Highlights, a few New Year plans, plus more film reviews!


Debbie and PipsThis week…

 - BEST bloopers, best guest, biggest laugh and much more
 - Plus – how did you spend New Year – did a stranger cross YOUR threshold??? : – )
- And – cinema review – the new Tom Cruise movie – ‘Jack Reacher’

Well there have been some amazing shows and events during my year – both on and off QVC. There are FAAAAR too many to list, but off the top of my head I’ve just included some highlights. What were yours? Specifically, did you do anything you’d never done before?

One thing I’d never done before – funnily enough – is co-present a show with Pipa – and present one we did, last weekend, in a Beauty Clearance show. Good fun it was too.


Tifft of the yearMy ‘Try it For The First Time Club’ included some wonderful firsts for me this year – why not join in? You just have to do something every month you’ve never done before! In your life. Ever.

Well back in February, I had one of my fave moments of 2012 –  a TiFFT to top most others. Yes along with my presenter pal Craig, I went horse-riding for the very first time! It was during the freezing snowy weather, but Craigy and I had a great time attempting to a) stay on, and b) make our horses walk then trot. One day I’ll do some more – that’s a promise to myself!


Holiday of the year - Debbie, Craig and GinettaOh I had some wonderful getaways this year too! One of my best years ever for it. Including visiting our Veronese guest Ginetta with my lovely pal Craigy in July – it was 37 degrees – and we did some wonderful sightseeing too.

I also had three amazing trips to LA – also very warm and collected some great new pics and marvellous memories – just the ticket for these dark dismal winter days!

Met Antthony the designer out there for lunch and a gossip – one of my bestest guests and nicest people in the world! (clearance Antthony fashions on Wed 16th 8pm btw with Catherine – when I’ll be at a Gary Barlow concert!!)


Yes Craig featured in a lot of my memorable moments early in 2012! I have to say that Laugh of the Year goes to my Medieval night with Craig, Lee Hohbein and Justine Balmer in April as an early 50th birthday celebration. Craig dressed up as a joker and made my night – my month – and my year! 

Biggest laugh of the year (with Craig Rowe) Best new friend of the year - Mr back of my tandem

As far as laughs go, it was one of the best – he is a nutter, and a superstar! Although it is a close run thing considering some of the enjoyable fun times I’ve had, especially with my (publicity shy) new pal Mr back of my tandem (!), but since he can’t be featured, Craig’s night out wins! Haha!


Queen BondNeed I say more?

In a summer jam packed full with amazing moments, there’s obviously a tonne to choose from. But seeing the Queen – our Queen – take part in a Daniel Craig Bond skit was one of the top telly moments of all time, let alone of last year!

Just a shame we didn’t see her dive from a helicopter for real! Lol!


QVC presenters at the Breast Cancer Care ballReally moving, wonderful camaraderie and excellent entertainment – that was the Breast Cancer Care Ball – in the company of many of my fab presenter friends from QVC, all supporting our lovely Ali K – a night to remember for sure!


This year my lovely son and daughter made me extra proud once more – Lauren for being such a lovely person and bringing me some wonderful times – including with her new little puppy – my grandpog Baloo! Yes I became a ‘grandpogmother’! Haha! Lovely little cocker spaniel puppy-dog (pog).  

And whilst Brad was excelling at his job as a project manager (he’s, in fact, about to become project director at his property development company bless him – proud mummy!) he was also not only moving into his own first flat, but also arranging his wedding to the lovely Kari – this October there’ll be tears galore somewhere near Dorking for sure! Lol.

Me brad lol Baloo

And now for some on-air/QVC moments…


Debbie with Mel C
It’s probably very predictable that my first fave part of 2012 was Saturday Night Gifts – Dale and I shared the slot in the run up to Xmas, including some amazing fun and fab guests.

Music guests included Mick Hucknall (you can watch his interview here) and of course the lovely Mel C. And congrats to Mel and the gang for the Christmas number one).

Do go to last week’s blog for more highlights from the Saturday Night series, including the actual ‘best of’ video! And don’t forget to join Ali K and myself for its replacement this weekend – see below.

Fave product of the year 

Red Carpet Manicure
Ok so this is an easy one! Discovered the Red Carpet manicure home gel system. Do it once, and it lasts, super shiny and everything, up to two to three weeks!

And of course, massively proud of my sister Linda joining us on air as the RCM guest!  

