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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield’s boss addresses complaints after show change-up

This Morning boss Martin Frizell joined the ITV show as an editor five years ago after working on Loose Women. The daytime favourite show’s main presenters include duos Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield and Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

Earlier this month, Martin discussed complaints which were made about the show’s backdrop after he made changes to the show.

During his lengthy chat on the Media Masters podcast, he discussed the “challenge” of taking over from the programme, which he said was “almost like discovering the lost horizons”.

Sharing further details, he said: “It was a challenge because when I came to This Morning almost five years ago, it was broadcasting from an annex on the Southbank, it had its own studio.

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“Everything had to come up in a lift, which was about six feet, it was a box… the scenery, the cameras, guests, everything had to come up in the lift.

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield’s boss discussed the changes he made to the show (Image: INSTAGRAM•MARTINFRIZELL•ITV)

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield’s boss discussed the changes to the show (Image: GETTY)

“There was an autocue producer who was sitting on a garden table like from B&Q, the gallery itself looked like it was from an old caravan, the monitors, they could’ve been black and white, they were about six inches wide each.

“The PA would run the timings off a notepad, there was no computer generated running programme as such, it wasn’t in widescreen and it wasn’t in HD.”

Martin went on to say he changed “pretty much everything” when he took over, including the backdrop which he said was “blocked up” when he arrived.

The This Morning boss opted for a live backdrop of the River Thames instead, which was often seen behind the presenters.

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are often seen presenting in front of the recorded backdrop (Image: ITV)

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have also addressed concerns about the backdrop on the show (Image: ITV)

He added: “I just said, ‘Why don’t we just not pretend we’re from different place? Let’s just open it all up’.”

“We made it look like an expensive pad basically on the river with warmed up coloured floors.

“I can’t think of another television show that had that live real view. It’s iconic,” he added.

After the team moved studios in 2018, the TV editor said he wanted to take the backdrop with him.

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In order to make this work, they recorded the different backdrops over four seasons and now view them from plasma screens.

Discussing the new change, he clarified: “It is 27 plasma screens now yeah – I’ve had maybe 2 of three people complain and if you look at the show on air at the moment, we’re talking during the covid-19 crisis, we filmed four different versions of our back drop all through different seasons.

“We’ve got the summer one running at the moment and have done since the end of March, which was not great weather at that point.

“We decided to run the summer one just to lighten people’s mood and the summer one will stay there now until we get through this.

“We changed pretty much everything apart from Eamonn and Holly and Phillip and Eamonn and Ruth but we didn’t change the music, it was important to have some sort of grounding.”

The famous backdrop on the show has caused a stir in recent weeks, which has prompted presenter Phillip to clarify that it isn’t live.

During the pandemic, viewers have queried why people were outside despite lockdown rules.

One eagle-eyed viewer commented back in March: “Have a look behind you and see all the people milling around and all the pleasure craft and cars, I’m sure that they all do not need to be outside.”

Phillip clarified on Twitter: “It’s a plasma… recorded two years ago.”

Eamonn also informed viewers the background is pre-recorded during a live show back in March.

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.


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