Telly talk: Alex Jones

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The One Show’s Alex Jones is cur­rently pre­sent­ing The Se­crets in My Fam­ily on W. She told us about try­ing to hold back the tears while film­ing and be­com­ing a first-time mother at 39…

Your new show is very emo­tional. How do you man­age to hold it to­gether?

Not very well! I wear my heart on my sleeve. I’m not good at keep­ing a lid on things, but I’m sure any­body watch­ing has the same re­ac­tion! It’s a very emo­tive series. These peo­ple have been through an aw­ful lot and you do feel a con­nec­tion with them.

Is the per­sonal side what ap­pealed?

It’s a very dif­fer­ent job to the one I do ev­ery day. To re­ally know peo­ple and speak to them on a very dif­fer­ent level is some­thing I re­ally en­joy.

Has it made you think about whether there are any se­crets in your fam­ily?

Well it did, but I’ve asked around and it’s clear we’re a very straight­for­ward fam­ily! My hus­band Char­lie’s fam­ily is more in­ter­est­ing, though – his father was born in Shang­hai and his mother was born in Bri­tish Guiana [now Guyana], and now they live in New Zealand!

Since be­com­ing a mum, has fam­ily be­come more im­por­tant to you?

Yeah, I sup­pose it has, es­pe­cially as Ted grows up be­cause he’s got one fam­ily here and Char­lie’s on the other side of the world! We’re go­ing out to New Zealand at Christmas so he can meet them.

What else is com­ing up?

Apart from The One Show, I’m do­ing a new series of Shop Well For Less and a book, Wing­ing It!: A Sur­vival Guide for New Mums

(£14.99, Lagom, out 8 Feb). It fo­cuses on be­com­ing a par­ent a lit­tle later in life! Life is com­pli­cated and you don’t nec­es­sar­ily meet the per­son you want to have a child with, so it’s re­ally about that.

Re­search is key to the rev­e­la­tions in hernew­show With The One Show co-pre­sen­ter Matt Baker

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