Dick and Dom webchat
bbc.co.uk - Wednesday 6th March 2002
CBBC favourites Dick and Dom joined us and answered
your questions about smelly feet and their bad habits, amongst other
Question from Khyle: When you left CBBC a few years back, did you
expect to be presenting it now, in 2002?
Dick: Good question. We were really shocked - we
were called into the boss's office and we were told that we got
the job again, and we just ran around going 'aaaaaah!'
Dom: Actually, it was just him doing that.
Dick: It's nice to be back.
Question from Sam: Who has the smelliest feet?
Dom: My flatmate sitting here says I've got the
smelliest feet. I've got athlete's foot at the moment, and two veruccas.
But Richard's got a toenail that curves round and back into itself!
So we've both got pretty warped feet.
Dick: But mine stink more I'm afraid.
Question from Rose: How did you start presenting?
Dick: I did hospital radio, did media at college
in Sheffield, then finally got an audition for CBBC after sending
Dom: I started presenting with Peter Simon from
Double Dare when I was 18. I also presented with Chris Jarvis, Josie
D'Arby and others. So there was a massive team of us. I sent in
a showreel when I was 17 - that's how I got the job.
Question from Inga: Where is your favourite place to have
Dick: Anywhere with a beach, by the sea, with a
book, doing nothing.
Dom: Mine's going off to Liverpool, sitting by
the Albert Dock and looking at Fred's weather map.
Question from Nikki: Have you ever had any weird fan experiences?
Dick: Yes, on the tube in London. Someone came
to Dom, saw he was chewing chewing gum, and she asked if she could
take it out of his mouth and eat it - and she did!
Dom: At CBBC you get some weird fanmail. Someone
sent me his shopping once - beans, a loaf of bread, socks ... And
Otis the Aardvark got sent some poo in a plastic bag once. A guy
on work experience opened the parcel with it inside!
Question from Pia Cutes: Do either of you have any bad habits
and if so what are they?
Dick: I've got a few. I pick my nose quite a lot.
Dom: In my car - and then he flicks them on the
floor! Also, I get a frothy mouth, out of the corners of my mouth
Dick: I bite my nails too much, and burp and fart
Question from Sammy: Who are your idols?
Dick: Phillip Schofield and Terry Wogan. I'm reading Terry's
Dom: A friend of mine looked at it and thought
who would be sad enough to buy that? Robbie Williams is one of my
heroes. The other is Fatboy Slim.
Dick: That's rubbish! The other day his idols were
Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee!
Question from James: This message is to Dom - how did you
learn to do magic?
Dom: It was after I'd been to a bar and had a club
sandwich. As soon as I did that I was sick with lots of clubs (He
does a magic trick... The queen of clubs has just changed to the
king of clubs!)
Question from Saira: Do you put make up on yourself when
you go on TV?
Dick: Yes. Quite a lot. It's quite embarrassing,
as a boy. We have to sit in the make up room for 15 minutes, and
all our spots have to be covered up. And you get sweaty so you have
to have powder.
Dom: Speak for yourself! I used to live with Dick.
He'd go down the road to the shops, and he'd put make up on his
face for that!
Question from Shelley: When you watch yourself on TV does
it feel weird?
Dick: It's a strange feeling. We are often asked
to watch the tapes back so we know when we did things wrong and
won't do it again. But when we do it doesn't feel like we're watching
Question from Louise: Who's the biggest star you've met?
Dom: I met Terry Wogan - your idol, Dick!
Dick: We've met a few pop stars. We meet then when
they're starting out, so they're not really big stars yet. We met
the Spice Girls and Steps before they were famous. I met Rolf Harris
- he's been around for years!
Question from Becki: What's your favourite childhood memory?
Dom: Winning the Young Magician of the Year competition
in '95 - I was 16. It was a big moment for me.
Dick: I always wanted to do this job, from when
I was 10. Once I was asked to watch Going Live! with Phillip Schofield.
Question from Eddie: What's the strangest question you've
ever been asked?
Both: That question!
Question from Clair G: Do you think you might go into the
singing side of showbiz?
Dick: Not him!
Dom: We tried it on a show we did called Bring
it On ...
Dick: They had machines which made our voices sound
Dom: A Vocoder.
Dick: It makes you sound like Britney Spears. But
Dom's voice wasn't very good, so they had to process it.
Dom: I was like the Jason Orange and he was like
the Gary Barlow, from Take That. Gary was the talented one who could
Question from Jodie: What was your worst ever haircut like?
Dom: At college I decided it would be cool to shave
all my hair off apart from the top of my head. I rubbed the front
of my head and it all stuck out.
Dick: I used to have the biggest quiff - it was
massive! My head looked like a big mushroom.
Question from Lucy: If you had to go out with one of the
CBBC presenters, who would it be?
Dick: Being a guy at CBBC, there isn't that much
choice ... Fearne! Dom agrees but just doesn't say it ...
Question from Helen from South Wales: Hi, I am wondering
what you guys do on your days off?
Dom: Erm ... I do a lot of research with my magic,
practicing new tricks. And going out.
