When I was a kid, there was a show called Tales of the Gold Monkey, all about an American pilot in the 1920s who lived on a sea-boat and had adventures. That was the height of glamour in my world and I wanted to be that pilot.
What can’t you miss?
My wife [TV producer Dee Koppang] and I live for drama. If you work in entertainment, you end up not watching it when you get home. The grass is always greener, isn’t it? I love period stuff – Downton Abbey, Foyle’s War and I have The Village and Broadchurch on Sky+.
What will TV be like in 30 years’ time?
I hope it’s not too fragmented – that there are still shows that the whole family can enjoy at the same time and programmes that create those water-cooler moments.
What do you hope will stand the test of time?
Corrie. For me, it’s a brilliant comedic half hour. When it gets the storylines and scripts right, it sings. It’s been around for 50 years already so I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to think it will be around for another 30.
Which programme won’t?
I’m not a massive fan of the constructed reality shows, but I have a horrible feeling they would survive the apocalypse.
What should win the RT Audience Award?
I don’t want to get too schmaltzy but I have to go with the Olympics Opening Ceremony. I was lucky enough to go to a dress rehearsal because my wife worked on the show. It was so exciting because I had no idea what was going to happen. And then Kenneth Branagh popped up, as small as an ant on hill. What a moment!
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