Madeley: Ford was first TV crush

Richard, who met his TV host wife Judy Finnigan while he was a fresh-faced reporter, raved about the veteran newsreader and her "luminous" beauty.

Asked by the Radio Times who his first TV crush was, he said: "Anna Ford".

"I was a young man working at Border Television; she was the first woman newsreader on ITN and luminously beautiful," he revealed.

"Everybody fancied Anna Ford."

Richard has been the subject of speculation as a possible replacement for Adrian Chiles, who bowed out as Christine Bleakley's co-host on The One Show on Friday.

He was less keen on seeing Gordon Brown on screen - saying he had developed an "allergy" to watching the Prime Minister.

Asked who he last changed the channel to avoid, Richard said: "Gordon Brown. I'm apolitical, so it's nothing against him or his politics; I've simply developed an allergy.

"I think it's because I recognise a fellow human being in deep discomfort, and that makes me uncomfortable."

Richard said he was still keen to do "interesting and stimulating projects" and told the magazine he was hoping to have a Radio 2 show.

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