Chris Kamara poses naked on Steph’s Packed Lunch
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Chris “Kammy” Kamara, 63, has reflected on the problems Steph McGovern’s Channel 4 show, Steph’s Packed Lunch, had to battle through when it made its debut on our screens in 2020. The former professional footballer and Sky Sports pundit has made regular co-presenting appearances alongside Steph on the programme over the past year.
The former BBC Breakfast presenter’s programme, formerly titled The Steph Show, was initially beamed to the nation live from her living room during the first national lockdown.
Steph then told viewers it was time to give her partner and their new baby their home back and the show suddenly went on a break.
In September last year, The Steph Show was replaced by Steph’s Packed Lunch, which is based in Leeds, as was originally planned before the pandemic hit.
Opening up on the issues Packed Lunch faced initially, Kammy explained in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk: “She’s brilliant Steph, she’s such a brilliant broadcaster.
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“They invited me along a couple of days a week to go and be me and just have fun.
“I do as little or as much as I want, they don’t put any pressure on me, and it’s a great experience.
“It’s been fantastic, once again, the way it’s been received as well.
“Like any show it had teething problems to begin with, but as soon as people have gotten used to it, like they have now, they love it.”
Kammy went on to reveal the Channel 4 show has been recommissioned for another series due to its popularity amongst viewers.
He added: “It’s been recommissioned on the strength of the people watching, so that’s great!”
It comes after Steph admitted that the national lockdown in March had “affected things massively,” as her show was originally due to launch in the spring.
The mum-of-one was left with the prospect of delaying the show’s debut or coming up with a new way of working.
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She recently told Huffington Post that she didn’t really think it would be “feasible” to film the show at home when she made the suggestion.
However, a team who have worked on reality television programmes were able to rig her home with cameras.
Steph said: “I don’t know why I ever suggested it, but I suddenly said, ‘Maybe we could do it at home’, not thinking it would be feasible, but then within a few days an engineer had been round and worked out that actually it was possible.
“And then a brilliant director who’d worked on Big Brother and I’m A Celebrity and everything, worked out how to rig the house and the living room so it would work. And then we just went for it,” she told the publication.
Looking back at the show, which ran until May from her home, Steph said she was most proud of managing to balance life with her new baby and doing her work.
Steph announced her decision to leave her lockdown show behind in a Twitter post at the time, which read: “As much as I’ve loved doing a lockdown show at home I never expected it to go on this long.
“We’ve decided it’s time to have a break and give my family our home back.
“The proper prog will be launching when the Leeds studio is sorted, I may still be wearing slippers. #TheStephShow.”(Sic)
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