TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are to end their onscreen partnership after 21 years, according to the papers.

The Sunday Mirror reports that the husband and wife team will take on solo projects after their latest show, Richard and Judy’s New Position, on the digital channel Watch, was a ratings flop.

The pair regularly pulled in three million viewers when they were on Channel 4, but their new show averages viewing figures of just 8,000.

“We both feel we’ve done all we can do as a partnership. We feel the need to diversify and there are tantalising possibilities with solo projects,” Madeley told the paper.

“We’re both writing novels – one popped into my head one day and I’m really enjoying it. And I’m keen to do more radio.”

The pair are contracted to present Richard and Judy’s new position until Christmas, after which the show’s future remains uncertain.

“If our current show doesn’t go beyond December we wouldn’t do another traditional Richard & Judy programme,” Madeley said.

“That’s not to say that if someone offered us an attractive joint project we wouldn’t be interested. But we do feel this is our last day-to-day magazine programme.”