The 61-year-old presenter left the ITV daytime show in May 2023 after sitting on the sofa for over 20 years after Politicalite revealed he’d had an extra-marital affair with a younger male assistant on the programme and fans want icon Sheridan Smith to take part in the programme.
Politicalite can reveal that a production company has started work on a series – which is tentatively titled ‘The Runner’ – which will chronicle Schofield’s affair which led to his exit from ‘This Morning’ and it is set to include scenes which show how he kept the relationship from his co-host and friend Holly Willoughby, 42, show bosses and YMU, the management company that represented him.
Speaking to Politicalite, a source said: “A production company’s started work and they think the series would be a perfect fit for Channel 4.
“The storyline will reflect what went on. People have seen it from the outside but the drama will give a perspective on what may have occurred behind-closed-doors.
“It could make for uncomfortable viewing for Phil and ITV.”
Following the scandal, ITV launched an external investigation into exactly what happened and the findings are due to be reported later in September.
In the wake of his departure, Schofield admitted he had “massive guilt” over his fling, and was adamant that nothing inappropriate had occurred despite the age gap.
In an interview with The Sun, he said: “There are accusations of all sorts of things. It never came across that way (an abuse of power) because we’d become mates. I don’t know about that.
“But of course I understand that there will be a massive judgment, but bearing in mind, I have never exercised that anywhere else.
“I assume somebody, somewhere, assumed something was going on, correctly, and didn’t say anything.
“At the time I did not think about it possibly ruining my career. I really probably only thought about it when I saw the rumour mill, and saw it growing.
“Then I saw the link with the drama school photo all those years before, and thought, ‘This looks shocking.’
“But I didn’t lie to protect my career, he didn’t want his name in public. He wanted his own life.
“The lies grew bigger and bigger and bigger and it was affecting both of us deeply.
“It got to the stage where it was out of control and for whatever cost, it had to stop.
“I have massive guilt, and regret. I’ve made a mistake, I’ve had an affair at work.”