Alan Titchmarsh gives shock Strictly Come Dancing confession
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Alan Titchmarsh, 71, has confessed the BBC have asked him to turn in his garden tools for dancing shoes up to six times in the past few years and appear on Strictly Come Dancing. The gardening hero has reportedly been a target for BBC chiefs for a few years, and the bookies reckon this will be the year they finally get their man, with 2/1 on offer for Titchmarsh to take to the dance floor. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Alan Titchmarsh may final appear on Strictly after years of putting it off if the latest odds are anything to go by.”
But Mr Titchmarsh has told Express.co.uk that his wife, Alison, who was a dance teacher, advised him against it.
Mr Titchmarsh said: “I’ve been asked about five or six times, I’ve declined everytime.
“My wife was a dance teacher and she said my knees wouldn’t take the lifts.
“So, I’ve been advised by my other half that it would not be a good idea.
“I don’t think my children are very keen either.”
Mr Titchmarsh, who is working on his new show in lockdown with Alison, has argued the length of an individual’s lockdown should depend on their health and not age.
The former Garden Force presenter noted younger people with underlying health conditions are much more at risk than over-70s.
His comments come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new lockdown measures but insisted vulnerable Britons should stay at home.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Titchmarsh said: “The length of lockdown for you should depend entirely on your own personal health.
“People in their 20s, 30s and 40s with underlying health issues are far more at risk than fighting-fit 70-year-olds.
“I think it’s got to be based on your general health and it’s easy enough to evaluate with your local GP.
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“They will know whether you should be in lockdown or not. Not just because you’ve hit a magic number.
“Just because someone was 71 two weeks ago, it doesn’t mean to say that they’re not fit.”
The current lockdown rules for the over-70s are for them to take particular care to minimise contact with anyone outside their household.
The Government noted vulnerable people include those aged 70 or over ‘regardless of medical conditions’.
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