Sunday with Les Dennis: ‘Popcorn and a lovely glass of wine’

The comic on tidying the kitchen (but putting things in the wrong place), turning up for a gig a week early and earning his kids’ love with slow roast pork

Early riser? No. Our cat Libby doesn’t know it’s a Sunday and jumps on me at 5.50am, so I’ll get up and watch some of yesterday’s Match of the Day to pretend I’m a devoted football fan and wait for the kids to surface by the end of Sunday Morning Live.

Sundays growing up? I remember them vividly as the day my dad would cook breakfast, cursing ‘these bloody eggs’ as the fat splattered all over him. He’d head to the pub for his three pints and I’d be my mum’s commis chef, peeling potatoes and picking mint. We’d watch the BBC Light Programme and The Ken Dodd Laughter Show and I’d think, ‘That’s what I want to do for a living.’

What’s for lunch? My recent Jamie Oliver six-and-a-half-hour slow-roast pork was a big hit. I’ll prep through Michael Ball and Elaine Paige on Radio 2 so I can make the one meal that guarantees my kids’ love.

Sunday housework? I like to keep a tidy kitchen, but my wife, Claire, will do the proper deep clean. Apparently, I don’t put things away in the right place.

Worst Sunday disaster? I was once made to feel guilty about missing a family party because I had a gig in Hull. I drove all the way there, walked into the club… and realised I was a week early.

Love or dread Monday mornings? I don’t mind them – I don’t do 9-5. If it’s the first day of rehearsal I’ll be a bit nervous. It’s like the first day of school.

Sunday evenings? Claire and I will have a lovely glass of wine and make popcorn and watch a movie with the kids. We take it in turns to pick. I’ve thrown in some classics: Big, Turner & Hooch and some musical theatre, like Newsies on Disney+.

Last thing before lights off? I’m reading the brilliant Let’s Do It: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood by Jasper Rees. I’m in it because Victoria and I were on New Faces in 1974. We both lost.

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Rich Pelley

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