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Sunday with Sara Pascoe: ‘Coffee at home gives us energy to walk to the coffee shop’

Early riser? I’ve a young baby, Theodor, so 11.30pm Saturday is the first get up, then 2am, 4.30am, 6.50am… Then you have a choice: stay up or try to sleep until nine.

What’s next? My husband, Steen [Raskopoulos, actor/comedian], or I say, ‘Shall we do a cafetière?’ That’s the code. That means: ‘We’re up now.’ The at-home coffee gives us the energy to walk to the coffee shop to have an oat flat white. We do a lot of Deliveroo-ing breakfast.

Exercise? A walk with Mouse – he’s half-Jack Russell, half-springer spaniel. We live in Crouch End in north London and the Parkland Walkway goes from Finsbury Park to Highgate. I might do Zoom yoga.

Sunday wardrobe? Pretty much what I slept in. You go to bed in some version of a tracksuit, wake up, then it’s 4pm and there’s no point getting dressed. My style is like a nine-year-old with a debit card. I like bright colours and things with animals. The other day, I got to a gig and realised I was still in my pyjamas. I had to keep my coat on.

Lunch? Steen makes the best roast potatoes I’ve ever eaten.

Childhood memories? Mum was a single parent and making packed lunches was so hard, she’d make all our sandwiches on Sunday and put them in the freezer. Every day, we’d hope they’d defrosted by lunchtime. Sometimes we used to heat them up with our bottoms so we could eat them.

Sunday soundtrack? Did you see Six: The Musical? It’s fantastic. I’m listening to that on a loop and Self Esteem’s Prioritise Pleasure. I sing and dance and pretend I’m on Strictly getting 9s and 10s.

Work? I might have a gig. Sundays are not as raucous. It’s lovely apart from one or two people who have had too much to drink at 3pm. Now, it’s 8pm and, first they’re lairy, then asleep. Being heckled by a snoring man… You can’t win that row.

In the evening? A bath and fresh pyjamas ready for a crime drama… that’s the dream. When Line of Duty was on, it was perfect. When I’m not fantasising about dancing on Strictly, my other fantasy is that I should have been a police officer. I could always play one. Put it out there: I want to do the new Prime Suspect.

The Great British Sewing Bee is on BBC1 on Wednesdays at 8pm

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