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Grumpy and ruffled Adrian Chiles is a rare species.

ADRIAN CHILES' departure from BBC has been greeted with so much wailing and gnashing of teeth, you'd think Gordon Brown had been ejected from Number 10.

Admittedly, there'd be more gnashing and less wailing in the case of any goodbye to Gord. However, it is remarkable that a grumpy, slightly toadish man, Adrian that is, should inspire such hysteria. He's not exactly George Clooney is he? But then Adrian Chiles is that rare thing, a man who manages to present TV programmes without appearing remotely sissy. Among a herd of preening , skittish metrosexual meerkats, he is a lone sheepdog, with slightly ruffled fur and serous expression.

It is no mean feat not to have been girlified by being on the telly, as TV presenting is an emasculating occupation. A bloke may be required to wear make-up, have his clothes fussed over and, God forbid, stand and smile on cue.

I once did a photo shoot with quite a macho male TV presenter. As we were told to turn this way and that by the photographer, to grin or lark about as required, he literally squirmed. He simply couldn't bear being told what to do and treated like a puppet.

As women, we're used to being told to "give us a smile, love", but as a rule the male of the species is not required to appear cheerful.

Adrian Chiles is very definitely not a "give us a smile" kind of a guy. Indeed, there are dark rumours that he is grumpy with this bosses. Never!

It makes you wonder why he's in the game at all, rather than doing something that would seem to suit his demeanour better, such as work in a wholesale plumbing shop or sell concrete roofing tiles. But then a pounds 6m deal with ITV could have something to do with it.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 23, 2010
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