Lorraine Kelly’s TV guilty pleasures

By Shane Shallow

An avid fan of the small screen, Lorraine reveals what has her hooked.

Down to earth, as always, when it comes to relaxing at the end of the day, Lorraine Kelly is the same as the rest of us. ‘I love television!’ she says. ‘I’m a TV addict. Love it, love it, love it, love it, love it. Absolutely love it. There is still loads of great stuff on TV, and I watch far too much!’

America’s Next Top Model

Created by US talk-show host and model Tyra Banks, 39, who is also the host and judge of the show, America’s Next Top Model is a reality television series in which young women compete for the coveted title, and the chance of a career in the modelling industry. It started in the US in 2003, and was an instant ratings-winner, becoming United Paramount Network’s (UPN) highest-rated show. The 20th series will be broadcast this summer and, for the first time, will feature both female and male contestants. It’s going to be called America’s Next Top Model: Co-ed Edition.

Lorraine says: ‘I know, it’s fluffy, mad and completely bubble-headed. I don’t care! It’s so ridiculous, but I watch it and say, “I would love Miss J (camp runway coach, Alexander Jenkins) to come on my show and teach me how to walk in high heels”. I love him! It’s such funny, daft, great telly. It really is well done. I mean, rubbish can be great when it’s done well. And this is good.’

Star Trek

This cult science fiction television series first started back in 1966, and since then there have been a number of spin-offs, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Enterprise and a film series. The show follows the interstellar adventures of James T. Kirk and the crew of an exploration vessel, the Starship Enterprise. Star Trek aimed to show humanity, and what it might develop into, if only it would learn from the lessons of the past, by putting an end to violence. This was shown through the alien species, the Vulcans, who had a very violent past but learned to control their emotions.

Lorraine says: ‘Star Trek came at a time when American citizens had very little racial equality, and this particular programme showed us how to be multicultural. There were even women on the Starship Enterprise – and those women were captains and in charge of things!’

Homeland

This US series hit our screens in 2011 and it is based on marine sergeant, Nicholas Brody, played by English actor Damian Lewis, 42, returning home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes, 33), a driven CIA officer suspecting he might be plotting an attack on America. Its success has ensured a 12-part third series, due to start in September. It has won several awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series last year and a Golden Globe for Best Television Series.

Lorraine says: ‘Some of the series we import are truly amazing, I’m watching Channel 4’s American series, Homeland at the moment and it’s just extraordinary.’

Africa

Up close and personal with Africa – the world’s ‘wildest continent’, wildlife veteran, David Attenborough, 86, narrated this visual spectacular while exploring and discovering the extraordinary life there. A peak of 6.8 million tuned in to watch the opening episode in January.

Lorraine says: ‘After a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Tanzania and Zanzibar over Christmas 2012, which was amazing, I became an addict of BBC1’s Africa. It’s a brilliant documentary and David Attenborough is superb.’

Downton Abbey

Created by Julian Fellowes, this period drama gripped the nation when it first screened in September 2010 (a fourth series will air in the autumn). Set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, it depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. The first series began in the post-Edwardian era, with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, the second was set between 1916 and 1919, mainly during the Great War, and the third series covered 1920 to 1921.

Lorraine says, via her Twitter account: ‘Last Downton Abbey – tea – check, biscuits – check, hankies – check – and gin on standby if it all gets too fraught!’

Coronation Street

This long-running soap set in Manchester follows the lives and loves of families living and working in a terraced-house, cobbled street, who meet at their local pub, the Rovers Return. In 2011, it celebrated its 50th anniversary with a live episode.

Lorraine says: ‘I’m a massive fan of Corrie and I always refer to the soap if something goes wrong when I’m doing live television – you know there’s a problem on my show if I start talking about Corrie!’

And on being cast as a police officer in a 2012 Christmas Corrie special…
‘I was absolutely beside myself. It’s been an ambition of mine to appear on the show, even if it’s just in the background of the Rovers having a pint of stout. But this is even better, as I got to play a character!’

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