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Paul Heiney has presented and reported for countless TV and radio programes over the years. For seven years until 2009 he was part of the the BBC's Watchdog team - the high-rating consumer inverstigation show. It marked a return to consumer broadcasting for Paul Heiney who first came to prominence on That's Life, a hugely successful show in the 1980's which he presented alongside Esther Rantzen and Chris Serle. Despite the many stories he covdered, it is probably his interview with the dog that said 'sausages' that is best remembered (available on YouTube).

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This led to a documentary series, In at the Deep End in which he and Serle were assigned tasks in notoriously difficult professions and over the course of fifty minutes of television had to prove to their peers that they had mastered the skills to stand alongside the professionals. Needless to say, this did not always work out.

It was for this series that Paul Heiney appeared the the feature film Water alongside Michael Caine, took scissors to Jilly Cooper's hair in a competition, represented the Roux brothers in cookery, and attempted the writing of a romantic short story aided by Barbara Cartland. He also took horse driving lessons from the Duke of Edinburgh and failed miserably to be a stand-up comic even when schooled by Les Dawson and Ken Dodd.

A book of his experiences can still be found via secondhand booksellers.

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