Alan Titchmarsh in cheeky dig at Anton Du Beke’s ‘rigid’ Strictly performance ‘Looks stiff

Alan Titchmarsh jokes Anton Du Beke looks ‘rigid’

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At the beginning of Alan Titchmarsh’s ITV show, the gardener was back at Manor Farm in Hampshire along with guest Anton Du Beke and bird handler John Pickton. As Alan introduced the show, he along with the Strictly Come Dancing star spoke about birds of prey with expert John as they held one of their own. Anton, who got to hold a buzzard, looked completely out of his comfort zone and it didn’t go unnoticed by Alan.

Introducing the segment, Alan began: “There’s no better sight than birds of prey on the hunt. Given the chance to get up close and personal with them was an opportunity too good to refuse.

“Joining me now, handler John Pickton and Anton Du Beke.

“You feeling comfortable there?”

As he smiled Anton joked: “Oh, I’m feeling rigid down below I can tell you.”

As John began to talk about the types of bird of prey, Alan quickly interrupted to check on Anton who didn’t look comfortable at all.

“I’ve never seen you more rigid in a dance than what you are at the moment,” Alan joked.

“I mean you look as though you’re about to go on and do the Paso Doble.”

Anton replied to the jibe: “I am so relaxed I can barely contain myself.”

Later on in the programme, Alan sat down with Anton to chat about all things Strictly and the most recent series.

Discussing the most stressful part of Strictly, Anton began: “The most difficult part of Strictly Come Dancing is the moment they go… ‘And dancing…’ It’s Alan’s voice it just makes the legs go numb.

“It’s the worst moment because whatever you think you’ve got planned to do and you think you’re prepared, as soon as the music goes on and it’s your moment, it’s just difficult.”

Alan went on to ask Anton about his previous celebrity dance partners as he said: “They give you the most challenging partner. Anne Widdecombe, Judy Murray, it is difficult.”

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Anton replied: “You want to find yourself with somebody who is obviously great and might have sneakily danced in the past or somebody who literally has had her legs put on back to front.

“But not in the bit in the middle, you can get away with murder.

“I mean what are they going to do? Give you two instead of three?

“It is about entertainment, we don’t want to see a terrible dance, danced straight. We want to see something fabulous and we’ll take our chances on it.”

The conversation soon shifted to Alan asking Anton about his time on the judging panel after he stepped in to replace Motsi Mabuse for two weeks in the last series.

“I loved it,” Anton added. “Because I know what it is like.

“I know what it’s like to be rehearsing all week on a number and then the weekend comes and it’s never quite the same.

I sympathise and empathise with all of that and so for me, I enjoyed commenting on what I saw in front of me and knowing what that journey was to get to that moment.

“The tricky part for me was getting the points out in 15 seconds.”

Alan Titchmarsh: Spring into Summer returns on Monday at 8.30pm on ITV.

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