Davina McCall has revealed that it felt odd to pre-record her new Channel 4 game show 5 Minutes To A Fortune – as she is so used to doing live TV.

The former Big Brother presenter, who has also fronted the likes of Million Pound Drop and Got To Dance, admitted it took a while to get used to the format – but added that it did have its advantages.

“There’s something about being able to complete a lot of shows in a short amount of time that’s quite freeing, especially for me as a mum,” Davina said.

The mother-of-three added: “I can do the whole recording in a couple of weeks and it’s done and dusted and there’s more time with the family.”

5 Minutes To A Fortune, which begins on Saturday evening, is centred on a giant hourglass, containing £50,000 for regular contestants who play on the weekl and £100,000 for the celebrity couples who take part for charity on a Saturday night.



In order to win as much money as possible contestants need to work together to complete five challenges in just five minutes each.

Meanwhile, Davina has confessed that she is not worried about getting older, despite so-called ‘ageism’ within showbiz.

The 45-year-old told the Mirror: “It’s not showbiz that’s ageist, it’s the world.

“If I get short of work, that’s just what happens. You’ve just got to get on with it. I’m making the most of life while I can.

She added: “I try and look after myself but I have no intention of growing old gracefully. I wear Ugg boots and leopard prints – I’m a bit Julie Goodyear on the clothing front! The older you get, the less you care.”

5 Minutes To A Fortune begins on Channel 4 at 5.10pm, with Anne Widdecombe and Anton du Beke among the first celebrity participants.