A window cleaner from Northampton will star in a new reality show on ITV next week which pits campers against each other to try to win £1,000.
Richard Clues, owner of R C Window Cleaning Services, admits he did not really like reality shows and that he needed a lot of convincing to take part.
The show, Hello Campers, started on ITV on Monday and Richard’s episodes will be shown next week. Five pairs are sent to a European campsite and compete against each other in a series of challenges.
Mr Clues, 36, was persuaded to take part by his friend and fellow window cleaner, Lee Burbidge.
“They were after window cleaners to take part and they contacted Lee through the Master Guild of Windowkeepers. He phoned me up and told me I was doing it!
“I was gobsmacked, it was something that was well out of my comfort zone,” Mr Clues said.
The pair were flown out to a campsite in Tuscany.
“We met up with four other couples who were either friends, husband and wife, or partners. We had activities to do in the morning as a team effort and then we had in the afternoon three groups went off for a challenge, while the other two either planned the evening’s entertainment or cooked,” he said.
“They were all different people from all different walks of life. If you judged a book by its cover you wouldn’t think that any of us would get on, but once we got talking we all got on really well.
“I am still in touch with them and have been since the show was filmed - but we’ll see what they say about us next week on the show! It might all change,” he added.
The experience was one that Mr Clues says he may not want to repeat.
“I was nervous all the way through. I didn’t really want to do it at first. My partner, Caroline, and I are not really fans of reality TV and I am not used to being in that situation, it was all new to me,” he said.
The show airs throughout the summer break and Mr Clues’ episodes are due to be shown on ITV from 4pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday.