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Richard & Judy
Genre Talk show
Created by Richard Madeley
Judy Finnigan
Presented by Richard Madeley
Judy Finnigan
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 1014 (as of 9 August 2007)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 50 minutes (approx)
Original channel Channel 4
Original run 26 November 2001 – present
Preceded by This Morning with Richard and Judy (1988 - 2001)
External links

Richard & Judy is an afternoon magazine/talk-show in the UK presented by married couple Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. The programme is a magazine show that often features the world's most famous stars, along with features including their Book Club, Wine Club and Film Club.

The couple were signed by Channel 4 after presenting ITV's This Morning for over a decade in the 1990s.

The show is produced by Cactus TV, a member of the ALL3MEDIA group.

You Say We Pay

This daily competition has a viewer at home describing images on a TV screen for Richard and Judy (who can't see the images, as the screen is behind them) to guess - without using any of the words on the screen. For each correct answer, the viewer wins £1000.

The game also appeared on the third series of Matt Lucas' and David Walliams' comedy hit Little Britain. Fictional characters Lou and Andy were seen playing the game, and Andy didn't really seem to get the hang of it (he just said exactly what the images were). Other comedy lampoons of this game included the song "Richard & Judy" by Lazyhand which described a man's descent into poverty through trying to phone into this show.

In January 2006, MP and Celebrity Big Brother UK contestant George Galloway played the quiz and won his housemates' shopping budget for the week. Tony Blair and Abi Titmuss have also participated when they were guests on the programme.

On 18 February 2007 the Mail on Sunday revealed allegations that the quiz was cheating viewers by inviting them to phone in after the winning contestant had already been chosen. The paper stresses that the couple had no knowledge of any wrongdoing. This story was sold to the newspaper through publicist Jonathan Hartley .

It was revealed on 6 July 2007 that Eckoh, the operator of the phone-in quiz, had been fined a record £150,000 by regulator ICSTIS.

ICSTIS said the Channel 4 programme had shown a "reckless disregard" for viewers after inviting them to enter a competition once the potential winners had already been selected.

In addition to the fine, ICSTIS has ordered that all the money be paid back to those viewers affected, around £2.5 million, and has referred the case to Ofcom. The media regulator has the right to impose its own ban if it feels the broadcasting code has been breached.

Richard & Judy Book Club

In 2004, the Richard & Judy Book Club was added as a regular segment of the show. It been credited as having a massive effect on the sales of the books it features, much like Oprah's Book Club in the USA. Each year they feature ten books and have discussions during the programme, often with guests. Alongside the discussions and programme features, the novels in contention for the Richard & Judy Book of the Year Award, presented at the British Book Awards, the winner being the book that gets the most votes from the public.


  • Monica Ali - Brick Lane
  • Martina Cole - The Know
  • William Dalrymple - White Mughals
  • Zoe Heller - Notes on a Scandal
  • David Nicholls - Starter for Ten
  • Joseph O'Connor - The Star of the Sea
  • Alice Sebold - The Lovely Bones (winner)
  • Asne Seierstad - The Bookseller of Kabul
  • Nigel Slater - Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger
  • Adriana Trigiani - Lucia, Lucia


  • William Brodrick - The Sixth Lamentation
  • Paula Byrne - Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson
  • Justin Cartwright - The Promise of Happiness
  • Karen Joy Fowler - The Jane Austen Book Club
  • Chris Heath - Feel: Robbie Williams
  • David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas (winner)
  • Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler's Wife
  • Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper
  • Andrew Taylor - The American Boy
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón - The Shadow of the Wind

Harry Hindleygoes back in time


  • Julian Barnes - Arthur & George
  • Richard Benson - The Farm
  • Geraldine Brooks - March
  • Michael Connelly - The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Martin Davies - The Conjurer's Bird
  • Nicole Krauss - The History of Love
  • Anchee Min - Empress Orchid
  • Kate Mosse - Labyrinth (winner)
  • Eva Rice - The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
  • Andrew Smith - Moondust


