TELLY veteran Richard Madeley will be happy to muck in if he has to clean out the I’m A Celebrity dunny — because he had to deal with an outside loo as a child.
Richard, 65, said the toilet, at his grandparents’ remote farm, was dubbed the “gloryhole”.
And one of his childhood tasks when he visited was having to clean it out.
Richard, ready to pitch in when he enters Gwrych Castle in Conwy on Sunday, recalled: “My father’s parents had a farm in Shropshire.
“We used to spend a lot of time up there in holiday times and stuff like that. They didn’t get full electricity until the late Sixties.
“It was very isolated, or it was then, and they didn’t have an indoor toilet till I was about nine or ten.
“So they had a dunny. It was known in the family as the gloryhole. It was basically a wooden shack in the orchards behind the farmhouse.
“You went in and there was a wooden seat with a hole in it, worn smooth by my grandmother’s cheeks. And, yeah, you sat on that and you did your business.”
The Good Morning Britain host — famed for his TV partnership with wife Judy Finnigan — went on: “Certainly in my earlier years, it was one of our chores — almost the price of staying on the farm, which was fantastic.
“So, yeah, I’ve cleaned out the dunny more than once. Lots of practice. And you know what? You can get used to anything.”
Richard appeared on now-defunct spin-off show Extra Camp a handful of times and his former ruby union star son-in-law James Haskell, 36, was a campmate in 2019.
He said: “I’ve interviewed loads of people who’ve come out of what was the jungle, and obviously is now currently the castle.
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“When a trial comes along, a lot of people, unless they’re phobic about certain types of stuff, are desperate to do them. It gets you out of the camp, gets you out to have a laugh with Ant and Dec, and you get a chance to play what it is basically — a game of forfeits.
“I think going on this programme it’s a bit like going to a great big party with silly forfeit games, and that’s how I’m regarding it.
“I don’t know if we should take it too seriously. It’s meant to be fun. It’s meant to be entertaining. It’s just a television show, and that’s how I see it. It’s only telly.”
Richard shot to fame in 1988 with Judy, now 73, on This Morning. Since they married in 1986 they have rarely been apart.
But Richard is already feeling a little lonely after having been in quarantine for two weeks.
He said: “I think the only other time we’ve spent more than a week apart was two or three years ago when I did The Circle on Channel 4, and we were apart for about ten days.”
He will even miss their 35th wedding anniversary. He added: “That’ll be the first that I’ve missed and it’s a big one.
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“I actually gave her her present a couple weeks ago and a card, which she’s going to open on the day.
“But we’ll make up for it when I come out. I’ll have been freezing my arse off for the last couple of weeks in the castle.
“So we’ll probably go to Florida for a couple of weeks and I’ll thaw out and that’ll be her treat.
“I’ll miss her a huge amount. I spend every day of my life with her, either working with her or in the house.
“So, yeah, I’m already feeling strangely dislocated. She’s my right arm and she’s not here.”
Dad-of-two Richard filmed a video for his new Instagram page earlier this week.
In it he said: “I want to say a final bye-bye to my beloved wife Judy. Bye Judy, bye kids, see you on the other side.”
The show returns on Sunday.
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