‘I STILL GET NER­VOUS!’

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An­drew Den­ton is the king of in­ter­view­ers – and for good rea­son. Over the course of his ca­reer, the Enough Rope cre­ator has sat down with the likes of Princesses Diana and Mary, and Bill Clin­ton.

Now, 57-year-old hus­band to jour­nal­ist Jennifer Byrne and fa­ther to Con­nor, 23, An­drew is back with a new show, In­ter­view.

In the first episode, which aired last week, he chat­ted to Olympic swim­mers Cate and Bronte Camp­bell and Led Zep­pelin front­man Robert Plant. More guests will be re­vealed in the weeks to come.

Do you still get ner­vous be­fore an in­ter­view?

Al­ways. There’s not a sin­gle show where I don’t think at some point dur­ing the day, “God, I wish I wasn’t here. Why am I do­ing this for a liv­ing?!” I’m al­ways ner­vous. But what re­ally helps is talk­ing to the au­di­ence dur­ing the breaks. I love that in­ter­ac­tion.

Do you in­tend to ‘go for the jugu­lar’?

I go out to ask fair ques­tions – and fair ques­tions can be tough ques­tions. Even with some­body like a known fraud – for ex­am­ple Alan Bond – the chal­lenge isn’t just to ex­pose who they are, but to ex­pose why they are who they are. That’s the key.

Who is still on your wish­list?

There are end­less peo­ple on my bucket list. One is Ru­pert Murdoch – he’s one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing in­di­vid­u­als that’s walked the planet in the last cen­tury. I’d say yes to Trump but he seems shy… and Barack Obama – but he never calls.

You had by­pass surgery last year. How are you do­ing now?

It was def­i­nitely a sur­prise, but as bad news goes, it was the best I could’ve had. Es­sen­tially I’m heart-at­tack proof for an­other 10-15 years. The bad bit was I thought I’d get a big pi­rate scar but I didn’t… that’s dis­ap­point­ing. IN­TER­VIEW Tues­day, 9pm, Seven

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