5 minutes with… Pam Rhodes

The familiar face of BBC One’s Songs Of Praise, Pam interviews guests as varied as The Pope and Dolly Parton. A mum, grandmum and author, Pam lives with her husband in Bedfordshire where she runs a cat sanctuary. Here we get the chance to interview her for a change!

Casting the NetWho was the first person you spoke to this morning? 

My husband, Richard – although as I’m a morning lark and he’s a night owl, I’m not sure he was listening!

What would be your perfect day? 

Sunday at home with everyone round for a big family lunch. I really enjoy cooking.

What did you want to be when you were younger? 

A ballerina before I was 14 – and Paul McCartney’s wife after.

What superpower would you like?

To be able to be in two places at one time – I’d get twice as much done!

What are you most proud of?

That my Mum was my very best friend – and now she’s gone, my daughter says I’m her best friend, too.

What are you currently reading, watching and listening to?

I’m watching The Taste as I’m addicted to cookery programmes – and I’ve just discovered the great voice of Gregory Porter.

What inspires you? 

Small everyday successes that are actually huge steps forward.

What would surprise people about you?

I run a large cattery in which we regularly look after around 20 RSPCA cats while new owners are found for them.

What is your most treasured possession?

A picture of my mum that looks so natural I feel she could speak.

Who would you like to be stranded on a desert island with? 

Jonathan Sachs, who until recently was the Chief Rabbi in the UK. He’s witty, wise – and a great storyteller.

What would you like to be better at?

Playing the piano. I taught myself – but I’d love to learn properly.

– Pam’s new book Casting the Net (Lion Books £7.99), the second in The Dunbridge Chronicles trilogy, is out now.

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