Alison Hammond & Dermot O’Leary and a Christmas grazing platter

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Nick and Angela welcome their favourite TV duo to Casa Grimshaw.

From humble beginnings flipping burgers at Wembley stadium, Dermot O’Leary is now one of the biggest names in UK television. He began on T4, then played Big Brother’s Little Brother before The X Factor came knocking. Other presenting highlights include fronting the National Television Awards for the last ten years and Soccer Aid and the Baftas too. Not confined to one medium, Dermot's dulcet tones can be heard on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday mornings and on his podcast, People just People, available on audible.

In 2002, Alison Hammond had a sliding doors moment: enter the Big Brother house or be a contestant on Cilla Black’s Blind Date. Alison chose reality TV and from there, became a household name. Her rise to fame includes appearances on Strictly, Celebrity MasterChef and I’m a Celebrity....Get Me Out of Here! She has recently published her memoir, You’ve Got To Laugh: Stories from a Life Lived to the Full.

Her laugh is contagious, his dance moves light up our screens and together Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary present This Morning every Friday on ITV and ITVX.

Angela prepares some tasty festive treats for her guests including salt cod fritters, arancini balls and mackerel paté and Nick tops up their glasses with an Ara Single Vineyard Pinot Gris. There are laughs aplenty in this final episode of the year with Alison and Dermot telling us how they became TV husband and wife, what they do in their spare time together and what happens at a This Morning Christmas party!

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