I’m wor­ried by the fact that ev­ery­body thinks they need to look ‘selfie-ready’

Gaby Roslin, 54, is back with Shop Smart Save Money, which sees her and Fiona Phillips share cash-sav­ing tips with view­ers. She talks to CIARAN WIL­LIS and GE­OR­GIA HUMPHREYS about shop­ping, so­cial me­dia and Strictly

Llanelli Star - - Hotseat - ■ Shop Smart Save Money re­turns to Chan­nel 5 on Thurs­day at 8pm.

Shop Smart Save Money helps con­sumers make sense of con­fus­ing deals and of­fers. Why do you think it’s been so pop­u­lar? IT’S filmed live 24 hours be­fore it goes out, so it’s very up to the minute; the lat­est things to look out for.

We’re not pulling the wool over any­body’s eyes. It’s a very straight, hon­est show. We’re tak­ing the brands to task, which I think is im­por­tant.

Also, it’s in­cred­i­bly real. It’s filmed in a shop­ping cen­tre, so real peo­ple are in­volved in it.

Shop­ping is some­thing that we all do. Some love it, some hate it, but ev­ery­body has to do it.

What can we ex­pect from the new episodes?

WE WILL look at Hal­loween, Bon­fire Night, and we will look at Christ­mas – it’d be crazy not to, it’s the time that peo­ple spend the most money.

I think in these very un­cer­tain times, ev­ery­body is wor­ried, and with so many of the big stores hav­ing prob­lems...

And (then there are) the haves and have-nots... I hate that ex­pres­sion, but peo­ple who don’t have as much as oth­ers – the gap is vast.

Peo­ple who have ex­ces­sive wealth, some of them have no con­cept of what it’s like for peo­ple to choose be­tween heat­ing and eat­ing.

Have you ever been tricked into buy­ing some­thing your­self?

I’VE been caught out with BOGOF. I re­mem­ber when I was do­ing the last se­ries, tak­ing my youngest to get new gym gear for her school kit.

We were in a shop and it said ‘3 for 2’, so I picked up three, and then my daugh­ter looked at me and said, ‘Mum, I only need one’.

I’d com­pletely fallen for it.

You have a 17-year-old daugh­ter. Have you taught her to be re­al­is­tic about money?

YES. She earns money, goes babysit­ting quite a lot.

They know that we have to work.

I love my job, but I can’t not work, be­cause I have to pay for mort­gages and bills.

Like ev­ery­body else, money comes in and money goes out, and it’s fright­en­ing how fast that hap­pens.

Do you worry about your daugh­ters us­ing things like In­sta­gram? AB­SO­LUTELY. My youngest isn’t on it, be­cause she’s too young. It’s vi­tally im­por­tant that they’re aware. It’s very dif­fer­ent for me, you know – that’s what I do. I do tele­vi­sion, I do ra­dio, and I use it (In­sta­gram) to have a laugh, ac­tu­ally.

I’m not do­ing face-tun­ing, or what­ever they are, those fil­ters.

I’m very wor­ried by the fact that ev­ery­body thinks they need to look ‘selfie-ready’.

I walk ev­ery­where, I walk about seven miles a day, but I see – with­out fail, ev­ery day – peo­ple tak­ing self­ies, and pos­ing and pout­ing.

What has changed the most since you started your ca­reer in TV? PEO­PLE are more ac­cept­ing of women in the in­dus­try.

When I started out, I was one of the first women to have her own Satur­day night en­ter­tain­ment show, be­cause there weren’t women that did it.

There was Cilla Black on ITV, and there was me on the BBC do­ing a show called What­ever You Want, which I did for four years. (TV) was very male dom­i­nated.

There are times when my kids say, ‘Oh mum, do you have to go to work?’ The only day off I have is a Satur­day.

I think it’s im­por­tant that they see their mum goes out to work just as much as their dad.

You’ve worked in TV for three decades, shoot­ing to fame in the 1990s as a pre­sen­ter on The Big Break­fast. What would you still like to do?

MY DREAM job would be go­ing back to do­ing live tele­vi­sion. That’s what I want to do more than any­thing else, and it’s no se­cret.

For years, I didn’t say it out loud. But I’d like to be do­ing live tele­vi­sion ev­ery day. And if they then sign me for the next 20 years, I’d be very happy.

You seem like a very pos­i­tive per­son. How do you stay op­ti­mistic?

BE­CAUSE I Iove life, I sup­pose. I don’t apol­o­gise about be­ing happy.

Be­fore my mum died (from can­cer in 1997), I al­ways used to go, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so happy’.

Then, af­ter­wards, I thought, ‘Hold on a minute, it’s not very long we’re on this planet, and God, I just love it’.

Would you ever go on a re­al­ity show?

NO. I’M very lucky at the mo­ment, I don’t need to. I love watch­ing Strictly; I will never ever do it. I’m too shy. I’m very adamant about it...

The idea of danc­ing and go­ing out wear­ing skin-tight se­quins.

No thank you!

Gaby Roslin on the red car­pet eal­rier this year, left, and in her days pre­sent­ing The Big Break­fast on Chan­nel 4, above

Gaby with Shop Smart Save Money co-host Fiona Phillips

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