At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 101
THE BIG INTERVIEW ▲
On arrival at Deception Island - an abandoned whaling
station on an active volcano alongside the tip of the
peninsula - Lorraine couldn't help but go for a dip in
the freezing cold sea.
t near y ki ed e but had to do it. took off a
layers of clothing and put on my bikini with my hat, scarf
and g oves then ran in whi e teve
ed e. ust
seconds later I ran out! It was so cold. I was covered in
ice. t was worth it though. got a certi cate or doing
my polar dip - it was great.'
'I THINK OF MY SHOW AS
MY CHILD, AND SOMETIMES
YOU LEAVE YOUR CHILD
WITH A BABYSITTER, SO
GOING AWAY AND LEAVING
IT IN THE CAPABLE HANDS
OF HELEN, CHRISTINE AND
FEARNE WAS FINE BY ME'
The highlight of the trip was a visit to South Georgia,
to follow in the footsteps of polar explorer Sir Ernest
Shackleton - Lorraine's hero.
'I had to visit his grave. I even toasted him with a big
dram of whisky as is the tradition and I will admit I shed
a tear. To stand there at the graveside of The Boss, as
everyone called him, was very emotional. It was all snowy,
which was unusual because it was summertime, and a baby
seal that had managed to get into the graveyard sat making
a squeaking noise. It was a magical moment.'
he a k and s ands was the cou es na sto on
their trip, and the only complaint they had was that they
didn't have enough time there.
'What a wonderful place. I loved it. It's like Britain,
except it's so far away, which is really strange. There are
ritish flags everywhere and everyone is riend y yet its
miles from home. I learned a lot about the war - in fact,
the people there are still living with the consequences.
There are beautiful white beaches, but you can't go on
some of them because there are still ines e there by the
Argentinians. It was fascinating to learn that experts came
from Africa to help get rid of the mines and a few of the
families stayed because they love it so much.
'It was a proper expedition - we had a leader and
lectures about the places we were visiting as we went
along. It was brilliant and I'm so, so fortunate to have
been. I'm the luckiest lady I know - I've visited every
continent now, but Antarctica is definitely the best.
'When I landed at Heathrow, everything seemed so loud,
busy and dirty. It felt really strange because I'd come from
such a peaceful place. But it was a such an honour to visit
Antarctica while it's still pristine. I hope it'll stay that way,
too. I'd go back tomorrow, I really would, even if I had to
cross that scary sea again!'
IN SAFE HANDS
Back on home turf meant returning to work and although
she was grateful to the stand-in presenters she chose on
her Lorraine show: Helen Skelton, Christine Bleakley and
Fearne Cotton, for doing a 'fantastic job', I had to ask her
if she ever looks over her shoulder at the competition? I
cringe while asking such a TV stalwart this question, but
ever the professional, she knows she's not irreplaceable and
explains that she doesn't take anything for granted. In fact,
she wanted the girls to do well.
'I think of my show as my child, and sometimes you leave
your child with a babysitter, so going away and leaving
things in those ca ab e hands was ne by e. e ens done
it be ore or e so knew shed be ne and hristine is a
fantastic broadcaster, as is Fearne. I'm forever in their debt.
If they hadn't agreed to it, I couldn't have gone away.'
While it looks like the best job in the world, interviewing
celebrities and presenting the latest fashion, beauty, lifestyle
and showbiz news, there's a lot of skill involved in live
television. 'You need to be able to think on your feet and to
be entertaining, funny and friendly. I still maintain I have
the best job in the world.'
nd shes not articu ar y interested in viewing gures
(in the nicest possible way) - she admits that a lot of her
viewers watch the show on catch-up. 'People tell me that
they watch my show when they get home from work. I
suppose it's like a big cake, and being on in the morning
when everyone's getting ready to leave the house, we
on y get a tiny share o the cake. o viewing gures don t
bother me too much.'
LOVE CONQUERS ALL
With Lorraine celebrating 25 years of marriage to Steve this
year, I wondered how they've stood the test of time when
they ive at different ends o the country or ost o the
week, not to mention one being famous and the other not.
'It works,' she says. 'Steve is just not interested in being
in the public eye. If there's a red carpet event, he could not
think of anything worse - and I really like that about him.
A successful marriage is about respecting each other and
never taking anything you have for granted. You both need
to ake the effort. ts so sad when you go to a restaurant
and see couples just staring into space, not talking, because
they've got nothing to say to each other. Although Steve
and I don't see each other for four days a week sometimes,
which is hard, we're in contact all the time.'
Steve was Lorraine's cameraman back in her TV:AM days
during the s so they were together
and that she
says, worked really well, too. 'My mum says if it works at
both ends of the scale, then it's meant to be. When we lived
together as one big family while Rosie was growing up, it
was great, but although I'm in London a lot now, we see
each other most weeks and go out and do normal things.'
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