Fave show of the year 

Debbie with John BarrowmanIt had to be the Saturday Night Gifts show of course! One of the star guests was our very ‘own’ QVC fanatic John Barrowman.

Here he is with me in one of the earlier shows – just before he started causing mayhem on several of the Saturday nights in the run up to Xmas.

John’s ‘Him’ range gave us a good excuse to have him on – but he managed to muscle in on many of the other products each show too – from bedding to chocolates! Very funny. Do catch the previous blogs for the full lowdown on some of the above moments in 2012 – I tried my hardest to do a weekly one and to keep you all informed!

And for your delight, here’s something that helps make QVC very special – a highlights video of some of our best music bits of the year.



So – what bit of QVC did you like the best last year? Or what did you do in 2012 for the very first time, that made you so proud? Or what would you LIKE to do in 2013?

I’ve got that cruise up the Nile on my list still – if you recall, regulars, Mrs pharaoh-lover here never made it to the long-awaited holiday last year due to it being THE weekend of the riots and cancelled flights to Egypt! And of course, finishing my first novel and now my second one too – currently in embryonic script form.

What was YOUR favourite part of the year – on QVC or elsewhere? Let me know by leaving a comment below. And if you’ve not left me any comments on any of my blogs this year but you do read them regularly, I’d especially like to hear from you – so do leave me one! Info below on how to do it!


Princes Charles Christmas cardHad a great new year at a mate's for dinner and played some funny games – including ‘Never Ever’ – where you have to see if you’re the only one ‘never ever’ to have done something, e.g. my first one was ‘been to new york’ (it’s on my list, along with Egypt!). Then you collect one of seven matchsticks you all start the game with. Last one in wins!

I’d ‘never ever’ had a Xmas card from none other than Prince Charles! Personally signed as well, cos of our host’s charity work. So cool I thought I’d include it as a snippet for you to see!

Considering it’s the time for resolving to make changes, I thought this little saying, doing the rounds this week, might be pertinent. Very true! And see below for the first funny of 2013 – and the final dressed up doggy for the time being – just to make you smile!

Facebook point to ponder Superdog!


WATCH – oo choices!!! Couple of things, then. First, went to cinema to see the new Jack Reacher movie – starring Tom Cruise as the (admittedly 6’4”) Lee Child hero brought to life on the big screen – to great effect.

Now the plot is a simple thriller, with twist after twist – some that shout their arrival in advance, and others you don’t spot so easily. I can’t give much away, but the adaptation of Lee’s ‘One Shot’ is no doubt the spring board to a series of sequels.

But don’t forget, Reacher fans, ‘The Affair’ – where the ex military cop’s back story was revealed – is kind of a prequel. Lee launched it in Sept 2011 on QVC, with me interviewing him (one of my proudest QVC moments!)  


I did enjoy ‘Jack Reacher’, the movie, mainly by allowing myself to overlook several glaring holes in the plot – huge. Why? Cos I loved Tom’s performance – I wanted more of it at the end, and will definitely see the next one! So for that reason, and some effective tension-packed moments, I’m giving it an 8 out of ten.

Other things I’ve loved this week (been having a bit of a catch up!) – whilst putting away Xmas decs, I watched Knocked Up – featuring one of my favourite movie confrontations of all time (with the security guard and the irate ‘old’ dolly bird – if you’ve seen it, you’ll know just what I mean. SOOO unpredictable!) And a great script, so 8.25 out of ten from me ( go here to watch the trailer…)

And one of my fave Xmas pressies this year – DVD of Stephen Hawking’s Universe – specially the episode about Time Travel. Loved the chat about Quantum Soup – was watching it whilst finishing off this blog in fact! Very educational and a must if you’re a bit geeky on the quiet, like I am!

Lifechanging pic with MarleneEAT – talking of soup – here’s a little ‘Eat’ Footnote, since I haven’t had one for a while – and it’s just to say that one of my biggest highlights this year was going macrobiotic with my food – what a great eating plan THIS is if you want to not only lose weight, but keep it off and help a whole host of ailments into the bargain.  

Cooked lots of really healthy meals this year, and changed my eating habits for good. Longest I’ve ever stayed on a restrictive plan I must say!

Lost quite a lot since this pic too and all going well – even stayed about the same weight over Xmas! Yay! Doesn’t mean you can’t have treats though. 

Debbie with her homemade muffinsIn fact, fave treat recipe of the year, from Marlene Watson Tara’s book Macrobiotics for all Seasons is the apple and walnut muffins – which I baked in our presenter bake off early in the year!

