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A day in the life…


Hello again!

As most of you probably know, most of the hours I spend at QVC are in the morning – I regularly present The Morning Show, which means an early start to make sure everything is in place to go on-air just before 9am.

I’ve had a lifetime of alarm calls ever since I was just eleven years old and used to cycle to the swimming pool next to my school for two hours training before lessons.

I also spent four years waking early to present Good Morning Britain and AfterNine on TVam and, of course, having three children (two of whom were DREADFUL sleepers!) meant many a wakeful moment in the early hours.

Although I often feel tired, I enjoy the consistent pattern to my days and having a routine certainly helps everything go smoothly, most of the time!

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I arrive at the Undercroft, the underground rear entrance of QVC close to our car park, at around 6.30am and head straight to the top floor, where the early shift production team will already be at their desks, planning the first shows of the day. I check in with them to find out exactly what I’ll be doing and whether anything has changed overnight.

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It’s also a chance to have a chat with them about life in general, as things get really busy later in the day. Simon Biagi, who I often co-present the show with, doesn’t spend quite so long doing his hair and make-up as I do! He often gets to the canteen for a sociable breakfast but I tend to eat mine on the run, either in front of the mirror or the computer, while I research information on what we’re featuring during the day. I do this one floor below the production office, where we have the studios and our dressing rooms. Ali Keenan and I have shared a room since we joined QVC together in August 2000, although we hardly ever see each other at work as Ali usually presents hours much later in the day.

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I take a look backstage to check the trolleys of products laid out for each hour of the day. I need to make sure I’m happy with everything and know what I need to know, to help you make a knowledgeable decision about whether you’d like to buy something. We have a fabulous backstage team who prepare everything to go on air, and of course we have some wonderful guests to tell us all about whatever they’ve brought to QVC. Spending some time with them before the show helps to ensure things goes smoothly on air.

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I took these photos on the day that Brett and Christine were with us for the Real Pie Company TSV – a magnificent collection of handmade mouth-watering pies – so I found them in the backstage kitchen for a quick chat about the new favours they’d brought us. I love them all but the steak with mature cheddar is SO good!

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My fashion for the day was from Nina Leonard – you can see the rail of our colourful samples for me to choose my outfit from – which is a range I’ve presented for many years. New to me and QVC for February, though, is the brand our beauty Pick of the Month is from: Dr Dennis Gross.

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Dr Gross is a dermatologist and anti-ageing expert who has developed an innovative and award-winning skincare range. We are featuring his neck emulsion as our Beauty Pick for February to introduce his results-driven products, and his wife, Carrie, is our guest.

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She told me all about the incredible consumer study results, which had all 100% of participants agreeing that they saw an improvement in the appearance of the fine lines and wrinkles and the texture of the skin on their neck and also that their neck looked younger and felt firmer! 95% of women said that the emulsion helped reduce the appearance of crepe-iness on their neck. With results like that, no charge for delivery and a 30 day money back guarantee, I’d say it’s worth a try if you are seeing signs of sun damage, ageing or the dreaded turkey skin on your neck.

Although I have a regular pattern to most of my days, it would also be true to say that no two days are ever the same. With different presenters and guests to work alongside, and an ever changing range of products to talk about on air – not forgetting the unpredictability of live television – I have to keep my wits about me. And that’s what makes being a QVC presenter such a brilliant job.

Have a good week, and take care,

Kathy x


  1. Denise February 5, 2016 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, thank you for letting us in on what happens behind the scenes. I found it very interesting and obviously there’s a lot more to it than we think!
    Love Denise x

  2. Christine February 7, 2016 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy it is not easy at it looks presenting so much work to do. When you are off air are you in work as normal?
    Good work x

  3. Ellen Dawson February 9, 2016 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Great blog Kathy yourself and Alison Keenan right the best blogs I look forward to them

  4. Mrs Gene Conley February 18, 2016 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    How interesting Kathy – you are certainly kept busy at QVC, but I know how much you love working for them and the days must just fly by. I do love reading your blogs – so in depth too – it makes me feel one of the QVC family when I read them. Well done. Love Gene x

  5. Patsy February 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, So enjoy watching you on QVC, and its interesting to see the degree of preparation that goes into what you make look very natural and easy. We all are inspired by strong women like yourself. Keep up the good work! xx

  6. Kathy February 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Denise. I’m glad you enjoy finding out a bit about ‘behind the scenes’. I sometimes think it’s more interesting that what happens in front of the camera!!
    Hope you’re well
    Kathy x

  7. Kathy February 27, 2016 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Christine.
    Occasionally presenters have a day of work when we don’t appear on air, sometimes because we are attending customer events like the Beauty Bash or maybe recording shows for our Style or Beauty non live channels. We also attend tape review meetings when a cross departmental group looks at shows we have transmitted to see how we could improve them, and we also spend time having specific training for certain brands and products and also helping guests with their development. So there’s lots for us to do that’s you don’t see!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  8. Kathy February 27, 2016 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Ellen.
    I love reading Ali’s blogs too – we don’t get together away from work as much as I’d like so at least I find out what she’s been getting up to!
    Take care
    Kathy x

  9. Kathy February 27, 2016 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hello Gene
    You’re right, working as a QVC presenter is busy but certainly fun and never a dull moment! I’m glad you feel part of the QVC family – it’s people like you who make doing my job worthwhile. Thanks for your comments!
    Take care
    Kathy X

  10. Kathy February 27, 2016 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Patsy.
    I think the natural feel comes from the fact that we never use autocue or scripts. For me, I am the furthest you could get from being an actress, so what you see is the real me – that’s all I can offer you!
    I’m so glad you enjoy watching, and thank you for your comments. All kinds of women inspire me and I’m honoured to be one who might do the same for you.
    Best wishes to you
    Kathy x

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