Phillip Schofield’s exit from This Morning and the affair that he had with a younger runner could be dramatised for a new TV series, it’s been claimed.

The programme, which reportedly has the working title ‘The Runner,’ would have quite a bit of ground to cover on the scandal that rocked the ITV daytime show.

In May this year, it was confirmed that Schofield had quit the ITV programme following rumours that had circulated over reported tensions that had developed in his friendship with his former longtime co-host Holly Willoughby, 42.

Shortly afterwards, the 61-year-old admitted that he lied about having an affair with a younger male colleague on the show, outlining in his statement: ‘I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning.’

The unfolding of events’ reimagining on TV is allegedly already underway: ‘A production company’s started work and they think the series would be a perfect fit for Channel 4,’ a source told The Sun.

‘The storyline will reflect what went on. People have seen it from the outside but the drama will give a perspective on what may have occurred behind closed doors.’

If the TV show does come to fruition then we’ve got a few ideas for the casting department…

Steve Pemberton as Phillip Schofield

When Steve, 56, appeared on the This Morning sofa to promote West End show The Pillowman, alongside Lily Allen fans joked they were Holly and Phil 2.0.

We think they were onto something, and Steve’s wealth of experience on The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville, and Inside No. 9 would set him up well to be able to carry the show.

The actor who takes on Schofield will need an actor who can make us understand their decisions, and Tom Hollander would also be more than up for the task too.

The Night Manger is one of the UK’s most celebrated TV series, and Tom, 56, played a big part. He also took on antagonist Quentin in The White Lotus, and was the reason Jennifer Coolidge uttered the iconic line: ‘These gays are trying to murder me!’ He always keeps things interesting on-screen and has lead star written all over him.

Sheridan Smith as Holly Willoughby

Whenever a drama could potentially be made out of an incident, Sheridan’s name is often thrown into the mix. Although it may be a bit of a longstanding joke, there is also a reason she is regularly a top choice for TV dramas – she’s really really really good at them.

We can see Sheridan, 42, absolutely nailing Holly’s This Morning comeback speech which started with the line, ‘Firstly, are you okay?’ Plus, she’s already got Holly’s signature blonde bob so she won’t need to spend too long in the hair and makeup chair.

If Sheridan is busy then we also reckon former soap star and drama darling Michelle Keegan, 36, could be an option too.

Brendan Gleeson as Eamonn Holmes

When the news came out about Schofield’s exit and he admitted to an affair, Eamonn, 63, gave his own tell-all interview on GB News.

He was quite vocal in his critique of ITV and Schofield, so the actor would need to bring the drama but also perhaps some lighter moments.

Emmy Award-winning actor Brendan, 68, will know how to stir things up in a believable way as one of the best Irish actors.

He has wracked up many acting credits over his long career including in Calvary, The Banshees of Inisherin and Harry Potter – basically, Belfast-born Eamonn should be a walk in the park.

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Martin Freeman as Dermot O’Leary

Dermot, 50, remained publicly very neutral throughout the scandal and focused on presenting This Morning.

His perfect on-screen representation could be Martin, 52, who would portray Dermot’s stoic nature, but give the character some complexity behind the scenes.

Martin showed he was capable of quietly stealing scenes in Sherlock when he played the sidekick to Benedict Cumberbatch. He wouldn’t simply fade into the background as Dermot, so viewers would still get an enjoyable character arch.

Angela Griffin as Alison Hammond

The nation’s sweetheart Alison, 48, is a tough one, as we need somebody who can portray her infectious joy for life, but also depict her multiple layers.

We would trust 47-year-old Angela with the difficult task.

Angela would be excellent at portraying Alison’s more heartfelt scenes, including when she cried while discussing the news of Schofield’s affair live on-air.

Although if we’re completely honest only Alison can play Alison. She does have a small amount of acting experience having made small cameos on BBC soap Doctors, and played herself on Hollyoaks. As she already has experience at playing herself, she could be perfect!

Tom Holland as ‘The Runner’

The young runner who had an on-off relationship with Schofield needs to be given to an actor who can be trusted and sensitive to the complicated role.

Tom, 27, has certainly got the acting chops – he is Spiderman after all!

He’s also shown the amount of range he possesses with the psychological thriller The Crowded Room, and science-fiction action-thriller film Chaos Walking.

We’d also like to see Tom in a UK drama, after spending so much time in Hollywood!

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