Sunday 17 December 2017

I’m a Celebrity: Sir David Attenborough says Grub’s Up

Sir David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough

Tim Walker

Sir David Attenborough is not impressed by the famous contestants who turn up their noses at the “bush tucker”, such as scorpions and locusts, that they have to eat on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!

“If you are in the Bush, you take what you can and live off the country,” he tells Mandrake at the British Academy Children’s Awards. “There is plenty of stuff worth eating in the forest: you have just got to know what is good and what is not.”

The naturalist is keen to add that he has never seen the “reality” programme. Perish the thought.

Undoctored truth

David Tennant played the title role in the BBC television series Casanova, but he admits: “My bedpost really has very few notches compared with other actors.”

The former star of Doctor Who adds in Woman magazine: “I find it ridiculous when I read a script that says something like 'good-looking’. I think, 'That’s not my part’. I always play geeks.”

Cravat returns

With Tie Rack facing closure and David Cameron seizing every chance to go open-necked, Jeremy Hackett senses an opportunity.

The founder of Hackett, the men’s outfitter, says it is time for the cravat to make a comeback. “Nine months ago, I asked my designer to look into cravats,” he tells Mandrake at the launch of his flagship store in Regent Street.

“We will sell them, but they won’t be as they were. It’s important to make them different from the cravats that are just associated with golfers, so the new ones will have a twist.”

Model way to stitch up Christmas

In time for Christmas, a new fashion arrives: knitting. Katie Readman, a friend of James and Pippa Middleton, says she and other women are keen to consign its “granny” image to the past.

“I have taken to knitting,” the 24-year-old model tells me at the secret Grey Goose Fly Beyond Bar in Soho. “At one point, I thought I would knit something for everyone, but I underestimated how time consuming it was. Knitting gifts is such a nice idea, because of how much work goes into it.”


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