“People criticise Caroline Flack because they think her job is easy – it isn’t,” says voice of Love Island

“I say she’s smashing it,” says Iain Stirling - who has decided he’s coming back next year whether we like it or not


Presenter Caroline Flack has one again been the subject of online hate for her turn on Love Island, but the voice of the show – narrator Iain Stirling – says it’s simply because she has a great job that people want.


“I didn’t even know that was a thing,” Stirling told RadioTimes.com, admitting that their Mallorca base is a hotel filled with German pensioners, so he doesn’t actually see much reaction to the steamy ITV2 show. “The bottom line is everyone thinks they can do it because a good presenter makes it look easy.

“I think it’s because people think it’s an easy job. I can’t think of any other reason. Because if you were there on the night – it’s a massive place that villa – you’ve got to walk around that, you’ve got about 25 questions for what, like eight or nine different guests? You’ve got people in your ear, you’re doing an hour and a half live show… I don’t think she stumbled a line or did anything wrong the whole way through [the final].

“I honestly can’t think what it would be other than she’s got a great job and people want it. I’d say she’s smashing it. When you’ve got a great job, people want that job.”

The series, which sees singletons head to a villa in Mallorca in the hope of finding love, is already confirmed for a third outing next year. The ratings have been through the roof, seeing off competition from the likes of Big Brother and even Game of Thrones. Flack’s return isn’t confirmed, although it seems highly likely she will be back. As for Stirling himself?

“CUE THE JOB!” he joked. “I don’t know if they have actually [asked me]. I’d like to think they have. I think I’ll do it. I’ll bloody be there anyway. I would like to do it again.”

For now, Stirling’s got Edinburgh on his mind with a spot at the Fringe Festival.

“It’s about millennials – my generation – how they’re perceived in society, how they behave in society. It’s about how we were brought up, technology and stuff – how other people see us and what we can do to make the world a better place for us.

“I’m looking forward to having a good rant.”

Stirling then takes a bigger version of the gig on tour in February. He’s hoping some Love Island groupies turn up – “as long as they buy a ticket and don’t just wait outside. As long as they make it financially viable for me” – and next week is filming a sitcom pilot for BBC, which he can’t tell us anything about but says it’s got some “cool” people in it.

And with that nugget of teasing information, Stirling declared he was off to have a cheese toastie for lunch, which was all the more amusing because he genuinely hadn’t made the connection to Love Island’s cheese toastie dramas…

Love Island: Heading Home airs on Sunday 17 July, 9pm ITV2 


Visit Iain’s website for more info on his tour