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Eoin Murphy

TV star Baz Ashmawy admits he ate two packets of digestive biscuits a night during lockdown

Baz Ashmawy has revealed that he was comfort-eating two packets of digestive biscuits a night when Covid-19 first struck.

The Emmy-winning presenter, who quit drinking several years ago, revealed he indulged his sweet-tooth when lockdown was introduced last March.

And for the first three weeks of lockdown, Baz admitted to scoffing 42 packets of digestives to deal with the overwhelming nature of what was happening.

“My drying-out was getting away from the digestive biscuits,” he said.

“I ate two packets a night for three weeks, that is no word of a lie.

“I have just about gotten rid of them all off now.

“It actually took me the whole of the pandemic to walk off those bloody biscuits.

“I had to walk the dog every day just to get rid of the calories but I think that everyone is slightly scarred from the experience. But it is OK to be like that. It is just about getting back to a normality of some sort.”

Thankfully for Baz, who has just finished co-presenting RTÉ Does Comic Relief, the TV business is starting to boom.

And this week, he has resumed casting for season two of his hit show ‘Wingman.’

Baz with stepdaughter Amelia (

He hopes that enough people will have decided during lockdown that there was something missing in their life and might use his show to “give it a go”.

“I am looking for three more people who may have a dream or an ambition to realise,” he said.

“This year with the pandemic, it has to be in Ireland, so no mad or fancy road trips abroad or anything.

“We are actively looking for people and hopefully we can get some interesting punters this year.

“So many people have had things taken away from them during lockdown and they have looked at their life and find out what is important.

“If you were to go and find yourself in say Tibet, sure that’s what the pandemic was.

“Sitting at home, staring at the walls, mulling over your life with a bit of home-schooling thrown in.

“It is a lot of time in your own head to analyse yourself.

“Now’s the time to go for that something new, or do that thing you always wanted to do, and we can help.”

Baz said that he has enjoyed lockdown with his partner Tanya and their two daughters Hanna, 10, and Mahy, 7.

He is also stepdad to Charlotte, Harry, Jake and Amelia from Tanja’s previous relationship.

But he says he is ready to go back to work and has just been given the green light to restart filming on DIY SOS.

“We have had to find a new way of filming to incorporate social distancing into the build.

“It will have to be stretched over a longer period of time.

“But we are going to plough ahead with this one family in Lexlip who were supposed to get done pre-Covid in March.

“For them that was like winning the Lotto only to be told it was gone.

“So I am delighted for them that it is back on and we are going to get in, get it done and get it filmed.

“But it is great that the TV industry is working again.”

Before the pandemic, Baz branched out into stand-up by taking his show Family Matters to the stages around Dublin.

But he admits that it is his lockdown hair and not his one- liners that’s getting all the laughs now.

“The more people tell me to get the haircut, the more I have the urge to tell them where they can go,” he added.

“When you get to 45, this is the last controversy I will have about my hair.

“The next thing is, I won’t have any hair. It is a daily debate in our house.

“ My missus took one look at me today and told me to get it cut so that she couldn’t look at it any more but I am sticking my heels in for now.”

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