show in 1983 (pictured left on the show, and right on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories in 2019)
Parky, now 84, had his stint on the breakfast show at the same time as his eponymous BBC series Parkinson, which ran until 1982 and then again from 1998 until December 2007.
Following on from his show ending in 1982, he hosted the BBC One daytime show ‘Going for a Song’ until 1999 and in 1986 had a rocky stint as the host of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
After only six shows, the host was criticised by the BBC Board of Management for ‘a Yorkshire bias in the choice of castaways’, yet stayed in the position for three years.
As of December 2008, Parkinson holds 458 credits as a presenter, both alone and with others and has interviewed the likes of Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Fred Astaire and Orson Welles.
In 2012, he returned to the small screen with ‘Parkinson: Masterclass’ and last year he reflected on his illustrious career in an episode of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories – where he opened up about his credible career highs and lows.
In June 1983, a fresh-faced Anne Diamond (pictured left during that year, and right as she presents Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine) joined co-presenter Nick Owen on TV-am
In June 1983, a fresh-faced Anne Diamond, aged 29, from Worcestershire, joined co-presenter Nick Owen on TV-am.
The well-liked pair hosted the show together from 1983 to 1986 and from 1992 to 1996 the pair presented Good Morning with Anne and Nick on BBC One.
And while Anne, 65, is no longer a regular on any breakfast TV programme, she has never been far from our screens.
Nowadays, the author can be heard on BBC Radio Berkshire and often appears as a guest and sometimes presenter on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine and ITV’s Loose Women.
The former queen of breakfast television also took a turn promoting her own jewellery range on QVC in 2008.
Anne appearing on Loose Women as a panellist alongside Linda Robson and guest Matthew Kelly in August 2018
But Anne’s career hasn’t always been rosy, with her opportunities slowly shuddering to a halt as the 1990s wore on.
A brief return to daytime TV in 2000 – heading lunchtime programme Live Talk – failed and the mother-of-five fell back on presenting jobs in regional radio.
She was also left to tackle her own growing emotional difficulties throughout the decade, including the collapse of her marriage to TV executive Mike Hollingsworth in 1998, and the cot death of her third son Sebastian in 1991.
Following his death, Anne championed a campaign encouraging parents to place babies on their backs for sleeping, thereby reducing the risk of the sudden infant death syndrome.
Nick Owen (pictured right with Anne Diamond in 2018), 72, based in Staffordshire, began his journalism career on regional newspapers before finding fame in the 1980s on the TV-am breakfast show Good Morning (pictured left)
Nick Owen, 72, based in Staffordshire, has had a long and successful career as a newsreader – presenting for both ITV and the BBC.
He began his journalism career on regional newspapers before finding fame in the 1980s on the TV-am breakfast show.
Nick recently pictured with one of his guests, comedian Joe Lycett
And while Nick no longer wakes Brits up with his sometimes cringe-worthy puns, he still greets viewers in the evening as the front-man for BBC Midlands Today.
Following his stint on TV-am, his career went from strength to strength, with the presenter hosting the Olympic Games and World Cup coverage.
He then went on to anchor the game shows Sporting Triangles and Hitman, as well as presenting all ITV’s royal premieres between 1986 and 1992.
After more than a decade at ITV, Nick made the sensational decision to move to the BBC to co-present Good Morning With Anne and Nick.
In 2006, he was awarded the Baird Medal by the Royal Television Society, Midlands, for lifelong achievement in television.
John Stapleton (pictured left in 1984, and right, in July 2015), 73, is one of the few British TV presenters who can claim to have hosted most UK breakfast shows, including the BBC’s London Plus and Breakfast Time, GMTV, and Daybreak
John Stapleton, 73, was asked to join TV-am in 1983 in a bid to improve the programme’s news content.
The Oldham-native had worked on Nationwide for the BBC so was already a familiar face with viewers.
Over a 40-year career, John reported from the Falklands, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland for BBC’s Panorama and Newsnight. He also co-presented Watchdog in 1980.
John’s popularity certainly hasn’t decreased, and he is one of the few British TV presenters who can claim to have hosted most UK breakfast shows, including the BBC’s London Plus and Breakfast Time, GMTV, and Daybreak.
