At the time of submitting my last blog I had received an initial enquiry as to my availability to appear on iTV's "This Morning".
It so happened that they were looking at a fun segment that was to be part of their "Soap Week" feature in the run up to the Soap Awards, to be hosted by Phillip Schofield.
I've long been an admirer of the show and thought it would be great fun to be a small part of it. At that point I didn't know if it would indeed happen or what my part in it would be.
To a cut a long story short, I was to help the lovely Emma Willis re-enact a memorable scene from the soap, Emmerdale, the cast of which were to be interviewed by Phillip and Holly. Our piece was part of a fun quiz to see how well the cast knew their own soap called yes… Emma-Dale!
I knew it involved a wedding scene and they had asked for my measurements, I didn't know that they wanted my dress size! Yes! I was to be the Bride not the Bridegroom!
Anyway, several emails flew back and forth and it was agreed that I would remain in men's clothing and makeup but wear a blonde wig and a veil, to set the scene. The iTV crew were as good as their word and I wasn't pressurised into wearing anything more, we quickly recorded the piece in one hit and I later appeared in "the hub" with Emma for a couple more questions for the cast in the final minutes of the show.
The whole morning was really enjoyable and it was interesting for me personally to see the similarities and differences between "This Morning" and QVC. On the one hand the crew I met are just as friendly and helpful as my brilliant production crew at the Q. The way the show is put together and communications to the presenters are quite different though.
As the show's are unscripted at QVC, we rely heavily on our "talk-back" from the Directors and Producers and we have a constant chatter in our ears all the time from them both, we also use our monitors a lot. We don't use auto-cue or have a script to use as they do on "This Morning". So from a professional point of view it was really interesting for me to see and hear how it was done when in a non-retail environment, as before QVC my TV experience was limited to recorded and not live output.
I managed to say a quick hello to Phillip and the ever glamorous Holly before I left and the fantastic cast from Emmerdale were delightful company, as we chatted in the Green Room. Phillip and Holly seem to work effortlessly to guide the viewers through the show, but I can tell you it takes a huge amount of experience and professionalism to make it look as easy as they do. I did also thank Phillip for helping me out of the "Grey-closet" and throwing away the dye bottle.
Coming up on QVC this week
Next Thursday's TSV is from Lori Greiner and I'll be welcoming her back from the US "Shark Tank" (like our Dragon's Den) on Wednesday Evening with a great offering – then the next evening I'll be suited and booted for the launch of Diamonique Day with Julia Roberts, who has designed a real birthday treat for you! Lastly "Gold Fever" returns on Sunday with myself and World acclaimed Gold expert Jan Springer as we host a 3 hour special at 3pm.
Lots to look forward to then – now for this week's "just for fun" quiz. This photo was taken whilst I was filming earlier this year up at our Customer Contact and huge Warehouse facility in Knowsley, it was taken in the QA office and I love the contrast between my happiness and Chas our sound man's frown – I'd love you to suggest some words to put in Chas's thought bubble – Keep it clean now!
Till next time, stay well.