QVC is coming to ITV


ITV1 'The Zone'

Some of you may already have read Simon's blog giving you the exciting news that from tonight, at a few minutes past midnight, the live QVC broadcast will also be broadcast on ITV1 as part of a new show called 'The Zone'. The Presenters for 'The Zone' are Michael Underwood and his girlfriend Angelica Bell and they appeared on Loose Women at lunchtime today to promote the show.
From QVC's point of view, we will still be doing what we have been for the past sixteen and a half years, bringing you great products to buy from the comfort of your own home, but the show will have a slightly pacier feel allowing us to bring you even more products than usual. The first product to feature on ITV tonight will be our Today's Special Value, a Nintendo Wii Fit Balance Board with Just Dance & EA Sports Active games and accessories.

Sketch of Julia Roberts Daniel, Sophie and I have just been 'playing' on the Just Dance game and it's so much fun. We're all reasonably fit but after dancing along to just a couple of tracks we were all glowing nicely. I'm sure this is going to be a great addition to my fitness programme and along with my Pilates and Diet Chef, will help me shift those last few pounds… only 5lbs to go now!!
There are some brilliant music tracks from the last three decades and the character that you follow for the 80s songs bears a striking resemblance to the way I looked when I was teaching fitness in the Eighties. So much so that I went in search of this poster (photo left) which I modelled for – some of you may even have it as it was on sale in Athena shops!
Talking of losing a few pounds, also on the show tonight is the inimitable Michael Winner. We will be selling two of his books 'Winner's Dinners' and 'Michael Winner's Fat Pig Diet'. The latter is a diet book with a difference and to quote Michael Parkinson, 'As interesting as a diary as it is a diet'. I agree.

It's very readable and as the man himself says, 'If I can lose three and a half stone and keep it off, then there is hope for everyone!' Interestingly he is also into Pilates so needless to say I am really looking forward to chatting with him. I have actually met him once before. Many years ago I auditioned for a small role in his version of the movie 'The Wicked Lady'…
I so hope that you will be watching Simon and I tonight and that you will love the slightly edgy format.

Much love,
Julia x


  1. Annette Roberts May 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Good Luck tonight with the new show, I will try to keep my eyes open long enough to see the first airing!
    The poster is very 80’s, leg warmers and all! At that time I was doing the ‘Jane Fonda Workout with Weights’ and had a shiny pink leotard and pink stirrup tights with pink striped leg warmers! I dread to think what I would look like in them now with all my wobbly bits….eeek! I’ve still got the workout video tapes and her book – must get them out!
    Have a good night with Simon.
    Annette x

  2. Steven May 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia good luck with the new show. The Wii fit is brilliant. I’ve not actuaaly got one but I have had a shot of my wee cousins. Great fun. Maybe I will need to purchase one in my fitness building lol. Good luck with your own fitness Programme and I’m sure the 5lbs will be no problem. You have done really well from what I can see but I thought you were fit before!!
    Away for a bath now ha ha xxx

  3. CAROLINE HOPLEY-FROUD May 20, 2010 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Good luck to both of you for tonight, although why? you could do it all with your eyes closed. The other night when you were launching the gossip watch, I was thinking to myself, it would look fantastic in orange and lime green (also on trend colours) and then you said whilst presenting a different gossip watch (it had different coloured numbers around the dial) exactly what I was thinking, orange and green. It was a really eerie moment, I was going to call in and say so, but it was quite late and everyone else was zzzzzzzzzzzzz! Great minds think alike!!!

  4. Una May 21, 2010 at 9:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia.
    I remember that poster. A friend at college had it. How lovely, leg warmers and all.
    Missed the show last night, as I was a bit poorly, but hope it went well. Im sure it did.
    Just dont you be going anywhere, you ARE QVC.It just wouldnt be the same without you.
    I have officially started my xmas shopping!! I have 6 of my main presents already, courtesy of Alexis and LOX EEE TAN!! how funny that they put it on the Happy Hands box. LOL. Im a bit mean, but I tend to buy collections and split them up. I suppose that way, everybody gets exactly what they like. I got 6 of the Happy Hands collections, so they are all getting one to go with the other bits and pieces. I think I might be Little Miss Popular again this xmas!!!!!
    P.S. Congrats to Alexis. My daughter and I thought she might have some news a few months ago. She looks wonderful though, glowing in fact. Then you dropped a little hint when you had the Mom and Baby product on, was a subtle hint, but see, I was paying attention LOL!!!!!!!!!!
    Take care Julia
    Love Una xxx

  5. steve May 21, 2010 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia,
    Well what can i say! so impressed with the show last night, and making it on to main stream T.V, you was very much ‘in the zone’!! I thought it was fitting that you figure headed the start of the show. it was fast fun and very entertaining, you were flawless as always! not sure on the dancing!….only kidding x. The wii fit is great fun and you showed that with out question. Simon did great job too.
    The pilates system will be a big hit on there and will hopfully reach a wider audience and have a huge impact on people lifes. Have you manageged to arrange anything with the buyers? you can email me direct if you do not want to show this!
    Speak soon, Steve X

