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18 December 2020 14:50

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Today's TV Friday 18 December

Kym Marsh Gethin Jones will join her in continuing to present the daytime programme in a second series. The first series of Morning Live ends on Friday, with an hour-long special episode. The programme features celebrity guests, discussions on topical issues and consumer advice. Marsh said: "This year has been really challenging and unsettling for us all. "To have been able to keep our viewers company, and hopefully bring them a bit of positivity, as well as some useful tips and information, has been a real privilege for Gethin and me.

The programme will air at 9.15am in the New Year. Jones said: "We are delighted to come back with Morning Live. "When we started, I described the show as a big group message, and that group has grown. "We will continue to work hard to put our audience at the heart of the conversations." The first series has seen an average of 1.4 million viewers tune in each day, according to the BBC. Carla-Maria Lawson, head of BBC daytime and early peak, said: "We're delighted to be bringing back Morning Live for 2021.

"It's clearly answering a need from viewers for a space where they know their real life concerns are reflected and addressed by trusted experts, as well as offering good company and much needed positivity. Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones 'delighted' to return to BBC morning show Have you been enjoying Morning Live? The BBC has announced that Morning Live will be back in the new year following a hugely successful first run. MORE: Holly Willoughby 'really excited' to announce new presenting role The morning programme, which has been hosted by Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones since it launched in October, was initially scheduled to air up until Christmas but will now return to screens on Monday 4 January for a second series. The show, which will continue to air weekdays after BBC Breakfast, has been a huge hit with viewers, pulling an average 1.4 viewers each episode.

WATCH: Louise Minchin is finally reunited with Dan Walker on BBC Breakfast Host Kym, 44, said of the exciting news: "This year has been really challenging and unsettling for us all. MORE: BBC Breakfast's Louise Minchin is finally reunited with Dan Walker after 'extended break' MORE: Good Morning Britain's Dr Hilary Jones gives his verdict on mixing at Christmas Gethin, 42, her co-host added: "We are delighted to come back with Morning Live! Morning Live will return to our screens in the new year Friday's episode, which will be the last of the year, will be a special hour-long episode. Kym and Gethin will celebrate the good news at a food pantry in Manchester where they'll spread some cheer with a festive sing-song. Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox. BBC One's new daytime magazine show Morning Live is to return in 2021. The 45-minute show launched in October, airing weekdays after BBC Breakfast from 9:15AM. Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones host with a range of regular guest presenters including Dr Xand van Tulleken (HealthCheck UK Live), Rav Wilding (Crimewatch Roadshow), Anna Haugh (Ready Steady Cook), Will Kirk (The Repair Shop) and Sabrina Grant (Saved and Remade). Ahead of the final scheduled episode today (18 December), the BBC Has confirmed the show will return in 2021. Kym Marsh said: "This year has been really challenging and unsettling for us all. To have been able to keep our viewers company, and hopefully bring them a bit of positivity, as well as some useful tips and information, has been a real privilege for Gethin and me. "I can't wait to be back on screen with our Morning Live family and I can't think of a better team to be beside as we navigate whatever 2021 throws at us." Gethin Jones added: "We are delighted to come back with Morning Live! When we started, I described the show as a big group message, and that group has grown. We will continue to work hard to put our audience at the heart of the conversations. Carla-Maria Lawson, Head of BBC Daytime and Early-Peak ommented: "We're delighted to be bringing back Morning Live for 2021. It's clearly answering a need from viewers for a space where they know their real life concerns are reflected and addressed by trusted experts, as well as offering good company and much needed positivity. "I look forward to seeing what the team has got in store for us next year!" Morning Live will return early in the New Year to the 9.15AM slot, and will sit alongside the other BBC Daytime popular factual and flagship favourites that air in that slot, including Crimewatch Roadshow Live and Rip Off Britain, which is back on Monday 4th January with a new series of Rip Off Britain Holidays.