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The One Show: The nerves are building after a whirlwind few weeks

Alex Jones Alex Jones | 10:44 UK time, Monday, 16 August 2010

I'll be honest with you, The One Show has been a whirlwind because I've only known for three weeks that I've had the job and everything has happened in the space of about four and a half weeks.

I feel like I've been in some sort of film - I got the call and literally within hours my whole life changed.

Alex Jones with Jason Manford behind her on the One Show sofa

I've sort of been going from one interview to the next to having a hair cut, to having some new clothes, to going into The One Show to meet the team. I mean, it's the same as anyone who starts a brand new job - there's a lot to take in!

Of course the first show is going out at seven in the evening on Monday and I think Jason Manford and I have got to the point now where reality's kicking in. We are feeling a little bit nervous but we've had loads of rehearsals. So I think that'll really help to make us feel settled because, of course, we haven't been back to the sofa since the screen-test.

We've watched Gabby Logan and Matt Baker who've done a fantastic job filling in for us. We've watched them do live shows but of course it's completely different when you're sat there yourself.

We've done what they call 'dry-runs' where we'll be running the programme to time. They get some researchers from the office to sit in as the experts who'll be there on Monday and we watch the films that are going into Monday's programme.

They'll run these time a few times - a dress rehearsal, make-up, and everything. But I don't think anything can prepare you really for when the red light goes on come Monday.

I think we'll settle in and I'm quite looking forward to the beginning of September, where we've done a few weeks and know the routine.

Starting a new job is difficult anyway. There's new people and a new way of doing things, so I think it'll be nice a few weeks in when everybody can breathe a bit.

I suppose my ideal line-up would be Take That. With Robbie, of course. Not half a job now. All of them back together.

The good thing is, it's quite a small sofa, and it's already Jason and I, so with another five that'd be seven, so we'd all have to sit really close together to make them all fit on.

Alex Jones in The One Show studio

Since going in for the first interview and the screen test we've met different members of the team - they're all just absolutely lovely. I'm sure everybody says that about the office that they work in but it's a really lovely team of people and that's the one thing I don't feel nervous about.

It is strange because when I've spent over ten years presenting through a medium of a different language, Welsh.

Jason's already sort of picking the odd word up and he's been texting me in Welsh, which I think is really impressive. I think we'll stick to English though, so everyone knows what we're saying, but there may be the odd word chucked in.

You train your brain - because it's such a complicated language which has got really complicated words and mutations. Nothing's happened so far but I'm sure there will be. I'll be like, "Shw mae Whoopi Goldberg, oops, I mean how are you!" It'll add to the charm!

I don't think I'll be relaxing too much after the first show because there's still Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to go!

But after the first week it will be nice to see my friends and family. Hopefully everything will have gone brilliantly and I can have a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc to end the week with.

Alex Jones is the co-presenter of The One Show.

You can read more on Alex's thoughts on starting at The One Show in an interview with the BBC Wales Arts blog.

The One Show is on weekdays at 7pm on BBC One and BBC HD. To find out when the next episode is please visit the show's upcoming episodes page.


  • Comment number 1.

    I've only ever watched a few minutes of The One Show with the old team. But I'm definitely going to tune in tonight, fresh presenting team, fresh focus. Good luck to Alex and Jason.

  • Comment number 2.

    I can't wait. Got to be better than Grumpy Chiles!!
    Five minutes to go....:)

  • Comment number 3.

    Already a fresher feel to the show! Good luck Jason and Alex... like the younger better looking siblings of the previous owners of the sofa!

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello Host Ryan et al.

    Wow! Just stumbled upon this page as I visited the site for the first time poper since the blogs ended on 25 March. Just like old times...

    I'm watching the new pairing with interest to see how things will be... they have a hard act to follow after the recent excellent pairing: Gabby Logan & Matt Baker were excellent, and Louise Minchin was tremendous during both her stints.

  • Comment number 5.

    I thought you were both great on tonites show but i would have liked to have seen more time spent on your interviewing Whoopi Goldberg, as she is an actress with so many great films behind her. (As Jason said on Chris Evans today, he watched three of her films last night!!) There were too many features on tonites show, it was a waste of a great guest. But you made a good first impression!