He is still helping Brits wake up in the morning, with the journalist having presented ITV’s current breakfast programme, Good Morning Britain.
Angela Rippon (pictured left, in 1985, and right in 2016) was one of the founding members of TV-am, having had a long and successful broadcast career with the BBC prior to that
Angela Rippon was one of the founding members of TV-am, having had a long and successful broadcast career with the BBC prior to that.
She presented radio and television news programmes in South West England before moving to BBC One’s Nine O’Clock News – where she became a regular presenter in 1975.
But just two months after setting up TV-am in 1983, Angela was sacked due to falling ratings and boardroom politics.
In the 1990s, she moved to radio, presenting daily news programmes for LBC Newstalk between 1990 and 1994, and appeared on Channel 4 as a stand-in newsreader.
In 2009, Angela was appointed as co-presenter of the BBC’s consumer show Rip Off Britain with Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville.
Since 2013, she has co-hosted Holiday Hit Squad on the BBC alongside Helen Skelton and Joe Crowley.
Anna Ford, 76, left ITN for TV-am prior to it’s launch in 1981. She is pictured left, as a reader on BBC’s Six O’Clock News and right in 2012
Anna Ford, 76, left ITN for TV-am prior to it’s launch in 1981 – causing ITN to immediately terminate her contract and publicly criticise her disloyalty.
Just three months after joining the team, Ford was dismissed and in 1986 rejoined the BBC where she would work on the Six O’Clock News and the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
In 1996, Ford was accused of bias when hosting a discussion on treatment of men during divorce cases on the Today programme.
Her last One O’Clock News appearance was in 2006, at the age of 62, after she alleged that she had been overlooked in lieu of men due to her age.
Anna’s husband Mark Boxer died in 1988 and in 2012, the former journalist opened up about her struggle with being a single parent to her now adult daughters Claire and Kate.
She told Kirsty Young on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs ‘wouldn’t wish being a single parent on anybody’.
Lorraine Kelly’s jolly disposition has graced our screens for more than 30 years. The Glasgow-native (pictured left in 1992, and right, last week) first appeared on morning television as part of TV-am’s summer team in 1989
Lorraine Kelly’s jolly disposition has graced our screens for more than 30 years, with the Glasgow-native first making her mark on morning television as part of TV-am’s summer team in 1989.
She joined Good Morning Britain in 1990 before switching to GMTV in 1994, which she fronted for 16 years before being offered her own programme.
In 2000, as GMTV rebranded to GMTV Today, Lorraine’s show changed its name to LK Today. A second rebrand meant it changed its title again, to Lorraine.
It was Lorraine’s heartfelt reporting on the Lockerbie tragedy 30 years ago that brought her to the attention of TV-am’s bigwigs.
Lorraine pictured interviewing Joel Dommett in her London-based studio on January 10, 2020
She was the first TV reporter on the scene in December 1988 when a Pan-Am transatlantic flight from Frankfurt to Detroit was destroyed by a bomb in mid-air and landed on the small Scottish town, killing 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people on the ground.
And the presenter’s heartwarming approach to TV has seen her continue to impress viewers with her openness.
When she had a miscarriage after having her daughter Rosie, the 60-year-old talked about her devastation on screen. She also spoke openly about her problems with menopause.
Ulrika Jonsson kickstarted her career on the small screen as a weather presenter on Good Morning Britain back in 1989. And the former model, 52, looked right at home as she gave viewers a blast from the past by presenting the weather on Wednesday’s show
Ulrika Jonsson kickstarted her career on the small screen as a weather presenter on Good Morning Britain back in 1989.
The former model, 52, looked right at home as she gave viewers a blast from the past by presenting the weather on Wednesday’s show after host Piers Morgan invited her to read the forecast once again.
Reminiscing about her early days on the show, she recalled: ‘I think I had no idea what to expect when I started I was 21 and you were told to talk as much as you could about your personal life because you were giving a piece of yourself.’
Ulrika presented the weather on Good Morning Britain until 1992 when she began hosting the entertainment show, Gladiators.
Shortly after, the mother-of-four put her career on hold and decided to be a stay-at-home parent.
In 2017, the former Shooting Stars panel member revealed primary motivating factor behind her break, saying a new breed of ‘trashy’ TV shows put her off presenting.
