Angela and Friends
was a British
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talk show which was produced by Crackit Productions for Sky1.
The show aired at 12pm, Monday to Friday, and was presented by actress Angela Griffin
Angela Griffin is a British actress and television presenter.-Acting career:She appeared in the popular long-running British soap operas Emmerdale and most famously in Coronation Street as Fiona Middleton from 1993 to 1998...
, who was joined by three "friends" in each show to discuss the latest news, celebrity gossip as well as other topical issues.
The show was the centrepiece of Sky1's first foray into daytime television and was originally commissioned for 90 episodes - 18 weeks - each of 90 minutes.
Viewers are encouraged to contact Angela and her "friends". They can do this by text, email, Facebook
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. Griffin reads out these messages during the show.
In March 2010, after the show finished for a two week Easter break, it was announced that the series had been recommissioned for a second series, at the slightly later time of 2.30pm on Monday, 12 April. The duration of the show was reduced to 60 minutes.
For the last six weeks of the second series, it was brought forward to the earlier time of 12:00pm
The series ended on July 2nd 2010.
Friends and Experts
Three "friends" join Griffin on the sofa every week. Each friend has a topic that they will be discussing on the show. These friends include: Josie D'Arby
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, Sarah Cawood
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, Jeff Brazier
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, Jeremy Edwards
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, Zöe Salmon
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, Lisa Faulkner
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, Sara Cox
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, Amanda Lamb
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, Tara Newley
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and Marc Bannerman
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Angela and Friends also includes a group of experts who appear regularly on the show. The experts are:
- Sam Mann - Showbiz gossip expert
- Niki Wibrow - Fitness expert
- Dean Piper - Showbiz and Entertainment expert
- Chantal Denny-Harrow - Weight-loss expert
- Alexandra Heminsley - Book expert
- Dr Christian Jessen
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- Health and Medicine expert
- James King
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- Entertainment expert
- Toby Amies
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- Art and Photography expert
- Nathalie Eleni - Skincare expert
- Brix Smith-Start
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- Fashion expert
- Andrew Barton - Haircare expert
Angela and Friends
premiered amid much publicity in the media, yet only managed to attract an audience figure of 35,000 viewers (or a 0.6% share) for its first episode. However, Griffin remained hopeful, stating that she would not read reviews of the show or worry over how many people viewers it attracts, stating "I'll cope by not reading any reviews. And if people don't watch, I'll go back to acting."