Kathy won, I came last after Simon and Craigy, but it was another fun first for me! (Go here to find out more about it and watch the funny outtakes video!)


And finally, a little look ahead to what’s on QVC!

- * Saturday Jan 5th at 8pm – join me and Ali K for ‘Anything Goes’! Our new Saturday night ‘must-see’! Next week it’ll be Dale and Anne. This week, amongst other things, we’ll have a chance to ‘play producer’ and vote for what product we put on first, as well as a craft challenge with Stephanie Weightman!

And also our new Today’s Special Value that will have launched with me on Friday night – the Arnova tablet – that’s just HUGE! Thirteen inches in size! On 4 pay too! Don’t miss it! 

502778 SBC TSV

I’ll be back on Monday night at midnight with a new SBC Today’s Special Value body care bargain (see pic above!). Also – watch out for Fashion Clearance Day all day on Wednesday including Cashmasoft 'and do join me Sunday afternoon (13th) at 4pm including – if not sold out – an amazing value Decleor TSV inc hands and top anti ageing products!'

Upcoming Decleor TSVAnd do follow me on Twitter or send me a friend request or a ‘like’ on my Facebook page to keep up with my little behind the scenes insider updates that I tweet regularly – like three of this week’s one time onlys! (info below).

Well that’s it for another week. Am sure a lot of New Year’s resolutions will feature in your comments to me below – perhaps even ‘keep new year’s resolutions’! Haha! Or perhaps – ‘leave some comments on Debbie’s weekly blogs’! Joking! Actually, I‘m not – do leave me one – either resolutions, or maybe what your most memorable moment of 2012 was… I look forward to reading them!

Best wishes and Happy New Year!

Debs x

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  1. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen January 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    happy new year debs did you receive my xmas card i still have to receive yours

  2. Jason Hicks January 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    If I had to pick one, although all of them are great,I would say your horseback riding adventure is a crowd pleaser and my favorite moment. :-)

  3. Marlene Watson-Tara January 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Ha bless you Debbie, there I am right up there with all your 2012 favourites ha ha…..
    Much love for a wonderful year of good health, happiness and all that your heart desires.
    Marlene xxx

  4. Nigel January 5, 2013 at 1:49 am -  Reply

    Debs, NYR = read (even) more! to which end have just bought the republished(Nov2012) ‘Pure,White and Deadly’ by John Yudkin & updated by Robert Lustig.
    Remember the fascinating 1980 Carl Sagan TV series ‘Cosmos – A Personal Voyage’? – apparently there is a sequel due out in 2014 called ‘Cosmos – A Space-Time Odyssey’.
    His qoute “There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the world” always makes my mind boggle!
    Happy New Year although u might want to give it a miss if triskaidekaphobic !! Nige:))

  5. jan rigby January 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs happy New Year hun xxx. So my 2 best bits of 2012 are my first horse Hack with my darling work mate (wont name her though) but many thanks to her for arranging it I loved it we went to Bilsdale in North Yorks and I rode Nellie bless her she loved to munch on the old grass lol, and my 2nd but the most faveourite was discovering walking/trekking/climbing in the Lake District which I have now fallen in love with hook line and sinker!!! My best product line discovery just has to be Ingenue I have bought so many of those dressess and tops I must stop lol I also keep buying Liz Earle cleanse and polish which for me is THE best cleanser. So all the best to you and QVC and looking forward to your new show and please present it with Dale again at some point I just loved that video of you as xmas elves lol xxxxx

  6. Susan January 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, I’ve only got half way through your blog lol but stopping here for a mo! Gorgeous blog Debs. Perfect round up to the year. You’ve had a lot of fun times and so deserved. You do make THE most of life! You will have a fun year with wedding prep!! Enjoy! And who knows you may be a nanny if life is kind to them. I loved the photo of you and horsey, and a lot of you ladies look stunning in the BCC photo. You should frame that also! I will continue to read and may be back here soon! Meantime I have to say I am soo pleased you have completed 2 novels!! You have a wonderful way with words and are a wonderful author with a fab imagination. Good wishes for 2013! Love Susan x

  7. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen January 7, 2013 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    enjoyed anything goes on saturday withn yourself and alison

