Richard and Judy describe when they first met: 'He thinks a lot of himself!'

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Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley pose in the winners room at the National Television Awards 2020. (Getty Images)
Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley pose in the winners room at the National Television Awards 2020. (Getty Images)

Richard and Judy have spoken about when they first met, with Judy admitting she believed he 'thought a lot of himself' when she saw him for the first time.

The couple, now daytime TV royalty, spoke about their first encounters back in 1982 when Richard started working at the Granada studios in Manchester, where Judy had been working for a couple of years.

Speaking on White Wine Question Time, the pair told Kate Thornton about the early days of their relationship including the all-important first impressions.

Of seeing Richard on his first day, Judy said: "I do remember walking him walking into the newsroom he was wearing a really pale blue suit. You know, sort of like ice blue.

"And I thought: 'Oh god he thinks a lot of himself doesn't he?' You looked great but all the other blokes were just wearing jeans and god knows what else."

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Richard replied that it was his first day at the office and she should give him a break.

They went on to holiday together in Cornwall a couple of years later, to gently introduce Richard 'as a 24-hour presence' to Judy's twin sons from her previous marriage, and then got married in 1986.

The pair presented ITV's This Morning from 1988 until 2001, and Richard continues to appear on daytime TV on Good Morning Britain, while Judy left the world of broadcast behind in 2015.

Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley. (PA)
Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley. (PA)

Thornton also heard about their first kiss which happened after a day of filming a promo in Blackpool, and then getting a black cab back to Manchester together having had an evening of 'very intimate conversation about our lives and where we came from and everything', according to Richard.

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The pair were both coming out of their previous marriages, and by this time had been working together for more than a year.

They had ended up having dinner together after their day at work, which Richard described as 'one of those great nights' where they didn't finish until about 11pm, and were talking and 'bonding' before they got a taxi back to the studios in Manchester, around an hour's drive.

Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley, married presenters of British daytime television show This Morning in 1990. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley, married presenters of British daytime television show This Morning in 1990. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)

He said: "It's now midnight, and it's dark. And we're in the cab and the conversation's continuing in quiet voices because of the driver, we're still talking very sharing very, very, very special confidences.

"And the cab stopped and we kissed, just very naturally. It wasn't premeditated, it just sort of seemed the absolutely appropriate way to close what had been a really good fun day and then a very special evening.

"We had a lingering kiss, a proper kiss. Not a peck on the cheek, a proper romantic kiss."

Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley attend a BAFTA tribute evening to long running TV show
Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley attend a BAFTA tribute evening to long running TV show "This Morning" in 2018. (WireImage)

He explained they had broken apart and wondered 'Where did that come from?'

The pair went home but Richard explained:"We knew, both of us, that that was the beginning of something that wasn't going to go away again.

"That was definitely the start. We'd moved into another realm in the relationship, and God knows where it would end up."

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