The One Shows Alex Jones gets TV job shes been waiting for
Alex Jones admits ‘scarring’ her husband as she wants to extend family
In her 13 years presenting the The One Show Alex Jones has warmed her way into the hearts of the viewing public. As comfortable chatting to an A-list celebrity as an ordinary member of the public she exudes warmth and empathy. These are traits that will stand her in good stead in her latest project which she says she’s been “waiting for”.
Reunion Hotel sees the mum-of-three giving people a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be reunited with someone pivotal from their past.
Each episode of the six-part series, set in Iscoyd Park, an 18th-century manor in North Wales, sees three lucky people get the opportunity to tell someone what they mean to them.
“It’s the show I’ve been waiting for because it draws on the skills I’ve learned not just as a broadcaster, but as a wife, mother, friend and daughter,” says Alex.
“These people are sharing stories that they’ve kept hidden for so long, in some cases.
“The show takes you on an emotional rollercoaster – one minute you’re laughing and the next you’re in tears,” she revealed.
In Alex’s case, the person she would reunite with would be her former drama teacher from Maes-yr-Yrfa, a Welsh-language school in Carmarthenshire
“She transformed me. I was a shy child and I don’t know how she did it, but she brought me out of my shell,” she added to Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine.
“I’m so grateful because without it, I don’t think I’d be doing the job I do.
“I don’t think I’d have the same relationships socially. She helped me build myself up.”
Alex also described her former teacher as a “mentor” and said that her influence had been a “turning point” in her life.
Although Alex won’t be reuniting with her on the show, her influence definitely still resonates with the formerly shy teenager.
In a separate interview with BBC, Alex shared that creating her new show was “special”.
She said at the premiere last month: “Being back at Iscoyd Park to watch the first episode of Reunion Hotel was very special.
“This show is an emotional journey as we bring people together that are connected through an incredible story. Watching it with a room full of people, hearing them laugh and even get emotional, is what the show is all about.”
Reunion Hotel is on BBC Two on Thursday’s at 8pm.
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