David Baddiel hints to Lorraine he ‘predicted coronavirus’ with new kids book

Comedian David Baddiel has let slip that he predicted the coronavirus pandemic with his new children's novel.

The 56-year-old writer chatted to Lorraine Kelly on Friday about the release of his new book Future Friend.

During the interview, David hinted that he sort of predicted the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to Lorraine, 60, on her ITV talk show on Friday, the Three Lions hitmaker explained he started writing his latest book Future Friend before the UK went into lockdown in March this year.

"I started writing it in January, it’s a book which begins in 3020, and there’s a girl who lives in 3020 who comes back to our time," the author explained.

He recalled: "When I started it [before the pandemic], I imagined 3020 as this world in which because of climate change and indeed because of lots of mutant viruses knocking about in the air, no one is allowed to go out.

"And my imagination was, when she comes back to our time, it’s great, from 3020, because she can make friends, she can go to parties, she can go to school – and suddenly she couldn’t."

However, the star managed to fix all his problems in the book with a simple tweak.

David said: "I fixed it by making her go back to 2019.

"All we were worried about was Cats the movie!"

Elsewhere on the show, Lorraine caught up with Coronation Street's Samia Longchambon, who plays Maria Windass in the soap.

The actress was shocked to discover that her character had had 31 boyfriends on the cobbles in the last two decades.

Lorraine giggled as she revealed a collage with all the faces of the men Maria had dated since she arrived in Weatherfield back in 2000.

Samia cringed: "My eyes are watering looking at that!"

"That is quiet impressive – that has blown my mind!"

Samia's character Maria recently tied the knot with villain Gary Windass and hinting that their romance may be short-lived, she added: "I don’t think Maria is going to find her Prince Charming – definitely not in Gary!"

"She has blinkers on and I think will all come out in the wash."

The former Dancing On Ice contestant also revealed that she is excited to be a part of the 60th anniversary celebrations.

Samia reminded viewers that she was lucky enough to be part of the 40th celebrations two decades ago.

Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV at 9am

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