QVC outside broadcasts through the years


Dale at the Bandelier National Monument Hi everyone,

Following on from my last blog about shooting the 'Early Bird Christmas Shopping' promo, I thought I'd continue the theme. Although not a promo shoot, I thought you might like to hear about OB's (outside broadcasts) that I've been on with QVC over the years.

If you don't want to hear about these, please let me know via the comments section – ta very much!

QVC US OB truck So, one trip that always sticks in my mind for various reasons was the 'South Western Silver' two-hour show broadcast live from Santa Fe, New Mexico back in 2003. We were invited to join QVC US and use their impressive OB facilities.

I flew direct from my holiday in Menorca back to the UK – then I flew to Minneapolis with a 7-hour stop off! And eventually arrived at Albuquerque exhausted. It was 23 hours door to door (never can sleep on aircraft – too noisy!).

Emma, Geoff and Dale with Carolyn at the Bandelier National Monument It was certainly worth the trouble as we stayed at and broadcast from a fantastic Mountain Spa – as always the QVC crew were a delight to work with and I was also to work with one of my favourite guests, Carolyn Pollack.

The show was almost a complete sell out and everything couldn't have got better until I heard in my earpiece 'There's a storm heading our way'. I couldn't understand what they meant – Carolyn and I were sitting in 30 degrees sunshine! I realised that we were in the hills at 7,000ft altitude (hills? that's two Mount Snowdons!) and the weather can change very quickly, and the biggest problem was lightning! QVC US had a huge satellite dish pointing out to space and these make very efficient lightning conductors!!

Producer Geoff shows off his best side! There was a huge crack as a bolt of lightning struck elsewhere and we were informed one more and we're off-air! Luckily we just made it to the end of the show and all was fine. Talking of altitude, I remember Geoff our producer getting excited as so many of the girls he spoke to appeared breathless! He thought it was his English accent and charm – he still argues this point with me to this day!

Carolyn, Dale and the crew We were all on a high after the show and Carolyn suggested the whole crew go with her and her husband Bill up to Bandelier National Monument. It was a stunning place of outstanding beauty and incredible archaeology. We visited the petroglyphs, rock carvings and cave homes of ancient tribes long since gone. Carolyn is a known expert on the various tribal symbols and patiently explained the meanings to us.

The next evening Carolyn and Bill laid on a fabulous party for both the US and UK crews and the food and company was amazing, including the resident hummingbirds. It was only afterwards that Carolyn told us there were rattle snakes in her garden! An OB to remember for sure!

Dale x


  1. fiona williams October 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale, It’s great to read about “ob’s” . What goes on behind the scenes can be fascinating. There’s more to being a presenter than just sitting on set and looking handsome!!!
    Loved the mussels pic from your last blog, not quite the
    sort i had in mind but I can dream!!!
    The hubby heard you read my text on the Kipling show. Boy, was I in the doghouse. Then when he read about the lady with 110 bags he realised I’m not so bad. 15 ish isn’t tooo many, is it?
    Till next time Dale,
    Fiona in Grove.
    Aka Mrs Shakespeare. X

  2. Jan Burnley October 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale! I enjoyed the South Western Silver OB blog very much. Doesn’t Carolyn always paint such a vivid picture of her area? It makes me want to visit. Also, with her knowledge of the symbols and their meaning, her shows are much more than “selling her wares” it’s almost like watching a culture show!
    Regards, Jan Burnley.

  3. Marian Bolton October 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    That’s all very nice and civilised Daleo but it’s not giving my alter-ego much inspiration darling! Me thinks your OB’s blogs are too PC – ta very much! (Though I’m sure the queen of naughtiness, Gail, will have something to say about those snakes!!!!!!)
    I have to say though, you look sooooooooooooooo handsome in your cave entrance. Have you got any etchings in there you want to show me??!!!!!
    Did you get the choccies I left for you last week? Or did Ali eat them??!!
    Bye for now and, until your next blog, you’ll just have to inspire me on air Dale’icious. You can be sure I’ll be watching and blogging accordingly!

  4. Marian Bolton October 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Back so soon you cry! I meant to ask, is there going to be a ‘Tea and Frivolity with the Silver Fox’ auction next Wednesday night on the BCC show Daleo? Cos, if there is, I’ll limit my spend on The Q this weekend!!!!

