Holly Willoughby kicks off This Morning's Christmas pantomim

‘Still no sign of Dick!’ Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield fight back giggles as they joke about ‘taking a leak’ in This Morning’s VERY innuendo-laden pantomime

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield couldn’t contain their laughter as they joined their This Morning co-stars for an innuendo-laden pantomime on Friday.

The pair were transformed into the stunning princess Cinderella and her best friend Buttons as they desperately tried to make it to Prince Charming’s socially-distanced ball.

It was a show that was full of cheeky innuendos and one-liners as Holly and Phillip joked about there being ‘no sign of Dick’ and ‘taking a leak’ in the tongue-in-cheek show.

Dazzling! Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield couldn’t contain their laughter as they joined their This Morning co-stars for an innuendo-laden pantomime on Friday

As Holly and Phil were turned into the fairytale counterparts, the presenter gushed it was the ‘happiest day of her life’ as she donned a beautiful pale blue gown and a silver tiara.

The pair struggled to keep a straight face as they cried out for Dick Whittington (played by Sharon Marshall) with Holly joking: ‘I’ve always wanted to say this… almost 12 o’clock and still no sign of Dick!’

As Dick screamed: ‘Has anyone asked to take a leak?’ Dame Sarah the Cook (Christopher Biggins) was quick to fill his bit with plenty of jokes about sausages, while later in the show Holly quipped the Prince’s ‘balls get bigger every year.’ 

Naughty! It was a show that was full of cheeky innuendos and one-liners as Holly and Phillip joked about there being ‘no sign of Dick’ and ‘taking a leak’

Terrifying! Acting thespian Joanna Lumley took on the role of the Wicked Stepmother, but briefly forgot she was supposed to be in character

Funny: Asking Holly and Phillip if they ‘liked her crown,’ Joanna quickly snapped into character as she vowed to bring an end to the festive fun

Incredible: Holly looked resplendent in a beautiful pale blue princess gown with a matching tiara, as she played Cinderella

Giddy: The presenter couldn’t contain her excitement as she gushed it was ‘the happiest day of her life’

Alison Hammond kicked off the show by transforming into the Fairy Godmother, and introduced a performance by Britain’s Got Talent champion John Courtenay.

The presenter reassured viewers that she’d adhered to COVID-19 travel restrictions during her journey into the studio, declaring that airy godmothers are key workers.’

As Phillip and Holly introduced the show, the presenting duo were rudely interrupted by the Evil Stepmother, who was played by acting thespian Joanna.

Smile! Phillip took on the part of Cinderella’s best friend Buttons, dressed in his famous bell boy hat

Sparkly! Transforming into the Fairy Godmother This Morning’s new Friday presenter Alison Hammond kicked off the show in stellar fashion


Energetic: The roving reporter was dressed in an eye-catching white dress with a feathered trim, along with the signature wand

For a moment the screen star forget she was supposed to be in character, telling the pair: ‘Well well well, thank you darlings do you like my crown?

‘Oh wait back in character I am not Joanna Lumley! I am your wicked stepmother, rumour is you are doing a pantomime… if I don’t get to be Cinderella nobody does!’

Holly and Phillip cowered in fear as Joanna vowed there wouldn’t be a festive pantomime while she was around. 

Exciting: The panto saw Cinderella and Buttons desperately try to make it to Prince Charming’s socially-distanced ball

Showman: Britain’s Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay began the pantomime with a sensational performance

As Holly and Phil feared whether they could take part in the pantomime without their costumes, their Fairy Godmother swooped in to save the day, calling on the help of The Genie, who was played by Dr Ranj.

Despite the Godmother’s attempts to seek the Genie’s help, he was repeatedly interrupted by video calls from his patients, including Red Riding Hood (Dr Zoe Williams), Widow Twankey (Gyles Brandreth) and Captain Hook (Matthew Wright).

Eventually the Genie managed to conjure up costumes for Holly and Phillip to star in the pantomime, with Holly squealing with delight at her sparkly outfit.

She gushed: ‘I love it, I just love it. I genuinely don’t think I’ve been this happy… I’m holding it together not to cry. My glitter might run down my face… Thank you fairy godmother, this is everything I could possibly dream of. ‘

Phillip added: ‘This is the happiest day of your life, Cinders!’

Star-studded: The entire This Morning team took on roles in the fun-filled show, with panto veteran Christopher Biggins also playing Dame Susie The Cook

Look at that! Phil Vickery channelled his inner pantomime dame by playing sous chef Susie


Fun show: Dr Ranj (left) played the mystical Genie, and while Dr Zoe Williams played Little Red Riding Hood (right)

Hilarious: Agony Aunts Deidre Sanders and Vanessa Feltz took on the roles of the Ugly Stepsisters

Watching from up high! Steve Wilson took on the part of Jack, perched right at the top of his famous beanstalk

Holly couldn’t contain her excitement as she donned a stunning blue Cinderella dress, squealing: ‘I am holding it in, and trying not to cry.’

