UTV favourite Julian back on screen

Published Thursday, 03 November 2011
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UTV viewers who have been asking where Julian Simmons disappeared to have been rewarded with a special message before Thursday night's Emmerdale, as the popular star made his big telly return.

A stalwart of UTV for more than 20 years and undoubtedly one of the most dynamic and charismatic home-grown personalities, Julian has become a legend in his own lifetime with his cheeky off-the-wall introductions for Coronation Street.

But he has been missed by colleagues and fans alike during his four-month absence as he underwent and recovered from a quadruple heart bypass, which he says was "a life-changing experience".

Hallo all you lovely twitterers!!! Just to let you I'm back in Studio tonight!! Great to be back with yas!!!!!!! Julian x

Julian Simmons on Twitter (@UTVOnAir)

Arriving back to work on Thursday, Julian said: "Back to normal from tonight and thanks be to goodness! I'm delighted to be back and at last realise that the whole ordeal is over.

"Viewers have been fantastic and sent such fabulous get well messages - I'll be saying a special thank you to all of them at 7pm before Emmerdale.

"I've never felt better and can't wait to get back on screen."

And Julian will be back on your screen two nights a week until December, then back up to four nights a week just in time for the big run up to Christmas.

Welcome back, Julian!

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Comments Comments
Anne McNamara in County Clare Ireland wrote (1,178 days ago):
please let Julian know we are so delighted to see him back and really missed him while he was away. We are so glad he has made a good recovery from his Op and hope everything goes well for him in the future. There is nobody like him at introducing the soaps we just love his commentary on coronation street stars. Good luck to him and he is a joy to have on air. Anne and Dympna McNamara his No 1 Fans in County Clare
martin forbes in bucksburn aberdeen wrote (1,179 days ago):
i will be watching julian tionight at 7pm welcome back watching viaother channels on sky tv. Now on the utv coronation streeet.
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