As Emma And AJ Get To Work comes to W, check out more of the best telly twosomes who are friends both on and off screen
By Laura Rutkowski, Senior Staff Writer
After the massive impact the pandemic has had on businesses, TV presenters Emma Willis and AJ Odudu are on hand to get stuck in and help them get back up and running. In Emma and AJ Get To Work, they will take a road trip all over the UK to help deserving families post-lockdown.
From sheep shearing and launching a pop-up shop, to restoring a seaside pier and mucking in at a family-run adventure hostel, there is no challenge too great.
AJ worked alongside Emma as a presenter on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side and they’ve remained friends ever since. AJ was also a backstage reporter on The Voice while Emma hosted the competition.
Now we can catch them party planning, scrubbing loos and drumming up sales, activities that are enough to solidify any friendship! As the series comes to W/HD (CH 125) on Monday 22 November, check out the other best TV presenting duos, who are not just colleagues, but also super close in real life. We’re leaving Ant and Dec out, because, well, they’re a no-brainer!
Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins
Hitmen, available in Catch Up > Channels > Sky Comedy
Mel and Sue met at a comedy gig in 1988 while studying at the University of Cambridge, where they were both members of the Footlights drama club. Their first presenting roles were on Channel 4’s lunchtime show Light Lunch (and the early evening version, Late Lunch). Then, of course, the duo hosted The Great British Bake Off from 2010 until 2016 during its run on the BBC. They’ve since starred as assassins in the comedy series Hitmen on Sky. Touring, presenting and acting together certainly cements these two as the very definition of a double act.
Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman
Pointless, weekdays, 5.15pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
The University of Cambridge seems to be the best place to meet a friend/future co-presenter, as that’s also where Alexander and Richard met! They’ve been hosting Pointless together since 2009. “I wouldn’t want Richard to get bored of me,” Alexander has said. “We spend a lot of the year together and the nice thing is, we, genuinely, in nearly 12 years of Pointless, have never had a cross word with each other.”
John Torode and Lisa Faulkner
John & Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen, Saturdays, 11.40am, ITV HD (CH 103)
MasterChef judge John and former EastEnders star Lisa actually met on Celebrity MasterChef in 2010 when Lisa was a contestant. They were both married at the time, but when they split from their partners, John sent her a letter asking her out on a date. The culinary couple, who have now been together almost a decade, return with recipes and tips just in time for Christmas in John & Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen. They’ve been hosting the series since 2019 and bring their love of cooking to the screen as they whip up tasty and, crucially, easy-to-make feasts together.
Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary
This Morning, weekdays, 10am, ITV HD (CH 103)
This list wouldn’t be complete without referencing Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, who met on the very first series of Dancing On Ice back in 2006. Their laughing outbursts are surely what every friendship needs. Holly joined Phil as co-presenter on This Morning in 2009, but we’re highlighting a different friendship in our list – that of Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary. They have been presenting the Friday edition of the breakfast show since January and have been a huge hit. Both Holly and Alison were nominated for this year’s TV Presenter award at the National Television Awards.
Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan
Rob & Romesh Vs, available on Sky Max/HD
The ultimate bromance between these two makes for a perfect comedy pairing. They met on the UK comedy circuit and now make us laugh in Rob & Romesh Vs. They travel the world, meeting celebs and sports icons, learning skills as they go, like drag, ballet and cricket. Their chemistry is palpable and Rob explains the reason the series works is because their friendship is the real deal. “It resulted in the show rather than the other way round,” he said.
Robert Rinder and Susanna Reid
Good Morning Britain, weekdays, 6am, ITV HD (CH 103)
When TV barrister Robert and Good Morning Britain’s Susanna appeared together on Celebrity Gogglebox, people were rightfully confused. Their friendship isn’t a very well-known one, but they’ve been good pals for six years, and have even enjoyed holidays together. They go away together at least once a year, keeping their travel destinations a secret. Robert is the latest in a string of guest hosts on Good Morning Britain to step into the role next to Susanna. “Who wouldn’t want the chance to guest present GMB alongside one of their best friends?” he said.
Rochelle and Marvin Humes
The Hit List, find series 3 & 4 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer
The married couple and co-presenters of The Hit List met in 2005, long before Rochelle was in The Saturdays and Marvin was in JLS. While they didn’t initially get together, they met again in 2010 when both of their bands were booked at the same event. They now have three children together and will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary next year. Power couple, much?
When is Emma And AJ Get To Work on TV?
Emma And AJ Get To Work airs on W/HD (CH 125) on Mondays at 8pm, with the first episode screening on November 22nd. It is also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > W.
The four-part series will subsequently air every week until Monday 13th December.
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Image credits: Emma and AJ Get To Work © Firecracker Films
Pointless © Remarkable Television / Endemol / Matt Frost