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Eamonn Holmes's work ethic knows no bounds with new C5 deal

By Claire McNeilly

Eamonn Holmes is now the hardest-working man on television after being signed up by Channel 5.

The Northern Ireland-born celebrity is about to become Britain's most prolific presenter as the new deal means he now holds contracts with four of the UK's big five broadcasters at the same time.

The Channel 5 deal - fronting a six-part documentary on the lives of the super-rich - could put him in a similar income bracket to the people he'll be interviewing.

His 'day job' is, of course, anchorman on the Sky News Sunrise programme.

But 55-year-old Eamonn, along with wife Ruth Langsford, also presents the This Morning programme for ITV every Friday and during the holidays.

And the father-of-four is an occasional presenter on Songs Of Praise and other programmes for BBC.

It seems UK audiences can't get enough of the charismatic Ulsterman - despite his propensity for controversial comments on live television.

And Eamonn, who is now only second to Jeremy Clarkson when it comes to earning power on British screens, is living up to his reputation of rarely turning down job opportunities.

The former UTV presenter has been with his 55-year-old old wife for 18 years and married for five, and they have a 13-year-old son, Jack.

He also has three other children - Declan (28), 24-year-old Rebecca and Niall (22) with his first wife, Gabrielle Holmes.

The passionate Manchester United fan once said in an interview that, having grown up in a council estate in an environment where unemployment was constantly knocking on the door, it's not in his nature to reject offers.

Ruth will co-present the Channel 5 project Eamonn And Ruth: How The Other Half Live, six one-hour programmes where the couple will meet people who have money, while taking a look inside their multi-million pound mansions and expensive cars, and investigate how they spend their cash.

They will also travel to Ibiza to discover why it is the playground of the rich, and journey to Moscow by private jet for a glamorous party.

"We're delighted to have Eamonn and Ruth on C5," said the station's factual commissioner Guy Davies.

"They are our guides into this secret world, and on the way round they'll have a quick look under the sink and in the broom cupboard.

"They're TV greats, and we're so happy to have secured their first big factual series."

C5's swoop for Eamonn and Ruth comes after reports that it is planning to shake up its daytime schedule in 2016 with a format fronted by a handful of former Loose Women stars.

The broadcaster is looking to bring over Carol Vorderman, Sunday People columnist Carol McGiffin, The Cruise star Jane McDonald, The Bill's Lisa Maxwell and Coronation Street's Denise Welch for a new show.

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