Lovel up couples in the show spotlight
Wedding lists are the focus of real-life couple Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford’s new series Gift Wrapped, in which three engaged couples will compete, to win the wedding gift list and holiday of their dreams, by answering quiz trivia and questions about each other.
Langsford and Holmes, who are both 54 and live with their 12-year-old son, Jack, in Surrey, both enjoyed the chance to find out how the contestants met and got together. “Who made the first move and what was the first date like,” says Langsford.
She admits that there were moments when she found herself wondering things like, ‘What is she doing with him?’
“Then after a few rounds you think, ‘Oh actually, I can really see it, he’s really funny’,” she adds. The hosts even found themselves being quizzed about their own marriage by the contestants too - sort of.
“Most of the contestants came up to me and said, ‘What are you doing with her?’” jokes Holmes.
“Funny, they said that to me about you,” teases Singapore-born Langsford, laughing. “How strange.”
It’s exchanges like this which have made the pair a hit with viewers on This Morning, which they’ve co-hosted every Friday and during the school holidays since 2006.
So familiar is their affectionate relationship, the way they cajole and call each other out - then in the next moment break into cackles of laughter - that often people stop them in the supermarket, greeting them like old friends, or send them messages on Twitter when they’ve been tickled by one of their “testy” talks.
The couple were together for 13 years before marrying.
“You know, we were blissfully happy and we were very, very busy, and one day I stood back and thought ‘I want to change this and I want to take this on another level’.
“It was the proudest thing I ever did, to marry Ruth Langsford,” said Eamonn.
* Gift Wrapped starts on ITV on Monday, from 5pm to 6pm.