This feisty spirit attracted the attention of ITV Anglia who gave Wendy Hurrell a job as a production journalist. Behind the scenes she learned her trade – producing, writing and editing news items, until one day she was let loose on the TV. Her first weather forecast was so embarrassing that she hid behind a pillow with two friends to watch it back. But Wendy Hurrell soon got the hang of it and became one of East Anglia’s most recognised faces, often appearing at events and in local magazines or newspapers saying something profound or amusing. She was regularly out reporting on the environment or at festivals and shows.
Everyone seemed to like her apart from the swine that threw a clump of wet sand at her while she was live on TV. Wendy Hurrell survived this though, along with the chaos of boisterous cows and vicious swans gaining unrivalled experience as a live presenter. She also anchored the main programme, Anglia Tonight.
Then ITV Anglia brought back Bygones, the once hugely popular regional show that more than dabbled in bucolic nostalgia. It was a kind of The One Show, only with tweed rather than neon. Wendy Hurrell co-presented the show for two very successful series alongside one of the original Bygone faces, Eddie Anderson. Here she drove steam trains, was humiliated by clowns, conducted interviews from motorcycle sidecars and had a cow named after her.