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Scarlett Moffatt on failing her driving test 13 times: I do not give up

Scarlett Moffatt has said she’s “not giving up” as she explained how she failed her driving test 13 times.

The Gogglebox star is set to host a new BBC show called Scarlett’s Driving School, in which she will assist fellow students on an intensive course run by some of the UK’s top driving instructors.

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

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

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

She added, “Honestly, I’d like to go, ‘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 need to work on, but I’m definitely getting better.”

When asked if her instructors would tell her if they think she’s ready for the test before she sits down, she bluntly said, “Yes liar,” which sent the presenters into fits of laughter.

Moffatt also presents a new Channel 4 documentary, Britain’s Tourette’s Mystery: Scarlett Moffatt Investigates, which explores Tourette’s rise to fame in Britain.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, paediatricians and child psychiatrists have recorded a sharp increase in the prevalence of tic disorders 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 studying the new phenomenon and a group of Tourette’s TikTok influencers.

Moffatt explained that this is a personal journey for her, as she experienced a sudden onset of facial twitches at a young age as a result of her Bell’s palsy.

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

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

She added: “When I started seeing all these articles and TikToks about loads of young girls who were about my age when I got it and started having tics, I just felt like I wanted to investigate and fortunately the TV can do that.”

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

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