Since then, Ulrika has slowly stepped back onto to our small screens, having appeared on Celebrity MasterChef and Loose Women.
In 1985 Anneka Rice (pictured left during that year), was asked to be Anne Diamond’s stand in on Good Morning Britain. Pictured right: The 61-year-old in December, 2019
Having starred on Channel Four’s Treasure Hunt with great success, in 1985 Anneka Rice, now 61, was asked to be Anne Diamond’s stand in on Good Morning Britain.
She would regularly appear alongside co-presenters Nick Owen, Mike Morris and Richard Keys, before last appearing on the show in 1987.
In 1988, after six years on the show, Anneka quit Treasure Hunt, in which she raced around the country in a helicopter trying to locate a cash prize for two studio-based contestants.
She returned on BBC1 a year later with Challenge Anneka, in which she was given just a few days to complete some mammoth project for charity from scratch.
This ran on the BBC for five years, before being acquired by ITV.
Anneka joined the cast of Strictly Come Dancing in 2019. She was partnered with professional dancer Kevin Clifton (pictured together) and they were the second couple eliminated
The mother-of-three then took a step back from the limelight to primarily look after her children, but explained in 2015 that she had begun to feel ‘invisible’ as she aged.
Anneka told The Telegraph: ‘As an older person, you become so invisible, which is great. You are not of any interest to anyone. Everyone has their time. I feel completely cool about it; it doesn’t bother me at all.’
She observed that women in the industry ‘cease to exist’ while men are considered more ‘adorable’ as they age.
Anneka presented the BBC Radio 2 Saturday Breakfast Show from 2012 to 2017, and she fronted the award-winning podcast Fortunately.
Never one to resist a challenge, Anneka joined the cast of Strictly Come Dancing in 2019. She was partnered with professional dancer Kevin Clifton and they were the second couple eliminated.
Gyles Brandreth at The Oldie of the Year Awards, London, in 2018
Gyles Brandreth was a TV-am regular for most of the station’s time on air before becoming a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1992 to 1997.
From 2003 to 2005 Gyles hosted the Radio 4 comedy panel game Whispers and In 2006, Gyles appeared in the Radio 4 comedy programme Living with the Enemy
The show was co-written by him and pal Nick Revell, in which they appear as a former Conservative government minister and a former comedian.
The author has appeared on British game show Countdown over 300 times, making him the guest with the most appearances ever.
He has guest starred in Doctor Who as well as made cameo appearances in comedy series ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look’ and Channel 4 sitcom ‘The IT Crowd’.
He has appeared various times on other BBC panel shows such as QI and Have I Got News for You and in 2020 is touring Britain with his one-man show.
Kay Burley (seen right earlier this month), joined TV-am in 1985 as a newsreader, pictured left, before being headhunted by Sky News ahead of the channel’s 1989 launch
Tony Blackburn, Peter Marshall, Derek Jameson, Andrew Neil, Alastair Yates, Rupert Murdoch, Penny Smith, Bob Friends, Kay Burley (pictured left to right) during the launch of Sky TV on February 5, 1989 in London
Starting her career as a newspaper reporter aged 17, Kay Burley, now 59, quickly swapped the world of print for broadcast and joined TV-am in 1985 as a newsreader.
Her success on the programme saw Kay headhunted by Sky News ahead of the channel’s 1989 launch – and the anchor has stayed with the company since.
The veteran newsreader presented an afternoon slot titled The Kay Burley Show before moving back to breakfast TV.
It was announced last year that Kay would host a new breakfast programme from 7am-9am Mondays to Thursdays called Kay Burley@Breakfast.
Having become known for her no-holds-barred political interviews, Kay’s show is billed ‘as a hard-hitting, news-making breakfast news programme that will set the agenda for the day.’
Fitness instructor ‘Mad’ Lizzie Webb (left), now in her 70s (right), joined the show 1983 in order to compete with Diana Moran ‘the Green Goddess’ on the rival BBC One show Breakfast Time
Fitness instructor ‘Mad’ Lizzie Webb, now in her 70s, joined the show 1983 in order to compete with Diana Moran ‘the Green Goddess’ on the rival BBC One show Breakfast Time.
Until the show ended in 1992, the fitness guru led viewers through two daily workouts and released pop videos such as Pop Dance with Lizzie, Shake-out with Lizzie and many more.
