After announcing plans to quit their Channel 4 chat show at the end of this year, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are apparently in secret talks with several TV networks about its future.

The couple are hoping for a £4 million contract over two years – doubling the £2 million Channel 4 offered them when they joined in 2001, according to reports in The Mirror.

A senior source at programme-makers Cactus Television said: “We are talking to various different broadcasters about various different projects for post-September.”

One insider added: “I’d be surprised if it didn’t continue in some form. That’s what they are good at and that’s what people want to watch them doing.”

Contenders to host the show include BBC2, which has just lost The Weakest Link to BBC1, or even ITV1 – the channel Richard and Judy defected from.

Other possible destinations could be Five, Sky or a digital channel such as Living.

Richard announced in November the couple were quitting, ending their 20 years fronting shows together.

He said at the time: “The programme is still full of life but we have taken the difficult decision to leave it on a high. We want the chance to launch other projects in broadcasting and writing.”

At its peak, The Richard and Judy Show pulled in 2.6 million viewers.

In 2007, Richard and Judy hit the headlines when it emerged that viewers had been ripped off for several years while trying to take part in their popular quiz You Say We Pay.

It’s been reported that Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond will shoot a pilot for a possible replacement for Richard and Judy’s Channel 4 show later this month.

This will be Richard’s second stab at chat show presenting. In 2006, he hosted Richard Hammond’s Five O’Clock Show for ITV1.