11 Claudia Winkleman Performances You Forgot Put on in Front of Traitors

We know her best for presenting Strictly Come Dancing, her weekend Radio 2 show and, of course, her acclaimed work on the UK version of The Traitors.

But there’s more to Claudia Winkleman’s CV than ballroom glamor and Highlands castle thrills.

Before joining Tess Daly as co-host of Strictly, Claudia spent two decades presenting work, including game shows, reality TV, interviews and more.

Here’s just a selection of some of the shows you may have forgotten that everyone’s favorite TV personality (and eyeliner lover) used to front…

This morning

Claudia’s career in broadcasting began in the early 1990s, when she began hosting segments on the long-running BBC travel show Holiday.

What you may not know is that currently, he is a regular contributor to This Morning, where he serves as a roving reporter and interviews celebrities.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence of this on YouTube anywhere, apart from a clip of him being sawed in half as part of a magic act. As you do.

L!VE TV

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OK, who remembers L!VE TV? Launched in 1995, with Janet Street-Porter and Kelvin Mackenzie in charge, the hit station lasted four years, during which time it became renowned for its outrageous and often distasteful programming.

Among its staple shows were Tiffany’s Big Tips, a show in which model Tiffany Banister provided the day’s financial news while slowly stripping down to her underwear, and its current affairs show, which was accompanied by the so-called “News Bunny”, a person in a bunny suit who would react against each title in the background.

Claudia was part of the L!VE TV broadcast team, as were Matt Arnold, Richard Bacon, and Charlie Stayt. Again, it’s hard to track down any footage which, let’s be honest, is probably a good thing for our Claud.

God’s gift

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In 1997, Claudia took over hosting duties on the short-lived ITV dating show God’s Gift, originally led by Davina McCall before Big Brother.

The premise of God’s Gift is quite simple, with four male hopefuls reduced to just one through a series of tasks intended to test their “sex appeal.”

Whoever wins then gets to choose one of the show’s all-female studio audience to go on a date with, which is then filmed for the following week’s episode.

One contender to front the dating show decades later was Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness.

Pajama Party

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Another of Claudia’s often forgotten early shows was Pajama Party, fronted by Katie Puckrick with Michelle Kelly and the future Strictly presenter as her “best friend” co-presenters.

The premise of the show is based on a slumber party, complete with “midnight snacks” and cocktails, with guests and audience members only allowed to enter the studio if they are wearing sleepwear.

Among the ’90s guests who agreed to be interviewed on the show were Patsy Kensit, Lisa Riley, Sparks, Anna Friel, Peter Andre and, believe it or not, Tori Amos.

Talking Phone Numbers

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For many of us, the first time they saw Claudia Winkleman was on Talking Telephone Numbers, where she replaced Emma Forbes as Phillip Schofield’s co-host for its final season in 1997.

The premise of the show is that during each episode, five numbers will be revealed through a series of tasks. If a viewer’s phone number ends with that number, they are invited to call, and they will have the chance to win a £10K cash prize.

Liquid News

In the early nineties, Claudia joined the presenting team on BBC Three’s entertainment news show Liquid News, which featured celebrity interviews and entertainment news segments.

If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because this is where Claudia filmed her famous interview with S Club 7, which ended in disaster when she asked the pop group about how much money they (and their manager Simon Fuller) made.

Three Crowds

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Nearly a decade after God’s Gift, Claudia returned to the world of dating shows in 2004, when she began hosting BBC Three’s A Crowd series.

You may have gathered from the title that the show sees a potential romantic partner having to choose between two potential partners, with both arriving for a date at the same time, with a lot of awkwardness involved.

Little House of Tears

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Airing for four seasons on BBC Three, The House Of Tiny Tearawies is probably the most mid-2000s British TV format we’ve ever heard of.

Hosted by Claudia, the show features a series of families who are having problems at home and are put into a purpose-built house for six days to work through their problems with a panel of experts, including Tanya Byron.

In 2021, Claudia and Tanya reunited for a parenting podcast, and the pair shared that they had also helped each other through tough times during an interview on This Morning.

Eurovision Dance Contest

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Claudia’s big break came in 2007 when she was selected to co-present the dance-centric Eurovision Song Contest’s first spin-off alongside Graham Norton.

Like the Eurovision we know and love, each country is represented by a pair of professional ballroom dancers who each perform a freestyle routine.

For the second (and final) year, each couple had to consist of one professional dancer and a celebrity partner, with Strictly Come Dancing finalist Louisa Lytton representing the UK in 2008 alongside Vincent Symone, after which the competition was discontinued.

Hell’s Kitchen

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Hell’s Kitchen had gone through several different incarnations by the time Claudia took over the helm in 2009, which would be her final appearance on ITV.

Potential celebrities in the series included Anthea Turner, Ade Edmondson and Dynasty legend Linda Evans, who went on to win the show.

The Great British Sewing Bee

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Joe Lycett really put his stamp on the Great British Sewing Bee during his tenure as host, but what people might not realize is that it was originally fronted by Claudia.

He hosted the first four seasons between 2013 and 2016, but did not return with the show when it returned in 2019.

In 2022, Sara Pascoe took over Joe’s position, having previously impressed on the Sewing Bee celebrity special the year before.

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