The duo journeyed to Dame Sarah’s kitchen, which in a cheeky nod to the new politically correct landscape, she introduced all families of different shapes and sizes before joking: ’10 years ago that used to be just hello boys and girls.’ 

Phil Vickery also got in on the action as sous chef Susie, leading him to say: ‘I dress to kill and I cook the same way. I feel like a bit of a spring chicken actually… I don’t think I’ll ever live this down! Can I just say, for the argument, I am actually a serious professional chef!’

Where is it? Cinderella tried to find her glass slipper for the ball, but even fashion expert Tinkerbell (Lisa Snowdon) couldn’t find it

To which Phillip joked: ‘Not today!’

As Cinderella (Holly) and Buttons (Phillip) travelled to Prince Charming’s socially-distanced ball, they sought the help of Tinkerbell (Lisa Snowdon), Jack from the Beanstalk (Steve Wilson).

Sadly despite their best efforts, still Cinderella and Buttons couldn’t make it to the ball, and the Fairy Godmother even had to call on the help of Santa Claus and his wife (played by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford). 

Despite repeated attempts by The Wicked Stepmother to thwart their plot, Holly and Phil managed to make it to the ball with the help of Peter Pan (Sheridan Smith).

Farewell! As Cinderella and Buttons tried to make it to the ball, they were ferried away in a beautiful glass carriage

Beautiful: Holly embraced her inner princess in the stunning blue gown as the panto headed outside

As she ‘flew’ into the studio, she joked: ‘I was promised if I did the This Morning panto I would get a big entrance but you blew the budget on Joanna Lumley!’ before adding: ‘I went to her evil lair in black forest chateau… it was a piece of cake!’  

As they arrived at the ball in a glass carriage, Prince Charming (played by Shane Richie) finally provided Holly with her sought-after glass slipper.

He declared: ‘Most people know me as charming prince charming, I know I missed out on being King Of The Castle, so I thought I’d be Prince of the panto… I’m over the Alfie moon about it… I managed to find your glass slipper, with the help of the fairy godmothers it’ll make its way to you now!’

Holly was then finally reunited with her shoe as she and Phil danced the show away to Sheridan’s performance of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. 

The duo then bid farewell to viewers for their festive break, with Eamonn and Ruth taking over presenting duties next week.


Festive surprise: the Fairy Godmother even had to call on the help of Santa Claus and his wife (played by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford)

To the rescue! Luckily Peter Pan (Sheridan Smith) swooped in as the national treasure to save the day, thwarting the Wicked Stepmother’s plot

Surprise! Prince Charming (Shane Richie) brought the story to a close by reuniting Cinderella with her beloved glass slipper

Over the moon! Cinderella was delighted to be reunited with her glass slipper, and dance the day away with a performance of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Last month This Morning confirmed that they were throwing a festive pantomime for viewers, after much of the UK were forced to cancel their own Christmas shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The theatre industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, with many venues still closed or reopening with reduced audiences  after being forced to shut their doors in March. 

The ‘mash-up’ combined a collection of popular panto classics such as Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk, Peter Pan, Aladdin and Snow White – to name a few.

It’s finished! The duo then bid farewell to viewers for their festive break, with Eamonn and Ruth taking over presenting duties next week

Bit of festive fun! Last month This Morning confirmed that they were throwing a festive pantomime for viewers, after much of the UK were forced to cancel their own Christmas shows

Speaking ahead of the fun performance, Joanna said: ‘All of us who appear in front of the audience are painfully aware of the desperate situation of everyone who makes shows and plays happen: the chorus and crowd artists and dancers… 

‘And then backstage, choreographers and chorus masters, props and costumes and dressers, and writers… the list goes on and on. 

‘To be able to help them in any small way is a privilege and a pleasure; and I am thrilled that we shall be paying tribute to them in this sensational one-off pantomime. 

Tragic: The theatre industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, with many venues still closed or reopening with reduced audiences

‘They don’t get any of the financial help that is being dished out across the country; so we must do our very best for them now when they need us most.’ 

Sheridan said: ‘The whole theatre and creative industries have been devastated by the virus and lockdown. 

‘Hopefully doing this Panto with This Morning will provide some of these people much needed work and give everyone some hope and laughter for better times to come.’

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV. 

Fun: Holly and Phillip kicked off Friday’s This Morning from the studio, which had received a festive panto-themed makeover

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