Steve Jones is your host as celebrities test their TV trivia knowledge in the new BBC One panel show As Seen On TV…
Usually seen with a glamorous co-presenter by his side, Steve Jones goes solo when he hosts his first panel show, As Seen on TV (starts BBC1, Friday 17 July), in which two teams of celebrities battle it out in a TV trivia quiz. We caught up with the Welsh model-turned-presenter to find out more…
As Seen on TV is like a 21st-century version of Telly Addicts… I’m the guy in the middle and we have two teams of celebrities, captained by Fern Britton and Jason Manford.
I was quite nervous about this job as it’s Jimmy Carr or Dara O’Briain territory… But I laughed a lot making the show, so that bodes well. I guested on Jason’s team on 8 out of 10 Cats and I was totally in awe of Jimmy Carr.
We’ve got some terrific guests… Peter Serafinowicz is such a funny guy and so damn cool. Melanie Sykes was a real favourite – what an incredibly attractive woman! We also have Eamonn Holmes, Dom Joly and Christopher Biggins, who are all great.
My specialist quiz subject would be Star Trek: The Next Generation… I’m awesome on it, I’ll be honest. I have even been to a convention and dressed up as Jean-Luc Picard.
I love any programme about nature… Put The Life of a Gnat on TV and I’d watch it for hours. It’d probably be very interesting, actually!
I’ve got a small part in the new film by Gurinder Chadha, who directed Bend it Like Beckham… I was in her last one, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, and in this one, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, I play a reporter.
Over the summer I’m filming a new show called Drop Zone… It’s a big BBC One adventure series in which groups of people have to get from A to B overcoming a series of obstacles. It starts in Scotland, then moves to Austria, Greece, Turkey and Vietnam.
If you sign me up to do something, I’m 100 per cent into it… That’s why I get lots of work. I don’t want to be a celebrity just for the sake of it. I want to be respected in the industry.