TV's Daybreak dawns on viewers
ITV's new breakfast show got off to a lively start with a mixture of serious items, features and banter between presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.
The former One Show hosts welcomed viewers to the inaugural Daybreak programme in their new South Bank studio boasting spectacular views of the London skyline.
The show, replacing long-running GMTV, featured a range of items from a live interview with former prime minister Tony Blair, to interviews with the parents of babies whose birth coincided with the launch of Daybreak.
Adrian was on light-hearted form, laughing and joking with Christine and commenting on their studio: "It is extremely big, I have worked in some right little shoe cupboards in my time."
"The view is simply magnificent," he added as the camera showed the view of London landmarks outside. "For example, I get my timings from the clock on top of the Shell tower over there. If we move round, we can see St Paul's - they have got to get those cranes out of the way - can somebody have a word please? They are spoiling the view slightly.
"Then, there's the Gherkin... and finally the Oxo tower - other stock cubes are available but that is the Oxo tower. I don't know what else you can say about it."
He and Christine commented on a phone marked "Lift handset to call producer".
"How are we doing?" Adrian said into the phone, reporting to laughter: "We are all right."