ANITA RANI traded rubber boots for skin-tight heels with her new job at a shiny studio.
We’re more used to seeing her brave the elements on BBC One’s Countryfile.
But Anita is now at the helm of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? spin-off Fastest Finger First on ITV.
And the seriousness of an Asian woman cast on one of TV’s biggest quizzes hit home.
Anita said, “The day I walked into the studio for Fastest Finger First, I had a moment where the weight and scale of it was not lost on me.
“I took a step into the studio and had to breathe it all in.
“For me, I’m getting to know that I’m making a change and a difference in my industry – so that, you know, the next generation has it a little easier than me. I keep using my rig for this reason and maybe get a big entertainment job in the process.
Fastest Finger First will span Millionaire’s first round.
Five candidates must put their answers to a multiple-choice question in a specific order.
The two players with the highest score at the end of the round then play each other.
Whoever is in the seat when the horn sounds is accelerated to sit across from Jeremy Clarkson on the Millionaire seat.
This means that the two shows will be perfectly aligned.
Asked if she had approached Jeremy, who juggles TV work with running his own Cotswold farm, for advice, Anita said: ‘No, but he could give me some advice as well on quizzes and advice on farming.
“So when we finally get a catch-up, there’s going to be a lot to talk about. People keep asking me if I’ve had any tips from other quiz presenters.
“But you know, I didn’t ask Matt Baker for advice when I joined Countryfile and I think women can come into this space and still work.”
The new show starts at 4:30 p.m. next Monday, then continues all week at 4 p.m.
Winners will be featured on the new Millionaire series, starting September 3 at 9 p.m.
Anita is just as excited as viewers about the new format.
She said: “I’ve always wanted to do entertainment, ever since I started 20 years ago.
“I’ve spent my whole life watching it. It was massive – a real sit-down date to watch family TV. . . the great entertainment quiz show.
“Bring it on.”
candy for the jungle
GREAT British Bake Off winner Candice Brown is itching to tackle a much less savory reality show.
The 2016 champion has her eyes set on ITV’s upcoming I’m A Celebrity series. . . bushtucker trials and all.
Despite years of experimentation in the kitchen, she admits the famous food challenges would be tough – but she’s willing to test herself.
In an exclusive chat, she said, “I would eat a kangaroo bollock, no problem. Well, I say “no problem”. . . I would make a hell of a show of it. I won’t eat peas so a kangaroo bollock is a push.
“But I would give it a good shot. I love a challenge and would love the opportunity to show up for myself.
“Because I like to surpass myself, push my limits and test myself.”
Meanwhile, she would also be willing to return to the Bake Off tent, should the opportunity arise.
Candice admitted: “I would absolutely get my ass back on an all-star series – I still have no interest in decorating.
“They are too good for me. I’m all about flavor. I can’t mess around with decorating.
But she added: “I would. I went back and did the New Years version.
“Why wouldn’t I? I loved every second so the chance to get back in the tent? Yes, all day.
Jenna’s future in the past
JENNA Coleman isn’t ruling out a return to Doctor Who.
She played Clara Oswald, a sidekick to Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi’s Time Lords, and said, “It could happen in the future.
“Clara’s probably broken down somewhere in time and space, trying to figure out how to operate a TARDIS.”
Lots of Rosies
ROSIE Jones really got into the spirit of adventure while filming the second series of her travel show.
The comedian is back with another Trip Hazard tour – and for one episode, TV presenter AJ Odudu did a whiskey tasting in Scotland.
And Rosie definitely enjoyed every drink, eventually getting watered down.
She revealed: “Whiskey is not my drink. I wanted to become one of those whiskey experts, but I’m still a lager. I used to smoke.
Later in the series, Rosie is joined by guests such as Guz Khan and Lady Leshurr, and one of the other destinations Blackpool.
Watch the fun of tomorrow on Channel 4 at 10 p.m.
Gemma is streets ahead
FOOTIE great Michael Owen admits the tables have turned when it comes to the fame game.
He is one of our most recognizable former players, but takes second place to his daughter Gemma after her time on Love Island this year.
Michael said: “I walk down the street and people say, ‘That’s Gemma Owen’s dad’.”
The former Liverpool and Man United striker has also opened up on Gemma’s appearance at the villa for the first time.
He told the Off The Ball podcast: “It wasn’t the best conversation when she first asked me to go to Love Island, I have to admit.
“I probably watched 30% of the show. On the days I wasn’t watching, I was on the phone with my wife at 10:05 a.m. saying, “How did she do it?”
“I was worried about the stigma. We all know what people perceive when going there and that was my main concern.
Useless but not without love
RICHARD Osman has revealed he will marry Doctor Who actress Ingrid Oliver in a winter wedding this year.
The former Pointless host has confirmed that they will be getting married in December.
Richard added that his two children Ruby and Sonny, from a previous marriage, will be by his side.
He told You Magazine: “I love my two children very much and I suspect they love me back.”
Hot rob on cold shower
ROB Brydon is forced to use a garden hose to indulge his love of cold water therapy.
The convert cannot find cold enough water from the indoor supply.
Rob, who plays Uncle Bryn in Gavin & Stacey, said: “I find it very difficult to get cold, cold water in the house because it goes through the system. It’s lukewarm at best.
“What I do now, I just attach the hose to a shower head in the garden so you get the cold water.”
The treatment gained popularity thanks to the BBC Freeze series The Fear by Wim Hof.
But Rob isn’t quite at iceman level yet.
He added: “When you take a cold shower in the garden, I always wonder what part of me should I put in it.
“Should it be around my heart to get the blood flowing, should it be my head?”
I’ll stick to a warm bubble bath.