  • Comment number 6.

    A much improved show, much prefer the new presenters to miserable Chiles and smarmy Bleakley!
    Just wondering if you will continue to do the Jonathan show and Bwrw’r Bar Alex?
    Good Luck to Jason!
    Pwb lwc i Alex!

  • Comment number 7.

    Brilliant. Your first night was a tippy toppy event.
    Every success for a wonderful future. I'll be supporting you.

  • Comment number 8.

    Well done to the new pair. Excellent start and what a guest Whoopi was. Long may the pair reign.

  • Comment number 9.

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  • Comment number 10.

    Fabulous first show Alex and Jason - "tidy job" - Great to share Welsh presenting talent and hear that accent Alex and you looked gorgeous. Well done and enjoy your well deserved success.

  • Comment number 11.

    It's a pity that the 'clone' has such an annoying voice but I suppose it will grow on us.

    Things could be worse, we could have Mylene back...

  • Comment number 12.

    Funny old thing user welshchick slates Adrian & Christine, that would be an unbiased view then would it?

    The pairing doesn't work for me, Jason is a mediocre stand up comedian and Alex is just a clone of Christine with an exceptionally irratating voice. People used to moan about smiley happy Christine, well this new girl is making a BIG attempt to impersonate her. I'm afraid The One Show for me has just died a death. Matt Baker & Gaby Logan would have been a much better choice. Don't think I could be bothered listening to that droning welsh accent every evening.

  • Comment number 13.

    Llongyfarchiadau Alex, pleser gweld gwyneb newydd ar y 'One Show' a enwedig gwyneb o ardal Rhydamman.
    This is a Welsh congratulatory message to Alex on her 1st 'One Show'.
    So nice to see a Welsh person presenting. Well we do it so well, look at Huw Edwards, Sian Williams, John Humphrys the list is endless.

  • Comment number 14.

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  • Comment number 15.

    I am an avid One Show fan, watching it since its' inception. Congratulations on your first show, it was fab. Keep up the great work!

  • Comment number 16.

    It was an ok performance Jason done a better job than Alex she looked liked a rabbit caught in the headlights I don't feel there is a real connection between them sorry ! what annoys me though is that Alex stated in an interview that she thought the BBC were brave for choosing a regional presenter ummm sorry but was Christine not "regional" ??? I know it's early days for this duo & I have been a huge One Show fan from start but so far it aint doing it for me Jason might keep pulling it off, Alex not getting her at all sorry ....

  • Comment number 17.

    Why Alex, the stand in was far better, if he is to say he will have to improve, we need better quality presentation.
    I assume that when the program goes North he is the only one available.

    Alan R

  • Comment number 18.

    The first show was great! I love your hair style Alex! Good luck.

  • Comment number 19.

    What a load of rubbish some people talk. Alex has a nice voice unlike the rough Northern Irish voice of previous female presenter. Jason was o.k. but only time will tell if the pairing works. It took time with previous 2.

  • Comment number 20.

    Congratulations !
    Well done. I really enjoyed the show, Jason and Alex are going to be great. Keep going. You've both got a whole lot of support and well wishers watching.

  • Comment number 21.

    what tv program has Alex jones been on before, hasn't she got a look of christine.
    I think Alex looks very pretty I just love the welsh accent
    Good luck for the future

  • Comment number 22.

    Watched it twice now and only one word "GARBAGE" it needs scrapping jason and his side kick have no personality between them .

  • Comment number 23.

    I am holding judgment for a week, cause i still remember thinking the original presenters looked uncomfortable at first,then they came into it. but i do think they made a mistake making the new girl look so much like christine, comparison doesnt help. still i feel the show may struggle now.....hope i am wrong.

  • Comment number 24.

    Alex was excellent in front of the camera ; very attractive , well spoken , fun-loving ........... but I would suggest that she learns to sit properly with her legs elegantly together and not splayed out like a giraffe intending to drink water !

  • Comment number 25.

    What an irritating voice the new female presenter of the One Show has! And would it possible to tell her that there is a "G" at the end of words like "having" and "getting". The new show is flat and lacking in spark....Jason could do better than this.

