- Cannot pronounce the sound 'r'.
- Appeared in television commercials as a child; his first was in 1970 for the cereal Kellogg's Rice Krispies.
- Met his wife when she was 16 and he was 24.
- In 2005 he was awarded the OBE for his services to broadcasting.
- Has a number of exotic pets including an iguana, two salamanders and several ferrets.
- Is close friends with comedian Ricky Gervais.
- Lost his dear pet pug Mr. Pickle in an accident while on a train during filming of a travelogue show in 2011.