Bleakley and Chiles launch Daybreak
ITV's new breakfast show Daybreak got off to a lively start today, 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 programme in their new South Bank studio boasting spectacular views of the London skyline.
The first show, replacing long-running GMTV, featured a live interview with former prime minister Tony Blair alongside chats with the parents of babies whose births coincided with the launch of Daybreak.
Chiles was on light-hearted form, laughing and joking with Bleakley 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."
Earlier, Chiles walked across the studio to chat with sports presenter Dan Lobb. "See how smoothly I did this," he said as he made his way over to Lobb. "It is going terribly well, I haven't tripped up the stairs or anything."
Discussing the women's rugby World Cup with Lobb, Chiles added: "I have always watched the women's rugby with interest because a girl I used to play kiss-chase with in the playground... she went on to play second row for England. I won't name her, because last time I did she went nuts."
"I think escaping me in kiss-chase is where she got her fitness from," he joked.