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Gok Wan: I want to have children within five years

Gok Wan: I want to have children within five years
Gok Wan: I want to have children within five years (Image credit: PA)

Gok Wan says he'd love to become a parent one day. The flamboyant TV star has been focusing his attention on work, recently presenting a cookery show, Gok Cooks Chinese and now hosting a dating show, Channel 4's Baggage. But he said: "I'd love to have children and I'm hoping that will happen in the next five years, but I wouldn't have them on my own, because I'm too much of a child myself. There would definitely need to be at least one adult in the family! "I'm in a very comfortable place with my job and financially and I just have to get everything else in place." Gok, who has had a 'tough year', with seven operations on his back for a slipped disc, says walking his pet puppy Dolly Albertine Dishcloth is helping him recover. "For the time being I'm just going to have to satisfy my paternal instincts by looking after Dolly," he joked. Gok is supporting the Vodafone World Of Difference Programme, giving 500 people from across the UK the opportunity to donate their time to a local charity and get paid. See for details.

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.