From Downton Abbey to the Olympics and The Walking Dead to TOWIE, the X Factor host and devout Arsenal fan (remember that, it'll be important later) covered pretty much all the best bits of the box from the last 12 months - and even dared to address Strictly Come Dancing's rise to dominance. We just hope Simon Cowell isn't reading...
What was your TV highlight of 2012?
"It's hard to look beyond the Olympics. [Super Saturday] was a proper one of those I'm glad [I saw]. It was like watching Rocky or something, so that probably would be mine.
"In terms of drama, Lady Sybil dying in Downtown Abbey literally just knocked me and my wife for six. We were like, 'What? She can't be dead'. Man, we were bawling our eyes out. And The Walking Dead Rick's wife when she died through the caesarean, that killed us as well."
What TV shows get you reaching for the 'off' button, and why?
"You don't want to be bitchy about anyone, but I've never been a fan of the constructed reality stuff [like] The Only Way Is Essex. My Twitter feed went mad [when] they did it live... [how] would someone think that show would work? TOWIE... wouldn't be my cup of tea."
Left: Downton Abbey / Right: Chloe Sims on TOWIE live
So if you could cameo in any TV show what would it be?
"I wouldn't want a cameo man, I'd want a full part. I'd want a full part in Downton or The Walking Dead, they're probably my two favourite shows right now."
Well, you've already dressed up as a Downton lady...
"Not enough, not enough, man."
So what TV DVD box set would you take to a desert island?
"My wife's Scandinavian and it's one of those awful things where [the 'Scandi crime' phenomenon] passed us by, so it'd probably be The Killing. But then, I've always been a huge West Wing fan, so I could easily watch The West Wing over and over again."
What would you prefer, for Arsenal to win the Champions League or for you to finally beat Ant and Dec at the NTAs?
"Oh no, man! Arsenal have got more chance of winning the Champions League. I would say Arsenal. I know it's going to sound like a clichéd answer, but it's great to get nominated. You're never really in the game to win awards. But I like to think of myself as Arsenal and Ant and Dec as Manchester United, so the chances of me beating them are very slim indeed."
So do you think Ant and Dec are a sure thing for the 'Entertainment Presenter' award?
"I don't know. There's two of them, they're very good, they're very popular and they're always on telly. You know what, they deserve it every year. It's not like I look at it and go, 'The injustice of it all'. They're really, really good at their jobs, so it doesn't bother me that much."
What was your favourite TV show as a child?
"I think partly the reason I got so excited when they asked me to do The X Factor is I grew up watching Saturday night television - The Generation Game with Bruce Forsyth, Terry Wogan. Wogan's chat show was probably my favourite show when I was a kid because we watched it as a family."
You should have your own chat show.
"Well, thank you. I'd like one eventually, but I think there's quite a few around at the moment so there's no room for another one."
Or maybe you could bring back The Generation Game...
"We don't want that to happen either. Maybe This Is Your Life, I'd quite like to do that. I think there's room for This Is Your Life. We've got Life Stories but that's a very different show.
"I think there's room for it in the schedules, but you have to be over about 45 I think is the qualification. You wouldn't want to scrape the bottom of the barrel with the guests, you've got to have proper legends doing it. And you'd have to reinvent it as well."
Left: Matt Baker and Alex Jones on The One Show / Right: Louis Smith wins Strictly
What is your TV guilty pleasure?
"There's that show, they don't really make it anymore, about Trawlermen on the North Sea. I can't get enough of that s**t, man. That's good stuff. I like Deadliest Catch, but they always catch crabs. They're either going to catch crabs or they're going to die, whereas in Trawlermen there's halibut, there's monkfish."
What other TV shows would you love to present if you had the chance?
"There aren't many, to be honest with you. I'd love to do a music show, we're sort of developing a music show at the moment. What I'd really love to do is a live show every day. I'd love to do a breakfast show, but the viewership's not there, or you do something like The One Show, but I wouldn't want to host [that]."
Would you ever do Strictly Come Dancing if X Factor wasn't on the air anymore?
"No, I don't think so. I don't watch Strictly [because] a) I'm on television when it's on and b) Simon Cowell would kill me. It's probably not the show for me, so there'd kind of be no point. I always think you've got to do what you're interested in."
What about as a dancer? You've shown on X Factor you've got some moves...
"Thank you, I appreciate that. But I'd be going against all my choreographer's wishes."
And I suppose you couldn't bring the Dermettes with you either.
"Trust me, the Dermettes come everywhere with me now, they're a caveat."
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