The best performance you’ve seen on TV
Michael Chiklis in The Shield, which is maybe my favorite TV show. Before Chiklis took on the role of Detective Vic Mackey, you would never have chosen him to play a maverick, complicated and tragic antihero. But he’s so engaging. The character is despicable, but somehow, thanks to his performance, you still want Mackey to get away with all the terrible things he continues to do for seven seasons. The show is not getting the respect it deserves.
The show you wish you had organized
The Big Breakfast: It made me want to be a presenter. I looked at Johnny Vaughan and knew I wanted to be as good as him. It was such a fun, lively and intimate spectacle. You felt like you were part of something. My very first gig on television was working on [Channel 4’s] RI: SE – an extremely pale imitation. My excitement about being there quickly dissipated when I realized that everyone hated it and it wasn’t that good. RI: SE wasn’t worth getting up so early, but the Big Breakfast would have been.
The show that should never have been canceled …
Darkplace by Garth Marenghi – it’s criminal there are only six episodes. The spectacle is truly insane – it takes place in a hospital built on a portal to hell. Garth Marenghi, played by genius Matthew Holness, is an author, dream weaver and visionary in a show within a show. There’s an episode with an alien broccoli invasion; another where the Scottish haze descends on the hospital. Marenghi is writing a book called The Ooze: Can Water Die ?. I implore anyone who hasn’t watched it to do so, then petition for a reboot. I would use my own money to do the second set.
… And the show that should be canceled
Richard Osman’s House of Games. It’s too good-looking, too fun, too smart, and – to have been there myself – too fun to be a part of. Frankly, it’s perfect. This is exactly the kind of show that I would have liked to create. Honestly, it’s boring. Get rid of it.
Your favorite TV moment
In Succession season two, when Roman Roy [Kieran Culkin] is at his sister’s wedding. He knows his rocket is launched in China and goes to check how it went. He goes to the bathroom, takes out his phone and watches it explode on take off. He puts his phone back in his pocket and joins the party. Performance and vanity are perfect.
Your favorite show when you were 10
Black viper; it was very risky. One of my most vivid childhood memories is almost making my father suffocate in a mixture of horror and joy, when we had dinner with my grandparents and I quoted the baby-eating bishop of Bath and Wells: “I will do anything to anything: animal, plant or mineral. It’s a great line, but a 10-year-old probably shouldn’t have said it.
The role you wish you had never turned down
About nine years ago, I was offered a role in a Peruvian feature film. The director – Alvaro Velarde – found me after watching old T4 clips online. He wanted me to go to Peru to star in his film in Spanish. To be clear, I don’t speak Spanish and I can’t act. I asked if the role was an English TV presenter and he said no I would be a mustached Peruvian man unhappy with his wife and in love with the male owner of the hotel he was staying at. Velarde was somehow convinced that I would be perfect. Daisy Haggard was chosen as my wife; she was just told to learn Spanish and to bring her own shoes. In the end, we both pulled out, which I very much regret.
Rick Edwards co-anime The Chop: Brittany‘s Top Woodworker, which starts Thursday at 9 p.m. on Sky History