My TV Life: Phil Tufnell | Television and radio | Show biz & TV

What was your first TV memory?

Being allowed to stay awake with my dad and brother to watch Match Of The Day in the 70s. There were a lot of beige suits and brown ties.

Who was your first TV crush?

Pamela Anderson on Alert in Malibu! But before her, it could have been Joanna Lumley. Oh, and Debbie Harry of course. I remember seeing her on Top Of The Pops and those first emotions… the music was good too.

What was your first appearance on television?

Besides acting and doing a few little interviews, it was on Question Of Sport – showing up in civilian clothes, with a fishy hairstyle … it was almost like a badge of honor. Mom and Dad didn’t admit that I had done anything until I was invited to Question Of Sport.

What’s your favorite show right now?

So much… all sports, of course, but I like documentaries where they reenact real crimes.

What TV show would you take to a desert island?

Only madmen and horses. I remember watching that and bursting out laughing. It was the best sitcom ever, the characters were relatable and the scripts sublime.

What TV show would you like to put out of its misery?

I don’t really like these Real Housewives shows, but my wife loves them, so I go up and watch sports.

The most guilty TV fun?

I love watching cooking shows, but I eat beans on toast. I love all of Rick Stein’s stuff, especially his French Odyssey series when he was touring the south of France on a barge. I also really like Gone Fishing, the tranquility invades you.

What are you doing at the moment?

I have my new book, How Not to Be a Cricketer, and I also got into the wine industry with a line called Tuffers’ Tipples with Virgin Wine. I really enjoyed tasting them all.

How Not To Be A Cricketer by Phil Tufnell (Simon & Schuster, £ 20) is out now

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