Ver­sa­tile War­wick's Star con­tin­ues to rise

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR TV WEEK -

When Paul O’Grady hosted the pi­lot for Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent, UK TV bosses weren’t im­pressed.

How­ever, Si­mon Cow­ell knows a good for­mat when he sees it, so he sold the Op­por­tu­nity Knocks-style show to US TV bosses.

ITV took a re­newed in­ter­est, and sud­denly Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent be­came one of Blighty’s best loved pro­grammes. Then the rest of the world seemed to follow suit with their own ver­sions of the glitzy tal­ent strand.

Now, nar­ra­tor War­wick Davis and a team have com­piled a ‘best of’ strand to bring you Planet’s GotTa­lent (Satur­day, ITV, 6.30pm).

“We cel­e­brate not only the odd, the un­usual and the funny, but also the bril­liant and the awein­spir­ing,” ex­plains War­wick.

With 69 coun­tries now broad­cast­ing their own ‘Got Tal­ent’ of­fer­ings, the nar­ra­tor no­ticed they all share one thing in common.

“Ev­ery­where there are peo­ple that love to show off their tal­ent; they’re not re­ally great tal­ents. Peo­ple just love to get in­volved, get up on stage and show them off.”

The first episode fea­tures a dog that can do back flips on Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent; amaz­ing Rus­sian ac­ro­bats; an ap­ple­hat­ing Korean woman, and (War­wick’s favourite) a man in In­dia who can stuff 200 straws into his mouth at once.

“I don’t know what he was think­ing when he thought that was a good idea to go on a tal­ent show with it, and how do you dis­cover you can do that? I thought that was slightly odd and un­usual.”

Sur­rey-born Davis, 44, has had one of the most ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­reers of any Bri­tish ac­tor. You may al­ready know the story of his grandma help­ing him land the part of Wicket, the lead Ewok in Re­turn of the Jedi; low-bud­get hor­ror Lep­rechaun come­dies, and Harry Pot­ter saga.

Then Ricky Ger­vais saw his comedic po­ten­tial with a bit part in Ex­tras, and cre­ated his own sit­com, Life’s Too Short as well as send­ing him off with Karl Pilk­ing­ton for An Idiot Abroad.

ITV gave him as­sorted high­pro­file jobs such as Week­end Es­capes and Celebrity Squares.

Land­ing the part of quiz show host was es­pe­cially poignant for the multi-tal­ented front­man.

“I grew up watch­ing that be­cause my nan was a mas­sive fan of game shows,” he ex­plains. “She’d have been so proud that I was do­ing a game show now. We used to watch Brucie [Forsyth] and Bob [Monkhouse] and all those clas­sic game shows.”

The best and the worst War­wick Davis nar­rates.

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