Lizzie also starred in her own Channel 4 television series in the 1980s and 1990s, called ‘Joggy Bear’ which was based on a children’s character created by Simon Gould.
In 2018, she appeared on Loose Women where she told how she created Creativity In Sport in 2003 which offers guidance for children with behavioural difficulties.
Dr Hilary Jones
Dr Hilary Jones (pictured left in 1992 and right in October 2019) has remained a familiar face on ITV breakfast TV for the past three decades
Dr Hilary Jones has remained a familiar face on ITV breakfast TV for the past three decades.
He made regular appearances on TV-am since the start of the programme and was asked to stand in for Kathy Tayler as a main presenter during her maternity leave in 1991.
Hilary later appeared on health segments for GMTV and ITV Daybreak, and is still seen on Good Morning Britain and Lorraine.
Regularly on the news bulletins reporting from across the UK and internationally, Martin Frizell (pictured at the time, left, and right, in October 2013) was one of TV-am’s busiest news reporters
Regularly on the news bulletins reporting from across the UK and internationally, Martin Frizell was one of TV-am’s busiest news reporters, according to the brand’s website.
From 1990, Martin would join Lorraine Kelly, Maya Even and Kathryn Morris on the sofa when filling in for Mike Morris.
Upon the closure of TV-am, Martin worked for Sky News as a reporter before joining GMTV and later becoming editor.
Proving if you start at the bottom you can reach all the way to the top, the Scotsman is currently editor of ITV’s This Morning Show.
Lisa Aziz (pictured left in the 1980s), 57, worked with TV-am as a reporter before being promoted to a presenter. She now presents the morning news on LBC from 6-10am weekdays
Lisa Aziz, 57, worked with TV-am as a reporter before being asking to sit alongside co-presenter Geoff Meade for the Sunday news show TV-am Reports.
She has since read the news for Sky and later returned to ITV West to present the local news alongside former TV-am colleague Richard Lyddon.
Unable to resist the appeal of breakfast broadcasts, Lisa also presents the morning news on LBC from 6-10am weekdays.
Richard Keys joined the ITV network as the main anchor of TV-am in 1984. He is pictured left commentating on a match in the 1990s, and right at an award show in 2012
Richard Keys joined the ITV network as the main anchor of TV-am in 1984, commentating on football matches for ITV and cycling for Channel 4, including two Tours de France.
His last time presenting for TV-am before leaving for Sky Sports was in 1990.
Keys was sacked in disgrace from his £500,000-a-year job fronting Sky’s Premier League coverage in 2011 after making disparaging remarks about female referee Sian Massey-Ellis.
Last year, he denied claims that he ‘fell in love with a friend of his daughter’s’ while his wife Julia was fighting cancer.
Keys, 62, split from his wife of 34 years back in 2016 after allegedly having an affair with the then-28-year-old lawyer Lucie Rose, a friend of his daughter Jemma.
Julia revealed last year how Keys’ affair ‘devastated’ her world as she recovered from thyroid cancer and also wrecked the lives of their two children, Jemma and Josh.
Kathy Tayler (pictured left in 1989), 59, was a modern pentathlete World Cup champion before joining the team at TV-am in 1989. Following a break, Kathy (pictured right, recently) returned to TV as a presenter on shopping channel QVC
Kathy Tayler, 59, was a modern pentathlete World Cup champion before joining the team at TV-am in 1989.
She was brought in to replace Anne Diamond as the main presenter on Good Morning Britain following successful stints on BBC Sport programmes.
But the mother-of-three’s up-and-coming career took a back seat as Kathy decided to take some time away from the spotlight to raise her family.
She returned to TV as a presenter on shopping channel QVC.
Timmy pictured left as presenter of Wide Awake Club, a Saturday morning children’s programme on TV-am in 1984, and right, on Lorraine in 2020
The TV-am weather presenters
George Spanswick pictured in April 1988
George Spanswick – In 1985, George arrived to work as a secretary. But three years later, she was asked to present the weather forecasts. She now features on BBC Local Radio.
Presenter Wincey Willis in January 27 1986
Wincey Willis – Wincey, 71, was TV-am’s main weekday weather presenter in 1983. She left four years later and is now an animal rights activist.
