TV Quickfire: Keith Lemon on new series of celeb homes show Through The Keyhole
Keith Lemon (45) is set to snoop around more top celebrities' homes as Through The Keyhole returns to ITV with a sixth series. We quizzed him about the show
IT'S BEEN A BUSY YEAR FOR YOU – TELL US ABOUT THE NEW SERIES OF THROUGH THE KEYHOLE
Yes, I'm as busy as ever, going round people's houses and Celebrity Juicing. But this series of [Keyhole] might be one of the best ones yet – we got great houses and they sent me to America where we did one of my idols from the 80s. I can't tell you who it is, but what a lovely person!
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS SEASON'S PANELLISTS?
One I particularly enjoyed was Caitlyn Jenner. Seeing Caitlyn Jenner conversing with Johnny Vegas, now that's a couple I never thought I'd see getting on well. It was lovely watching them. But again, because she's American, I thought, 'She's not going to know any of these houses, is she?' But she took it upon herself to find out. She went all Miss Marple, picking up on the clues.
ANY CHANGES TO THE SHOW'S FORMAT?
I'll tell you what's exciting about this new series – in the past we've always shown [the audience] whose house it is, but we did get a lot of people on Twitter and other social networks saying, 'I wish you wouldn't show the house because I like playing along'. Well now we don't show the house so you can play along at home with the panellists. You too are a member of the panel.
IT SEEMS YOU'VE NO SHORTAGE OF HOMES TO SNOOP ON, EITHER
We always panic. Every series we go, 'Well, it's probably the last time we're going to do this. Is there any more houses to do?' But as I always say, there's always new celebrities coming up, and new celebrities going down, or someone who is selling their home. [Either way] we're still very interested in where they live. I'm nosy, I like looking into people's houses. It's a lovely job.
IT'S ONE OF MANY TV JOBS FOR YOU. IS IT FAIR TO SAY YOU'RE IN DEMAND?
I don't know if I'm in demand. Normally I'm just knocking on doors going, 'Let me have a go, please?' But yes, I'm really chuffed. I mean the next series of Celebrity Juice is its 21st series, and last year marked 10 years. Just the fact that Juice got to 10 years was an incredible dream and the next series of Through The Keyhole is series six, so fingers crossed we'll keep going.
CAN YOU EVER SEE YOURSELF COMPETING IN I'M A CELEBRITY... GET ME OUT OF HERE?
No way ever will I go in the jungle – even when I hit rock bottom and I've got no work at all, I'll go work in Hamleys.
WHAT ABOUT OTHER REALITY SHOWS?
I'd never do Strictly. Ashley [Roberts] told me how hard it is and I'm good friends with Emma Bunton, who did it years ago, and she was tired. It's really hard work, so I wouldn't do that one. And Big Brother has ended and I never would have done that. I like watching it all though.
IS THERE A DREAM JOB?
I can't tell you because some dream jobs are happening. I've done a cameo in a film which I won't tell you about, but that was really exciting. I really enjoyed it, so more bits like that. I'd like to do a Christmas album with Paddy McGuinness. We talked about it this Christmas but we didn't fit it in.
:: Through The Keyhole is on ITV, Saturdays