News The home of the TV weatherman has been raided by police as part of an investigation into historic sexual abuse

Former This Morning weather presenter faces claims he sexually assaulted boys at a grammar school where he taught

Oh what a beautiful morning...

It's got to stop. Richard and Judy are tunnelling their way out and someone's got to stop them. A show like Get A Life! would be all very well for presenters like Esther Rantzen or Anne Robinson, whose dubious talents would remain safely unstretched by a comfy topic-related format combined with the opportunity to badger their audience. But Richard and Judy are like farmers - outstanding in their field - and the powers that be at This Morning (10.30am ITV) would be ill-advised to let them drift off into the vacuum of prime-time nonentity without putting up a fight.

Granada `bias' claim over Clegg

Granada Television's This Morning programme has been criticised by the Independent Television Commission for a potentially biased item about Private Lee Clegg. At the same time, it was confirmed last night that editorial control of the weekday morning programme, hosted by husband and wife team Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, has been taken out of the hands of the editor, Paula Trafford, and given to a seniorexecutive of Granada.

Alarming tie

Police 'defused' a suspected letter bomb posted to the television presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. It turned out to contain a tie sent by the fashion designer Jeff Banks.

TELEVISION / New Broomfield doesn't sweep clean

NICK BROOMFIELD's film Tracking Down Maggie (C4) achieved something I never thought possible. It made Margaret Thatcher a sympathetic figure. Broomfield took his usual approach - harrying his subject with merciless diffidence - but the more he shuffled about in the ever-diminishing press pack that followed the relegated premier on her book tour across Britain and America, the more it became clear that this was a film that should have been made when she was still in power. Then it would have been brave. Now, with the rusting Iron Lady reduced to boring the well-drilled backsides off captive audiences of American servicemen, it was like using a sledgehammer to crush a grape.

Long Runners / No 22: This Morning

Age: five-and-a-half. First broadcast Monday, 3 October 1988.

No improper sex please, we're the Archers

AMBRIDGE needs to get back to basics. Last month we had someone saying 'bloody'; now we're about to get not one but three homosexuals. Which, as The Archers' 90-year-old creator Godfrey Baseley points out, is completely unbelievable, because 'people in The Archers have the example of nature to follow all around them, and wouldn't get mixed up like this'.

Speech Marks: What they say about TV's most couply couple, Richard and Judy . . .

'TV presenter Richard Madeley stole champagne and spirits on two shoplifting sprees at his local supermarket, it was claimed yesterday . . .' Andrew Russell, Today, 2 7 91.

Arts: I Confess: A cheap affair with Anne Diamond and Nick Owen? Paul Morley on his sordid passion for Good Morning

There's not much I'm really ashamed of. Guilty is another matter. I feel guilty about Good Morning. . . with Anne and Nick (BBC 1), because I always used to watch This Morning (ITV). I feel I'm being unfaithful to Richard and Judy. Like I'm having a cheap affair with Anne Diamond and Nick Owen.

A queen of quality TV: Dianne Nelmes, a power behind Granada's throne, says high standards must go hand in hand with high ratings. Martin Wroe reports

DIANNE NELMES stepped off a jobs roundabout last week that in 12 months has taken her from programmes such as The Krypton Factor and Busman's Holiday to one of the most important posts in the whole of independent television.

TELEVISION / More of the same

'IF in doubt, copy' is the new maxim at the BBC. ITV beating you hands down? Easy, just up the ratings by confusing the viewer into thinking they are actually watching the other side. Every aspect of Good Morning with Anne and Nick (BBC 1), the 'new look to weekdays on BBC 1', was familiar: there was the pretty boy doctor to give medical advice, the endless cups of tea, the constant run-downs of what was coming up; even the sofas looked as though Anne Diamond and Nick Owen had brought them with them from TV-am. In tone, approach and direction this was indistinguishable from ITV's This Morning with Richard and Judy.
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