Dick: Or just sitting and doing nothing, because
presenting is quite pressurised, and you get tired. We just enjoy
ourselves, like you guys!
Question from Caroline aged 13: If you could swap lives
with someone for a day who would it be?
Dick: It would be interesting to be Dom for a day!
Dom is a workaholic! He can do all your homework for a week in half
an hour. I'd like to be the Queen for a day I think. It would be
nice to have that power.
Dom: But she can't pop down to Tesco's! You be
the Queen and I'll be Prince Phillip!
Question from Joanne: If you could play for any football
team who would it be?
Dom: I don't like football.
Dick: It would have to be Man U, but I support
Dom: I'd like to be Jamie Redknapp from Liverpool,
because I'd be going out with Louise!
Dick: What team do you support?
Question from Nikki allSTARS: Is there anything you would
still like to achieve?
Dick: I'd like to travel the world. When you're presenting
you have to establish yourself and you can't take a year out to
travel. But I'd like to.
Dom: I've got a light up globe you could borrow!
I'd like my own Saturday night BBC 1 magic show with Debbie McGee!
My first guests would be P Diddy and J Lo.
Question from Chris aged 8: If you had only one pound left
what would you spend it on?
Dom: Good question! Not a clue. Probably something
at the £1 shop.
Dick: There's nothing better than a good pint of
milk and some water. You could survive on those.
Dom: I'd probably buy a lottery ticket. I wouldn't
win but at least I knew I had a chance!
Question from Paul: Do you get annoyed because
you have to sign photos wherever you go?
Dom: No! It's part of the job. It's great and it
makes other people happy (well, some!)
Dick: It's great, yeah. Of course, they're £15
Question from Eddie: How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Dick: All the other presenters have a new pair
of trainers every day!
Dom: I've just bought some new ones and they smell.
Ortis has about 20 pairs!
Question from Alex: What foods do you eat and what foods
do you hate?
Dom: I'm vegetarian, so anything veggie is good for me.
So basically, vegetables. And I hate eating dead animals!
Dick: I eat anything! But there's one thing I don't
like - the water chestnuts you get in Chinese meals ...
Question from Lara: What's the most embarrassing single/album
you've ever bought?
Dom: Mike Oldfield's 'Best of' hits. It contained the Moonlight
Shadow song. I bought Jive Bunny's mastermix.
Dick: I had that one too! I can't think of one
at the moment.
Question from Georgina: What's the most amazing thing you
have ever seen?
Dom: I went to Canada, worked there for a month when I
was 15. I was on a ranch. I was sat in the hot tub outside, and
then the whole sky filled with fireflies - bright green, tonnes
of them. That was incredible, and there was a sunset.
Dick: Yes, it's nice to see a sunrise on a clear
Question from Chris: Does a limousine pick you up every
day and take you home like other well known presenters?
Dick: Oh yes!
Dom: Yes, the limo that got us here was a bit smaller,
it was blue, and it was a hatchback!
Dick: We get the tube, the bus, or walk, just like
Question from Simons: If you were stranded on a desert
island, who would you like to be with?
Dom: Dick would like to be with Fearne and Phillip
Schofield! I think probably, Richard Branson. I think he's a fascinating
guy. I'd like to know what makes his brain tick. Or Carol Vorderman!
And Anne Robinson!
Question from Clair G: I've recently got a kitten, but haven't
decided on a name yet, any ideas?
Dom: Dick! Or Dom!
Dick: No, don't name it after us! My cat recently
died - Fudge. You could call it that if it's that colour!
Dom: Just call it that anyway!
Question from Nikki: What would you change about yourself
if you could?
Dom: Not a lot really!
Dick: Dom fancies himself! I sit in front of the
Dom: My head's slightly oval. I'd change the shape
of it. Fran from Travis has the same shaped head as me! And Jimmy
Neutron. I'd make my head a little bit less phat!
Question from Alex: What is your favourite book?
Dom: My Simply Magic book!
Dick: The Harry Potter collection's really good.
The film's good too. I like books about travelling, or autobiographies.
Dom: I read Paul Daniels' one called Under No Illusion.
Question from Rosie: What would be your ideal gift for your
Dick: I'd like a surprise party!
Dom: I would like to have a party where I could
DJ and play banging trance music to a room full of people! Perhaps
at a big club.
Question from Charlotte from Kenton: Is your job fun?
Dick: It's great. But not as showbizzy as you think
it might be. We walk to work, do normal things. We're not really
famous. But you have a lot of fun!
Dom: And you meet amazing people as well.
Dick: It's not as difficult as the typist's job
here! Or being at school ...
Dom: The big wide world is much easier. I can't
think of anything worse than homework! And school food, the uniforms,
the lot! You poor little people!
Question from Tom: What are you giving your mums for Mothering
Dom: My dad has taken my mum to Paris over that weekend,
so she won't be there. I'll be giving her nothing!
Dick: I'll be giving my mum a facial and some flowers
BBC Host: Here's Dick and Dom with a final word
Both: Goodbye! Erm... yes please!