Yesterday…or should that be yesteryear?


Blog Header PictureYesterday I was in Liverpool for a tea party to celebrate QVC's 20th birthday. The venue was the Beatles themed 'Hard Days Night Hotel' and, as I checked in on Wednesday night, they were playing my favourite Beatles tune 'She's Leaving Home'.

It really focussed my mind on what a long time twenty years is and how much has happened in my life since I started at QVC, including my own daughter, Sophie, leaving home.

Sophie and Daniel were five and six respectively when I arrived at Marco Polo House for my first day of work on September 4th, 1993. That day was all about meeting the other 'faces' of the new shopping channel and having our publicity shots done.

001They were unable to get a shot of all of us together as Paul Lavers was living in Norwich at the time working for Anglia TV as the overnight continuity announcer, Mr. Midnight, so he didn't arrive until the early afternoon, by which time Kara Tritton had left for her job on local BBC radio.

It was a Saturday so I wasn't working on my 'other' job presenting a magazine-style programme for my local cable television provider. I continued working there for the first two years I was at QVC, along with shooting features for Sky Sports and bringing up two small children. When I think back now I have no idea how I had the time or the energy!

Those of you who have been with us since 2pm on October 1st will recognise the line-up of the original seven presenters, and you will also probably remember that we only broadcast for a few hours a day in our first few weeks. We used to present quite a lot of jewellery shows (my first show was jewellery) as well as collectibles, kitchen equipment, DIY and dolls.

Our first four weeks at QVC were a mixture of training with experts for the products we were going to be presenting and learning the actual job of being a shopping television presenter, which involved watching a lot of the American output. Although we followed the basics of what QVC America were doing we quickly developed our own friendlier 'over the garden fence' style, which I'm pleased to say was later emulated by the US.

To digress a moment, our trainer for jewellery was none other than Jan Springer who, I'm pleased to say, I have a three-hour gold show with on Sunday afternoon from 3pm.

010 Jon BAs October 1st, 1993, approached we were all getting very excited but also quite nervous. There was a lot of media interest surrounding the fledgling shopping channel and I think that was one of the reasons that the 'powers that be' at the time decided to record the opening sequence that launched the channel, rather than it going out live, as they realised it was a moment in history that would be viewed many times over the following years.

Let's face it, we show that piece of footage with myself in the infamous blue jacket and my fellow launch presenter, Jon Briggs, seemingly looking down my top, every birthday - I guess they'll wheel it out again this year too! I'm not sure I realised what a momentous occasion it was and how it would change the face of shopping in the UK irrevocably but Jon did, as you can see from his little note to me.

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I thought I would also share the Good Luck card that Chris and the children sent me, which I unearthed when I had to clear my dressing room in June 2012 for the move to Chiswick Park. I'm so glad I kept it.

007 xmas cardI also found the first-ever QVC Christmas card and I believe the only one where we were all actually photographed together. I was nearly missing from that card as it was photographed on a Friday morning and I presented my cable show, 'Palace Chatback', on a Friday. I had to drive in to QVC, have the photo taken and then rush off to Croydon for my show.

It was taken on the old lounge set, I wonder how many of you remember it? If you are wondering why we have never all been photographed at the same time for subsequent Christmas cards, it's because the broadcast hours of the channel increased throughout 1994 and there always had to be a presenter live on air.

There have been so many changes over the last twenty years; Q Cut, the website, the QVC apps, etc., that I could write a book….and probably will one day. For me personally there are a few more wrinkles (not many, thanks to the advice of the brilliant Alison Young) and I now need glasses for reading! My hairstyles have changed a bit over the years too as you can see from the various publicity cards I've had down the years - I wonder which one you like the best?

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I just wanted to finish by saying a BIG thank you to each and every one of you for shopping with us. I am acutely aware that without your custom there would be no QVC. And I also wanted to thank all of you who have sent me letters and cards over the years, and who post on here and tweet me. It has always meant a lot to me but over the last few months, which haven't been easy, your support has been particularly appreciated.

