Melanie Sykes signs new 2-year ITV deal

Melanie Sykes

Melanie Sykes

Melanie Sykes has signed a new two-year contract with ITV1, which will see her return to prime time evening TV.

Melanie Sykes has signed a new two-year contract with ITV1.

The TV presenter will front a new prime time show, 'Missing Millions' for the network, which is set to start in the autumn, and sees her go hunting for long lost fortunes on behalf of families.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It's a major coup for Mel. She's a big favourite at ITV and after having two children is keen to throw herself back into work.

"She's also been working out and is in the shape of her life."

Mel has recently been spotted filming for the show in Morecambe, a seaside town in her native county of Lancashire, where she was hunting cash on behalf of local Irene Jiggins, who ran a gift shop until her death in 2010.

Melanie - who formerly hosted daytime show 'Today with Des and Mel' alongside Des O'Connor from 2002 to 2006 - is also returning to daytime TV, appearing with celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo, on 'Lunch with Gino & Mel', a live lunch hour "centered around having fun with food".

On the show the presenters will invite two celebrities to join them, and Gino will cook up a dish of their choice which is significant to them - one which reminds them of their partner, or a certain memory etc - while Mel chats with them.

Mel said: "It's fabulous to be back on ITV with a lunchtime show again - I know Gino and I are going to have an absolute blast - bring on the summer!"

Gino said: "I'm really looking forward to working with Mel and we're going to make sure that everybody - the guests, the studio audience and the viewers - has an amazing time. It's going to be fantastico!"

'Missing Millions' is set to air at 8pm on Thursdays, while 'Lunch with Gino & Mel' will start later this year.


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