After joining the station 1983, Timmy Mallett, now 64, was the presenter of the first Live kids show on TV-am’s the Wide Awake club.
With co-presenters Michaela Strachan, James Baker, Arabella Warner and Tommy Boyd, Timmy appeared on the show until 1984 – only leaving when Roland Rat transferred to the BBC.
With the loss of TV-am’s previous weekday morning puppet host, Timmy began presenting Wide Awake Club spin-off Wacaday until 1989.
In 1990, Timmy formed the band Bombalurina, with Dawn Andrews and Annie Dunkley.
They released a cover of the single ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ – which climbed the charts to number one.
Seven years later, he began fronting CITV’s children’s television series ‘Timmy Towers’ until the show ended in 2002.
In 2008, Timmy entered the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here jungle.
He was described by one fellow contestant as ‘the most annoying man I have ever met’ with his ‘silly laugh’ causing strife in the camp.
He was booted off the show after being voted into the bottom two alongside Brian Paddick.
He had taken part in one of the programme’s notorious eating trials – he was fourth to leave the series.
Michaela Strachan’s TV career started on TV-am’s Eighties children’s show, The Wide Awake Club (pictured left). The 53-year-old presenter remains a firm favourite today, appearing on Springwatch (pictured right) and Countrylife for the BBC
She’s known for her enthusiasm for our country’s wildlife, yet Michaela Strachan’s TV career started on TV-am’s Eighties children’s show, The Wide Awake Club.
Joining the team in 1986, she appeared on Saturdays and Sundays, often alongside Timmy Mallett during the summer editions.
Increasingly popular with the audience, Michaela was given her own eponymous programme.
And the 53-year-old presenter remains a firm favourite today, appearing on Springwatch and Countrylife for the BBC.
Kelly, now 73, hosted the Saturday edition of Good Morning Britain in 1983. He is pictured left in 1987, the year he left TV-am and right in 2016
It was in 1983 that Henry Kelly, now 73, started hosting the Saturday edition of Good Morning Britain.
Embarking on a drastic career change inspired by friend Terry Wogan, from the hard-hitting political journalism he was used to in an attempt to break into the world of television, he left TV-am in 1987.
From 1987 to 1996 he presented Going for Gold, and in 2003, Kelly took the drive time slot on London station LBC.
At the end of 2004, Kelly announced that he was leaving the radio station to pursue his television career, but work soon dried up and Kelly was forced to declare himself bankrupt.
This came years after Inland Revenue had sued him for failing to pay income tax and national insurance contributions in the 1980s.
In September 2005, the presenter took over the weekday mid-morning show on BBC Radio Berkshire and later hosted a Saturday mid-morning show for the station until 2015.
THE TV-AM PRESENTERS WHO HAVE SADLY PASSED AWAY
Veteran author and broadcaster Robert Kee at Buckingham Palace after he received a CBE from the Queen in 1998
Robert Kee was one of the founding five members of TV-am on February 1 1983.
The ‘Famous Five’ as they were so called launched the commercial breakfast television station in a blaze of publicity.
But Kee started his career as a correspondent for the The Sunday Times and The Observer, before moving into television in 1958.
He died on January 11 2013, aged 93.
Mike Morris (pictured in 1993) became one of the main TV-am presenters in 1987
Mike Morris became one of the main TV-am presenters in 1987 after first joining the programme’s sports department.
He presented the final words of the last ever show in 1992 before joining Yorkshire’s Calendar news programme.
Mike sadly passed away in 2012 following a cancer operation.
Sir David Frost in 2003 at his home in Chelsea, London
David Frost, later Sir David, was one of the founding members of TV-am.
But just a few weeks after fist welcoming viewers as the main presenter, Frost would be removed from his role.
He would instead concentrate on big interviews and Sunday mornings – where he fashioned holding politicians to account live on air.
Sir David died aged 74 of a heart attack in September 2013.
Gordon Honeycombe in the ITN television studios in 1968
Gordon Honeycombe became the face of TV-am News in January 1984 and stayed until 1989.
He was known for his greeting of a long drawn-out ‘Hello’, following by a jolly ‘Good Morning’.
The write, actor, and newsreader had previously worked with ITN and had a successful career in breakfast TV.
He later moved to Australia where he died in 2015 aged 79.