The co­me­dian, ac­tor, writer and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter, who fronts BBC1’S pop­u­lar quiz show also reg­u­larly presents and was half of the comedic part­ner­ship Armstrong and Miller. Brought up near Mor­peth in Northum­ber­land, Alexan­der gained a mu­sic schol­ar­ship

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Country Life Every Week - - A Few Of My Favourite Things - Il­lus­tra­tions by Chris­tian David Moore

Ev­ery time I pass The Re­fin­ery’s shop in Lon­don’s Brook Street, I stock up on its shave foam gel. It’s slightly odd that shav­ing foam (of all things) should be some­thing I’m par­tic­u­lar about, but I think it’s be­cause this smells so good: strong clove-y notes of Bay Rum—a very el­e­gant scent to start the day with—and there’s a pleas­ing ‘clag’ to the foam, too. £18 (020–7409 2001; www.the-re­fin­

The Co­ravin Wine Sys­tem is in­ge­nious—it sticks a tiny nee­dle through the cork, en­abling you to draw off a glass or two with­out un­cork­ing the bot­tle. It also re­places the wine you’ve re­moved with ar­gon gas, so what re­mains is kept pris­tine. It means you can have a vir­tu­ous sin­gle glass of some­thing re­ally de­li­cious with­out any guilt what­so­ever. £199 (020–3608 9115;­

I’m very fussy about mar­malade and Duchy Or­ganic Seville Or­ange Mar­malade, in my opin­ion, is the non­pareil. No one has nailed the tex­ture and the tang (not to men­tion the colour) as well as the Duchy. I think I’d rather forgo break­fast al­to­gether than have the wrong mar­malade. It’s hard to be­lieve, but I have been to places where apri­cot jam has been prof­fered as an al­ter­na­tive—i don’t even know where to be­gin with that. £1.99 (

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