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A dinner date with..: Alan Dedicoat.

Alan Dedicoat is 'the voice of the balls' on the National Lottery and the fount of all news and travel on Terry Wogan's Radio 2 breakfast show. Originally from Hollywood near Birmingham, he now lives in Harrow, Middlesex.

You're hosting an imaginary dinner party and you can invite anyone in the world, living or dead, to your house for one night only.

Who would be on your invitation list? 'Terry Wogan, Helen Wogan to keep him in check, and our producer Pauly Walters, Carol Vorderman so I can find out why she's so shy, Carol Smillie because you can't have too many Carols, Bob Monkhouse - a gag for every occasion, June Whitfield because she's so nice, Richard Whiteley because he brightens up any room, Simon Mayo and Bob Harris for their love of music.'

What food would you serve? 'Moules marinieres as a starter, tender lamb with fresh vegetables and, just for fun, prawns and avocado as a dessert. The wine should be Chianti Classico and a crisp Pinot Grigio perhaps. That would be followed by Amaretto or Baileys on ice, coffee and after 11 mints - eight is too early!'

Which music would you play? 'Nina Simone, Nanci Griffith, Eva Cassidy and Paul Simon might be in there. Oh yes, and the theme from Thunderbirds.'

Who would you have as the lackey in the kitchen? 'Jamie Oliver, the Naked Chef.'

Which after-dinner joke would you tell? 'Because of my job, I have to be aware of what is and what isn't politically correct, so, for one night only, non-PC gags would be the only ones permissible.'

How would this compare with the way you normally entertain friends? 'Very favourably as I rarely entertain at home, although I have been known to amuse). I live yards away from a delightful restaurant, The Old Etonian. They're very friendly, the food's delicious and I don't have to wash up after the event.'
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2000
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