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'Kate Garraway's Life Stories' — ITV makes surprise last-minute change to line up

Kate Garraway's Life Stories
Kate Garraway will welcome a different guest to her show tomorrow than originally advertised. (Image credit: ITV)

ITV has made a last-minute change to the lineup on Kate Garraway's Life Stories, replacing footballer John Barnes with former The Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain. 

In a statement made today, an ITV spokesperson announced that due to an "ongoing production delay" there would be a change to the original lineup, with someone different joining Kate in the hot seat tomorrow night. 

Instead of Liverpool and England footballing legend John Barnes joining Kate to take a look back on his life and career, it will now be chef, author, and TV presenter Nadiya who will be opening up to Kate. 

Kate Garraway's Life Stories Nadiya Hussain

Kate Garraway will chat with Nadiya Hussain in this week's 'Life Stories'. (Image credit: ITV)

After finding fame when she won the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off in 2015, Nadiya has gone on to enjoy a glittering career with shows like Nadiya's Family Favourites and The Big Family Cooking Showdown, and Nadiya's Fast Flavours.

As well as also writing a column for The Times Magazine, Nadiya has also written many cookbooks including Time To Eat and Nadiya Bakes, as well as successful novels including The Hopes and Triumphs of the Amir Sisters and The Fall and Rise of the Amir Sisters.

There are also her well-documented panic attacks to talk about with Kate, and the episode will see the TV chef open up about the anxiety she’s suffered since childhood, as well as ongoing racist trolling, plus the ups and downs of working in a predominantly white male industry.

'Nadiya's Fast Flavours',

Nadiya has become a much-loved TV chef since she won 'The Great British Bake Off'.  (Image credit: BBC)

But it's not all work that Nadiya will talk about tomorrow night, she is also set to shed light on her family life as well, and it is only when she talks about her children — Musa, Dawud, and Maryam — that Nadiya lights up, despite now being a mum of teens and the stress that involves! 

It is yet to be confirmed who will be joining Kate in the hot seat next week. 

Kate Garraway's Life Stories will air on Thursday, Feb. 10 on ITV at 9pm. 

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.