  • Comment number 26.

    Well done Alex & Jason. The nerves seem to be easing - good for you.
    Tonight's show was terrific - just what we like about the One Show.

    Great pieces about helicopter winchman landings on a nuclear sub and fantastic Alice with the full on Welsh - good on you girl. Loved the Welsh male voice choir too - more of similar please. Could this be a series about regional singing - Northumbrian pipes , tin whistles , spoons , bagpipes etc?

    Keep up the good work and ignore all criticisms from the boring newspapers cos
    we love ya

  • Comment number 27.

    I have watched all week, and I am afraid Alex's voice is doing my brains in and she tends to interrupt too much. Also poor Woopi she didn't even seem to listen to what she was saying and went straight on to reading what was next. Pity. Couldn't we have had a nice cockney to play the part - now that would be a first I think. What is it with all these outsiders - Northerners, Irish, Welsh. Let's come back to London!!

  • Comment number 28.

    Do they ever mention it's on BBC HD?

    Ofcom confirmed today that 5m homes can get BBC HD - that's 20% of the population, yet on Tuesday evening 4.66m watched The One Show in SD and only 31,000 in HD!!

  • Comment number 29.

    I have enjoyed watching the last few weeks of The One Show, with the changing presenters each week but no disrespects to Alex and her co star personally but i wont even be watching BBC1 Mon-Thurs 7-7.30 anymore.
    The constant interrupting of the guests that they have on the show and the female presenters voice is just so annoying, its not one that i can listen to without having to turn over the TV as it goes right through me and i know they have just started on the show but somehow for me i cant watch it anymore. Maybe one of the duo need a little more practice at the show, so time will tell but unfortunatley the show is just not watchable anymore, sad as i used to like the show but not now. Good luck to the new presenters, but this is 1 household that wont be watching now. Sorry

  • Comment number 30.

    Where do you find these people, BBC? The One Show never did have very much going for it. A sort of Blue Peter for adults but loosely based upon the old In Town Tonight show.

    The new presenters are just awful. There is no synergy between them. They keep interrupting the guests. They get important details wrong.

    I really hope that you are not spending very much of my license fee on this pair because they ain't worth much at all.

  • Comment number 31.

    Where is Alex Jones from I married a girl from Ammanford south wales and I lived there for a couple of yearsif anyone knows where Alex is from please let me know

  • Comment number 32.

    To cut short the story of the black rats on the One Show, because the producers presenting the Show shows a lack of education. This should have gone ahead because all animals and creatures have their place in nature. Black rats also have their place in nature. I found what was shown very interesting.

  • Comment number 33.

    I've just watched the interesting programme "Digging for Britain" : I can't find anywgere to post a comment, so I'm putting it here.
    I noticed a possible source of confusion, which may be due to "metrication". An early excavator had meticulously recorded his finds, and, on a record card , gave a distance as 35 feet. The person currently in charge of the finds thought that this was 35 inches. This could cause problems trying to make sense of the earlier records.

  • Comment number 34.

    Following my post on Monday, I have followed this blog, which is still, surprisingly, running... this is, for old regular bloggers on TOS such as myself, most welcome. However, can you advise if it will be kept open/moderated for some time to come, or is it only for a few days. I suspect the latter, though if not, then it would be good to see the per-nightly bloggs return.

    In any case, the show is ticking along nicely, with the two new presenters doing a fine job thus far. Some of the items recently have been excellent, notably the WWII pieces.

  • Comment number 35.

    Re 28: derek500 - interesting figures. The presenters did promote the 'unveiling' of the show in HD when it returned from the summer break. However, looking back at the figures over the last few weeks, it seems that, as you point out, a very small percentage watch in HD. The corresponding percentage for programmes such as Top Gear & Dragons' Den is much higher (about 4-10%).

    I guess it's easy to forget that it's on HD as long as the HD channel continues to have a different schedule from either BBC1 or BBC2 - I did just that on quite a few occasions before (now)watching in HD every night.

  • Comment number 36.

