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Titchmarsh keen on Strictly role

Published 16/06/2015

Alan Titchmarsh would be prepared to tiptoe through the tulips on Strictly Come Dancing
Alan Titchmarsh would be prepared to tiptoe through the tulips on Strictly Come Dancing

TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh has said that he would love to join Strictly Come Dancing next year - but he does not want to take the role of the "silly one".

The broadcaster, 66, said that while he would never go on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! he would happily join the BBC One ballroom dancing show.

"The only one I'd consider is Strictly because it's learning a skill. I've been asked to do it several times, but my schedule wouldn't allow me," he told Radio Times magazine.

"To do it well, you really have to clear a good three months. Maybe next year - but then, of course, the body will have gone.

"And also, I know they'd make me the silly one with the bow tie, not the one with the shirt undone to the navel. And that's sad, really. My days of having the shirt undone to the navel are long gone".

Titchmarsh said that he was not a fan of reality TV shows.

"I can't stand the Big Brothers of this world. People being horrible to each other makes me so uncomfortable.

"I 've been asked to do I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! but I wouldn't inflict myself on the public. Whinging is something I ought to do quietly on my own, not in front of an audience."

Titchmarsh, who quit his weekday ITV chat show, said that he would like to host a new show - but only if it was once a week.

He said that actress Bette Davis, who "walked out on me on Radio 2", was his trickiest ever interview.

"That's the one I'll never forget. I was trying to be a bit sparky, but she confiscated the tape and wouldn't let us run it," he said.

Titchmarsh recently admitted to being a fan of hot tubs

And he told the magazine that he could not get enough of the tub in his garden.

"It came with the house and we thought we'd get rid of it. But it was working so we thought we'd give it a go. Oh my goodness! The worries of the day melted away and I'm sorry, but I'm now a fan. I'm totally addicted."

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