Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

John Sergeant dubbed show 'boring'

John Sergeant presents Britain's First Photo Album

John Sergeant has admitted that he didn't initially like the idea of his new TV show.

The former political correspondent and Strictly Come Dancing star follows in the footsteps of pioneering Victorian photographer Francis Frith for the programme, Britain's First Photo Album.

But the ex-journalist, who hadn't heard of Frith before the BBC series, didn't sign up on the spot.

"I have to say when I was first asked about this I thought, 'How boring!' I genuinely thought that," he revealed.

"But everyone else seemed to think it was a good idea and, as the days went on, I thought, 'Actually this is rather good, and not just rather good, this is brilliant'."

Donning a trilby hat, John visits the sites made famous by Frith's photographs, and took his own, modern-day versions of the snaps with a digital camera.

"People take so many photographs now that we don't know what is good and what isn't," he said.

"When I was young, I was worried about the cost of developing the film so during our honeymoon we only took 12 pictures, and they are the 12 pictures in the album, all carefully taken."

:: Britain's First Photo Album begins on BBC Two on Monday, March 12.

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