Channel 5 unveils new host for pair of travel shows

Channel 5 unveils new host for pair of travel shows

Comedian Susan Calman has been unveiled as the new presenter of Channel 5 shows Cruising With and Holidaying With.

Singer Jane McDonald had been fronting the travel programmes, but announced her departure last week.

Calman, who also hosts Channel 5's Secret Scotland, will be "exploring the high seas and popular holiday destinations" on her new shows, the broadcaster said.

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Jane McDonald arrives for the TV Quick and TV Choice awards 2008, at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London.
Jane McDonald attending the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
JANE MCDONALD, WHO FEATURED IN THE BBC DOCUMENTARY 'THE CRUISE' AT THE TV QUICK AWARDS AT THE GROSVENOR HOUSE HOTEL IN LONDON.
Jane McDonald with the Features award for Cruising with Jane McDonald in the press room at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Jane McDonald arrives at the 10th annual Emeralds and Ivy Ball at Supernova in Victoria Embankment Gardens, raising money for the Marie Keating Foundation and Cancer Research UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 05, 2015. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire
Janet Street Porter, Andrea McLean, Lisa Maxwell, Carol McGiffin, Carol Vordaman and Jane McDonald at The National Television Awards 2012, O2 Arena, Greenwich, London.
(L-R) Jane McDonald, Sherrie Hewson, Zoe Tyler, Lisa Maxwell and Kate Thornton arriving for the 2010 TV Choice awards at the Dorchester Hotel, London.
Jane McDonald arrives for an 'Audience with Michael Buble' at the London Studios, in central London.
Jane McDonald and Ed Rothe arrive for an 'Audience with Michael Buble' at the London Studios, in central London.
Jane McDonald arrives for 'An Audience with Michael Buble' at the London Studios, in central London.
Jane McDonald, Leslie Garrett at the 10th anniversary party for ITV's Loose Women show at Cafe de Paris in central London.
Jane McDonald, Leslie Garrett and Andrea McLean at the 10th anniversary party for ITV's Loose Women show at Cafe de Paris in central London.
Jane McDonald arrives for the 10th anniversary party for ITV's Loose Women show at Cafe de Paris in central London.
(From left to right) Coleen Nolan, Sherrie Hewson, Carol McGiffin, Jane McDonald and Denise Welch are seen celebrating with their No1 best selling book Loose Women Girl's Night In, at the London Studios.
Jane McDonald and Sherrie Hewson are spotted attending the Sex and the City afterparty held at Old Billingsgate, London.
Jane McDonald arriving at the Royal Television Society Awards 2008, the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Jane McDonald arrives for the '2005 TV Moments' show, at the BBC TV Centre, west London, Tuesday 29 November 2005. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA
Singer Jane McDonald attending the Heat Magazine & Crusaid celebrity auction at the Park Lane Hotel, London.
Singer Jane McDonald, who shot to fame as star of the BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary 'the Cruise', on stage at the Wicked Women Concert in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer in Hyde Park, London.
Singer Jane McDonald, with a new haircut and wearing a zebra print dress designed by Isabell Kristensen, arrives at Grosvenor House in London for the British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs).
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Calman said: "I'm over the moon to be working with Channel 5 on such a prestigious group of shows.

"I can't wait to go on exciting voyages and incredible journeys and take the wonderful viewers with me. It's the start of a magnificent chapter and I can't wait to get going."

Ben Frow, director of programming at Channel 5, added: "Susan was my first and only choice for these shows and I am absolutely cock-a-hoop that she is doing more with Channel 5.

"I have encouraged her to make both shows uniquely hers and I am genuinely excited to see how she evolves them in her own, inimitable style. The world is, literally, her oyster and I can't wait to travel it with her."

Scottish broadcaster Calman, 45, finished in seventh place on the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

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