This is My House: Stacey Dooley hosts new BBC show
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The BBC star returns to TV screens tonight with her new property-based game show This Is My House. She rose to fame in the series Stacey Dooley Investigates and has made a number of hard-hitting documentaries since. The 34-year-old, who won Strictly Come Dancing three years ago, is widely respected for her services to journalism.
Despite her success on the small screen today, Dooley left school when she was 15 years old to work as a shop assistant.
She was 21 when she first appeared on TV screens in the BBC Three documentary series Blood, Sweat and T-shirts.
The 2008 show exposed the difficult working conditions inside Indian sweatshops that supplied clothes to shops on the UK high street.
A year later, Dooley was presenting her own series for BBC Three and soon she began to work her way up to a primetime slot on BBC One.
During her career, Dooley has received a number of honours – including a One World Media Award for her documentary on ISIS, three years ago.
But to many, the biggest achievement would have been being honoured with an MBE as part of the 2018 Birthday Honours list.
Dooley, who was selected for her services to broadcasting and journalism, didn’t seem too eager to collect her award.
In what some people interpreted as a snub to the royals, the star claimed she was too busy to receive the honour.
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Last year, Dooley told the My Wardrobe Malfunction podcast: “I was meant to collect the medal but I didn’t have time.”
She missed the ceremony in London’s Buckingham Palace and admitted she had forgotten to arrange a time to pick it up.
Dooley said: “I was working and I never kind of rearranged.”
She noted that she “must sort that out” and commented that the whole situation was “mad”.
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Dooley’s confession came two years after she was announced to be the recipient of a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal in 2018.
At the time, the star was balancing her gruelling Strictly schedule, which she won alongside now-boyfriend Kevin Clifton.
Dooley was also touring the country to promote her book, On The Front Line With The Women Who Fight Back.
The ceremony was attended by Constable Leon McLeod, who received a Queen’s Gallantry Medal for bravery during the London Bridge terror attack in 2017.
Other awards included a CBE to journalist Kate Adie and an OBE to former University Challenge presenter Bamber Gascoigne.
Dooley admitted the MBE was “totally unexpected” and told the BBC she owed it to “all the women who inspire me”.
In 2018, she wrote a piece explaining her shock when she “first saw a letter from ‘Her Majesty’ drop through the letterbox”.
Dooley quipped: “I had no idea what it could be – I thought maybe the courts were after me or something!”
While she was “honoured” to receive the MBE, she claimed: “I don’t think it will really change anything in my future.”
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Dooley felt it was “nice to have the recognition” from people “outside her circle” but would carry on unaffected by the honour.
She claimed to have taken inspiration from “the incredible women” she had “the privilege of meeting” in her documentaries and a close family member.
Dooley wrote: “They’ve been knocked down so hard that it’s hard to believe they’ve got up again.
“But they haven’t given up, they keep on going, keep on fighting, every day of their lives.”
Dooley described how those women “completely moulded” her and she found them “so inspiring”.
She listed some of the individuals who had changed her life and at the top of her life was her mother Di.
Dooley described her as “my absolute hero” and “the most remarkable woman in my life”.
She shared one of “the best pieces of advice” Di gave to her: “It doesn’t matter how nice you are, or how lovely you try to be.
“Some people won’t like you and that’s fine – that’s just life.”
Stacey Dooley stars in This Is My House, which airs at 9pm tonight on BBC One.
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