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The Pride Of Britain Awards
There won't be a dry eye in the house as Carol Vorderman returns to host The Pride Of Britain Awards, which honour inspiring people and mark some heartwarming stories. The Awards are now in their 14th year, and the former Countdown co-presenter tells TV Choice more.
So Carol, it’s The Pride Of Britain Awards time again. Do you look forward to it every year?
Yes. I’ll be at Loose Women and they say, ‘Where are you going Carol?’ and I say, ‘Pride Of Britain meeting,’ and they say, ‘Oh, is it that time of year again?’ It’s lovely when it comes around. I was on the judging panel this year. One person on the team has been with it since the beginning like me, and the producer has probably been with us 10 years. So we do everything together, we are like triplets really! And because we know all of the things that have been done in the past, you get a clearer view of the whole thing — the way in which it has developed, you just generally get a feel for what is a proper Pride Of Britain story.
Does it feel like a bit of a special year, because of the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee?
Absolutely. What a year we’ve had, in spite of the weather. With the Jubilee I was involved in the river pageant, on a Royal British Legion boat. You know when you are wet through? When you are absolutely soaked through, so there is nothing else that can take any water? It was like that. By the time we got to the Queen it was horizontal, the rain. Even though we were in the middle of the river we could hardly see her. And this was the big moment. It was like stepping out of the shower. I had taken Kathryn Apanowicz, Richard Whiteley’s partner, as my guest. We were singing in the rain for about two hours!
Would you be more nervous about The Pride Of Britain Awards show if you did it live?
I don’t think we could do it live, because all the winners have to be given enough time to speak. And you can’t run News At Ten late. With celebrities you can hustle them along, if you need to. But you can’t do that with a show like this. It just wouldn’t be right.
As well as working on The Pride Of Britain Awards lately, you’ve been busy filming a new food competition with Simon Cowell’s company haven’t you?
It’s called Food Glorious Food. We are also working on it with Optomen, who make Gordon Ramsay’s shows, and Gok Cooks Chinese. I have known the company for years, the production team is brilliant. I always used to say to TV executive David Liddiment, a great show has three things — a great format, the right presenters and a great production team. You can get away with two and have a good show, but you can’t get away with one. But when you’ve got the three… and I think that is what we have. We’ve got great judges, great characters coming in with their dishes. I am really excited about it.