Christmas with The Hollies!


Jill Franks with The Hollies Last Thursday at QVC was a little hectic.

I arrived at QVC on Thursday in the early afternoon to meet with the Hollies as we were recording the show to be aired on the Friday morning. It couldn’t be done live as their schedule was so hectic and they couldn’t be there for the live showing on Friday.

Having worked along side Caroline, my coordinating producer, for a few weeks we were ready to meet with these guys who, according to the Guinness Book of Singles, had more hits in the 60s and 70s than the Beatles! Now that's something!

Also they had just received an Ivor Novello award for their contribution to the British music industry and have been introduced into the American Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame!

With a 25-date UK tour behind them, they have also just released the two albums we were excited about bringing you. 'Midas Touch' (their greatest hits) and 'Then, Now, Always', their latest album. I love listening to 'I Would Fly'!

They've worked with some amazing writers; people who have worked wIth Kylie Minogue, Westlife, Charlotte Church, Mark Ronson (who made Amy Winehouse famous!) and Mika to name but a few! 

They were doing a sound check on our arrival and were the nicest, down-to-earth guys you could ever meet. Bobby and Tony, the two original members and the heart of the band, were great guys who introduced me to the newish members!

Peter Howarth the lead singer, Steve Lauri on guitar and Ray Stiles who used to be a member of Mud! We had a chat about the show as they had never done anything like home shopping before. The show was all recorded out of sync so to see it live on QVC on the Friday was fabulous. Nothing was edited, just all pieced together in the right order.

They sounded amazing in rehearsal and you just couldn't help but love the songs and feel so rock 'n' roll. 'The Air That I Breathe', a global success and 'He Ain't Heavy', a UK number one on its re-release in 1988 were both fantastic!

The band oozes heritage, talent and love for what they do. You may remember other great hits such as 'Bus Stop', 'Carrie Anne', 'I'm Alive' (their first number one), 'On a Carousel', 'Just One Look' and 'Stop Stop Stop'.

We did two separate interviews for the live airings and had time to chat and take pictures in between. We discovered that I knew a few singers and dancers they knew from my West End theatre days. Small world, huh? Interesting to catch up on the old days.

So refreshing to meet such a nice group of guys who have had, and continue to have, so much success. We were tight for time as I had been asked to do the show with Nikki from Lola Rose and Harald Glöckler too! It was a close shave; finished with the Hollies at 4.50pm then on at 5pm with Carole Hochman sleepwear, slipped on a bathrobe over my jumpsuit and removed the six-inch heels! Now that was a tough one, but with only a few minutes to go that was the only way round the change!

Then with a scheduling slip Ali was in the building but didn’t realise that she was on for 6pm with Gayle Hayman. Dicky put out a search party and eventually tracked her down whilst I held the fort. It was a little crazy!

Jill Franks and Harald Glöckler Ali took over as I had to get changed for Harald Glöckler…after all, I couldn’t wear a bath robe could I? Any excuse to get the heels back on. I had such a short space of time but Julia was my saving grace! She was backstage and helped me into my long Harald Glöckler dress. It was a little big on the bust so she pinned it for me.

We had 10 minutes and in TV terms that is a long time! It didn't feel like it mind! It was so tight for time that I literally only saw Nikki and Harald as we went live! Having been friends of theirs for a long time we just slipped into the show with ease. With the fabulous Harald, Prince of Fashion, showtime began without a hitch. I love him, he's adorable!

It was an exhausting but exhilarating day and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. Have you seen the Hollies live or met them? I'd love to hear your stories! Oh, and I will be glued to Living TV for Harald's show this week! I'd love to hear your thoughts on it too!

Jill x


  1. Rebecca Robinson December 17, 2010 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    Happy Chritmas Jill and best wishes for 2011. Looking forward to watching more giggles and fun with you next year.

  2. rony December 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    whats the point puting up picture into your blogs if its too small!hardly can see picture size too small

  3. Jane Baker December 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill I have just watched you on Suarti Collection and love your hair, please can you let us know what colour it is .
    Merry Christmas

  4. VAL HARVY January 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    Just enjoyed reading your blog, especially your lovely dogs. You became my favourite presenter when you did an impression of one of your dogs on air! very funny.
    Nothing to do with the Hollies, but as you are very petite wondered how you get on with the bracelets when you are doing the jewellery shows. I have very skinny wrists and small hands so all of the bracelets I fancy are just too big. When I first started shopping with QVC I did buy a few bracelets and as I liked them I didn’t send them back but they just sit in my jewellery box as they are just too big (even the small one’s). I wore one for work one day and as I went to flush the loo it fell off! Needless to say that is why I don’t wear them. I have e-mail QVC Customer Service before about this and having read through some comments on bracelets I fancied it seems I am not the only one. Can you have a word maybe they will take a bit more notice.
    Thank you

  5. Hilary Keeling February 24, 2011 at 7:41 am -  Reply

    Dear Jill, You have always worn your lovely engagement ring when on air, until this week. I just noticed and was curious. Love Hilary.

  6. Hilary Keeling February 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jill, You always wear your lovely engagement ring but the last few days you have been without it. I was just curious.

  7. Susan February 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    I know you don’t blog so much but had to tell you I’m watching your Red Carpet Show and you look stunning!!! I adore your black and gold dress! Where is it from if it’s not too rude? You look amazing! And your hair is beautiful too!
    Loving your shows
    Susan x

  8. SYLVIA February 27, 2011 at 12:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill
    I have missed reading your blogs.Is everything ok with your bulldogs at the moment.x

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