Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

IT'S JOYOUS TO HAVE ONE'S NAME IN THE TITLE OF A SHOW; Jeremy Vine Hopes He Will Fit Wright in When He Takes over Channel 5's Daily Current Affairs Show, He Tells Gemma Dunn ON THE SCREEN SMALL

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

IT'S JOYOUS TO HAVE ONE'S NAME IN THE TITLE OF A SHOW; Jeremy Vine Hopes He Will Fit Wright in When He Takes over Channel 5's Daily Current Affairs Show, He Tells Gemma Dunn ON THE SCREEN SMALL

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Byline: Gemma Dunn

JEREMY VINE recalls the moment he first saw the new show graphic with his name on.

"I thought 'OK, this is real now'," he remembers.

"There's something joyous about having one's name in the title of a show. But when your name actually is the title of the show, then that is strange."

Jeremy, who joined the BBC in 1987 and has since been an integral player at the Corporation, takes over The Wright Stuff from next week, which tackles the biggest news, issues and stories from around the UK, transmitting for 120 minutes every morning.

ON THE SMALL SCREEN And he's the first to admit taking over from his predecessor Matthew Wright, who was at the helm of 18 successful years, is an "intimidating" prospect.

"Matthew was very, very, very good at what he did, and he brought the show from nothing over 18 years to something where it's totally a fixture in the TV landscape," reasons the Surreyborn star.

"But I'm very excited about joining Channel 5 because it's just been morphing into something that's really exciting," he adds.

"I mean people who don't know it wouldn't expect, for example, Michael Palin to be on it doing a documentary on North Korea; Jane McDonald, all the brilliant stuff that she does; and Suzannah Lipscomb to be doing history now.

"So it's going to be just fun," he says simply. "The guy who runs Channel 5, Ben Frow, said: 'I just want you to enjoy yourself'. And I thought, 'What a lovely thing for your new employer to say'."

So far Jeremy hasn't spoken to Matthew: "I'm hoping to have a chat with him at some point," he confides. "I felt a bit wary of ringing him because I thought he probably just didn't want to have the conversation."

"But he's left his jackets in the dressing room, and they almost fit, so if he doesn't get them, I might consider putting them on," he jokes. …

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