Interview: Bill Bailey and Emily Atack on New Series This Is My House

Interview: Bill Bailey and Emily Atack on New Series This Is My House

Stacey Dooley hosts this brand new, prime-time series in which four people all claim to own the same house and be the same person. The catch: only one of them is telling the truth - the other three are actors.

The celebrity panel - Bill Bailey, Emily Atack, Judi Love, Jamali Maddix and guest panelist Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen - must correctly pick the true homeowner. If they get it right the homeowner wins a cash prize, get it wrong and the homeowner wins nothing.

This Is My House starts on Wednesday, 24 March, 9pm, BBC One

Read interviews wih Bill Bailey and Emily Atack below.

 

Bill Bailey Interview

Tell us about your role on the show.

I am part of the team that tries to figure out the true owner of the house.

What made you want to be a part of the show?

I liked the idea, I think it’s a very entertaining premise. Particularly over lockdown, when the many video calls have shown us all how curious we are about the lives of others , and how the backgrounds of video calls have generated as much interest as the calls themselves. This show is quite fascinating as it’s not just about people’s houses, but it also gives us a glimpse into other people’s lives.

Who had the best eye for honesty on the panel?

I think everyone displayed good intuition, especially Jamali who seemed to have a good instinct for investigating.

What were you looking for when trying to identify the real homeowner?

I think it’s the little details which give them away.

Were there any surprises or shocking moments during filming?

Quite a few. It’s a lot harder than you think to identify the real owners and we were caught out a few times.

What have you learnt about your fellow panellists?

I think it was surprising how much of all of our own life experiences were brought to bear for this show.

Was there any competition between the panel?

We’re all quite competitive and as you’ll see, the show is quite intriguing and you quickly find yourself drawn into it.

 

Emily Atack Interview

 

Emily Atack

 

Tell us about your role on the show.

Aside from head snack eater, along with a panel of lovely and amazing people, I’ll be watching four random people claiming to be the owner of a mysterious house. We’ll receive clues and through the process of elimination, we are trying to work out who’s the real owner of that house. It’s a fun discussion, where we have to work out who is the real fibber.

What made you want to be a part of the show?

I was told I had to sit in a gorgeous house, eating snacks with Bill Bailey, doing a bit of people watching and nosing around other people’s houses… it’s ideal really!

Who had the best eye for honesty on the panel?

It was interesting because I think we all thought we’d be really good judges of character and figure it out straight away, but it was SO much harder than we thought!

What were you looking for when trying to identify the real homeowner?

It changed all the time, which was another really interesting aspect during filming. The more we filmed the more we thought we could figure it out and learn from the last. It was quite funny when there was pets involved because we just assumed they would run straight to the owner, but they often didn’t. The dog was just generally confused as to why a load of strangers were in its owners' bedroom!

Were there any surprises or shocking moments during filming?

When we eventually found out who the real homeowners where, some of the reveals were definitely huge shocks! I think the biggest surprise was just how much harder it was to play than we thought. Viewers are going to get really hooked on guessing along at home.

What have you learnt about your fellow panellists?

I honestly have made lifelong friends out of them all! They are all absolute legends, and Jamali should actually be a detective, he got really stuck in with finding out the real homeowners, his commitment was really impressive.

Was there any competition between the panel?

Not at all, we all got on so well and laughed our entire way through it! I loved enjoying their company so much. I think the only actual competition was seeing who could polish off all the sweets quickest out of me and Judi!

 

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