Qi star alan: I stop my kids watch­ing TV

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY ANTONIA PAGET antonia.paget@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TV has made Alan Davies a household name but the co­me­dian is de­ter­mined to keep his chil­dren from watch­ing the box.

And de­spite be­ing a star of ed­u­ca­tional quiz show QI, the 50-year-old reck­ons ex­po­sure to screens could dam­age their young brains. Davies said: “To be hon­est we try to keep them away from the telly. Life’s too short. “Old and knack­ered par­ents, you can sit and watch the telly, but chil­dren do­ing it is de­press­ing. “We’re con­vinced it scram­bles their minds.” The pan­el­list, who has three chil­dren Susie, six, five-year-old Bobby and Fran­cis, 16 months, with nov­el­ist wife Katie Maskell, prefers the kids to cre­ate their own fun. He told Ra­dio Times: “They never seem to like what they’re look­ing at and we don’t let the one-year-old any­where near a screen. I’d rather they were paint­ing each other’s faces.” Best known for play­ing ma­gi­cian Jonathan Creek in the TV crime drama, Davies has been a reg­u­lar on BBC2’S QI for more than a decade. But his chil­dren have only seen him once on screen. He added: “It was on the Royal Va­ri­ety per­for­mance, in which I talked about go­ing to the soft play with them, which my daugh­ter thought was hys­ter­i­cal. But it was slightly dis­turb­ing, watch­ing her watch­ing me.” Davies is not the only TV star to stop his kids watch­ing telly. Hugh Jack­man banned his from us­ing any screens dur­ing the week. And be­fore he died in 2011, Ap­ple boss Steve Jobs lim­ited tech­nol­ogy use.

LIM­ITS Davies re­stricts telly

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