Thursday 27 July 2017

Sara Cox: I love reality TV, but would not do it myself

Sara and husband Ben Cyzer have become unexpectedly absorbed into ITV’s Love Island.

Sara Cox (Ian West/PA)
Sara Cox (Ian West/PA)

By Francesca Gosling, Press Association

Radio presenter Sara Cox has admitted that she loves “trashy” reality TV shows, but would flatly refuse to appear on any herself.

The BBC Radio 2 voice said she could “not think of anything worse” than taking part in popular series such as The Jump or Strictly Come Dancing.

“I love watching them but I would never want to be on one, ever, ever, ever, unless it’s got horses on it because I love riding,” she said.

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Sara (left) avoids getting her hands dirty (Mark Bourdillon/BBC/PA)

“I did do Only Fools and Horses for Sport Relief, but the thought of doing the skeleton bob sleigh on The Jump – err no way.”

The star told how she and husband Ben Cyzer had become unexpectedly absorbed into ITV’s Love Island – despite catching up several years behind the current series – and began watching much-loved drama Downton Abbey six years after its release.

She continued: “Strictly I absolutely love because I can watch it with the kids and know there’s no swearing or anything I wouldn’t want them to watch.

“I did the Christmas special of Strictly, but I was rubbish – I enjoyed it and I think I am quite a good dancer actually but it takes a certain sort of brain to cope with those routines.

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Cox gets festive for Strictly special (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

“I did a waltz to a really boring song, Silent Night – Elvis Presley’s version. My partner Robin was a bit shorter than me so I felt like the lanky lass at the disco.”

But the 42-year-old said she was loving her move further into the TV industry and is keeping her fingers crossed for plans to go through for a fourth series of BBC two crafts contest The Great Pottery Throwdown, which she presents.

Preparing to host Love In The Countryside – the upcoming BBC 2 dating show with a rural twist – she said: “I’m really chuffed at the moment.

“I’ve got a completely packed schedule. As a freelancer to have a calendar full until mid October is the dream.”

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