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TV Quickfire: Alan Carr on the return of Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow for a second series of nostalgic quiz fun

As Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow returns to ITV for a second series, we found out more from the funnyman himself.

Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow is back for another series of nostalgic fun
Georgia Humphreys

WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT ALAN CARR'S EPIC GAMESHOW THIS TIME AROUND?

WE'VE added Name That Tune. I remember that from the distant ages, with Lionel Blair and Maggie Moone, and I was like, "That's a bit of an odd choice". But then, if you watch the American one, it's full-on funky band, live singers singing the songs, and it's so exciting and fun.

You know when you listen to the opening few bars and you've got to guess what the song is? Oh my God, it messes with your head. But I can't wait to do that. They test all the gameplay on me. I'm like a gameshow guinea pig.

BUT BECAUSE OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, THERE'S NO AUDIENCE?

It's just two cameramen and a cleaner, so I hope they cheer quite loudly. But then, I've seen some shows and they pipe in the canned laughter and you're like, "Who's laughing at that? There's no one in the audience!" So, I feel we've got to strike a balance really.

WHY IS THE SHOW SO POPULAR?

I feel the pandemic helps. People were stuck in; they couldn't leave the house. But then also, I think it's tapped into nostalgia. Nostalgia is so powerful, and it was such an odd year, 2020. After the madness of Tiger King, I think people wanted something that was a bit safe. Especially when you're missing your family, you haven't seen your mum and dad; memories of sitting in the lounge on a Saturday night probably tugged a few heartstrings.

DO YOU WATCH GAME SHOWS IN YOUR DOWNTIME?

Would you say Naked Attraction, is that a game show? I love a bit of Tipping Point; I sit there and sometimes the dog starts watching it. The going in and out and the coins falling, it can be quite trance-like.

I like The Chase. Did you hear those rumours, people thought The Governess [Anne Hegerty] was my mum? We did a jokey thing and I pretended she was my mum – and then people thought she actually was my mum.

WHAT ELSE HAS HELPED YOU MAKE IT THROUGH LOCKDOWN?

I've regressed to being 13-year-old Alan. So, I've done a lot of bird watching, and then jigsaws, which I'm getting through like one a week. I mean, it's so boring. This lockdown has definitely been a bit harsher, especially January, February. I'm normally a very upbeat, optimistic person, but even I was going, "When is this ever going to end?".

And then you get a little taster of what might have been, there's whisperings that you might be able to go on holiday, and then you're uplifted – and then it's a £5,000 fine if you do go abroad.

IN RECENT MONTHS, YOU'VE PRESENTED INTERIOR DESIGN MASTERS, YOU DID AN EPISODE OF DNA JOURNEY AND YOU STARTED A PODCAST...

Variety is the spice of life. It's weird because when Chatty Man finished, I was a bit like, "Oh God, what am I going to do now?" I loved that chat show. When things finish, you think, "It's over" but you realise sometimes, it's just the beginning of something else. So, I have been really busy, but they're all very different things.

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOURSELF FROM BURNING OUT?

I mean, seeing 10 very talented interior designers is not hard work – it's an absolute joy. I loved that show, but half of that is because I was so enthusiastic to get out there. I was sick of the sight of my own bloody wallpaper. To see someone else's wallpaper, that was just lovely.

:: Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow is on ITV on Saturday evenings

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