Rishi Sunak shuts down SNP’s ‘noble’ jibe in House of Commons
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In a candid interview with this week’s Radio Times, the Chancellor said he had strict parents but they allowed him some guilty pleasures. He explained: “We were never allowed to eat in the sitting room, but Saturday nights were the exception.
“We would spread a plastic picnic blanket out and I’d go with my dad to pick up either Pizza Hut or KFC from Portswood, in Southampton, and we – Mum, Dad and my younger brother and sister – would eat on this picnic mat and watch The A-Team, Baywatch and Blind Date, which were on one after the other.”
Mr Sunak, 41, also revealed that despite the BBC being embroiled in controversy recently, he still loved the broadcaster.
He said: “I’m an enormous fan of the BBC.
“It probably comes from living in the States for a very long time.
“When you are abroad, the BBC is your connection with home.
“I was living thousands of miles away in California and the BBC was still my homepage. There’s an emotional attachment to it.”
But he also stressed: “I think it’s also right that national institutions reflect the values and diversity of people living within a society.
“It’s not about appearance, it’s about values and views as well and I know that’s something the BBC always strives to do.”
When asked about non-traditional casting seen in shows such as Bridgerton, where black actors play dukes and duchesses, the Chancellor admitted: “I spend a lot of time watching Bridgerton.”
Questioned about what shaped the TV he saw when he was young, he added: “I watched Bollywood movies, but the big, defining TV thing for probably all Indian
families was Mahabharat.
“It’s an Indian epic based on the ancient book the Mahabharata and is nearly 100 episodes.
“It was a big cultural moment in India, then it came on TV here and took the best part of a year to watch.That was a big deal, a special thing.”
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