Steph McGovern has ‘different first day back at work’ after Channel 4 axe
Posted by  badge Boss on Jan 09
Steph McGovern show Packed Lunch ended in December (Picture: Channel Four)

’s break is officially over and she’s back at work following

After 675 episodes, and a BAFTA nomination the show, which was broadcast live from Leeds and featured celebrity interviews, cooking segments, and discussion around the day’s headlines,

The 41-year-old is now focused on other projects including her Radio 4 comedy panel show The Ultimate Choice, and The Rest Is Money, which she co-hosts with journalist Robert Peston – together they educate listeners on all things finance.

On her first 2024 interview for the podcast series, she swapped her Leeds studio for a very important place in London – 10 Downing Street!

‘First day back at work. A bit different from my usual hang out…..,’ she wrote next to a selfie with the famous door on X, formerly Twitter.

Sharing the same photo on Instagram, she wrote: ‘Resisted the urge to play knock-a-door-run…..or as us Boro folk called it: ‘nicky knocky ido’ – actually writing that name down now sounds absolutely ridiculous! Where did that come from?! Anyone know?’

People who were missing Steph’s Packed Lunch quickly took to the comment sections to tell the presenter that they hoped she was there for the programme.

‘I hope you are canvassing to put Steph’s packed lunch back on the T.V. We really miss it,’ wrote fan Mary Moore 9000.

Instagram user Birdhouse_and_bench added: ‘Petition to get Packed Lunch back on telly’.

Simon Websterwise typed: ‘Missed you today. You can’t replace a show which discusses everything under the rainbow carefully and lovingly with Who’s a rotten hotelier on a loop…’

Steph interviewed Jeremy Hunt (Picture: Twitter/Steph McGovern)

Unfortunately for them, Steph was at the location to meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, to pick his brains on money for her podcast.

The topics were instead ‘life in biz (before politics), what he learnt, especially from his failures (trying to sell marmalade in Japan). Plus productivity, skills, taxes +his love of dancing the Lambada’.

The last episode of Steph’s Packed Lunch aired in Deceember (Picture: Instagram / Steph McGovern)

Last year, Steph concluded the final airing of Steph’s Packed Lunch with a short, but sweet sign-off.

‘Thank you for watching, thank you for everyone who’s been on the show,’ she told viewers at home.

‘I’ve loved it, and I am glad you have to. That is all from us here in Leeds. Look after yourselves, and goodbye!’

She later praised her team for building ‘a Northern powerhouse’ that gave many people their first opportunity to work in TV,

Steph first launched the show in 2020 (Picture: Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Channel 4 previously explained Steph’s Packed Lunch was cancelled due to their‘digital-first strategy,’ and their plan to prioritise investing in content that helped drive it.

The statement continued: ‘We remain as committed as ever to our mission to help level up the TV industry outside  and to our 50% origination out-of-London target.

‘We will be reinvesting the budget previously committed to Steph’s Packed Lunch into other nations’ and regions’ productions.’

In a statement sent to, a Channel 4 spokesperson said they were ‘incredibly proud of all that Steph’s Packed Lunch has achieved since its launch from Steph’s living room during lockdown nearly four years ago’.

Steph’s Packed Lunch, formerly known as The Steph Show, was first launched in March 2020, making its debut just a week after the first Covid-19 pandemic lockdown began.