Clare Balding at the 2012 BAFTASShe became the nation’s newest treasure in 2012, and now Clare Balding is heading into 2013 presenting a brand new primetime TV show, Britain’s Brightest.

‘Obviously because it’s Saturday night, I’ve got to glam up a bit,’ she says. ‘There will be a few people who go, “Oh, I don’t like what she’s wearing”.’

Clare, 41, admits the gameshow is a bit of a risk. ‘I’m putting myself into a different genre – I’m therefore saying to the public, “Can you accept me in a completely different format?”

‘But I don’t know whether a chat show isn’t pushing it too far!’