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Judy Finnigan
Judith Adele Finnigan

(1948-05-16) 16 May 1948 (age 70)
Education Briscoe Lane Primary School
OccupationBroadcaster, columnist
Years active1971–present
Television This Morning (1988–2001)
Richard and Judy (2001–2009)
Loose Women (2014–2015)
Spouse(s)David Henshaw (1974-1986)
Richard Madeley (m. 1986)
ChildrenDan Henshaw (b. 1977)
Tom Henshaw (b. 1977)
Jack Madeley (b. 1986)
Chloe Madeley (b. 1987)

Judith Adele "Judy" Finnigan (born 16 May 1948) is an English television presenter, author and columnist. She has usually co-presented with her husband, Richard Madeley (collectively known as Richard and Judy), including ITV's This Morning (1988–2001) and a Channel 4 daily chat show called Richard & Judy (2001–08). Her debut novel, Eloise, published in 2012, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Her second novel, I Do Not Sleep, was published in 2015.

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Early life

Finnigan was born in Newton Heath, Manchester, on 16 May 1948. The second of three children, she has two brothers: Callum, who is older and Roger, who is younger. Finnigan attended the local Briscoe Lane Primary School. Finnigan then went on to attend Manchester High School for Girls, an independent school in the city, and later studied English and Drama at Bristol University.

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In 1971, Finnigan joined Granada Television as a researcher and in 1974, she moved to Anglia Television in Norwich to become the first female reporter on the About Anglia news team. In 1980, Finnigan returned to Granada in Manchester, working on a range of programmes including Flying Start (with Anthony Wilson), Granada Reports and Scramble.

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This Morning

The couple's best known programme was This Morning , which they hosted from 1988 until 2001. The series, a mix of celebrity interviews, household tips, cookery and phone-ins lasted approximately two hours each weekday morning on ITV. This live show set the standard for daytime fare in British television throughout the 1990s. It first aired in October 1988 and was broadcast from the Albert Dock in Liverpool, although production moved to London in 1996. Madeley and Finnigan were so closely associated with the show, that many people referred to the show as This Morning with Richard and Judy or simply Richard and Judy.

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The pair have returned to the show as guests since leaving. In October 2013, they were guests for the show's 25th birthday show live from the Albert Dock in Liverpool – the original home of This Morning . [1]

Richard & Judy

In 2001, the couple left This Morning , having been approached by Channel 4 [2] to host a similar show, simply called Richard & Judy , shown for an hour in the early evenings.

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<i>Richard & Judy</i> television series

Richard & Judy was a British television chat show presented by the married couple Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. The show originally aired on Channel 4 from 26 November 2001 to 22 August 2008, but later moved to digital channel Watch from 7 October 2008 to 1 July 2009.

The show was produced by Cactus TV, run by Jonathan Ross' brother, Simon Ross and his wife Amanda. In February 2007, the couple publicly apologised live on air due to the discovery of a TV quiz phone scam regarding the daily phone in You Say We Pay. On the same show, Madeley and Finnigan made the decision to suspend the daily quiz until further notice. Later that week, the media confirmed that police investigations would be pursued, meaning the couple could be subject to a police interview. Channel 4 have admitted the scam may have been in force for two series of the show. While Madeley and Finnigan urged callers to continue entering, it was confirmed that winners were picked in the first ten minutes of the show. The couple both deny being involved in the scam [3] that was revealed by the Mail on Sunday newspaper after it was sold the story through media publicist Jonathan Hartley.

The television show also launched two very successful "clubs", the Richard & Judy Book Club and the Richard & Judy Wine Club, both of which are similar in style to those made popular by US TV presenter Oprah Winfrey. The book club featured literature by new and unknown writers. One book was reviewed each week and the winner, named "Read of the Year," was announced at an awards ceremony.

In July 2008, Finnigan finally underwent a long-awaited knee operation and took a short leave of absence from the show to recuperate fully from the surgery. During this time, Madeley was joined by guest presenters Emma Bunton and Myleene Klass and on 23 July, he presented the episode on by himself.

On 22 August 2008, the couple's Channel 4 series aired its final episode.

After seven years at Channel 4, Finnigan and Madeley began hosting a topical prime-time chat show on UKTV's new digital channel, Watch. From 7 October 2008, Richard and Judy's New Position aired on weeknights from 8pm. The programme still contained popular features such as the "Book Club" and "Summer Read". The show attracted very low viewing figures, with only 200,000 people for the first episode, and 53,000 for the second. Viewing figures since had consistently fallen, reaching new lows of just 11,000 viewers; their Channel 4 programme would see figures as high as 2,500,000. [4] Consequently, on 8 May 2009, it was announced that the show would end in July, claiming in a statement that viewers "simply couldn't find us". [5]

Loose Women

On 13 October 2014, it was announced that Finnigan had joined ITV chat show Loose Women as a regular panellist. [6] [7]

On her first day, 13 October 2014, Finnigan was criticised when the panel discussed footballer Ched Evans, who was convicted of rape in 2012 before being acquitted in 2016 after two witnesses, who were offered a £50,000 reward for testimony leading to an acquittal, testified to having consensual sex with Evans' alleged victim around the time of the alleged rape. [8] [9] Finnigan stated that Evans should be able to return to his club as "the victim was 'drunk' and the alleged rape was 'unpleasant' but 'not violent'". [10] ITV received complaints and calls for Finnigan's dismissal, but the network confirmed that she would remain on the programme. Finnigan has thus far made thirteen subsequent appearances on the panel: twice more in October 2014, once in November 2014, four times in January 2015, once in March 2015, once in April 2015, twice in May 2015 and twice in June 2015. She made her most recent appearance on the show in June 2015. Neither Finnigan nor Loose Women has confirmed whether Judy has left the show. Evans was acquitted of any wrongdoing in October 2016. [8]

Other work

Finnigan presented a series of video-only specials, looking at a particular character of Coronation Street and were released in 1995 to mark the soap's 35th anniversary.

Judy, and her husband, Richard Madeley, were the subjects of This Is Your Life in 1997 when they were surprised by Michael Aspel live on air while broadcasting This Morning .

In 1998, Finnigan also solely presented the ITV Watchdog style show We Can Work It Out in its first series before being taken over by the late Caron Keating.

Madeley and Finnigan co-wrote their autobiography, Richard and Judy: The Autobiography, published in 2002 by Hodder & Stoughton.

In 2012, Judy wrote a novel, Eloise, which became a Sunday Times best seller. She had a second novel, I Do Not Sleep, published in 2015.

Personal life

Finnigan met Madeley in 1982 when they worked on separate programmes for Granada TV. At this time, each was in their first marriage. The couple married in 1986 in Manchester and have two children together, both born in Manchester: Jack Christopher (born 1986) and Chloe Susannah (born 1987). Finnigan has twin sons – Dan and Tom (born 1977) – from her first marriage with journalist David Henshaw.[ citation needed ]

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  8. 1 2 "Ched Evans: Footballer found not guilty of hotel rape". 14 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  9. "Victims' groups cry foul as footballer Ched Evans is cleared of raping a teenager after complainant's sexual history is put before court". 11 October 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2017 via www.theguardian.com.
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