– Christmas comes early in QVC land! Behind the scenes at this year's Christmas promo shoot
– Fanny Flint – finding ancient ancestors online!
– More QVC bloopers
– And some great catch-up TV – ITV's 'The Scapegoat'
Christmas in September
Wow – how time flies – that time of year again I guess, when the summer garden furniture starts to be put away, the fruit is all being harvested and… the QVC presenters go playing in the snow! Lol!
Really? Yes really! Our Christmas promo shoot was in Wandsworth where I met up with seven other hosts – yes 7! – and three of our lovely models. Such a rare occasion to see us all together in one place!
Now all actual Christmas images are strictly embargoed for the time being, so this is a little speedy behind the scenes look at the lounge area being used to get us all ready for the Christmassy pics and fun.
Suffice it to say a good time was had by all – even if it was mainly only due to being able to have a good gossip with so many of my colleagues all in one place! Some of us originals were trying to recall the last time we were all all together in one place, and we came up with two. One of them was the New Year shoot at the end of 2000 where every presenter (including Paul Lavers, Katy John, Dean Wilson, Rob Locke and Kara Baker – remember any of them?) were also there.
But there was another very significant one, around summer 1998 – when every presenter met in the middle of the night (so no one was left out by being on air) – to create something very special for our 5th Anniversary. Do you remember what it was? Do leave me a comment below if you do!
A Flint called Fanny – yes, really!
This week, I took a trip down memory lane by joining up to Ancestry.co.uk. For a tenner a month, or so, you can gain access to all sorts of official records – birth, death and marriage indexes, and most fascinating of all, the censuses. The most recent is 1911, which shows where the person you are researching lived, who with, their ages, and even their occupations! How amazingly intriguing!
Years ago I did an evening class teaching you how to trace your family tree – a painstakingly slow process back then. You'd order a certificate after spending hours locating the right one at St Catherine's house, (just round the corner from LSE where I went to uni) which came a few days later. Well hey presto – nowadays, due to the wonders of modern technology, within two hours this week I'd not only traced back to the previous point, I'd gone two generations further back than that!
And yes, there in the middle of it all, was the proof that I have indeed got an ancient relative called Fanny Flint, who married Henry Flint (my great-great granddad) around 1864. Funnier still, guess what her maiden name was… Tidey! Lolol!
Now I'm filling in the gaps including using other people's family trees! You can contact them and share findings. I'm finding it's quite addictive, and has kept me up late finding more connections! Will keep you informed.
– This week it was my lovely Lauren's 23rd birthday celebrations, which included one by the Thames in Richmond which her man Nick organised as a surprise. The biggest surprise being that Brad turned up too! She was delighted!
– It was also a lovely sunny day, when I walked through the grounds outside our new Chiswick Park studios last week – just see how pretty it looks in the end-of-summer sunshine. There are often swans and ducks and even massive fish in that pond!
I must say now that we're all settled in here, it's far preferable to grey old Battersea. I'm told the old Marco Polo building is being pulled down now, for flats – anyone seen it as you go by on the Victoria overground train past Battersea Dogs Home and the power station? What's happening?
OK, by popular demand, and much against my better instincts, a snippet from that infamous Debbie Attempts Zumba show which I did last week… you have been warned!
Otherwise, go here to see a little funny from one of Catherine's craft shows this week – bless her! Don't forget to let me know if you spot any others on air! Leave a comment below if you do!
WATCH – this week, I thoroughly enjoyed a superb two-hour one-off drama 'The Scapegoat', starring Matthew Rhys ('Brothers and Sisters') as a dastardly doppelganger who swaps lives with a well-meaning teacher and makes him assume his identity as an aristocrat on the brink of financial ruin.
It was really well acted and utterly enchanting with its period setting from the 1950s. A good 8.75 out of 10 – that's high for me! See if you can find it on ITV player – well worth a watch! Or if you saw it, did you like it too?
QVC – this week I are mostly been using the Honestly Healthy book, which has much of the same principles from macrobiotics, and is still available on QVC (item 701333). It's all about alkalizing your body for health. Kelly Hoppen told me about it as it's her daughter who co-wrote it!
Highlights from the week ahead will include New York Event day on Friday, with a stylish, slimming, Dennis Basso fitted mac which I'm launching midnight on Thursday. And after a few days away in the campervan this weekend, (including a family party with Mr Back-of-My-Tandem in Ely), I'm back on air on Thursday night next week.
Anyway have a great week and do drop by again next week, when I hope to have another cinema review – maybe the new Meryl Streep film 'Hope Springs'!! And don't forget to leave me that comment below, especially if you have any funny ancestors in your own tree! (Details on how to do so can be found on my blog homepage at the top).