  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half of a Yellow Sun
  • William Boyd - Restless
  • A.M. Homes - This Book Will Save Your Life
  • Lori Lansens - The Girls
  • James Robertson - The Testament of Gideon Mack
  • Griff Rhys Jones - Semi-detached
  • Jed Rubenfeld - The Interpretation of Murder (winner)
  • Catherine Ryan Hyde - Love in the Present Tense


  • Danny Scheinmann - Random Acts of Heroic Love
  • Katharine McMahon - Rose of Sebastopol
  • Roger Jon Ellory - A Quiet Belief in Angels
  • Patrick Gale - Notes from an Exhibition
  • Joshua Ferris - Then We Came to the End
  • Mark Slouka - Visible World
  • Lloyd Jones - Mister Pip
  • Tim Butcher - Blood River
  • Peter Ho Davies - The Welsh Girl
  • Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns

Richard & Judy Summer Book Club


  • Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light
  • P. J. Tracy - Want to Play?
  • Cecelia Ahern - PS, I Love You
  • Maile Meloy - Liars and Saints
  • Ben Richards - The Mermaid and the Drunks
  • Bella Pollen - Hunting Unicorns


  • Karen Quinn - The Ivy Chronicles
  • George Hagen - The Laments
  • Anthony Capella - The Food Of Love
  • Susan Fletcher- Eve Green
  • Ben Sherwood - The Life and Death of Charlie St Cloud
  • David Wolstencroft - Good News, Bad News


  • Jim Lynch - The Highest Tide
  • Sam Bourne - The Righteous Men
  • Victoria Hislop - The Island
  • Dorothy Koomson - My Best Friend's Girl
  • Elisabeth Hyde - The Abortionist's Daughter
  • Elizabeth Kostova - The Historian


  • Kim Edwards - The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • Simon Kernick - Relentless
  • Kate Morton - The House at Riverton
  • Paul Torday - Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
  • Jane Fallon - Getting Rid of Matthew
  • Mark Mills - The Savage Garden
  • Jonathan Tropper - How to talk to a Widower
  • Mary Lawson - The Other Side of The Bridge

Richard & Judy Children's Book Club

In 2007, Richard and Judy hosted a special Children's Book Club edition of the show as part of Channel 4's "Lost For Words" season. The featured books were chosen with the help of pupils from several schools around the UK.

  • 5+ / Early :
    • Claire Freedman & Ben Cort - Aliens Love Underpants
    • Sally Grindley & Lindsey Gardiner - Poppy and Max and the Fashion Show
  • 7+ / Developing :
    • Andrew Cope - Spy Dog
    • Betty G. Birney - The World According to Humphrey
  • 9+ / Confident :
    • Mark Walden - H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education
    • Derek Landy - Skulduggery Pleasant
  • 12+ / Fluent :
    • Sophie McKenzie - Girl, Missing
    • Robert Muchamore - CHERUB: The Recruit

Richard & Judy Wine Club

Hoping to emulate the success of their book club, Richard and Judy launched their wine club in 2005. Focusing on a different selection of wine each week, they reviewed the wines and gave tasting notes to the viewers.


The Paul O'Grady Show now shares the time slot with Richard & Judy, with the shows alternating every three months. The Paul O'Grady Show began on 27 March, 2006 and ended on 16 June, 2006. Richard & Judy then took over on 19 June, 2006 and ended on 1 September, 2006. Then Richard & Judy took over again from the 29 January 2007. They returned to Channel 4 on 18 June 2007.

Their latest run ended on 31 August 2007. They stated on the show they will be back in January 2008. Paul O'Grady returned to the slot on 17 September 2007. It was announced on 2 November 2007 that Richard and Judy will leave Channel 4 in the summer of 2008. Richard plans to work as a solo TV personality, whilst Judy plans to write books. Their Spokesperson said, "After 20 years of presenting live daytime television, Richard and Judy have called time." He added Richard and Judy may still appear on certain shows for the station to feature their book club.

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