  6. Annette Roberts May 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just wanted to let you know that you did a fantastic job on your 1st airing with Simon….Congratulations both!
    I was extremely impressed with the dancing and the fact that you were giving it your all and not even out of breath, shows that your diet and fitness plan has worked a treat and you only have 5lbs to go until you reach your target!
    I’m afraid I fell asleep last night with the TV on and woke up to see your feet and the Dyson being demonstrated….quite a surreal moment as I didn’t know what time or what day it was!
    Take care and speak soon
    Annette x

  7. julia roberts May 23, 2010 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I hope you managed to keep your eyes open for our first ‘The Zone’ show and I hope you enjoyed it.
    I also had a pink leotard with stirrup tights – how fetching!! I actually based the fitness classes I used to teach on Jane Fonda tempered by a bit of the ‘Green Goddess’!! We once did a live display in the Whitgift Centre in Croydon ………. those were the days!!!!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  8. julia roberts May 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Daniel has the Wii Fit which I occassionally use at home but I am much more likely to use it with the Just Dance game – what brilliant fun, especially if there are a few of you.
    I can report that I have lost another 2lbs so just 3 more to go – looks like I will make it in time for my birthday in a couple of weeks.
    Hope you are still enjoying the gym?
    speak soon
    Julia x

  9. julia roberts May 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Caroline
    Thanks for your confidence in us – it was a bit different but we both really enjoyed the challenge!
    How weird that we both thought the Gossip TSV would look good in lime and orange! Pipa and I were talking about it and she fancied one in orange too so maybe they will bring it back in a new colour before the end of the summer – fingers crossed.
    Julia x

  10. julia roberts May 23, 2010 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una,
    Did your friend at college really have the poster – how weird! For my 50th birthday Chris took the small posters I have ( there were 2 different ones ) to a local print shop and had them enlarged and framed. He hung them on the wall of my little home gym and in the morning led me in there ……….. for one awful moment I thought he was expecting me to do a workout before my birthday breakfast!!!
    Glad L’Occitane has got you started on your Christmas shopping. I can’t believe you picked up on my little hint, all I said was, ‘Doesn’t it make you broody?’ You don’t miss a trick!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  11. julia roberts May 23, 2010 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    I’m so pleased you enjoyed ‘The Zone’ show – all the things you said about it were exactly what the ‘powers that be’ were aiming for. I’m not sure about the dancing either BUT I really did enjoy myself. You know, even though I’m quite fit I was huffing and puffing – it’s very energetic. Maybe it has helped me drop another 2lbs – I’m just 3lbs off my target now although I’m feeling so much better I might set myself a new target of an extra 7 lbs ………………. maybe.
    I have forwarded your letter and photo to the vendor that brings Pilates to QVC – if I hear anything I will contact you on your email address
    speak soon
    Julia x

  12. Susan May 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    You have had the life of it! Dancing and Caribbean cruises, house in Spain and modelling now! Lucky duck! Haven’t seen the new show so can’t comment. Have a good week.
    Take care,
    PS How is your sister doing? She also had breast cancer I think?

  13. Steven May 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. Another session at the gym beckons tomorrow. Going to have to be shown a couple of things that I’m not too sure on but its going well. Really pleased for you with your loss. I’m sure you’ll look fab on your Birthday… well fab for 21 again lol

  14. Una May 25, 2010 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia.
    yep, she certainly did have that poster. She had a few in that style, there were a few around then, but I definately remember it.
    Haha, that Chris is a cheeky one! A work out on your birthday indeed!!!!!!! What a lovely gesture though.
    I know, Im nosey I think!! Dont miss anything!
    Have you seen Sara G and her little boy, or he maybe isnt quite so little now? They grow up so fast dont they? One minute they depend on you for everything, then the next they are doing it for themselves. Kids eh, who would have them!!!!!!!!!
    You are doing FAB with the diet Julia, you are looking FANTASTIC.
    Love Una x

  15. steve May 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Thanks again Julia, I will look forward to hearing from you soon.
    It’s brilliant to see you reaching your fitness goal, well done!
    you really do look in great shape, it feels great to reach a goal, or even get close, I know you are aware of this Julia but if any one is set on dropping body weight their goal should be fat loss not weight loss. You have definitely have been using the gym in the right way and coupled with your diet and the pilates studio of course! you have great results.
    I can see a fitness dvd on the horizon, ten percent please lol X
    P.S what is your arm routine? Great arms! Hope you have a fantastic week, speak soon, Steve X

