A slow start? I work two weekends in four, so I’ll be up listening to the radio, reading the papers and watching the big political interviews. Simultaneously, I’m getting my son ready for cricket, rugby or football. By 9.30am I’m on the touchline with my iPhone out and AirPods in.
Is work on a Sunday different? Our evening programme is a little less frenetic than the rest of the week’s shows. People’s brains are cranking back up as the weekend draws to a close, they’re thoughtful. It’s why you’ll see serious documentaries, natural history shows and dramas on TV, and news that brings you up to speed in a slow, considered way.
On days off? I’m doing the same thing, but with slightly less urgency. Since joining Channel 4 News 22 years ago, Saturday and Sunday work is part of my routine: it killed the weekend for me. I’ve never had that culture of rest, which is quite annoying now I think about it.
And during lockdown? The effect of our teenager being caged in a pressure cooker aside, my routine carried on as usual, although sometimes presenting from home. Normally I’m obsessing over big stories, unlike my friends and family. It was weird that suddenly everyone around me was gripped by the news to an unhealthy degree, too.
A special Sunday? My wedding day, February 2005, a real mixture of Indian and British culture. I played a few rock’n’roll songs with friends. I sang and played bass, on the grounds that I was the worst guitarist of the three of us. Let’s just say the crowd was on our side.
Sunday night… Is often the end of my working week before a couple of days off. I come home from doing the news desperate to wind down while also trying to help my children who are frantically getting ready for school. It’s fair to say these two activities do not complement each other.