Doc’s Nine lives

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Some mys­ter­ies un­der the mi­cro­scope in­clude whether do­ing cross­words re­ally can de­lay the on­set of de­men­tia, whether sit-ups are the best way to flat­ten your stom­ach and what causes ice cream headaches.

Rochford will be joined by a fresh team of re­porters, in­clud­ing nu­tri­tion­ist Janella Pur­cell, re­tired swim cham­pion Grant Hack­ett and for­mer MTV host Lyn­d­sey Ro­drigues.

Rochford says Hack­ett is be­com­ing a TV tal­ent af­ter some view­ers la­belled his early ef­forts as a sports newsreader ‘‘wooden’’.

‘‘I’ve seen some of his stuff for WGFY and the great thing is, it’s let­ting Grant be him­self,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s an ex­cep­tion­ally hard thing to come from a place where he’s so trained and skilled to pre­sent­ing TV . . . how you learn it I don’t know. I kind of learnt as I went along. I’m bet­ter than when I started (but) the prob­lem with some­one like Grant is that he’s such a high achiever.

‘‘We all just ex­pect him to do ev­ery­thing at such a high level.

‘‘He sets the bar quite high for him­self so you know he’s go­ing to be bet­ter at it.

‘‘I don’t think he’d get much sleep at night if he didn’t feel he was get­ting bet­ter. It’s just the na­ture of who he is.’’

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