Paul Wilder proves any­one can ap­pear in their favourite TV show

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

IF YOU watch tele­vi­sion, you may well recog­nise this man. A TV devo­tee, Paul Wilder has spent the past 20 years search­ing for on-screen fame, ap­pear­ing on some of the UK’s top pro­grammes in­clud­ing

EastEn­ders, The Bill and sev­eral game shows, work­ing with Jonathan Ross, Des O’Con­nor and Jerry Springer in the process.

The 54 year-old has now chron­i­cled his jour­ney in his de­but book. Ap­pro­pri­ately ti­tled My Quest For TV Fame (SMP Pub­lish­ers), it fol­lows his var­ied ex­pe­ri­ences in­clud­ing his walk-on part on a cliffhanger EastEn­ders episode and be­friend­ing The Krankies in Is­rael, prov­ing that “any­one can ap­pear on their favourite TV show”.

He tells Peo­ple: “It all started when my daugh­ter was born 22 years ago. I was at home watch­ing the game show Ev­ery Sec­ond

Counts and they said they were looking for cou­ples to take part. My wife and I ap­plied and got through. It then sort of snow­balled from there.” The high­light? “Be­ing a walk-on at the end of an EastEn­ders episode. It was one of those “duh, duh, duh” mo­ments. The scene was with Minty and Heath and I was the pho­tog­ra­pher in Minty’s flat. This was my finest, most pro­lific mo­ment.”

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