TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh has said he would love to appear on Strictly Come Dancing – so he could become the next Ann Widdecombe.

The 61-year-old, who hosts a weekday chat show on ITV, revealed that he had previously turned down the chance to appear in the show but would seriously consider it if they asked him again.

“I don’t plan on retiring but I would like to ease up a bit. I’d love to go on Strictly,” he said.

“I’ve been asked but I’ve always been too busy. I’m planning on becoming the next John Sergeant or Ann Widdecombe.”

And a TV insider told the News Of The World that Alan could well be in the frame for the 2011 series of the show.

“The BBC is desperate to get Alan on board for this year’s show, and will be talking to him again,” the source said.

“In previous discussions he confessed he can’t dance but that didn’t stop Ann becoming a very popular contestant.

“Alan has the credentials to go even further. As well as being a clodhopper on the dance floor, he’s suave, funny and handsome – and housewives will vote for him in droves.”