I’m not some­one who’s ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive... I’m too laid back for that

Po­lice of­fi­cer-turned-TV pre­sen­ter Rav Wild­ing, 41, puts his artis­tic skills to the test in Kirstie’s Celebrity Craft Masters. Pi­o­neer­ing a home­made rev­o­lu­tion, he tells GEMMA DUNN why he was only too pleased to flip the script and try some­thing new

Llanelli Star - - HOT SEAT -

How would you sum up new show Kirstie’s Celebrity Craft Masters? IT’S a celebrity craft chal­lenge show, so we are given var­i­ous tasks to do in our houses, and then we do an­other head-to-head task in a stu­dio.

Any­thing we make is judged by very tough judges. I think it could def­i­nitely kick some­thing off; look at the (Great British) Bake Off, that was so huge, and got peo­ple back into bak­ing cakes with Mary Berry.

This could get peo­ple back to ba­sics, do­ing some­thing fun, hav­ing a laugh and us­ing some old bits and pieces from their house that they can turn into some­thing else.

With such busy lives, how likely is a hand­made rev­o­lu­tion? EV­ERY­ONE is busy, I get that. But ev­ery­one has got time to be swip­ing up on their phones all the time?

I’ve even come off In­sta­gram for a while now – it won’t be for­ever be­cause I need it for work – be­cause I felt my­self con­stantly drawn to this thing. I just think we all need to have a look at what we’re spending our time on.

That’s the thing with this craft show, it’s al­most go­ing back to a couple of decades ago.

You’re go­ing head to head with your TV pal An­gel­lica Bell in the chal­lenge. Are you com­pet­i­tive? NO, I don’t think I am. I am ter­ri­ble; it drives TV di­rec­tors mad be­cause they ex­pect me to be this uber­com­pet­i­tive guy and they’re des­per­ately try­ing to gear me up and say, ‘Come on, you’ve got to win this, Rav’ and I’ll be like, ‘Nah, not re­ally’.

I’ll try my best, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not the sort of ul­tra­com­pet­i­tive per­son that say a sports star would be nat­u­rally. I’m just not that guy, I’m too laid back for that.

How did you han­dle the con­struc­tive crit­i­cism dished out by the judges?

DO YOU know what? When

I went to the stu­dio, I met the judges for the first time, very briefly, and they said, ‘Nice to meet you.

Just so you know we’re go­ing to be very tough on you’.

I sort of laughed it off, think­ing, ‘Well it’s a craft show, you’re not re­ally are you?’.

As soon as the cam­eras rolled, they came ham­mer­ing down on me, so they weren’t mess­ing around.

They were pretty tough, but you know what? I did Strictly (Come Danc­ing) and I had Craig Revel Hor­wood, so any­thing com­pared to that is a walk in the park.

This is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent line of work for you. Did you ever feel out­side of your com­fort zone? OH YEAH, def­i­nitely, be­cause I don’t re­ally get the chance to do that sort of thing. But then that’s ex­actly why I wanted to do it.

A lot of what I do, I turn up, I get handed a script that’s been writ­ten by some­one else, and told, ‘These are the words, say them’.

Whereas at least here I could have a bit of fun, try some­thing dif­fer­ent, and have a go at a to­tally new area for me. I never thought I would be sat in my kitchen mak­ing a flow­er­pot!

What was the most chal­leng­ing as­pect of the process?

MY HEAD is a weird thing. I’ve got this thing called dys­praxia, so I have a hand-eye co-or­di­na­tion dis­or­der – I’m dyslexic as well – so I find it very dif­fi­cult to do any­thing in­tri­cate.

The only way I can do any­thing is if I can see it, vi­su­alise what I am sup­posed to do.

So when the chal­lenges were given to me, and I was told, ‘ You’re go­ing to do this’, be­cause I couldn’t see what it was go­ing to be like at the end, I did find that re­ally hard.

But I knew it was a bit of fun. I didn’t take it too se­ri­ously; I knew it was a laugh and it was a fam­ily show.

You left your job in the po­lice force for TV. Do you think about what could have been?

YEAH, all the time. So it was 19 years a month or two ago that I joined (the po­lice) and I do won­der all the time what would have hap­pened if I stayed.

I won­der that daily be­cause it was such a great job. It was a tough de­ci­sion to leave.

I get quite jeal­ous of my mates (who are still there). I see them as the ones who are re­ally fly­ing high.

Does work­ing on Crime­watch mean you can al­most merge the two worlds?

EX­ACTLY. I ac­tu­ally did Crime­watch for three years as a po­lice of­fi­cer, so I wasn’t a pre­sen­ter.

It was only be­cause I got of­fered lots of other things that I would al­ways turn down, be­cause I was in the po­lice, that I thought, ‘Well if I don’t try it, I will never know what could be’.

So that’s why I took a break from the po­lice and did some TV and never went back, be­cause it’s the way it panned out.

You never know un­less you try.

You re­cently starred in the All New Monty line-up. What else would you like to do?

I WOULD love to do some more fun things, things where I can show my per­son­al­ity.

I’m re­ally keen on a doc­u­men­tary to talk about dys­praxia and dys­lexia and things like that, be­cause since I was for­mally di­ag­nosed a couple of

years ago, I’ve re­searched it quite a bit and there’s so much that I gen­uinely didn’t know about this.

I’ve been work­ing a lit­tle bit on that to see if I can get it off the ground.

■ Kirstie’s Celebrity Craft Masters is on Chan­nel 4 on Mon­days at 5pm.

Rav Wild­ing and An­gel­lica Bell on Kirstie’s Celebrity Craft Masters Rav Wild­ing pic­tured on the red car­pet, left, and Kirstie All­sopp, above for new show Kirstie’s Celebrity Craft Masters

Rav (back row, third from right) with the stars of ITV’s The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins

A young Rav, back right, with the BBC’s Crime­watch team in 2004

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.