Channel 4’s BAFTA Award-nominated daytime series Steph’s Packed Lunch has been recommissioned, with Expectation and Can Can Productions continuing to make the weekday lunchtime show throughout 2022 and 2023.
This recommission sees Steph McGovern continue to host the 100-minute daily format live from Leeds Dock every Monday to Friday, bringing viewers a daily dose of entertainment, lifestyle and topical news with celebrity guests, fantastic food and captivating real-life stories.
Steph is joined by a regular on-screen family of well-known faces including John Whaite, Denise van Outen, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Dane Baptiste, Reverend Kate Bottley, Freddy Forster and Gareth Thomas who, between them, deliver a mix of topics from cookery to consumer items.
Steph McGovern commented: “Eeee, I can’t believe it. We started the show in my living room in a lockdown, and now we’re nominated for a BAFTA. I’m so proud of my brilliant team who have made this show a place where we can all have a laugh together, meet people with extraordinary stories and tackle real issues.
“I also love that we’re broadcasting live every day from Leeds, which has meant we’ve been able to create opportunities in and around the area for lots of different people from all walks of life. It’s great we’re going to be able to continue doing that. And I get to carry on doing a job I absolutely love. Win win!”
Jo Street, Head of Daytime and Features for Channel 4, said: “I am chuffed to bits to see Steph’s Packed Lunch go from strength to strength, it’s a confident, modern, upbeat and feelgood show – just like Steph herself - and she and the brilliant team who make it more than deserve all the award nominations. We are so pleased to have commissioned it for an extended run and can’t wait to see what more there is to come from the gang at Leeds Dock.”
Ben Wicks, Creative Director, Comedy Entertainment, Expectation, said: “En route to securing the show’s BAFTA nomination, Steph has championed important initiatives like the Packed Lunch Job Clinic and Small Business Market whilst also, on one occasion, jumping into the freezing cold waters of Leeds Dock...
“This recommission gives us a dizzying number of opportunities to go even further with our incredible host who will stop at nothing to inform and entertain the nation. All hail our incredible team, who day in, day out make the most joyous show on TV, and the mighty people at Channel 4 who couldn't have backed the show more wholeheartedly.”
Steph’s Packed Lunch is currently seeing its best-ever viewing share, averaging a 3.4% share in 2022, up +9% on the same period in 2021.