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10:34 UK time, Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

It's sad when a marriage comes to an end. Even if it is just a TV marriage.

It's Daybreak's Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley who've come to the end of the road and are about to divide their CD collection. They may have lasted longer than Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries - not that hard really - but the Daily Mail says the cracks started to show in their relationship a while ago. Now, according to one of those close-source types, they are giving each other the silent treatment:

At the moment they are barely talking to each other and he is just permanently in a sulk"


There was a time, it adds, when Chiles doted on Christine, giving her lifts and sharing after-work curries with her. Paper Monitor believes this is what is known as the "honeymoon period".

And they were not alone is thinking they had a future. As Vanessa Feltz puts it in the Daily Express, who could have predicted the pair's "famous chemistry that worked like a charm at 7pm would be unbearably clunky at 6am"?

Feltz - who writes under the strap line "from the heart" - then explains to Bleakley where it all went wrong:

It's not her fault that success brought her a better hair-do, sharper clothes and a footballer boyfriend. When she fell for Frank Lampard she couldn't have realised she would be seen as a pampered WAG and forfeit her girl next door appeal. If she didn't twig before, she does now."

From the heart maybe Vanessa, but not showing much heart there.

But there is one crumb of comfort to take from this break-up. According to the Daily Mirror, ITV now wants to sign two unknowns to replace Chiles and Bleakley and hopefully re-create the magic of Anne Diamond and Nick Owen.

The little-known pair were brought in to replace big names on TV-am in the 1980s and turned out to be TV gold. It's not only ITV "praying" for the "Ann and Nick" effect, Paper Monitor is too.

It could be cosy cuppas and cable knits on the morning sofa again before we know it.

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