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Patricia "Trisha" Goddard (born 23 December 1957) is an Englishmarker television presenter well known for her morning talk show Trisha Goddard, which was broadcast on a mid morning slot on Channel Five in the UK. In Australia she is known as a long time presenter of Play School.

Background

Goddard was born in Londonmarker, Englandmarker to a black mother from Dominicamarker. Until recently, she wrongly believed that her mother's white English husband was her father. .

Brought up in Tanzania, East Africa and Surreymarker, her early career as an air stewardess led to travel writing for magazines and then, when she settled in Australia in the mid 1980s, a new career in television.

She then became a presenter and roving reporter for Australia's 7.30 Report which led to her establishing and presenting the prime-time show Everybody. Then she started her own production company, devising, producing and presenting more than 400 programmes before returning to the UK in 1998 to host her own talk show on ITV, Trisha.

Trisha Goddard launched her own independent television production company, Town House TV, with former Director of Programmes and Production for ITV Anglia, Malcolm Allsop.

She recently published her autobiography, in which she revealed the aforementioned truth about her parentage, a fact that had previously been reported in The Daily Mail.

Media career

After emigrating to Australia, she worked as a television presenter (most notably on the ABCmarker's The 7.30 Report) and also as a host of the children's program Play School. She was later chairperson of the Australian Government's National Community Advisory Group on Mental Health.

In 1998 after returning to the UK she became the host of a ITV flagship daytime chat show, the BAFTA winning Trisha, produced by Anglia Television.

In September, 2004 Goddard left ITV to join Five in a new programme titled Trisha Goddard, which made its TV debut on 24 January 2005. Similar in style to her old show, focuses on relationships, families in crisis, and reunions. The show is produced by Town House Productions. In the early stages of the show, it was observed that repeats of her ITV show have continued to achieve higher ratings than her new programme on Five. In January 2009, Five announced it would not be renewing her contract, for financial reasons.

Goddard had always been willing to appear in comic satires of her television programmes. In 2003, a specially-shot clip of her show appeared in the ITV religious fantasy drama The Second Coming. In 2004, she filmed two short scenes for the romantic zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead. Both scenes were filmed on the set of Trisha.

Her show was also featured on a Comic Relief episode of Little Britain where the character Vicky Pollard met up with her long-lost father. For a What Not to Wear Christmas special aired on 22 December 2004, Goddard was given a fashion makeover by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine.
She appears very briefly in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "Army of Ghosts" in a parody episode of her own show entitled "I Married a Ghost".


She appeared as a guest on the BBC's The Kumars at No. 42 and was also the guest host for an episode of the second series of The Friday Night Project, for Channel 4. Goddard also has her own talk show on Liverpool's new radio station at ( City Talk 105.9).

In March 2008, it was revealed that Trisha had breast cancer. Since then she has sought treatment through chemotherapy, and still insists on continuing to front and produce her Channel Five show. At the end of August it had become apparent Trisha was in remission and seemed very healthy again. It was reported that she'd lived through worse things than cancer namely depression and compared herself to Kylie Minogue for motivation.

On 10 Jan 2009, Five announced that The Trisha Goddard show will not be returning after its current run has finished.Goddard also made an appearance on who wants to be a millionaire rasing up to £75,000

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