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Quick chat with... Nick Knowles ; DIY SOS and Real Rescues presenter Nick Knowles on old and new ventures, including quiz show Break The Safe

July 27, 2013


TELL US A BIT ABOUT BREAK THE SAFE It's about relationships basically - brothers, sisters, mums and sons, best friends etc - coming in pairs to play in a game where they have to work together, to answer questions, to earn money and trust each other about how much they know about each other's knowledge. It's a real tension- comedy show. IT'S OBVIOUSLY VERY DIFFERENT TO DIY SOS, SO YOU'RE GETTING PLENTY OF VARIETY IN YOUR PRESENTING My whole career I've made sure that the next thing I do is nothing like the last thing I did. But I'm at the point now where the audience, I think, will pretty much let me do any kind of programme. I can go off and do a nine-week natural history programme in Africa, or I can do Saturday night quiz shows, or I can do a building programme. Because the audience knows who I am, it kind of doesn't matter what programme I turn up on, as long as it's entertaining and interesting and gets the viewing figures.

SO CAN WE EXPECT MORE DIY SOS? Yep! We've got six Big Builds already made, ready for the BBC to broadcast, and the next series, there's a minimum of 12 still to come out.

WHY DO YOU THINK THE SHOW IS STILL SO POPULAR WITH AUDIENCES AFTER ALL THESE YEARS? Because it does a few things. It reaffirms your faith in humankind because you see people who are going through incredibly difficult circumstances - who are battling against it and surviving. It represents working-class people in this country in a good light, people who are working class and making a living. Whereas in almost every other representative of working class people, they're either scumbags or they're nicking something or they're rogue traders or cowboy builders. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHT? Your career highlight is whatever you're doing next. Two years ago I wrote my first feature film, so I'm making it next year. It's not been easy. I'm just putting the finishing touches to my first novel, I'm writing my second film at the moment, I've got prime time Saturday night on BBC1, I've got DIY SOS running mid- week, I've got Perfection which is a successful afternoon show. I don't tend to look back at what I've done, more 'what am I going to do next?'

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