This Morning will visit South Africa and Australia 'to lift the nation's spirits' despite travel ban

THIS Morning plans to lift the nation’s spirits bringing new segments from across the globe despite much of the UK being unable to travel.

The ITV show is set to include live cooking items from faraway shores including the Caribbean, South Africa and Australia.

Bosses of the ITV breakfast show have decided to launch the new feature, which centres around all things food and travel.

Hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will introduce the series that ventures to the Scottish Highlands, down-under and beyond.

The news comes as lockdown restrictions see Brits have to remain at home, unable to leave or travel, including abroad, unless they have a legally permitted reason.

It's meant that the ITV segments were filmed pre-lockdown, while others will use local crews and presenters on location.

The network giant promises to adhere to local guidelines and restrictions, hoping that views of exotic destinations will be a "comfort" to viewers.

This Morning's editor Martin Frizell explained: "We were the nation's comfort blanket the first time round in lockdown and we are pulling the blanket up around the country again.

"We will help to take viewers around the world without leaving their homes.

"Our viewers deserve to see even more beautiful scenery and enjoy more fun viewing on screen during times like this, and we plan to give them just that."

Noting that he recognises the "struggle" of small businesses, he added that the show will be sourcing "as much as they can" from them.

"Many are struggling right now and I'm keen to help those smaller businesses by sourcing as much as we can from them for our cookery items," said Martin.

"We have to do what we can to help keep these businesses going."

The news comes days after Alison Hammond was hailed the "best ever" as she took over from Eamonn and Ruth presenting the show alongside Dermot O'Leary.

Alison declared the show a "Covid-free" zone as she presented, insisting there would be "nothing about lockdown or coronavirus" while she was in charge.

Fans took to social media to share they were "loving" her appearance, and said it was the "best decision" from ITV bosses.

ITV daytime has seen success throughout the pandemic, with it's daytime TV – Good Morning Britain, This Morning and Loose Women – achieving th biggest morning share.

This Morning led the way with an average of 1.5million viewers.

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