  16. julia roberts May 27, 2010 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    You’re right I have had a very ‘full’ life and a fair amount of luck, but it hasn’t all been plain sailing ………… excuse the pun!! It’s all going in ‘the book’ if I ever get it finished.
    Thanks so much for asking about my sister. She is doing really well – they caught it very early on a routine screening …….. just reminds us all how important screening and checking ourselves is doesn’t it.
    I hope you catch ‘The Zone’ over the weekend – I have Saturday into Sunday with the Decleor TSV and Simon and I are doing Diet Chef TSV on Sunday into Monday.
    much love
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts May 27, 2010 at 12:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Hope the gym went well?? Just 2 weeks to go to my birthday and 3lbs still to lose to make target so I’m trying extra hard.
    Check out Q Gossip on Friday for the big Footie debate between Anthony and myself ….. no guesses who is ‘Pro’ football!!
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts May 27, 2010 at 12:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Una
    Yes I have seen Sara G and her baby – he is quite small still and I had the pleasure of holding him! We were having a ‘chat’ – I was talking to him and he was making noises back at me. He seems a very bright little boy and Sara looked amazing.
    Thanks for all the lovely words of encouragement with regards to my weightloss. It has been a committed effort and because you guys have been so supportive I now feel I can’t ‘let you down’. So thankyou for giving me the extra incentive to keep going
    Julia x

  19. Steven May 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Ha Ha. I will join the debate Julia! Gym went really well today as I was early so got on more and I have been shown by a very nice young lady some of the equipment I was unsure about so yeah pretty happy. I’m sure you will hit your target with ease. As I have said you look fab. Have you got anything planned for your birthday? It must be close to the start of the World Cup your birthday is it? Just reading one of your other replies – don’t be daft about letting folk down – you are an inspiration Julia
    Steven xx

  20. Annette Roberts May 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I did see the first airing and I think our posts must have crossed paths, it’s the one before your reply…
    The ‘Green Goddess’, my goodness, I can’t believe that I used to get up every single morning to workout with her on TV and then get my Jane Fonda book out afterwards and do some of her routines too…. didn’t have a video player back then!
    Only 3lbs to go until you reach your goal, brilliant, you’ll soon do that in time for your birthday. I lost another 1lb this week, but the Thorntons ice cream didn’t help in the hot weather. To make up for my sweet tooth, I’ve made some jellies with grapes in and added some rose water to see if it tastes like turkish delight!
    Speak soon
    Annette x

  21. Una May 28, 2010 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Awe, its grand when they are so little, and “chat” to you. I love when they are that age. Then they grow up, and “chat” back to you,not so grand, LOL!!!!!!
    You are now officially my inspiration. I have to lose some weight. I am 49 and have never had weight issues. In fact I dont even know how much I weigh. Last time I was weighed was the day I left hospital after having my son. He is 24 next month, and I weighed 49Kilos. Think it was kilos anyway!!!! Dont even know what that is in real numbers LOL!! Im still trying to get to grips with decimals and metric !!!
    I just know that since stopping work 2 years ago, since this spine injury. Sitting on my (now huge) bottom, eating Thorntons chocolates (bought from QVC!!!) and watching TV, my clothes are now not so comfortable. So no more sweets for me.
    I agree with Steve. You have really good arms. I need to get my arms back. I used to love my arms, but now, not so much.
    I will do this, and let you know how it goes.
    I have just given Sophie my Thumbs up. She does look lovely. I just LOVE the style from that era. She has captured the look just right. Hope she does well.
    Love Una

  22. julia roberts June 1, 2010 at 12:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    This will make you laugh. When it was really hot last weekend Daniel asked me if I would like an ice-cream. Knowing I was going in the gym later in the afternoon I said only if it is under 200 calories. He asked what I would like as an alternative ‘just in case’ and I said a glass of water.
    5 minutes later he returned with his ice cream and a glass of water. The only ice creams we had in the house were mini magnums ( my favourite ) and they were 240 calories each!! Good job I like water!
    Keep up the good work
    P.S. What were the jellies like?

  23. julia roberts June 1, 2010 at 12:28 am -  Reply

    Hello Una
    Thanks for giving Sophie the thumbs up and for leaving her a comment. I agree with you she had really captured the era. With help from you guys it looks like she will make it into the calendar and help to raise money for Help For Heroes.
    I am very proud to be designated your inspiration. Please keep me posted on your progress and if you want ideas for arms Dan and I will share!
    Julia x

  24. Annette Roberts June 1, 2010 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Typical, what a shame…. you did very well with the water!
    The jellies were lovely, with a little hint of the rose water, quite a nice change from the usual low calorie desserts and of course they are very low calorie (the jelly is les than 10 cals per 1/4 pint serving + whatever the fruit is) and from one packet you can make 3-4 jellies and add you choice of fruit.
    Annette x

  25. julia roberts June 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Yes, pat on the back for the water!!! Glad you enjoyed your jellies – I can’t have them cos of the gelatine ( although I could probably make them with agar agar )
    I love the green grapes at the moment, really sweet and juicy.
    Julia x

  26. Christine Hinds September 12, 2010 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia hope ur well. You’re my favourite QVC presenter and i never miss when you are on. I must say you look fantastic and the diet really shows but i would say u look just perfect now and don’t need to lose an ounce more. I read in one of ur blogs that u are writing a book. I do hope so as i would be first in line to buy it. You have had such an interesting life and i’d love to read about it. Keep up the great work. Best wishes to you and ur lovely family. Christine xx

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