Melanie Sykes set to front the BBC’s Shop Well For Less show in £50,000 a series deal – The Sun

MELANIE Sykes is set to front the BBC’s Shop Well For Less show in a huge TV comeback for the star.

Mel will replace Steph McGovern, who has moved to Channel 4, to take up her role alongside One Show star Alex Jones.

Stunning Mel, 49 – whose fling last year with Alan Partridge star Steve Coogan we revealed – is said to be “thrilled” by the deal with the Beeb.

But new episodes of the BBC 1 prime-time programme – which sees presenters visit families to test out cheaper alternatives to products – are currently on ice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mum-of-two Mel is thought to have agreed the deal, said to be worth around £50,000 per series, before lockdown.

A source said: “This is a big move for Mel and she is thrilled.

“It has all been signed and agreed – although everything is on hold for obvious reasons.

“But when she’s able to crack on with filming it will be a big TV comeback for her – and possibly the biggest thing she has done since Today with Des and Mel’.

“She is also quite happy to have won a role on a BBC show and, especially a prime-time one.

“And she will definitely bring a touch of glamour to the programme.”

Model Mel is best known on TV for the ITV talk show she co-presented with Des O’Connor from 2002 to 2006.

She also starred in ‘Let’s do Lunch’ with Italian chef Gino D’Acampo from 2011 to 2014 and came third in I’m a Celebrity in 2014.

Mel – originally from Ashton Under Lyne, Manchester – shot to fame in the 1990s as the face of Boddingtons beer adverts.


We revealed last year how Mel and comedian Coogan, 54, started dating after he wooed her at a film launch party.

They later split over Mel’s fears he would not settle down.

A spokeswoman for Mel declined to comment on her BBC role.

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