I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is back on TV.
And this year one of the big names on the show is my good friend, the world famous BBC News presenter Michael Buerk.
Michael invited me onto his programme called “Dispatches”, where I talked about my thoughts on about old age pensioners benefit and taxation. (And that’s because I am an OAP!)
Michael and I get on really well, the only thing that upsets me is that he had four or five honorary doctorates. Despite all my Oxford and Cambridge lectures I don’t even have one!
So why is he doing it, it’s obvious – he is having a late mid life crisis! When I had mine, I got married and had a baby! As the saying goes, “follow that!”
I am asked every year to join the programme which is very flattering – BUT – I really don’t think so!
I could do the helicopter jump and glide to the island – easy. And you can fling as many snakes at me and I’d cope. Or try to.
But the sheer possibility of being bitten by a mosquito, or having cockroaches crawl over me is something I just couldn’t contemplate.
I know many people have phobias but am I the only one with a mosquito phobia – and the mosquitos seem to know it!
Anyway back to the jungle.
Every year there is always someone on the show who is a member of Stringfellows and Angels and this year is no exception. Step forward Vicki Michelle from ‘All ‘Allo fame. And also on the show this year is one of my all time favorite sci-fi comedy actors – Craig Charles of Red Dwarf.
After years of being invited into the jungle – I have decided to set a challenge. I have let the producers know that I’ll go in the jungle – but only if they put Ant and Dec into the jungle camp too!
And while we’re at at it I think another great contestant would be my good friend Nicky Clarke. He’s an amazing hair stylist and a really good cook – and every so slightly a big girls blouse – so I know he’d be great fun.