He’s one of the most recognisable faces on telly, and we were lucky enough to catch up with him as he promoted his new range of nuts in a charity shop in London.
From issue 15, Summer 2015
Hello Harry, you’ve just finished a series of TV Burp, will there be more?
Not in the immediate future. I’m having a rest. TV Burp’s very labour intensive and I have to do 20 a year. It’s always the Spring one that’s hard, the autumn one is easier to do because all the big shows are out then – like X Factor. In the Spring we have to be a lot more ingenious – hence a three minute song about Amanda Lamb from a daytime show that no-one’s ever heard of…
You’re being hard on yourself, the Amanda Lamb song was a highlight for us!
Well actually those things can be the most satisfying – what we call ‘small print’, bits where you have to be ingenious. But I really don’t know if I can do it any more. It’s just the stress of it. At the end of TV Burp I felt like, actually this isn’t much fun. This is just work and I’m going a bit mad. I think it would be interesting now if someone else presented it. I did think I’d managed to get Micky Flanagan to do it which would have been great because he’s so different but I don’t think that’s going to happen now.
Is it true when you started you bought your suits from charity shops?
I certainly used to in the eighties and nineties. Back then you could get these beautiful sixties suits in charity shops. It’s a bit different now because you’re buying eighties suits and they’re not really my style, so I get them made. But I still love to go into charity shops. I spend quite a lot of time in Kent – my Mum lives by the coast – and I go down there and visit the local charity shops. They’re great.
Do you think anyone makes a living from submitting clips to You’ve Been Framed?
Well I always fight against the ones that look staged although I don’t choose what goes in really. They deliver the thing to me edited and ready. And sometimes I say “look I can’t say anything funny about that because it’s staged” and they say, “well…just say ‘ouch!'”
You’re involved with Fairtrade – you’ve even got your own Fairtrade nuts. How did that come about?
I was asked some time ago if I’d go to Ghana and see the bananas. And I always love a trip especially one where you’re not a tourist. I’d never been to Africa and apart from it being fascinating, it was immediately clear what a great idea Fairtrade is and how well it works.
I found myself doing bits and pieces for Fairtrade and I eat a lot of nuts and so I had a brainwave that I thought I could do something like Paul Newman with his salad dressing – except without making any money from it!
I went out to Malawi and met the peanut growers there and that was it. My theory is that is everyone went to Africa for a week and met the people there they’d soon switch to Fairtrade.