Driving instructors

I do not give up

Scarlett Moffatt has said she’s ‘not giving up’ as she explains how she failed her driving test 13 times.

The Gogglebox star will host a new BBC show, called Scarlett’s Driving School, where she will provide support to fellow learners as they take a crash course from some of the UK’s top driving instructors.

The 31-year-old revealed she started learning when she was 17 and can now do roundabouts but still struggles with maneuvers.

During an appearance on This Morning on Tuesday, presenter Dermot O’Leary asked if she had considered driving maybe not for her, to which she replied, “I’m not giving up.”

Fellow presenter Alison Hammond asked if it was the instructor who was making her nervous, leading Moffatt to jokingly admit, “No, I just can’t drive.”

She added: “Honestly, I would love to go: ‘It’s because of the instructors or the examiners.’

“I started when I was 17, now I’m 31. I can do roundabouts, maneuvers that I still have to work on, but I’m definitely improving.”

When asked if her instructors told her if they thought she was ready for the test before she sat down, she bluntly replied, “Yeah, liars,” which caused the presenters to laugh.

Moffatt is also presenting a new Channel 4 documentary, UK’s Tourette’s Mystery: Scarlett Moffatt Investigates, which explores Tourette’s rise in the UK.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, pediatricians and child mental health practitioners have recorded a sharp increase in the prevalence of tics in children and adolescents.

In the new program, Moffatt travels the country to delve into the mystery, meeting some of those recently diagnosed with the disease, scientists struggling with the new phenomenon, and a group of Tourette’s TikTok influencers.

Moffatt explained that this was a personal journey for her, as when she was younger she experienced a sudden onset of facial tics as a result of Bell’s palsy.

This is a condition that causes temporary weakness or lack of movement affecting one side of the face, according to the NHS.

The TV star said: “I remember it was a pretty scary time, not being able to control my own body.”

She added, “When I started seeing all these articles and TikToks about loads of young girls who were around my age when I got him, who had sudden tics, I just felt like that it was something that I wanted to investigate and thankfully the powers of TV allow that to happen.

Tourette’s British Mystery: Scarlett Moffatt Investigates airs Tuesday at 10pm on Channel 4 and All 4.