The third series of Country House Rescue, which went out in spring of 2011, was my last as presenter. The amount of time it took to film – from February to late October – not to mention the huge amount of off-camera work in between, had becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate. What with Hotel Inspector and Hotel Rescue, I have spent the greater part of seven consecutive years on location and I really felt it was time to call a halt. It was a fascinating and stimulating experience, but it is wonderful to have my life back!
My first foray into television presenting was for Five, back in 2004, when I filmed a series called The Hotel Inspector. Actually, 'series' is a bit of a misnomer as it was only three programmes, albeit it took nearly a year to film them. It proved to be an unexpected success because despite going out with absolutely no publicity it still pulled in far more viewers than Five was used to getting. I went on to make a second and third series, before deciding I'd had enough of criticising dirty showers and appalling sausages.
I then moved to C4 where I made the aforesaid Country House Rescue and one series of Hotel Rescue (which should have been re-commissioned but wasn't – ah well, it's happened to better people than me).
There are various other projects in the pipe line but, if they come to fruition, they will not involve make-overs or hugely extended filming periods.