There was a double helping of good news today for fans of the James Martin and his series, Saturday Morning.
Not only did the TV chef present a brand new episode of his popular cookery show on ITV, but he also revealed that bosses have given him the green light to continue with the series in the live format.
This is despite the regulations surrounding protection against coronavirus.
After today's episode of Saturday Morning aired, James expressed his gratitude to his followers and then revealed the show's latest development - it would be returning!
Thanks for all your great comments on today’s @sat_jamesmartin and great to see a light at the end of the tunnel, we are due to be back filming soon albeit with a few tweaks as you can expect, all the best
— James Martin (@jamesmartinchef) June 6, 2020
However, as today's show was recorded before lockdown. His guests, chefs Marcus Wareing, Jose Pizarro and Bettina Campolucci Bodi and celebrities Vick Hope and Roman Kemp didn't have to practice social distancing.
They sat close together drinking wine and eating steak.
James proudly posted a couple of pictures from the show on social media.
Excited to be back with a never seen before, original show tomorrow! We filmed tomorrow's ep before lockdown and it was great to have @romankemp, @VickNHope, and chefs @marcuswareing, @Jose_Pizarro and @bettinaskitchen in the house. Switch on for fab recipes and chat! @ITV 9.25am pic.twitter.com/09y8wPDkcq
— Sat_James Martin (@sat_jamesmartin) June 5, 2020
His loyal army of 39,000 fans took to social media to share their delight that the show would be returning in its original form.
One said on Twitter "Was so good to see you back with a new show. Am looking forward to seeing lots more and getting back to some sort of normal. Or at least a new normal, that is."Read more: Saturday Morning host James Martin shares adorable photo from his childhood
Others agreed, commenting, "Really fun to watch this morning! You're a proper treat on a dull, rainy Saturday morning!"
Plenty more of James's followers approved, saying "Love your shows, looking forward to more." And one excited fan simply posted a punching the air emoji and tweeted: "YES!"
James, who turns 48 this month, also hosts a regular cookery slot on ITV's This Morning.
He was also displaying his impressive gardening skills on ITV this week. The Yorkshire-born car-mad chef showed off his beautiful veggie patch.
He's hoping to inspire others to grow food from scratch. Once again, James took to Twitter after his appearance on ITV. He revealed that he'd been surprisingly anxious about moving into a different type of TV work.
Wow, thanks for all the amazing messages from today’s gardening slot on This Morning. To be honest I was nervous doing it, felt like the first time on tv cooking! Enjoy home grown pic.twitter.com/YYWN5i3rwt
— James Martin (@jamesmartinchef) June 4, 2020
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