Steph McGovern returns to a gutted Packed Lunch studio

Steph McGovern has headed back to the Channel 4 studio to shut the door on Steph’s Packed Lunch. The star revealed that has been packing up her belongings and sending off her clothes to charity.

Today the presenter uploaded a video and a series of snaps to her Instagram stories. In the first clip, shared with her 123,000 followers, Steph, 41, walked the camera around the now-disused set in Leeds.

She panned towards the empty kitchen, and toward the wooden island that was strewn with coffee cups and junk. In another update, the host posted a photograph of stylist Tess Wright, who was boxing up clothes.

Over the top of the image, Steph wrote: “Lovely @tesswrightstylist came to help box up my @packedlunchc4 clothes. The first three boxes off to charity.”

In another snap, the former BBC Breakfast star gave fans a look at the “chaos” going on in her former make-up room. In overlay text, she wrote: “Chaos everywhere! Dani not on Insta trying to hide from camera again.”(sic)

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A final picture showed the results of the clear-out and the empty room ready for whatever show inhabits the northern studios next.

Late last week, Steph posted a tribute to her “amazing” Steph’s Packed Lunch team and thanked viewers for tuning in over the last four years.

Sharing a picture of the crew on her social media, the presenter wrote: “I am so proud of what our amazing team achieved so please allow me a moment to blow their trumpet…

“In 4 years – we turned a pub in Leeds Dock into a cracking TV studio (after starting the show in my house in lockdown), we employed loads of people from the local area (with many having never worked in telly before).

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“We promoted talented people quickly, we provided work experience to countless people of all ages in all parts of the show (many of them getting jobs from this too) and we gave lots of people their first break presenting on the telly too.”

She continued to say that the team had a “proper laugh” putting together the daytime TV show, and that the messages of support she has received following its demise had been “incredible”.

Earlier this autumn, it was revealed that bringing Steph’s Packed Lunch to a halt was a “difficult decision”.

According to a statement released by Channel 4, the broadcaster was “incredibly proud” and “so grateful” to the mum-of-one for “creating a show that kick-started our growth in the north of England”.

The spokesperson continued: “Steph has not only made the nation’s lunchtimes more entertaining and brilliantly reflected the views and preoccupations of the country, but the show has also been an outstanding springboard for developing local talent behind the scenes.”

It added that the “difficult decision” was made so that Channel 4 could “invest” in the best programmes to drive their “digital-first strategy”.

“We have decided not to recommission Steph’s Packed Lunch when its existing production contract ends in December 2023,” it concluded.

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