  5. Gail October 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Daleo, been struggling a bit lately but thought must pop in to say hello. Our Ma’s gone a bit quiet though Dale; hope she’s okay. Usually she has plenty to say (her words not mine); it’s very quiet without her and I could do with a laugh. LOL Ma x Daleo, fancy thinking we might not be interested in what you had to say! You know Ma and me hang on your every word! I must admit the first thing that sprang to mind when I saw your first photo was The Flintstones. All you needed was a loin cloth (steady Marian), and I would be calling you Fred. I too saw the Kipling show and must say how much I love Kipling; the Vienesse Whirls are to die for. The outside broadcasts sound great fun and a lovely change from filming indoors. Rattlesnakes in your back garden; a bit scary but how wonderful to live so close to the native wildlife. Ma, come out to play, we miss you. Speak soon, Gail xx

  6. Marian Bolton October 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gail.
    Sorry to hear you’ve been struggling sweetie and I hope my blogs have helped a bit. It took me a while to come back down to earth after my live TV debut, and then back to work on Tuesday after two weeks off – so, proper fed up at the start of the week I was!
    Have you noticed how we seem to blog at similar times! Bizarre or what??!! Must be a kind of sixth sense. or should that be sick sense (of humour that is)!! Lol!!!! The loin cloth did cross my mind when I saw the cave pic’y but I didn’t want to put too much pressure on our Hero by mentioning it again! What would you like to see auctioned of Daleo’s on Wednesday night????

  7. Gail October 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to hear from you Ma. It’s funny you mentioning about us blogging at similar times. I noticed on Dale’s previous blog that our blogs were literally only 8 minutes apart. How spooky is that? We are obviously on the same wavelength and we definitely have the same sense of humour. I’ve thought hard about what I would like to see Daleo auction on Wed and I’m afraid it would have to be his knees – mine are killing me! If Daleo ever wants me to see his etchings he’ll have to install a lift! Hello Dale.
    You did a great job during the Elemis show Ma, but I’m afraid a non speaking part is definitely not for me; other parts of me might be slow and stiff but my mouth is definitely in full working order. Hello Dale.
    Speak soon, lol xxxx

  8. Marian Bolton October 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    I’ve changed my mind, I don’t want to be an Elemis model, I want to be a model for Northern Nights. You get to jump into bed with Dale’icious!!!!! (Though he seemed a bit shy don’t you think Gail??!! Bet he’s not shy off camera!!!!!!!) And what about that growl with the animal print throw and slippers set??!! Kept me awake all night that did. Not that I mind being kept awake all night Dale’icious, if you know what I mean!!!!!!!!

  9. dale franklin October 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    So Jan and Fiona liked the OB theme but not Ma ! Oh well that’s 2:1 Marian – a majority !Possibly more to follow and I promise the idea was all my own work – not a QVC request. Glad your text didn’t get you into too much trouble Mrs Shakespeare – but you’re right they do make exceedingly good bags ! Sorry to hear you’ve not been having a great time recently, hope this changes v.soon. Good to hear from you Jan, join in with our next exclusive Silver Fox blog this week. Ma where’s me choccs ? Ali Y is the worst person you could have given them to – she’s nearly as bad as me with chocolates – she raids the Thorntons set every show – if ever there are any chocs missing on the lower level during a show – it’s Ali Y !! Dale xx

  10. Marian Bolton October 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Big, big lol’s Gail, you’re ssssssss…….moking lately sweetie! (Jim Carey …..The Mask! Love that character.)
    Daleo, are you manning the phones on Wednesday night or anything? If not, I can see you’re on tomorrow night at 9pm. I will be phoning in to donate on Wednesday night. I’ll double my planned donation if you blow me and Gail a kiss and show us your knees!!!!!!!!

  11. Gail October 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Daleo, I know you’ve blogged again but I hadn’t finished with this one yet. I don’t just throw these comments together you know; they take time. I bet Ma hasn’t finished with this blog yet either. Hello Ma, I missed the Northern Nights show featuring Daleo but must admit slankets, slippers and animal throws don’t really do it for me. A man wearing Liz Earle does it for me though (Naturally Active if you know what I mean). Also, thought of a great caption for Geoff’s photo – “Will you get a move on up there Geoff, you’re all behind today.” Right, I’ve finished now Daleo.

  12. Marian Bolton October 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Gail, don’t you just hate it when they finish too soon!!!!!!! I tell ya, Dale’s blogs are like buses, no sign of one for ages and then half a dozen come along at once!! Steady on Mr Tease!!!
    Dale, I love all your blogs darling. But you know I like to be silly about them. OB’s, tease, knees ………… whatever, they all please!!!!
    I left your choccies with Keeley, I didn’t get to see Ali :-( So I have to come back when Ali’s on ……. and again when Julia’s on (which i’ve blogged her about) ………. and again with you for a Northern Nights hour or three!!!!

  13. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen October 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    dale hope you are well.
    i am not bad

  14. dale franklin October 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Marian I spoke to Ali about my missing choccies – she’s got such a guilty conscience because, she thought she probably had eaten them and said sorry to me ! Now you tell me Keeley’s away with them !!It was a lovely thought anyway Thank you!Hi Martin Yes I’m very well thankyou and glad you’re still tuning in to The Q and now you are a Blog of the Fox reader – excellent !
    All the best Dale

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