I have my regular date with fashion today at 5pm, the show I inherited from Steve Whatley when he moved on to pastures new, and I'm with Fiona from Decleor at 7pm. Also don't miss the FABULOUS TSV from L'Occitane launching at midnight with Jill Franks. I'm with Alexis tomorrow afternoon at 4pm and it's all about my favourite Almond Shower Oil.

Here's to the next twenty years of QVC. That would make me 77 so I don't think I'll be sharing it with you on air, but I'll join your ranks as a QVC shopper.

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. martin forbes September 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    hi julia happy 20th birthday on tuesday i will be watching as i requested the day off hope you will be wearing the blue jacket.i have the first and 4th photo of you somewhere hope you have a2oyear old qvc cake in air.julia you only loog 50

  2. anna September 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    HI Julia
    Thank you and everybody who was involved in making the celebrations in Liverpool very special.
    Best Regards
    Anna (932493

  3. K.Salisbury September 27, 2013 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Well done Julia-I have enjoyed the last 20 years-wish my bank manager, and also my husband felt the same!!!! I was very sad watching your last show from Marco Polo House-I loved that building. Noticed lovely Julian has left-why is everyone leaving suddenly???? That’s life I know. Hope you have a few years to give us. Keep well and thanks again.Kay.XXX

  4. Alana September 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Looking forward to QVC’s birthday next week. Especially the B&W hour, was thinking there hasn’t been a TSV from B&W for a while, do you know if Simon will be doing one soon? You look lovely in all of the pictures but I think I prefer your current QVC pic. I bet you can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the start of QVC, hope you stay at QVC for a good few more years!!
    Hope you are feeling ok and everything is going well with your treatment.

  5. Gee September 27, 2013 at 11:12 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to keep all these photos to share with us. My birthday is 4 Sept so have something in common with you all. I admit I only started watching QVC around 2005 but have been a fan ever since and will be bankrupt if it continues for another 20 years! Well done on your success and enjoy the anniversary.

  6. Jean September 28, 2013 at 10:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Wow twenty years, that is great. You must be the longest presenter with QVC. I expect the tea party was great, like the Beatles.
    It must have been great to find the card from Chris, Sophie and Daniel, it is things like that that mean so much in your life isnt it. As regards the photographs of you, they are all so different, but my two favourites are the second one down on the left and the final one where your hair is really long, a true Julia with that lovely smile.
    Yes you should feel proud of all you have achieved in those twenty years, what with your book. And you have not only had your colleagues at QVC behind you all the way but all the Customer’s that follow you and your great partner Chris and your two lovely children Sophie and Daniel, and not forgetting your Mum and most important your cat’s.
    Looking forward to watching on the 1st. Have a great day.
    Take care.
    Love Jean XX

  7. Diane gilbank September 28, 2013 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    What a lovely collection of memories julia, you must be so proud to still be at qvc and see just how much it has grown and changed the way people shop nowadays. The internet being a massive explosion I reckon. So good to see the card from your family and I bet you wondered how you managed everything you did back then, and brought up your family! It will be a memorable day on oct the 1st and one I hope you enjoy. You are such a vital part of qvc and I know you said you won’t be there in 20 yrs?… But who knows? Sometimes it’s good we cannot see our future as these past few awful months for you would have been unbearable. At the moment you are stable and I am sure now you only focus on today, however much your diary is filled with what you will be doing in the days months to come.
    I am so glad I didn’t know how disabled I would be 25 years ago. We just get through each day and count all the good things that happen.
    Congratulations on your 20 years!
    You looked stunning on your spanx show in that lovely lace dress by the way. Sending you much love and hugs Diane xxxx

  8. martin forbes September 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    i have the first and 4th photo julia is it really 20 years agao i remembwer watching aberdeen local cable tv qvc was on 2pm to 10pm tyhen i think in 1994 extended to midnight then 2am an dyou paul used to a breakfast show 8am to 9am i thing called qvc today what happened to annete baker malpas of tefal do you still keep in touch and what happened to joan rivers iw ill be watching on tuesday requested day off work happy 2oth bday on tuesday you only look 45 julia on debbie flint blog she says julian ballantyne debs greenwood are off to pastures where are theyb off to there profiles now down and a new presenter as well.

