I must confess that Big Brother (celebrity versions and otherwise) is not something I normally watch, probably because I work in the evenings when it's screened. However, this current series has been a different story as I've been forced to spend a lot of time on my sofa this January.
Both Sophie and Daniel enjoy the programme and take over the remote control for the duration of the show, so I've had little choice… and do you know what, I've really got into it! It's quite fascinating seeing how people behave when they're living together 24/7 and know they're being watched constantly.
There's an added interest for me too as I've come into contact with three of the current housemates during my TV career. Back in 1984 when I was working on 'The Price Is Right' at the Central Television studios in Nottingham, a drama series called 'Connie' was also being filmed there. It starred a certain Stephanie Beacham in the title role. She'd often be in make-up at the same time as me, though I only spoke to her once as she was a highly regarded actress and I was only a hostess on a game show!
Move on 10 years or so and I was already working at QVC, but also doing some work for Sky Sports. I was recording a feature about goal keeper Hans Seger at the Wimbledon FC training ground. They were known as the 'Crazy Gang' and had the reputation of for being one big happy family. I asked Vinnie Jones if he agreed with the 'family' tag and he said, 'Yes, we're like a family, it's just a shame there isn't a bit more Family Allowance!'. He certainly doesn't have to worry about that now!
Around the same time Ivana Trump was a regular guest on QVC with her own range of fashion jewellery, and I often presented with her. Before our first show together I went to introduce myself to her, wearing an oversized 'sloppy Joe' sweatshirt in pale pink. She looked immaculate in a bright yellow tailored suit, and when I asked what I should wear to co-ordinate, she looked me up and down and with a faint smile said, 'Not pink'! Maybe we should bring her jewellery back to QVC – I wonder if any of you still have any of her pieces?
Are you watching Big Brother, and if so, who would you like to win? My vote goes to Vinnie.