    Hi all,

    To answer a couple of your questions on here:

    Tony (#33), it looks as though you've found Dr Alice Roberts' blog on Digging For Britain as I see you've commented on it!

    sky_viewer (#34) There was a One Show blog, which is no longer going. This blog, the BBC TV blog, isn't specifically about The One Show - we have blog posts telling insider stories from the entire range of BBC programming, from Sherlock to Dan Snow's Norman Walks, to, of course, this post from Alex about her debut on The One Show.

    And to answer your other query, yes, comments on Alex's blog post will be open for a few weeks. Hopefully we'll have more from The One Show on this blog at some point in the future.


    Assistant Content Producer, BBC TV blog

  • Comment number 37.

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  • Comment number 38.

    I have only caught the One Show now and again in the past - it is now however one of my regular favourites. Jason, Alex and Chris have given it a breath of fresh air without changing the essence of the show. Pea Man was brilliant!

  • Comment number 39.

    Chris and Alex what a great team, Chris is a good sport and a natural presenter. Enjoyed the show and would love to see Chris on more than once a week.

  • Comment number 40.

    No sorry doesn’t work for me at any level.. afraid I find her too irritating and have to switch over, voice, body language , presenting and interviewing skills just aren’t there and its not being pulled off.

    They are trying to repeat the look they had and should have done something completely different to avoid comparison. Beauty and the beast worked for Christine and Adrian and they are trying to clone it...

    As for adding Chris to the Friday mix, that really doesn’t work, so my vote goes to Chris to do it on his own on Fridays, I can watch it at least one day then.

    Shame, I enjoyed the One Show but lost its buzz....

    Toodle pip

  • Comment number 41.

    I did not realise that you were bringing back TIZWAZ. Shall not be watching again. What absolute rubbish!!

  • Comment number 42.

    I am not a particular Chris Evans fan but he injected some life into the show : he really lifted it and to be frank, made the female presenter look a little superfluous and maybe a little amateur. I saw a little of the show earlier in the week and felt it was all a little forced : to much anxiety and talking by the hosts rather than listening and then reacting.. early days though..

  • Comment number 43.

    What a great start, the new presenters of The One Show have settled in well. I am sure that Jason and Alex will make a success of the show. Both Jason and Alex have relaxed over the past few days and made the show as enjoyable as before.

    Sadly that cannot be said about tonights show (Friday). Chris Evans's performance tonight was childish and has ruined the show for me. I for one will not watch the programme on Fridays in future if he is going to present. All he could do was shout. Poor show - think again BBC it was rubbish.

  • Comment number 44.

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  • Comment number 45.

    Belated comment to say how good Friday's show was: not only were Karen & Matt superb guests, but we also had Carrie Grant and the vinegar item...!!

  • Comment number 46.

    Just kill me.

  • Comment number 47.

    Jason is ok but bring back Gabby as Alex is over the top and her accent is a nuisance

  • Comment number 48.

    Perhaps alex might like to research her comment this evening about solar energy "not working". Very damaging, inaccurate comment and surprisingly ignorant given the level of positive press solar electricity generation has had recently. From a highly satisfied solar powered household!

  • Comment number 49.

    Ah! Alexei recounting/re-enacting the old 'Plasticine man being chased by an office block' Polish animation! Classic comedy.

  • Comment number 50.

    Yet another dreadful programme with that awful Chris Evans! The only good thing about tonights programme was James Martin. What a shame that he was shouted at as we were by that poor presenter Chris Evans. Does he really have to shout? We can hear him sadly. Please let Jason do Fridays - he is so much better.

  • Comment number 51.

    Watched the One Show last night Such as shame the BBC have employeed Chris Evans to host it on a Friday night, why cant we just have Jason and Alex 5 days a week.
    Evans was very loud and frankly appalling.
    BBC boost your ratings-get him off!!!!!!

  • Comment number 52.

    I only wish I could understand a word Alex was saying. What an irritating voice!

  • Comment number 53.

