This Morning and The Cube host Phillip Schofield is to take on a mammoth 24-hours of live television presenting in aid of the Text Santa charity, but there are a few other things on his mind. Mainly toilet-related issues.
Given that he’ll be live on the air from 11am Monday December 1st right through until 11am Tuesday morning, it’s certainly a concern.
You’ll see Schofield in his usual spot on This Morning, and after that he’ll be live for the entire stint on ITV3 as well as whizzing between all manner of things on ITVs1 and 2, including being a Loose Woman for the day, doing a spot on the weather, chipping in with continuity announcements, a live link to Ant and Dec for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! as well as fielding plenty of famous faces and musical acts dropping by throughout the night.
The presenter is allowed to go to the toilet, of course. And he’s confident about how quickly he can do it. “A minute and forty seconds” is how long he needs for a comfort break, apparently. “I’ve timed it,” he reveals on this Saturday’s Jonathan Ross Show.
But there’s also the worry of “trumping”. Comedian Sarah Millican, who joins Schofield as a guest on the chat show, suggests taking tablets that can eradicate the issue. Or “you can get pants that have charcoal in that absorb it on the way out,” suggests Ross.
The Schofe’s not convinced, though. “I wouldn’t do that,” he says. “You can’t wear special TV charcoal farty pants.” Not necessarily a sentence anyone expected to hear on primetime TV.
Aside from the obvious concern of a lapse in concentration (although scoops like the first look at George Clooney in Downton Abbey and additional on-air challenges for the host should help with that) Schofield is also concerned about minding his Ps and Qs.
“For 24 hours there is no question that I am worried about swearing. I don’t swear a lot, but I do swear and 24 hours is a very good way of forgetting that you’re on the telly.”
Tune in for Schofield’s charity effort from 11am on Monday December 1st and see The Jonathan Ross Show Saturday at 10:50pm on ITV
Text Santa raises money and awareness for six UK-based charities in the run-up to the big night on 19th December. This year’s chosen charities are Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s Society and Together for Short Lives. The other presenters joining Phillip for the three hour show on the 19th are Christine Bleakley, Ant & Dec, Paddy McGuinness and Alesha Dixon. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/textsanta.