Former This Morning host, Fern Britton, is set to make a regular return to daytime television next month after being chosen to front Channel 4’s new teatime show. Fern’s new show, will be replacing The Paul O’Grady Show after his move to ITV last year.
Fern – who Channel 4 bosses have now dubbed ‘the British Oprah’ – will front the hour long show ‘Fern’ at 5pm every weekday afternoon.
Until last year, Paul O’Grady fronted the very popular weekday slot, until he decided to return to ITV. With the success and popularity of The Paul O’Grady show, Fern is aware she has very big shoes to fill.
Fern, who left This Morning after ten years in 2009, was chosen over Peter Andre who impressed TV bosses when he stood in for O’Grady last year, as well as the likes of Lenny Henry, Vernon Kay, Melanie Sykes and Denise van Outen to land the primetime slot.
Channel 4 has announced that they believe Britton would ‘bring real versatility, intelligence and warmth to the channel’ when her show starts next month.
The show is being made by a production firm called Cactus TV, who were behind Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan’s Channel 4 series, which went out in the same time slot. They too moved to Channel 4 from a long run on This Morning.
Fern said: ‘I am very excited about being in on the start of a brand new show. ’I'm working with a great team and together we shall rise to the challenge.’