DICKSON KICKS THE BOOZE HABIT
IAN Dickson has had a much-publicised battle with the booze. In 2007 he admitted he was an alcoholic. ‘‘Am I an alcoholic or not? Yes, I think I aman alcoholic,’’ Dickson said at the time. ‘‘I think a lot more people are living under the cosh of booze than they are prepared to recognise.’’ It is a very different Dickson in 2011. ‘‘I haven’t had a drink for two-and-a-half years,’’ he says proudly. ‘‘I’m fit. I play golf twice a week. I’m madly in love with my wife after 25 years. Life couldn’t be better. ‘‘I miss getting drunk, if I’m honest. I really miss the oblivion, but that quickly passes.’’ hung out to dry.’’
Can of Worms isn’t the first time Dickson has hosted a TV show. At the end of 2004, he defected to Seven when Idol was at the height of its popularity. He wanted to broaden his interests as a presenter and producer.
In 2005, he followed Curtis Stone as host of My Restaurant Rules. The following year he hosted Celebrity Survivor. Dickson was ordinary at both.
‘‘ I’ve got to be honest about this, there’s no point beating around the bush. I went to Seven for the money — pure greed,’’ Dickson says.
‘‘ I was warned against it. People at Ten told me that I needed to stay on Idol and consolidate.
‘‘ I believed my own hype. I thought I was more than a judge. I thought I could step into a presenting role and it would be easy. It was a huge amount of money and someone like me couldn’t turn it down.’’
That is the thing about Dickson. Love him or hate him, he always calls a spade a spade.
‘‘ Frankly, it’s probably the only skill I have — this swashbuckling sense of candour,’’ Dickson says. Can Of Worms Channel 10, Monday, 8.30pm