David Dickinson’s back with Name Your Price

TV Times - - My TV Times Week - Name Your Price mon-fri / Itv / 3.00Pm Ian Mace­wan

It has el­e­ments of the great 1980s game shows

Since burst­ing onto our screens, as the per­matanned host of Bar­gain Hunt, David Dickinson has made the most of his op­por­tu­ni­ties. He went on to ap­pear on Strictly Come Danc­ing in 2004 and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2005, helmed 10 years of Dickinson’s Real Deals, hosted his own chat show and has even done a spot of act­ing.

This week, the 75-year-old is hosting ITV’S new game show David Dickinson’s Name Your Price, in which con­tes­tants try to value col­lecta­bles in a bid to win a cash prize. TV Times caught up with

David to find out more…

How is Name Your Price dif­fer­ent from other an­tiques shows?

Lots of those shows on TV have the same for­mat and can be a bit stuffy, but Name Your Price has el­e­ments of the great game shows from the 1980s and 1990s. Mixed in with that, I talk about an­tiques – and I can tell a good old tale!

Have you met many dodgy deal­ers in the world of an­tiques? In any busi­ness there are peo­ple who are dodgy. As a young man I got in trou­ble through be­ing greedy and go­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion. But if you have any sense, you steer away from that. I’ve been a wheeler-dealer and an en­tre­pre­neur, but I don’t step on the wrong side of the

line – and I pay my taxes!

What did you learn from ap­pear­ing on the ge­neal­ogy show Who Do You Think You Are?

It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and cov­ered the story of me be­ing adopted as a child. I went back to Istanbul in Turkey, where my grand­fa­ther came from. I’ve dis­cov­ered that a cer­tain amount of my suc­cess is part and par­cel of the genes I’ve in­her­ited – my fa­ther was a silk and cot­ton trader and I think he passed on some of his trad­ing abil­ity to me.

Did your act­ing role on Heart­beat in 2005 give you a taste for more? It wasn’t too dif­fi­cult – it was the old Love­joy-type char­ac­ter, so the glove fit­ted very well! I re­cently played The Em­peror from Star Wars on The Keith and Paddy Picture Show, and I’d love to do more act­ing.

The irrepressible Mr Dickinson on his lat­est show and why he’s a ‘tart’

How was it be­ing on Strictly? I was in the first se­ries, and I thought, ‘It’s a bit of fun – I’ll just be wav­ing my arms around and hav­ing a laugh’. Even then, the prac­tise regime was tough, but noth­ing like as tough and com­pet­i­tive as you see to­day.

Do you have any re­grets?

I’m happy with where I’m at, and I’ve had an in­ter­est­ing and good life, de­spite the odd wrong turn. I’ve been mar­ried to my wife Lorne [a for­mer cabaret singer] since 1969 – I got a good one! In this busi­ness you need a bit of luck. I did Bar­gain Hunt and got a Na­tional Tele­vi­sion Award, and that led to Strictly. I’m a bit of a tart – you pay me, I’ll do it!

Jazz­ing it up on Strictly

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