Frank Turner: ''Mastermind' was always on my to do list'

The singer-songwriter won a celebrity edition of the BBC quiz show earlier this month

Frank Turner: ''Mastermind' was always on my to do list'

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Frank Turner has spoken about his recent win on Celebrity Mastermind.

Turner's specialist subject was Iron Maiden and the singer-songwriter guested on the show alongside punk poet John Cooper Clarke, actor Ben Faulks and comedian Roy Hudd on BBC One earlier this month (January 3).

Speaking to Kerrang about winning the contest, he explained that taking part in the show had always been on his "to do" list. He commented: "Basically I was a massive nerd when I was a kid. With that in mind, Mastermind was always on my to do list – or rather, my fantasy to do list. It was funny because the first band I ever fell in love with was Maiden and I always said they'd be my specialist subject."

He added that he ended up getting quite competitive after trailing at the end of the first round. "On the show, at the end of the first round, I was actually coming third and I was sitting there thinking, 'Fuck this, I am not going to lose this'. So I got quite sort of aggressive about it, in my head," said Turner. "I seemed more bothered about it than any of the other contestants on the show. They were all a bit more like 'have fun with it'. So I was probably more at a disadvantage because I'd got myself so amped up, nervous and psyched out about it and they were all, like, 'Whatever'."

Turner was raising money for homelessness charity Shelter on the show. "I've been doing quite a lot for them recently," he said. "They had a Christmas campaign I'd been involved in, so it's nice that I've managed to get them a chunk of change." Turner and Billy Bragg went busking together in London at the end of last month to fundraise for Shelter.

Turner tours the UK next month.

Frank Turner will play:

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (February 6, 2014)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (7)
Edinburgh Corn Exchange (8)
Manchester Phones 4u Arena (9)
Plymouth Pavilions (11)
London The O2 (12)
Portsmouth Guildhall (13)


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