You may have spotted a pattern in my appearances on your screens – I'm now a regular fixture on the Morning Show, from Tuesday to Friday every week.
Doing the Morning Show is a bit like old times, really. It was in 1989 that I first appeared on TV-am (left), on the sofa with Mike Morris on Good Morning Britain. Where are you, my dear old friend Mike? (I mean 'old' in the nicest way, of course!) If anyone knows, do pass on where I might find him. The last I heard he was working for Yorkshire TV, but that was a while ago now.
What life was like at TV-am…
Presenting on that show involved arriving at the studios in Camden at 3.45am, so it was a good thing I lived in London at the time. After a while, I swapped to a later start and where I felt most comfortable – the After Nine show. I stayed there until TV-am lost the franchise to GMTV at the end of 1992, conveniently just six weeks before my second child Charlie was born, so I was happy to stop work for a while.
It was a good place to work, and I certainly learned lots about live TV, especially how to hide things (hopefully) that go wrong on air. I also met some fascinating people. Do you remember the Cooking Canon, and Lizzie Webb? And I always looked forward to Thursday mornings when Claire Rayner spread her wisdom as an agony aunt.
Interviewing Oscar-winning actors
But one of my favourite memories is when I interviewed two gorgeous actors at the same time – Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ben Kingsley (wow!). There was a special moment when they discovered, on air, that they were both born on New Year's Eve – they were delighted to share their birthdays and I felt privileged to share the moment they discovered the bond between them. It was shiver-down-the-spine stuff and I still enjoy the memory.
Make the Morning Show your show
But back to the Morning Show. Debs and Claire are at the helm on Monday mornings at 9am (rather them than me – I need to recover from my weekends!) and then I'll usually be sharing the rest of the week with Simon, sometimes Julian. This week Simon is in Turkey as part of QVC US's Voyager show, so the American public will be able to enjoy his talents, but he'll be back to join me next week.
But I hope Simon and I can bring you the same sense of belonging to a family that I think our TV-am viewers enjoyed. People used to watch every morning to see what we were up to. I'm growing my hair, but don't expect any 80s style big hair! And any jackets I wear nowadays won't be padded at the shoulders.
So even if you're not in the buying mood, I hope you'll tune in to QVC at 9am each morning. We plan to entertain you as well as offer you some great bargains, and we'll let you know about some of the highlights in the day ahead.
Also, don't forget to enter our competition each day. The highest rollover prize so far has been £500, and remember, it could be you winning the QVC credits!
We'd also like you to feel that the Morning Show is YOUR show – if there's anything you'd like to see more of (or less), let me know. And if you have any special memories of the good old days of TV-am, I'd love to hear them!
Take care for now,