  8. LINDA STEELE January 7, 2013 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    hya debs,the highlight of my 2012 year was going to florida with my hubby, son & fiancee,nothing unusual about that you may say, yes i have been before i love florida but>>>>> my son hired an airboat & captain (captain freddie) who was the most wayout person lol, we went out for two hours watching the local wildlife and looking for crocodiles. We saw some, but he took us to this forest growing in the water and it was magical!!!!!! i have never felt so at peace as i did there, not a sound from anywhere, he turned the engine of, it was absolutely brilliant. Being out in the nature, no modern hustle and bustle, It was unique.
    The next time i go back i will most definately seek out captain freddie . I simply love watching you , you are always so bubbly and happy . the very best wishes for you and your family for 2013, love lindax

  9. Debbs f January 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Martin – yes, thanks
    I did send one to everybody i received in time before xmas.
    Best wishes

  10. Debbs f January 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Jason – yes it was a very memorable moment.

  11. Debbs f January 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Marlene – u r an inspiration! Thanks for helping to make 2012 a watershed year! All my family are still making an effort to stick with it!! :-)) xx
    Ps http://www.marlenewatsontara.com if anyone wants more info about the health changes eating the right food can instill! X

  12. Debbs f January 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Nige – oo if pure whits and deadly has been updated , must buy it! Robert lustig is a hero!
    Thanks for all your intellectual contributions in 2012 hon! And hope this mild weather is good news for your landscape gardening!! :-) x

  13. Debbs f January 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Jan – oo hacking and rambling, ingenue and liz earle – fab highlights!!
    Great year eh!
    New liz earle tsv coming up last sunday in Jan – beauty day! C n p is best i must agree!
    Thanks for such a lovely comment on my blog! Do come back regularly! Always fun to hear from u all!

  14. Debbs f January 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

    Susan –
    Awww what lovely sentiments – i agree with all of them!
    Biggest this year for me will absolutely be my son’s wedding in october! 26 in march, and daughter lauren 24 in september. Gosh how time flies. And yes i really MUST get FINAL drafts of both novel and script done before summer. Thats the plan!!

  15. Debbs f January 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Martin – so did i! Dale, anne and deb greenwood this saturday!

  16. Debbs f January 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Linda! Omg i wanna go there too! Sounds magical! One memory along same lines was on a ski hol once in Sol in Austria, sitting in the warm waters of an outdoor pool, with the snow coming down and absolute silence, amongst evergreens. Loooovely. Those moments stay with us forever dont they!
    Lovely comment – do come back again!

  17. Pamela Andrews January 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    My best bits of 2012 are:
    1. I got married to the love of my life
    2. Spend copious amounts of dosh on Leighton Denny products on QVC in 2012 (need a 2nd job) lol

  18. Michelle Roberts January 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Highlights of last year regarding QVC is definitely your great blogs and the twenty odd Ronnie Nicole dresses I bought !!! My personal highlights are my fabulous trip to Hawaii and my new treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis which has finally got me pain free after 26 years AMAZING!!!!!!!
    I hope you have a fabulous year Debs xx x x x x

  19. debs f January 11, 2013 at 1:29 am -  Reply

    pamela – wow – you win! Fabulous highlights – good for you guys! So glad for you. There’s hope for me yet! lol.
    Glad you like Leighton Denny – i love his file!
    ps do comment again! So nice to hear from you!

  20. debs f January 11, 2013 at 1:33 am -  Reply

    michelle –
    twenty odd! Blimey! I’ll bet you got one more in the clearance sale too! lol. Well one of my highlights has been hearing on here from you guys – and from all my regulars – even the ones that haven’t commented recently – louise, Caz etc. Facebook and twitter have a lot to answer for! lol.
    And soooo glad about the new treatment – and glad you dabbled in the macrobiotic solutions too!
    big hugs and best wishes for 2013 hon!
    ps glad you got the hang of posting in the end too! hehe

  21. Charlotte January 13, 2013 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, you didn’t mention your best blooper! Or did I miss it?
    So glad you came back to QVC, please don’t ever leave us again!

  22. Debs f January 14, 2013 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Charlotte! Oh thank u my lovely! I’m hoping it’s ‘here to stay’!
    Yes you’re right! I will take a look and get back to u on it! I know I put it somewhere!! :-))
    What’s YOUR favourite?!

  23. debs f January 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    CHarlotte – yes, it’s got to be Glenn’s one! Not too long ago either, so not far to look! Thanks for reminding me! Loads more happen behind the scenes of course, just they dont’ get captured on camera! lol! Many would have featured John Barrowman too, as you can imagine! hehe. hugs

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