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This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond show united front before NTAs

Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond film an outdoor segment for This Morning at BBC Studioworks on the first day back after the summer break. It is expected that a rotating line-up of presenters will sit alongside Willoughby following Phillip Schofield’s departure (Lucy North/PA)
Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond film an outdoor segment for This Morning at BBC Studioworks on the first day back after the summer break. It is expected that a rotating line-up of presenters will sit alongside Willoughby following Phillip Schofield’s Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond film an outdoor segment for This Morning at BBC Studioworks on the first day back after the summer break. It is expected that a rotating line-up of presenters will sit alongside Willoughby following Phillip Schofield’s departure (Lucy North/PA)

Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond have shown a united front in their return to This Morning following their summer break.

Their return to the small screen comes ahead of the National Television Awards (NTAs) on Tuesday, which will see This Morning star Hammond up for the best TV presenter prize.

Willoughby had been longlisted for the award but failed to make shortlist alongside her former This Morning co-presenter Phillip Schofield in the wake of his resignation from ITV in May after he admitted to an “unwise but not illegal” relationship with a younger male colleague on the show.

The NTAs will also see This Morning attempt to defend its title of best daytime show amid the furore of the Schofield affair and claims of toxicity and bullying behind the scenes of the show.

On Monday, Willoughby and Hammond returned to the ITV show, opening the programme from outside the TV studio alongside the cast of Mamma Mia! The Party.

The stage performers entertained with a medley of Abba classic songs, including Dancing Queen, SOS and title track Mamma Mia, while This Morning stars including Gyles Brandreth, James Martin and Alice Beer danced in the crowd.

TV star Willoughby said: “It is such a good way to start the show.

“Now, we are back from our summer break but it’s not just the start of the new season for our show, for many people out there today is the first day of school.”

Speaking about her own children’s return to school, she added: “All good, except we all opened the window today and went ‘Oh summer decided to arrive today’.”

Holly Willoughby on This Morning
Holly Willoughby on This Morning Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond filming an outdoor segment for This Morning alongside the cast of Mamma Mia! The Party (Lucy North/PA)

The 42-year-old, who described the show as starting “with a bang”, went on to introduce viewers to what will air on the show during autumn, including celebrity chef John Torode in Western Australia swimming with wildlife and Dr Scott Miller in the Arctic searching for animal life.

Among the segments will also be Gok Wan with his glam van, Phil Vickery fishing and cooking with his daughter Winnie, and Josie Gibson at a worm-charming championship to celebrate Bristol’s 650th birthday.

Hammond will compete against Good Morning Britain’s Martin Lewis, who also presents his own consumer finance programmes, The Traitors host Claudia Winkleman, The Chase’s Bradley Walsh and Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly in the TV presenter category at the NTAs.

Comedian and TV presenter Joel Dommett will return for the third year as host of the NTAs, which will be broadcast live on Tuesday September 5 from 8pm on ITV1.