Richard Madeley proposed to Judy Finnigan just THREE weeks into 'office affair' despite the fact they were both married

RICHARD Madeley proposed to Judy Finnigan just THREE weeks after they started dating – despite the fact they were both married.

The TV legends got together after meeting while working for Granada television in 1982.

Both were in unhappy marriages – with Judy already a mum to six-year-old twins.

Richard said he knew he wanted to marry Judy after just their third date – but she was apprehensive about their eight-year age gap. She was 34, with six-year-old twins, and he was 26.

Judy told the White Wine Question Time podcast while alongside her husband of 36 years: "There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that my boys, who were six, twins, they are – two six year old boys were my absolute priority and they had to be.

"And as Richard and I got closer, and it was clear that we… you kind of talked about marriage after about three weeks, didn’t you, I remember. "It was clear things were very, very serious."

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Sparks flew instantly – Richard had a crush on Judy after seeing her on TV before their first introduction, and she thought he was particularly handsome. 

Judy thought he “looked nice” but thought his suit was “a bit flash”, although they instantly hit it off. 

Colleagues at Granada Television thought the relationship was a fling; and were surprised when things got serious, and they divorced their respective partners.

After a worried Judy called off the relationship concerned that Richard “wasn’t mature enough”, they married in 1986.

Fronting This Morning for 23 years until 2001, and Richard & Judy for a further eight years, their relationship went from strength to strength – Judy keeping Richard in check and being a perfect on-screen foil to his effusive manner. 

While Richard’s career continues with guest slots hosting Good Morning Britain, Judy’s happily retired from a life on-screen and is thrilled for her husband to have his time in the spotlight once more.

He starred in I'm A Celebrity in Wales last year but was forced out when a health scare meant he broke Covid rules.

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