Last week I found myself, just like Nelly the Elephant, packing my trunk and saying goodbye to the circus for the day as we headed out on location to film some pieces for a new regular one hour show on QVC Extra, ‘The Best of QVC Extra’.
I was not alone on my travels however, because no madcap adventure would be complete without a screwball sidekick and, naturally, Chloe Everton was mine.
I set off early in the morning to a secret location in North West London. Ok, so it wasn’t really a secret location, but it does sound much more intriguing when you say it that way! It was, in fact, a rather imposing period house, five storeys high and double-fronted in an Edwardian style.
I was the first of our team to arrive and as I approached the imposing edifice I couldn’t help but wonder what the inside would be like. I can’t help it; I always wonder what the insides of people’s homes are like. I like to call it my inquisitive nature and my love of style, others might just call it nosy!
As the door opened I was greeted by a cavernous hallway painted in very dark grey with modern art on the walls (a particular interest of mine). Beyond, in the distance, I could see right to the other end of the house (it was quite a distance) to a wall of glass which gave way onto a manicured lawn that was the ‘backyard’.
I wanted to walk all the way to the end and look at the garden but I was shown into a room off the hallway that was painted in the same dark hue, softly lit and sparsely decorated. The walls were dominated by a couple of enormous paintings (at least 8 feet high) which were spoofs of Penguin paperback novel covers, one in bright orange, the other in shades of blue. My mind went into immediate ‘Loyd Grossman’ mode, a quasi-American accent in my head kept repeating the words; “who would live in a house like this?”.
As curious as I was, I sat down and waited patiently for the rest of the team to arrive. My sidekick for the day, Chloe, was next to arrive. Unfortunately poor Teddington, her beloved dog, had taken ill in the night so Chloe had hardly slept, and at that very moment he was being transported to the vet for surgery.
As a dog lover myself I felt for Chloe as she tried to maintain contact with the vet and her friends to check all was well. The only help I could offer was to try and be as ‘on my game’ as much as possible so that things would run smoothly and enable us to finish on time (or earlier if possible) so she could get back to him. I have to say Chloe was the consummate professional throughout the day and once the cameras were rolling she nailed it as though there wasn’t a single worry on her mind.
There will be those out there who may read that statement and think, ‘well that’s her job isn’t it?’ For any of you who are animal lovers and have a pet that is a fully-fledged member of the family you will understand, as I did, just how difficult it is to concentrate when beloved pets are in trouble, and for that I give Chloe a gold star!
We were all there to film inserts for a show that will be on QVC Extra every day at 6pm, showcasing the best that we have to offer across all of our departments at QVC with some great deals at great prices.
Chloe and I had a blast filming together because Chloe is one of those special people who, despite being a grown-up, has never lost her sense of childish fun. So we spent the day pretending we lived in the house and playing at being proper grown-ups… when we weren’t actually filming of course! Like I said we are professionals – sometimes!
Be sure to look out for myself and Chloe bringing you ‘The Best of QVC Extra’ every day at 6pm.