"This article is about the British chat show. For the Indian film actress, see Trisha Krishnan."Infobox Television
show_name = Trisha

caption = New "Trisha" Logo
format = Chat show
picture_format = 4:3, 16:9
runtime = 60mins (inc. adverts)
creator =
starring = Trisha Goddard
channel = ITV (1998 - 2005) Five (2005 - present)
first_aired = 1 September, 1998
last_aired = present
num_series =
num_episodes =
country = UK
producer = Anglia Television (1998 - 2005) Town House TV (2005 - present)
related =
imdb_id = 0444587

"Trisha", later "Trisha Goddard", is a British chat show. It aired on ITV in the mornings from 1998-2005, before moving to five with a new title.


The show started and ended taking over from Vanessa Feltz and the "Vanessa" show. Initially, Trisha continued her predecessor's tradition of light-hearted debate, on subjects such as men who wore women's clothes. Trisha would also interview ordinary people in the news. However, from around 2001 the show began modelling itself on the lowbrow "The Jerry Springer Show",Fact|date=September 2008 which at the time had a cult following in the UK. More and more, "Trisha" began to focus on working class or underclass guests and their numerous problems. These were usually to do with infidelity and/or paternity issues, but other subjects covered included troublesome teenagers or surprise family reunions.

Trisha Goddard hosts the programme, which is well known for the conducting of lie detector tests and DNA tests, the results of which are then revealed on air.

Robert Phipps, a body language expert, frequently guests on the show.

"Trisha" has frequently been accused of exploiting its subjects plus copying American formats such as the "The Maury Povich Show". Verbal abuse and Physical fights between guests sometimes break out on the show, the latter are never shown.Fact|date=September 2008 Instead the camera cuts to the audience or Trisha herself until her security team restores order.


"Trisha" ceased production in 2004, when ITV refused to allow Trisha's production company, Town House TV, to make future episodes of the show. [ [,,1262799,00.html Feltz poised for ITV comeback | Media | MediaGuardian ] ] She decided not to renew her contract and moved to rival broadcaster Five to present a similar series. The new programme, "Trisha Goddard", would be made by Town House TV. ITV mounted a successful spoiler campaign against Trisha's new series; they stockpiled their remaining episodes of "Trisha" until the launch date of "Trisha Goddard".

"Trisha Goddard" launched on Five on Monday 24 January 2005, but it was shown in the afternoons and not directly opposite ITV's series. ITV did, however, schedule a double bill of Trisha on ITV2 to clash with the series on five. The first "Trisha Goddard" gained 500,000 viewers on Five, significantly fewer than the 1.3 million viewers who watched ITV's show. [ [,,1398159,00.html Media Guardian ratings overnights: 25 January 2005] ]

Trisha took some of her "experts" with her to five, including counsellor Ricky Macza, Robert Phipps and head security guard Pete. Others, such as counsellor Claire Evans and polygraph expert Bruce Burgess, stayed with ITV to work on its successor show, "The Jeremy Kyle Show". At one point ITV had contemplated bringing back Trisha's predecessor, Vanessa Feltz, to take over her show.

"Trisha Goddard"

"Trisha Goddard" soon found its own following, even though it did have to slightly revert back to the old format to win viewers. When ITV finally ran out of "Trisha" episodes, Five moved "Trisha Goddard" to a 9:25am slot to capitalise on this. It currently airs at 10:30am.

Such is the popularity of the show, from 16 October 2006, it has been seen on both Five and then in a double-bill on its new female-oriented digital channel Five Life.

The show production base was moved from The ITV1 Anglia studios in Norwich to The Maidstone Studios in Kent.


External links

* [ "Trisha Goddard"] at
* [ "Trisha Goddard Show"] Official Website
* [ "Townhouse TV"] production company of the Trisha Goddard Show

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