Richard Madeley‘s debut novel could be set for a TV drama adaptation.
The TV presenter, who was one half of daytime telly duo Richard and Judy with his wife Judy Finnegan, told the Radio Times he had been looking into developing his romantic World War II thriller Some Day I’ll Find You.
He said: “I have had a couple of meetings with a couple of specialist independents, although I know that this sort of thing can move very slowly.”
Richard is now promoting his second novel The Way You Look Tonight, but said there was no rivalry with Judy, also an author: “We’re never been competitive together. In fact, we work very well together in terms of writing. I was discussing my new plot with her over lunch two days ago and I help her with hers as well. We’re not competitive at all.”
Since ITV’s This Morning with Richard and Judy ended and their Channel 4 and Watch shows came to an end, Richard has been filling in for Matthew Wright on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff occasionally and presents on BBC Radio Two for four months a year.
He said: “I just seem to keep people’s seats warm, and it’s lovely after all those years of the responsibility, of carrying the load.
“When your name’s on the tin you’re kind of carrying the team in the sense that if you screw up, if you kind of lose it or the audience gets bored with you or the ratings fall away and you don’t keep it fresh, I mean those kids are out of a job. So I’m very glad not to have that responsibility any more and have fun.”
He continued: “I’ve had two approaches to do a kind of a magazine-formatted network TV show, Monday through Friday, and I had no hesitation in saying ‘thank you, but no thank you’. I’ve done all that. Why go back to that? And also, it means I couldn’t do the things I do now.
“If you do a five-day-a-week show, that’s kind of it, particularly as you get older. You just don’t have the time or energy to do anything else. I wouldn’t be able to write books.”