Alan Titchmarsh: Love Your Weekend host admits ‘sneaking into studio’ of famous sitcom

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Alan Titchmarsh, 71, has had a hugely successful TV career, even branching out into radio, and the studios he’s worked at over the years gave him access to some of the biggest series’ sets. He wasn’t permitted access to some per say, but that didn’t stop him from “sneaking” around to have a good old nose.

I’d sneak into the studio where the original series was filmed and walk around the vets’ surgery

Alan Titchmarsh

In a recent interview, he admitted he used to break the rules and sneak into the veterinary surgery set in All Creatures Great and Small.

“When I worked on Pebble Mill in the early 90s, I’d sneak into the studio where the original series was filmed and walk around the vets’ surgery,” he giggled, thinking back.

Titchmarsh was brought in to host the long-running BBC television talk show Pebble Mill in 1991, which he did until the programme ended in 1996.

He presented a six-part series in which he followed in the footsteps of the pilgrims, travelling around Britain and Ireland in the process.

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And while he liked the original All Creatures Great and Small show, he admitted the 2020 reboot was just as good.

“I was dubious when this series came along, but they have absolutely nailed it,” he said before adding what has been keeping him entertained over lockdown as the winter months bring with them the bitterly cold weather.

“I tend to watch TV that’s relatively undemanding, but I enjoyed BBC1’s thriller Roadkill – I’d watch Hugh Laurie read the telephone directory.

Rewind to the first lockdown over summer 2020, the horticulturalist was out pottering in the garden and lost a lot of weight.

He told Radio Times: “I was doing up to 26,000 steps a day and eating like a horse, but still losing weight because I was doing all the manual work.

“Then I broke my ankle at the beginning of September – I slipped on wet grass and was on crutches for six weeks.”

Titchmarsh continued to confess his annoyance over the fact he had gained weight due to being out of action.

“I’ve put half a stone back on,” he raged.

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“Which made me very cross because I was determined to keep it off.”

Not only that, but as someone who is used to getting on with things outside having to put his feet up for a few weeks, was unbearable.

“It was very frustrating because you can’t even carry a cup of tea,” he sighed.

“I found having to rely on somebody else doing absolutely everything for me really hard.

 The 71-year-old joked: “I’m not a terribly good patient; I don’t do ill.”

The full interview can be read in Radio Times now. [RADIO TIMES]

But despite that latest lockdown restrictions, the second series of his show Love Your Weekend didn’t grind to a halt.

“I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to carry on doing the show because it’s a lifeline for folk,” Titchmarsh explained.

“In its own way, it’s a connection with the countryside if you can’t actually get into it.”

The full interview can be read in Radio Times now.

Love Your Weekend continues Sunday at 10am on ITV.

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