Dating a widower problems
As for me, I’m preparing to film Through The Keyhole when the make-up artists tell me they also do Ruth’s on Strictly. Ruth is very fond of Mollie King from The ’re not the only one making a new friend, Ruthie! We can have a cuppa together, share meals, go out in the car, even do things we never did before – like watch the same TV programmes.They say they love her because she helps them with their personal problems. ‘She doesn’t tell you the truth but I will.’At the newsagents, a startling realisation hits me. For I have discovered that you can buy almost anything online these days, including a full-size Ruth Langsford cardboard cut-out. I may be getting some funny looks but at least this Ruth doesn’t care if I don’t get round to emptying the dishwasher.A widower pretended that his dying sister gifted him her sprawling estate so he could con his dementia-suffering older brother out of his slice of the £900,000 inheritance, a court has heard.Stephen Keeling, 86, claims his sister Ellen Exler handed him the deeds to her Chichester home before she died in 2012, leaving their brother Frank, 87, to inherit just £3,000.A crisis has engulfed our Saturday morning and, as is somehow customary, my wife is blaming me. Ruth has been offered a place on this year’s Strictly.‘It’s always been my dream to do Strictly,’ she complains. Ruth issued an X-rated retort, turned on her heel and stomped off (more of which later).Standing in the kitchen of our home, Ruth looks at me the way the dog does when I close the fridge door without giving it a tit-bit. Six full hours elapsed until she eventually faced me saying: ‘I’ve been thinking about this all day, I may never be offered this again, you’re right – I’m going to do it! I’d never have heard the end of it.’ Which was immediately followed by a rather more selfish, and pressing, concern: ‘How on earth am I going to cope? Anchoring Loose Women, co-hosting This Morning, filming and editing our series on Channel 5, working with QVC.She’s started waking me when she gets home, so we can say hi.
Then there’s The Curse of Strictly, so-called because so many contestants have left their real-life partners to set up home with their dance partners. I didn’t need Shirley, Darcey, Bruno or Craig to score her technicalities – for me this was an 11 out of 10. ’Exercise exhausts me but Ruthie is thriving on it. Fortunately, she has underestimated how sneaky we are... I reply with the same trepidation I imagine is familiar to bomb disposal experts, hoping at the same time to inspire motivation. If it were, you would do it.’I’m not sure it hit the right spot.