My TV Life: Carol Kirkwood

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What was your first TV memory?

It was the news with Richard Baker, although I can’t remember what he was talking about. Then Blue Peter, which was a regular favourite in my childhood. I remember trying to make the pink scones that they made for Princess Anne’s wedding day when I was eleven. Mine weren’t as good. 

Who was your first TV crush?

David Soul from Starsky & Hutch. I loved him! I used to wash my hair before the show came on! He was handsome and strong and he always got the baddie. He had that twinkle in his eye…Years later I did The One Show with him and they embarrassed me by saying “You used to have a crush on David, didn’t you?” And David said, “Do you not now?” I could have died!

What was your first TV appearance?

On Top Of The Pops. I was working at the BBC as a secretary. We didn’t have tickets, but with two other secretaries I sneaked into the studio and we were seen giving it large to Heaven 17. 

What is your favourite current show?

Line Of Duty! I love that programme. I just didn’t like the week-long wait between episodes, I wanted to binge-watch it all the way through in one sitting. I was a little disappointed by the ending but I think there will be another series.

Which TV show would you take to a desert island?

Downton Abbey; it’s such a good series. There’s something charming about it.

What TV show would you like to put out of its misery?

Any show that exploits others or humiliates contestants. 

Guiltiest TV pleasure?

Steph’s Packed Lunch. I used to work with her on breakfast TV, and I watch it when I get home with a cup of tea. Not every day – I’ve got a life! But most days.

What are you up to at the moment?  

My novel is out next week. It’s called Under A Greek Moon. It has romance, red herrings, and it’s glamorous. I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

  • Under A Greek Moon by Carol Kirkwood (HarperCollins, £12.99) is published on Thursday [8th July].

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