Friday 9 December 2016

Nothing like live TV, says Gaby Roslin, as she pleads for Sport Relief support

Published 29/02/2016 | 17:56

Gaby Roslin urged people to get involved with Sport Relief
Gaby Roslin urged people to get involved with Sport Relief

TV presenter Gaby Roslin has bemoaned the lack of live TV programmes, pointing to "budgets and money" as the reason for the trend.

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During an interview with the Press Association about Sport Relief, the 51-year-old also touched on the current state of television in general.

Roslin currently co-presents The Saturday Show live on Channel 5 with Matt Barbet, but said: " I don't think there's enough live TV any more, which is my absolute passion."

When asked to account for the decreasing number of live shows, she replied: "They cost a lot. It comes down to budgets and money."

However, the London-born presenter retains a "love" for working in TV.

"From when I was three years old, that's what I wanted to do."

She added: "And please may I do it up until I'm 99, and I hope I drop dead doing live television, because it's what I love."

The daughter of former BBC radio announcer Clive Roslin made her TV breakthrough on The Big Breakfast.

She joined the anarchic Channel 4 morning show in 1992 alongside future Top Gear presenter Chris Evans.

When Evans's TFI Friday was revived by the same broadcaster in 2015, Roslin made an appearance alongside the 49-year-old and puppets Zig and Zag.

"I think that was the first time in 21 years that the four of us had been together and the reaction was so extraordinary," she said.

"We were like 'Oh my God!'. There's a real love and it was a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful show."

In response to a question as to whether The Big Breakfast will also make a return, Roslin expressed doubt, but took the opportunity to hail Evans.

"I don't know. I doubt it," she stated. "Every so often we'll sneak in and do bits and pieces together, Chris and I.

"I adore him to pieces and I think he's perfect for Top Gear, I really do. But who knows? I'm never going to say never, but I don't think it will happen."

Roslin opened up about her hope of hosting a programme similar to popular US talk series, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Fronted by the award-winning 58-year-old comedian, it is a combination of light entertainment, musical guests and human-interest stories and is broadcast here on ITV2.

"I think I'm ready to go back to doing a daily live programme," Roslin said.

"I'd love to do a show like Ellen. And everybody keeps saying to me, 'You should be doing that'. I'd love to do it. Everyone has to have a dream!"

The broadcaster, who is supporting Sport Relief, also said she would like to helm a health show on TV.

On the subject of the BBC's fundraiser to help disadvantaged people here in the UK and around the world, she said: "Anybody can do anything."

"I just think that we can all do something to help. And with Sport Relief you're looking after yourself as well, which is so important."

She continued: "The rise in obesity is horrific. And we can make our lives better by walking, drinking water, eating healthily and making food from scratch."

:: Gaby Roslin is encouraging everyone to get behind Sport Relief at the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games on Sunday March 20. To find out more visit www.sportrelief.com

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