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Lorraine Kelly discusses empty nest syndrome
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Lorraine Kelly will be a familiar face to viewers as she has presented her ITV show since 2014. Before that, she worked alongside Kate Garraway and Aled Jones on Daybreak. While the mum-of-one has no plans of leaving Lorraine, she has gone on to land another unexpected role fronting a history show.
Along with Harry Hill, Liza Tarbuck and Chris Packham, the 62-year-old has teamed up with Sky History where she will explore World War Two.
Speaking about hosting more documentaries in the future, Lorraine said: “Yes I would.
“I love my ‘day job’ but it’s good to have more time to delve deeper into a subject.”
When asked what other subjects she’d like to explore, Lorraine continued. “Ancient Rome (from Caesar to Nero in particular) and the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, especially Shackleton.”
In the new documentary, which is due to air next month, Lorraine will also learn more about her grandfather, who fought in the war.
As an honorary colonel in the cadets, the presenter wanted to find out more about WWII.
In the programme, Lorraine met up with various experts and historians, who gave her further insight into the importance of women’s roles in the war.
She also paid a visit to the Dad’s Army Museum to find out more about the Home Guard.
When asked what drew her to the role, the ITV presenter said: “It was a chance to do something completely different and dig deep into a subject I find fascinating.
“I had read a lot about it anyway, but it was incredible to actually touch a suitcase belonging to a little evacuee separated from her family.
“To see her tiny dress and precious homemade dolly was deeply moving and it was an eye opener to talk about their stories.
“For some little ones it was a very positive experience, but other kids were treated very badly and I can only imagine how frightened and deeply scarred they would have been.”
The host travelled to various parts of England to film for the documentary.
To fit in with her morning chat show, Lorraine explained she had to shoot the programme in the afternoons and weekends.
“Talking to the various experts for a long chunk of time was one of the joys of doing the show,” Lorraine added.
“I love talking to people who are passionate about their subjects.”
Talking about her family connection to the war, the Celebrity Gogglebox star said: “Well my grandfathers were both involved [in the war] but they never talked about it.
“And I always felt I wanted to find out more about the kinds of experiences they had to go through as I didn’t get the chance to talk to them about it.
“I’ve always been interested in WW2. I remember watching the famous TV series The World At War and my dad has just about everything book about WW2 that was ever published.”
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV and episode four of Britain’s Greatest Obsessions will premiere in the UK on Sky HISTORY on Monday October 3, at 9pm.
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