    Used to be an entertaining show, but now just irritating & poorly presented with Alex trying to be a clone of Christine & not succeeding, & Jason "all over TV like a rash" Manford, not looking or acting at all comfortable in this role. Maybe it's still just nerves? I don't think so. The 'temporary' presenters were far better. Poor choices BBC & I think your audience ratings for this programme will fall drastically if it carries on like this.

    As for Mr Evans ..... well, as much as I surprisingly, thoroughly enjoy his radio show, his input on the Friday 'One Show' to date has been just silly & juvenile, with Alex trying to climb all over him - the sofa is not that small.....! Pathetic. Grow up Chris, its a family show not a 'Mr Blobby' type kids show. Improve or lose.

  • Comment number 54.

    Could not agree more with every word of the previous comment, I think it was very wise for Adrian and Christine to get out.

  • Comment number 55.

    Such as shame that Chris Evans is presenting the One Show on a Friday night the current format from Monday to Thursday with Alex and Jason completely outshines Evans', who is a dreadful presenter. I for one will no longer watch this program on a Friday night.

  • Comment number 56.

    I have been pleasantly surprised by Jason. Makes one think that this presenting malarkey must be easy as he makes it look so effortless. I think it must help being a comic. I do think he is suffering from TV overexposure though at present. He mustn't be able to say "no" to anything, but I don't want to see him ALL the time.
    Chris Evans just comes across a nuisance I am sorry to say. He is too manic, camera hogging and juvenile that I want to throw things at the TV when he is on. I feel sorry for his patient co-host.
    Alex had big shoes to fill and I think she has done it flawlessly. Comparisons with the previous presenter were inevitable especially given the similarities in looks, background and presenting styles, but I think she will make this gig her own very quickly. Her accent, like Huw Edward's is subtle, but I still find it annoying, but I guess that is more my problem than hers and I am sure I am in the minority on this issue. I love, love, loved Christine's accent and it made her very watchable.

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  • Comment number 58.

    I have read most of the comments that others have made and the most surprising thing is the amount of comments that seem to be so negative about Alex and her co-presenter. Personally I think that although some people have an issue with Alex's voice/what she does with her legs/how like Christine she is/interuptions etc. I feel that Alex has had little time to settle in. This beautiful Welsh lady with superb legs should be allowed time to settle in before she is attacked so harshly. I for one would not complain about those legs being in shot more so can someone have a word with the cameraman please. I like the new pairing. Good show

  • Comment number 59.

    Further to my last comments about the One Show I would like to add that Jason is far better than Christines co-presenter which I think was one of the most annoying people on tele. At least Jason has a sense of humour. Good show Jason and Alex. I look forward to more Alex particularly because I'm a bloke but Jason does make me chuckle sometimes as opposed to chuck which the other bloke made me feel.

  • Comment number 60.

    Re above two comments: I agree - Alex & Jason are doing very well. Adverse comments such as those you mention were always going to be made, however, as the knives were out before they even appeared. Somewhat of an old tradition with the show's blogs... on the old nightly blog, a merry band of complainers (who scarcely seemed to pay much attention to the interesting items in the show) enjoyed complaining so much they even dstarted their own website to continue unmoderated...

  • Comment number 61.

    Alex has to go... she is ruining what used to be a good programme. Her voice could cut glass (when you can understand what she is saying), she has no presentation skills whatsoever.

    Jason would be a lot better with someone else, Chris Evans would no doubt improve too with someone less eratic.

  • Comment number 62.

    have loved the one show for a couple of years, we were worried about jason taking over from adrian, needn`t have worried. He has the same easy charm and humour, jury still out on alex and, whilst i have always liked chris evans, not too sure about him either.

  • Comment number 63.

    Having given it a little time I think a pattern is emerging : Jason has settled in well and his more relaxed persona together with the ability to make an impromptu joke/comment is fine : Alex still appears amateur over eager, unable to "read a situation" ie to let a guest speak, slightly sycophantic and annoying delivery with the same arm gestures as the previous amateur. There are so many better professional presenters out there ....

  • Comment number 64.

    i regular watch the one show and have always enjoyed it,love jay's foody fridays,but i wont be watching again.chris evens is awful bring back jason munford.

  • Comment number 65.

