Christmas is coming…


Mussels on the beach Hi all, thanks again for your comments.

Well I can't tell you how busy things are at 'Q Towers' – there are some great new shows and hundreds of new products coming, including some amazing TSVs.

That's the one of the great things about working at QVC, there's always something new happening – not just new products and guests – it might be a new procedure or new equipment for example or a new service like the iPhone app or QVC Beauty. It's a really dynamic business that reacts very quickly to changing circumstances or customer trends.

So although it's still only September – I bet most of you have discussed who's going where or staying with who over Christmas? Who's turn is it this year for Aunty Mable, and with that in mind…

I really enjoyed shooting the 'Early Bird Christmas Shopping' promo a couple of weeks ago. Although I have shot many promos over the years, I still really enjoy doing them. Although the crew are QVC staff, there's always a different atmosphere on these shoots once you leave the studios – perhaps it's because these promos aren't live TV or possibly because they are usually service messages or promoting shows or events? I'm not sure – the crew are always happy and hardworking as in the studios, but it's just different!

I personally think that our promotions department really produce some great work and are one of the reasons that QVC stands out – do you agree ?

I have two favourites that stick in my mind – I'll tell you about one this week and save the other till the next blog.

The first shoot was also the first time I had been to mainland Spain and I flew to Valencia to spend a day filming to promote 'Spanish Gold'. Everything was fab, the crew, the locations, the hospitality, the weather – our hosts even made a huge paella in our honour.

We had been filming all day in the factory and the home of the gold company owners. We shot some particularly magical footage of the glorious orange-red sun setting on a freshwater lake next to the sea known as La Albufeira. Well, although we were all pretty frazzled, as it had been boiling all day and we hadn't stopped, our director needed just one more piece to camera from me – walking up the beach and talking to camera, to be used as an opener to the show. I had to mention 3 or 4 things and stop talking at a precise moment to get the right shot – sounds simple right?

Well every time we tried it, something happened, helicopter noise, ships' horns, me tripping up – we even had a naked boy walk into the shot and stand there staring at me – you couldn't make that up! All the time the sun was setting and we were losing the light, eventually we got it in the can in what seemed like total darkness – but actually looked quite moody in the final edit!

As evening was upon us we just had time for a well earned late meal at a famous local restaurant, famous for its special delicacy – eels – unfortunately that's all they served! Half the crew went hungry or chewed on a loaf of bread and half (including me) tried them.

Our poor producer's assistant (one of the hungry ones) was then attacked by hundreds of hungry mosquitos who took a liking to her perfume – bless her, her face and arms bore the brunt. As she sat chewing on the end of a dry loaf, we took it in turns to slap her! Honestly! She asked us to, as she couldn't see the mozzies! It was such a shame it ended that way, as the day was indeed a memorable one for so many good reasons.

The attached picture is in response to those who wanted a beach photo of my mussels - hope you like them!

Till next time,
Dale x


  1. Marian Bolton September 24, 2011 at 9:48 am -  Reply

    My, my, that’s a Blog Buster!!! Me thinks we are inspiring you Dale’icious!!
    “Christmas is coming” …… it certainly is …. I see the Extra Plush Slanket is out again!!!!!!!!! Oooouuuuu, can’t wait to see you again in the leopard print one! Did anyone manage to make you that loincloth???? If not, I’ll do it. But you’ll have to pop round to be measured up!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You are truly wicked with your ‘mussels’ photo, but I did laugh!
    I have to agree with all you say about The Q. Everything about it is so professional and polished but with a really personal, friendly feel. On the very rare occasion when I take a peek at one of the other shopping channels, (like the one that launches something at 9pm every day), I’m struck by the profound difference. It’s hard to say why but it just doesn’t have that same likeability factor. And of course, they don’t have you Dale’ ectable! xxxxxxxxxx

  2. dale franklin September 27, 2011 at 12:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Marian, thanks as always for your comments, they always make me smile. I was given the Ruby Red Slanket to wear and couldn’t get my hands on the Snow Leopard ! I knew you’d say something if you caught the airing. No loincloth but plenty of comments followed. Bye for now Dale x

  3. Marian Bolton September 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Me again Dale! Just wanted to say what a fabulous day I had yesterday. Loved the tour of QVC, it was so interesting seeing how the other half live! Had a nice little chat with Craig and Anne. Saw a fleeting glimpse of Charlie, but think he was staying well out of the way!!!!!
    Just watched the recording of the Elemis show. Think I did ok but headband not very flattering!!! Ah well, can’t win em all!
    Gail, soz I didn’t get to say ‘Hi’ but, as you probably gathered, the watch word was ‘only speak when you’re spoken to’ and Dale clearly hadn’t told Anne to tell me to ‘say Hi to Gail’ ….. so it’s Dale’s fault!!!!! Hope you’re going to come out to play on this blog.
    PS. Dale, think the Ruby Red Slanket was rather appropriate given your devilish prank with the mussels photo!

  4. Gail September 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale and Marion, had to pop in and say how nice it was to see Ma on the Elemis show. You were so well behaved Ma and sooooooooo young!! It is so nice to put a face to the name. Hello Dale, a very nice blog as Ma said and all I can say is that I absolutely love QVC, I really do. They have it so right. Loved the photo of your mussels Dale, but I prefer cockles (if you know what I mean). Oh dear, I just can’t help myself.

  5. Marian Bolton September 28, 2011 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Gail. I’m so pleased to see you back on Dale’s blog. Yes, I can behave myself if I try. Actually, I’m quite normal most of the time, it’s my alter ego that comes out on this blog!!!! Thank you sooooooo much for referring to me as ‘young’. xxx
    PS. Love your ‘cockles’ comment. Wish I’d thought of it!

  6. dale franklin September 30, 2011 at 1:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Gail and Marian – Now Gail you can put a face to Ma! – this is a little window into my world – where I talk to many without being able to put a face to most of them – which is why I love going to the Customer events, where I met young Marian and met several other lovely ladies and Gents at the Autumn/Winter fashion event today. I hope one day to meet you too Gail. Will blog again v.soon. Dale x

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