Richard & Judy
For over three decades, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have been a mainstay of British television.
They recorded their first episode of This Morning in October 1988, live from Liverpool’s Albert Dock. The pair presented the show together for 13 years and made This Morning one of the most fondly regarded British television programmes in recent memory. They were awarded National Television Awards in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Richard & Judy left This Morning in 2001, to present the show appropriately named Richard & Judy on Channel 4. The show saw the birth of the Richard & Judy Book club, which was responsible for a revolution in the nation’s reading habits that still remains a literary phenomenon nearly a decade on.
The Richard and Judy Book Club titles have sold in excess of 10 million and generated over £60 million in book sales.
Its featured titles are known to increase sales by as much as 3,000 per cent overnight, and it has turned at least eight authors into multi-millionaires. The Richard and Judy Book Club continues today exclusively with WHSmith.
Richard & Judy have both recently become successful authors in their own right, with their debut novels Some Day I’ll Find You and Eloise receiving massive critical and commercial success.
Richard can be heard regularly on BBC Radio 2. Richard’s third novel, The Night Book (a psychological thriller) was an instant The Sunday Times top ten bestseller and went straight to number five in the official e-book chart.