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My first crush was on Anna

He may be one half of one of the presenting world's best-known couples, but Richard Madeley named Anna Ford as his first TV crush.

Madeley, who met his TV host wife Judy Finnigan while he was a fresh-faced reporter, raved about the veteran newsreader and her "luminous" beauty.

Asked by the Radio Times who his first TV crush was, he said: "Anna Ford. I was a young man working at Border Television; she was the first woman newsreader on ITN and luminously beautiful.

"Everybody fancied Anna Ford."

Madeley has been the subject of speculation as a possible replacement for Adrian Chiles, who bowed out as Christine Bleakley's co-host on The One Show on Friday.

He was less keen on seeing British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on screen -- saying he had an "allergy" to watching him.