Dan Walker: BBC Breakfast host calls in favours from contacts to decorate house for TV

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Dan Walker gave a rare insight into his home, when he was forced to film from there during lockdown. The BBC Breakfast presenter opened up about his biggest “challenges” being stuck indoors, as he admitted to calling in a few favours from pals.

The 43-year-old, who also presents Football Focus, detailed his struggles during the first UK lockdown, which started in March last year.

The golf-enthusiast continued to present the BBC sports programme from his house – a show he has fronted for over a decade.

Dan, who lives in Shefffield with his wife Sarah Walker and the couple’s three children, took to the family’s spare bedroom via video link for the weekly instalments.

But the Breakfast host revealed a slight problem with his backdrop, which meant he needed some assistance.

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He revealed he had to make a few calls to his industry pals to provide some help.

“The biggest challenge was the shelving behind me,” Dan explained. “It’s very hard to make your shelves look interesting but I’ve got to say I did outdo myself.”

He continued: “I rang every contact I had in the footballing world and said, ‘Listen. The only room I can present from in my house is a spare bedroom. And it’s got more shelves than you can shake a stick at. And I don’t have that many books.’

“I got my mate from Adidas, my mate from Nike, my mate from Umbro and they all sent me loads of footballs. I also got some football boots.”

The gifting didn’t stop there as Dan revealed viewers began to send him various things to add to his collection.

“People started sending me art like the [Italian footballer] Alessandro Del-Perio statue,” Dan chuckled.

“I went and raided my Star Wars collection and put them all over the shelves.

“People were so starved of sport – we were the only sports programme on at the time – people started paying more attention to what was on my shelves than the programme.”

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He added: “I borrowed my kid’s lightboard and kept putting stupid messages on each week.”

The Breakfast host’s quick thinking appeared to have worked as he explained the production team completed 52 shows over the course of 50 weeks from home.

Dan commented: “I think people really appreciated that. We had some fantastic guests, basically, every Premier League manager on a Zoom call.

“I think when [lockdown] started you didn’t know how long it was going to go on for.”

He added: “Although we’re in the midst of it I’m just thankful I’ve been able to work throughout.”

In addition to his role on Breakfast and Football Focus, Dan also hosts The NFL Show.

He previously revealed that he was dropped from talkSport in the early part of his career after he turned up late.

“The controller phoned me up the next morning and said, ‘Don’t bother coming in today. You’re sacked,'” Dan recalled.

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