Sunday with Alan Davies: ‘It’s very football-focused at the moment’

What time are you up? At the same time as any other day because five-year-olds have an internal clock. If we’re lucky, he’ll sleep until seven. But we also got a puppy in January, and at about 6.30am she starts to let everyone know that she’s awake.

Sunday morning? It’s very football-focused at the moment. The five-year-old has football training at 9am, which is out the back of our house. So I go to watch him play for an hour after a bit of breakfast. The older kids don’t want to get dressed particularly, but they play football after that, so we might go and watch them, too. That’s half the day done.

Sunday lunch? I eat fish, but no meat, so there’s no big Sunday roast. Occasionally I’ll cook salmon steaks with olive oil and garlic, which is lush. Or a veggie cottage pie with vegan mince, which the kids can’t tell isn’t meat so they eat it until the older one tells them it isn’t, and then they say they don’t like it. It drives me mad.

What makes Sundays special for you? It’s all the family together, with nowhere to be – I don’t have to work. I’ll get the paper, there might be some sport on the telly. Friends of the kids who live next door will come over; everything is so localised since the pandemic.

What were Sundays like growing up? We were a very sport-oriented family so I’d play football with my brother in the back garden. Quite often we’d go over to my Uncle Pat and Auntie Carol’s. They were very kind to us kids and took us in after my mum died when I was six. Uncle Pat was really funny. We’d have lunch there so there was a lot of pulling of wishbones and Dutch apple pie with custard, while my grandad watched the cricket on the telly.

What’s on TV? My wife, Katie, and I are the same as a lot of people: we like to find a box set. At the moment it’s Mare of Easttown – we’re full of admiration for Kate Winslet.

Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled starts on 27 July on Dave, catch up on UKTV Play

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