Louise Minchin on 'nightmare' of doing her own makeup for TV
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Louise Minchin, 52, has been at the helm of BBC Breakfast since 2003, but has since delved into other aspects of TV including the popular quiz show Eggheads. In 2008, she and her BBC colleagues, Sian Williams, Bill Turnbull, Charlie Stayt and Nick Robinson, featured on the celebrity version of the long-running quiz, and since it’s big move to Channel 5 ahead of the new series, Louise expressed interest in returning to the panel alongside her co-stars.
Count me in too!
The popular program sees a group of five members face general knowledge Goliath’s and try to beat them for a cash prize but if the Eggheads win, the money rolls over to the next show.
Often a huge amount of money can be at stake.
Taking to Twitter, Sian suggested the team of five head up their own quiz team to take on the regular Egghead genius’, and try their luck at winning the jackpot prize for charity.
“How about it team? Rematch?” she wondered, tagging her colleagues in the post.
Nick was first to reply, indicating he was definitely up for it.
Louise also agreed, exclaiming: “Count me in too!”
It comes after Channel 5 released a casting advert, revealing they are actively looking for teams to take on the Eggheads as filming for the latest series commences.
Despite changing broadcasters after 18-years on-air, the show will remain ultimately the same, with the same set and panel and host Jeremy Vine all returning.
Addressing the big changes in an interview with Radio Times, Jeremy reassured viewers: “I always knew the show wouldn’t be lost for ever.
“It’s such a thrill to be presenting undoubtedly one of the greatest TV quizzes of all time.
“I love the fact that just as people were beginning to think we might be gone for ever, we’re suddenly back with a bang.”
Despite the change of broadcaster, the presenter reassured fans that the team of brainiacs they all know and love will also be returning for the new series.
“One of the nice things is that the set’s not changing. The music’s not changing,” he smiled.
“It was never broken; it was being rested. Sadly, Dave Rainford died last year so the very first thing we’ll do when we assemble is drink a pint and toast Dave.”
Jeremy also acknowledged that times are changing and the BBC needs to cater to a younger audience, Jeremy recently admitted that older viewers are more “loyal”, and no matter where the show goes they will follow.
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“The good old BBC are very aware that they need to innovate constantly and bring on a younger audience.
“If you’re a successful show — which Eggheads is with over 2,000 editions — you’re always going to be vulnerable to somebody saying, ‘I think we can find something better.’”
He noted that it’s “difficult for the BBC” in that sense, but might work well for Channel 5.
“The thing that made Eggheads tricky for them was that research showed that it had the oldest audience on British television,” he continued.
Jeremy’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]
“I think that plays to our favour. The older viewer is so loyal.”
He added, laughing: “When I ring my mum, if Eggheads is on, she’ll tell me off and hang up.”
Jeremy’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.
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