    Adrain and Christine were far better presenters, I only missed one episode while they were on; it was compulsive veiwing. These new people just dont grab my attention. I suppose it serves the BBC right for trying to mess with the format and in doing so lost the best presenting partnership on TV, and all because they wanted Chris Evans to make a fool of himself every friday. The mind boggles.

  • Comment number 66.

    As much as I want to like Alex & Jasons style (as opposed to them as presenters because you cant really dislike them can you) I feel it may have been a career step too soon.Tonights 'interview' with Quincy Jones was cringingly trite, lacking any real purpose or information.I guess the BBC has to decide if they want to blood new presenters they'll have to consider reducing the quality of guests or I fear the show will become embarrasing to all concerned.As for the Chris Evans element - please ditch.What he may have done years ago (TFI Friday & Toothbrush)worked because they were fresh and he could get away with having the last remains of youth on his side - now it just comes across as total drivel. Sorry BEEB you've made a sows ear out of a silk purse (Again)

  • Comment number 67.

    Re 65: hello Anthony - welcome back (just the two of us old bloggers so far). Have to disagree about the current presenters...

    Good to see the interesting WWII items continuing.

    Re 66: agree wih the comments about tonight's guest. However, as American guests go, Qincy was definitely one of the better ones. They're usually awful with little or no sense of humour (e.g., John Grisham back in June - probably the worst guest I've ever seen).

  • Comment number 68.

    Re Priscilla Presley - for the second time this week on the show we have an American who thinks that the UK consists solely of England.

    As a BBC licence fee payer (& UK tax payer), can I ask if the BBC has imposed some kind of 'gagging order' on Alex Jones, whereby she is instructed to let these remarks go without retort.

  • Comment number 69.

    The Dress Alex wore om Fridays show was truly awful & totally out of place.
    Does she suppose that if she shows lots of flesh no one will notice the lack of talent?

  • Comment number 70.

    I have to say, after having watched the new pairing for quite a few times now they appear to be uncomfortable in their roles. A bit amateurish to be fair! I much preferred the pairing of Matt Baker and Gaby Logan. Can we not get them back?

  • Comment number 71.

    I've been looking at the blog regularly since I last posted to see if there are any more comments... unfortunately there have been very few.

    If the blog will contoinue to remain open for a while, is there any way that Alex & Jason could mention this in the show so that we might get more activity on here?

  • Comment number 72.

    Not something I've ever commented on before in all my months on the old TOS blog or this one, but... what an incredible dress Alex was wearing tonight. Hope it gets another outing.

  • Comment number 73.

    According to Ramsay anyone who eats fish & chips is a freak... words of wisdom indeed, Ramsay... & his "3 Michelin star restaurant". Rather loves himself, doesn't he?

  • Comment number 74.

    Hello all,
    I'm the editor of the TV blog and I managed to get in touch with Alex to get some answers to all your questions. Here's her reply:

    Vmax1200 #21 Yes - I was born in Swansea and grew up in Ammanford.

    crashout #58, Paul #7, Ali #10 - thanks for the encouraging words I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am enjoying doing it!

    Mookie10 #16 - Admittedly we sometimes probably feel like rabbits in the headlights but hopefully we don't show it too much. It's a matter of opinion and others say we look completely relaxed.

    terrydennis #24 - Thank you for the nice comments and about the way I hold my legs, I'll have a go on Google to have a look at how giraffes stand before they drink water!

    Rammyjim #26 - who says to ignore criticisms from the newspapers - thank you, that's lovely. On the whole the newspapers have been very supportive which is encouraging with the exception of some comment pieces which is to be expected. Glad you think the nerves are easing - I think they are too.

    bobandspen #43 - Yes I do feel like we're settling in and feel a lot more at home now.

    Sam #38 and Trevor #39 - It is so fantastic for me to be working with such a legendary broadcaster as Chris Evans. I am also delighted to be working with Jason as well - if only the three of us could host every night all together... now that would be fun!

    Lastly, fessu #56 - Thanks again, I agree, Christine's were really big shoes to fill and she was one of the reasons I used to watch The One Show originally - so I'm glad you think the transition has been smooth and that you're so supportive.

    Thanks all.


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