Lucy Alexander admitted it was “not the greatest of times” when her BBC show, The Customer Is Always Right, that aired in 2019 was not recommissioned following the Covid pandemic in 2020.
The veteran presenter made her show debut on Homes Under The Hammer in 2003 but announced she had quit in 2016.
The 52-year-old has kept busy with various television projects but admittedly went through a quiet period when she took some time out.
“I kind of just finished Customers Always Right. I had just finished filming that,” Lucy recalled.
“We were up for a big RTS award. It was successful and we were looking at maybe doing another one.”
She continued: “Then it was Covid, then we didn’t get recommissioned, and then I was out of a job. I didn’t have any work.
“Unless you were one of those people who were working on Hammer or on a different programme you were stuck at home. We are all self-employed, don’t forget.”
Lucy admitted: “It wasn’t the greatest of times for me. I still had a mortgage to pay and a family to feed.
“It wasn’t the greatest of times so I’ve had a good few years now where it has been a little bit quiet. So I’m definitely ready to get back on the TV really. That’s what I want to do.”
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During that period Lucy also suffered a family loss as her mother died in 2020 following a battle with cancer.
She said: “I’m used to having that daytime slot where I’m on the TV everyday. I do miss that even though I’m still on Homes Under The Hammer.
“I would like to get back to doing a regular show.”
Lucy continued: “I had a couple of years off. My mother died – she sadly passed away. Then we kicked off with Covid.
“I just feel like we have had a few years of having a lot of time to process and think.
“The kids have all gone off now and flown the nest. I definitely feel like I’m ready for a new challenge.”
Earlier this year, Lucy fronted an episode of A Place In The Sun.
Speaking about her time on the show, she said: “Since I can remember my past time has been homes and holidays hence why Homes Under The Hammer was the biggest part of my life.
“Obviously that was a dream job for me because of property development, doing up houses and talking to people about homes. It’s just everything I love. And my other love is holidays.”
She added: “I would sit at home and Google holidays. What holiday can I go on, which trip or place to travel? All the things I love.”
Homes Under The Hammer airs weekdays on BBC One at 11.15am.
A Place In The Sun airs weekdays on Channel 4 at 3pm.
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