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TV return Christine Lampard temporarily standing in for Lorraine Kelly on her morning show

Christine had previously stepped back to look after five-month-old Freddie at home

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Christine Lampard (Ian West/PA)

Christine Lampard (Ian West/PA)

Christine Lampard (Ian West/PA)

Northern Irish presenter Christine Lampard has said that she is “excited” to return to TV following her maternity leave.

The 42-year-old, who has been busy at home with her five-month-old son Freddie, will be temporarily stepping in for Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show from tomorrow.

She said that she has really missed the environment at Lorraine, and even visited the studio recently in preparation for her return to work.

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Christine recently posted a snap of son Freddie on Instagram

Christine recently posted a snap of son Freddie on Instagram

Christine recently posted a snap of son Freddie on Instagram

“I’m excited. Being out of the TV world for a couple of months makes me nervous to go back in, but it will be nice,” Christine said.

“I visited the other day and was asked if I wanted a cup of coffee. I was like, ‘Oh my God, I would love a coffee.’

“It was also a real treat, and to get my hair and make-up done, considering I’ve hardly washed my hair for three months. It was really lovely, those simple things.

“I’m quite close with everyone at Lorraine, so it’s not like you are going to the workplace. It’s like catching up with mates. I’ve missed the camaraderie and those belly laughs first thing in the morning.”

The presenter also filled in for Lorraine last year but didn’t get the full experience as she had to interview guests through Zoom instead of in the studio.

“The last stint I did on Lorraine was completely on Zoom — there was no one in the studio at all. You can work with guests better and get a sense of their mood when they’re in the room with you,” Christine explained.

“I love being able to have little chats with them beforehand. I’ll always go down to the green room and speak with them before they come up to the studio, particularly if it’s not a celebrity, like a member of the public who hasn’t done a TV interview before.

“I like to make sure they’re comfortable,” she added.

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