Published Thursday, 03 November 2011
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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