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Thursday 25 December 2014

Live children's TV 'training stage'

Holly Willoughby said children's TV helped to launch the careers of many popular presenters
Holly Willoughby said children's TV helped to launch the careers of many popular presenters

Holly Willoughby has bemoaned the loss of live Saturday morning children's TV.

The This Morning presenter, 32, kickstarted her career on youth shows such as Ministry Of Mayhem and CD:UK.

Live shows such as Tiswas, Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Saturday SuperStore and Going Live! are seen by some as representing a golden age of children's TV and helped launch the careers of the likes of Chris Tarrant, Noel Edmonds and Phillip Schofield.

The Voice presenter Holly told the Radio Times: "I do think it's a shame there's no live Saturday morning children's TV any more. Most presenters now - me and Reggie Yates, Fearne Cotton, Phil Schofield, Cat Deeley, Ant and Dec - came from kids' telly. So you do wonder where the next generation will come from."

Holly also said she would like to act in a period drama such as Downton Abbey or Mr Selfridge.

"It's all about putting on a corset and a big frou-frou dress, isn't it? I love all that girlie stuff."

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