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'That Puppet Game Show' host Dougie Colon: 'We never eat our co-stars'

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That Puppet Game Show makes its debut on BBC One tonight.

The new Saturday night entertainment format will see two celebrities go head-to-head in a number of madcap games to win £10,000 for their chosen charity. Jonathan Ross, Vernon Kay, Tess Daly, Gary Lineker, Claudia Winkleman, Katherine Jenkins and Freddie Flintoff are among the famous faces taking part in the series.

Each game focuses on a different subject, including sport, science, celebrity, nature, music and mental agility, and each will be hosted by a different puppet who is an expert in that particular field.

Digital Spy had a chat with the show's host Dougie Colon to find out more about it.

That Puppet Game Show

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That Puppet Game Show



You have quite an unfortunate surname. Does that annoy you?
"Well, I wouldn't say it were unfortunate, it's just people mispronounce it all the time. It's like cologne - but without the silent 'g' - which is nuts really. You know, what is the point in silent letters? We don't have silent numbers, do we? Or maybe we do and we've just never heard them."

You've been compared to Vernon Kay quite a bit. Do you consider him a friend or a rival?
"Vernon is most definitely a friend, he is a brilliant bloke. We only get compared because we come from the same part of the world, but we are very different."

You seem to be a slick TV presenter, but we've never seen you before. What experience have you got?
"Well... very little to be honest, but I got the hang of it pretty quick, I'm pretty clever with words and all that... and it's not rocket surgery or... brain science... what?... You know what I mean."

The Voice UK is looking for some new coaches. Would you fancy helping the BBC out on their other big entertainment show?
"Oh yeah, I'll do anything for a laugh. I can sing too, I won the Brightstone holiday camp karaoke two years in a row. I love the spinny chair things on The Voice as well, and all the mumbling and subtitles, and will.i.am's costumes from the future, and when Jessie J-Cloths gets all tearful and hugs people that didn't win anything... except a hug from Jessie."

That Puppet Game Show

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That Puppet Game Show



Would you like to try Strictly?
"Love to, love to... I can do 'Agadoo', 'The Macerena' and 'Oops Upside Ya Head'. Do you think that'd be enough?"

Who were your favourite celeb guests on the show and why?
"I enjoyed working with them all, they were all totally up for it which makes it a good laff. But if I had to choose, then Mel Giedroyc from The Great British Bake Off, she couldn't keep her hands off me, continually stroking me, and she's completely adorable. But the Freddie Flintoff vs Gary Lineker episode is a very competitive one because they're sportsmen, and they just really don't want to lose. Which is funny when they've got to squeeze our hot dogs to make them sing song lyrics in the correct order or do bird calls to our exotic birds, or generally get amongst it."

There were a lot of sausages in the first episode. Are you guys all veggies or do you eat the sausages at the end of the show?
"Well, Digital Spy guy, technically they're hot dogs - and we have veggies and carnivores in the production office. Also, noooooo, we would never eat our co-stars on the show... even though we did lose one at the crew barbecue earlier in the summer."

Do you think That Puppet Game Show can become bigger than The X Factor?
"Hey, they do their thing and we do ours. I did audition for it a few years back, and they wouldn't let me do it - the researcher lady said I wasn't allowed on the stage because I was too flammable, or inflammable or whatever one it is that means you're a fire risk. I was not a fire risk, but I was furious, all that time queuing for nothing. So I bought a prawn sandwich and some Percy Pigs in M&S to cheer myself up."

BBC One's 'That Puppet Game Show' characters

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BBC One's 'That Puppet Game Show' characters



Who would be your dream guest?
"Jim Carrey or... BBC arts correspondent Will Gompertz and his ker-azy hair-do. Why has nobody told him, can we tell him, Digital Spy? Have you got his number? Come on give us it, then we end this hair blunder forever... honestly, he looks like an off duty clown, it's not right."

What other TV shows would you like to present?
"The Apprentice: You're fired. I love The Apprentice so much, especially when they get them to make commercials - I literally know a 4-year-old down our road who could make better commercials on her Mum's smart phone. I like all of Lord Sugar's sarky comments - hilarious - he's a like a wrinkly bloodhound-faced stand-up comedian barking puns at a load of business chimps. TV gold, that."

That Puppet Game Show starts tonight on BBC One at 6.45pm.

Watch a trailer for the series below:

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