BRADLEY WALSH LOOK FOR­WARD TO EVERY DAY

The cheery en­ter­tainer just loves help­ing oth­ers en­joy them­selves – and never more so than at Christ­mas time

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It has been an­other re­ally busy year,” re­flects Bradley. “Some­times you won­der when you are go­ing to get a day off but, of course, you do – now and then.

“In show­biz, un­less you are in a panto, most of your Christ­mas work has been done a while be­fore the fes­tive sea­son ac­tu­ally starts so you do get a bit of time to go Christ­mas shop­ping and then en­joy the big day.

“I al­ways en­joyed Christ­mas when I was a kid – what kid doesn’t? It wasn’t just about the day it­self and open­ing your presents, it was all the ex­cite­ment build­ing up to it, see­ing all the shops dec­o­rated with lights, see­ing all the ex­tra bits of food go­ing into the kitchen, that kind of thing. It’s great and good to be a part of it.”

We’ll be see­ing a lot of Bradley on TV again dur­ing Christ­mas with spe­cial fes­tive edi­tions of TheChase and his re­turn to Doc­torWho– which he ad­mits is one of the big­gest thrills of his life.

“I was to­tally a fan of Doc­torWho when I was a kid of about eight years old. I think it was Wil­liam Hart­nell in the orig­i­nal black and white se­ries that hooked me. I loved it and played it all the time, talked about it in­ces­santly and Mum and Dad even bought me a bat­tery-op­er­ated Dalek which I played with all the time. It’s funny how things turn out. I would never have dreamed then that one day I would be ap­pear­ing in Doc­torWho but here we are and I could not be more ex­cited about it.

“We were film­ing in Cardiff and I was go­ing back­wards and for­wards to the ITV stu­dio to record TheChase which is an all-day job as we record three episodes in a day. To be hon­est I am such a Doc­torWho fan that I was ex­cited every day we were film­ing and I couldn’t wait to see it on my own tele­vi­sion at home.”

With Bradley get­ting more and more of­fers might it be time to leave TheChase?

“Not a chance,” he said. “I love it. It is great fun and every show is fresh be­cause you meet so many great peo­ple from all walks of life. I love it when they win and share their dis­ap­point­ment when they lose.

It is just a great show; you think it might start to lose pop­u­lar­ity but it doesn’t.”

How does Bradley cope with all his com­mit­ments?

“I have a lot of help both at home and among those great peo­ple who or­gan­ise all these things,” he ad­mit­ted. “I have

“I am such a Doc­torWho fan, I was ex­cited every day we were film­ing”

al­ways been busy. I was head­ing to­wards be­ing a pro­fes­sional foot­baller, but an an­kle in­jury put paid to that so I be­came an en­ter­tainer. You have to be busy when you are in show­busi­ness, and you are al­ways work­ing on some­thing while also work­ing on the next some­thing. You just have to make sure that you al­ways en­joy what you do. I like to en­joy every sin­gle day – and help ev­ery­one else to en­joy their day too.”

No doubt Bradley will be do­ing his best to help ev­ery­one es­pe­cially en­joy Christ­mas Day.

“It’s the best day of the year to en­joy your­self and en­joy be­ing with your fam­ily, sur­prise them with their presents and make as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble happy. I do like to pre­pare for it and then just have a great time. I wish ev­ery­one else a great time too.”

With The Chasers Wil­liam Hart­nell as The Doc­tor

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