As Channel 4 prepares for a new series of the quiz where contestants start with £1million and try to hang onto as much of it as possible, Davina McCall, 46, talks about the show’s success, her marriage and her family life.
What do you like best about the show?
“I think it’s quite funny giving people an enormous amount of money which they have to keep hold of. It’s amazing to be with people going through that mental process, and it’s always so clear by the end of any round who wears the trousers in that relationship. I just love presenting it,” Davina told the Mirror.
Is anyone famous coming on the show?
“We’ve got Alan Carr and Nick Grimshaw, Jonathan Ross and his family, and some people from Gogglebox and Educating Yorkshire. It’ll be great.”
And you’re going to be putting together two single contestants, like a blind date. Do you fancy yourself as matchmaker?
“Oh, I’m such a matchmaker. I love it! But ultimately I’m a failure because I haven’t had any weddings. But I’ve had some people who have ‘really enjoyed each other’s company’ if you see what I mean.”
You’ve just notched up 14 years of marriage to Matthew (Robertson, former host of Pet Rescue), 45. How did you celebrate?
“Normally we have a huge party at home, but not this year because I’ve got tons of work on and the party takes lots of organisation. We’ll probably go away for the night later in the summer.”
What are your tips for keeping a relationship alive?
“Remember to look each other in the eyes. It’s so easy to not do this when you’ve been together for years and you’re busy cooking, or looking after kids or just reading the paper over breakfast. But it’s important.”
Do you have date nights or mini-breaks?
“Obviously it’s important to spend time with each other away from the children. It’s hard because when they’re little you just feel very guilty. But often you don’t need a whole week away – three days is enough. Work and children are so time consuming you forget your husband needs time, too. I’m definitely guilty of this. If Matthew says to me, ‘Come on, let’s take our coffee and sit outside’, I’ll be thinking, ‘I’ve got to get the kids’ bags done and I’ve got to this and that’. But that he wants to sit with me in the garden is actually a romantic gesture.”
Your oldest daughter Holly is now 13, while Tilly is 11 and Chester is eight. Do they see you as a cool mum?
“I’m not sure I’m cool! I’m just trying to make them happy, solid, confident people. We always keep our lines of communication open. All our kids are good at telling us if something is bothering them. You have to teach them everything about morals and manners before they’re 12 or 13 because after they’re their own people – independent and going out with their mates more. I don’t dread that, though. I’ve always seen my job as just being the person who makes my kids confident enough to leave home.”
Do they ever find you embarrassing?
“God, yes. They’re embarrassed about me all the time. They say ‘stop singing’ in the car to school and ‘don’t dance, Mum’. However, Holly did get to meet Little Mix with me and it was so sweet – she actually couldn’t speak!”
Where do you stand on using Botox and fillers?
“Looking after your skin is the most important thing you can do. If I’m absolutely honest I’ve never seen a filler look natural. I’ve seen lots of people do Botox and it works brilliantly on frown lines between their eyebrows. I want to look good but I still want to look my age. I don’t want my children to look at me with a strange face and think ‘who is this person?’.”
The Million Pound Drop, Channel 4, Friday, July 11, 8.00pm