Victoria Derbyshire: ‘I couldn’t get my high heels on in time before a BBC news bulletin’

Born in Lancashire, Victoria Derbyshire, 52, hosted her own Bafta award-winning current affairs show on the BBC from 2015 aan 2020. The winner of two Royal Television Society awards, she currently presents the BBC news. She has launched a podcast for the charity Future Dreams called And Then Came Breast Cancer. She is married with two sons and lives in Surrey.

Wanneer was jy die gelukkigste?
On my wedding day, 21 Julie 2018. Mark and I had been together for 17 years but, having got through breast cancer treatment, we decided we’d finally get married.

What is your greatest fear?
Not living long enough.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Repeating instructions to my sons about jobs to do around the house.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Snobbery.

Wat was jou verleentste oomblik?
I couldn’t get my high heels on in time before a BBC news bulletin, and I whispered, “Oh, my God” to the nation as I was trying to do it.

Wat is u kosbaarste besitting??
My diary.

What would your superpower be?
Remembering everything I’ve ever read.

Wat hou jy die meeste van jou voorkoms??
My nose (too large).

Wat is u onaantreklikste gewoonte??
Repeating myself.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A lawyer.

Wat is die slegste ding wat iemand s'n het het vir jou gesê?
I hope you get cancer again. (A viewer who emailed the BBC after objecting to an interview I did with an England football supporter who booed when the England players took the knee during the Euros.)

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Cadbury’s Dairy Milk.

What do you owe your parents?
I owe my mum my resilience. I owe my father nothing.

Aan wie wil u die meeste jammer sê?, en waarom?
I’m good at saying sorry – so no one, because I’ve already said it.

Hoe voel liefde?
Life-affirming.

What is the worst job you’ve done?
Working in a furniture factory in Warrington when I was 17. It was a summer job, and I had to cover the studs in the back of Chesterfield sofas with leather.

As u u verlede kon wysig, wat sou jy verander?
Nothing.

Hoe gereeld het u seks?
We make an effort.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Having someone to come in every day and tidy my house.

Wat hou jou snags wakker?
My to-do list.

Hoe wil u onthou word??
As someone who cared.

Wat is die belangrikste les wat die lewe jou geleer het??
Live it, because none of us knows how long we’ve got.

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