  9. Carole cooper September 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    I have been with qvc since the start, my first purchase was milk bath from elemis and the keritin hair oil in a tin. It is a wonderful place to shop the easy pays are great I can buy expensive bags and get easy pay. I rember all the presenters on the picture and I love qvc hope I see the next 20 years Carole cooper wigan

  10. Julie Toye September 29, 2013 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Congratulations on your 20 years at QVC! Out of all the photos, i think you look amazing in your most up to date one. Actually, i think you look more stunning now than twenty years ago – and my dad agrees! xxx

  11. martin forbes September 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    hi julia this is 3rd time of posting hopefullty it will go through happy 2oth on tuesday are you on that day tuesday 1st october i hav hot the first and 4th photo still hope dan sophie and chris and your cat is well

  12. Denise Saunders September 30, 2013 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia, I must say that I feel as though I know you so well, having watched you since Day 1 of Q.V.C. all those years ago and having recently read and thoroughly enjoyed your book “One Hundred Lengths of the Pool”. I was also at the swimming pool cheering you on when you swam 101 lengths. I hope to see you for many more years at Q.V.C. and I congratulate the best shopping channel on 20 great years of broadcasting. By the way, the final photograph of you is by far the best and I’m so envious of your lovely thick hair!

  13. Julia roberts September 30, 2013 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    Thanks for all three of your messages …. they have to be approved before they are posted and the people who do that only work Monday to Friday regular office hours so that was why there was a delay.
    Yes Julian and Debbie Greenwood have moved on ….. there have been a lot of changes over the years but the team has been pretty constant recently. I bet you remember most of the presenters …. Sunitta, Gary, Dean, Sally, Fiona, Jumoke …….. I reckon it must be at least forty different faces in all – perhaps I should set you the challenge of naming them all?
    As you have taken the day off work I might just fish that blue jacket out for one final time!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  14. Julia roberts September 30, 2013 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Hello Anna
    I’m so pleased you enjoyed it – the team did a great job!!
    Here’s to the next 20 years of QVC
    Julia x

  15. Julia roberts September 30, 2013 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Kay
    I also was very sad to leave Marco Polo …. my home from home for nearly nineteen years. None of us are very good with change but change happens. I will miss Jules ….. I could always rely on him for a big bear hug. I remember when Paul Lavers left he gave Jules strict instructions to look after me and he always did!
    I’m sure your hubbie is happy as long as you’re happy ….. your bank manager is a different thing!
    Thanks for sticking with us
    Julia x

  16. Sue Lawrence September 30, 2013 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Happy 20th. Birthday to you all I watched from the beginning and still have my very first purchase a pair of fairy earrings remember thinking what a mad lady from the states who blows dust everywhere would not last , how wrong was I . There must be magic at qvc because nobody seems to grow old ! Thanks for the hours of entertainment you have shared over the years Julia love Sue xxxxx

  17. Julia roberts September 30, 2013 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    Really looking forward to celebrating the QVC 20th birthday with Simon Wilson …. I think his next TSV is later this month or the beginning of next.
    Everything going well still with my treatment ( 70% improvement on the last test) ….. bloods again on Thursday but I’m getting used to that now. At least I have good veins!!!
    I have no plans to leave at the moment.
    Julia x

  18. Julia roberts September 30, 2013 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Hello Gee
    Glad to hear you are a fan ….. 2005 means you have been with us for eight years which is pretty good going!
    Hope you had a good birthday on the 4th
    Julia x

  19. Julia roberts September 30, 2013 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Memories are what life is made of really …… I have been very fortunate to have a job I enjoy doing that has allowed me to be around for my children so much. I am very grateful to QVC for the last twenty years – little did I realise back then how instrumental QVC would be in changing the way the nation shops …… from little acorns egh?
    I agree with you re the photos, the ones with longer hair suit me better.
    I hope you enjoy our on air celebrations and thanks for keeping in touch on here
    Julia x

  20. Julia roberts September 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Diane
    Just had a little weep reading your post ……. I had been focussing so much on it being QVC’s 20th birthday that I had forgotten it’s mine too. I have spent over a third of my life as a QVC presenter …… so much has happened in that time and luckily for me most of it has been good.
    Like you I’m glad we can’t see into the future although maybe it would teach us to appreciate what we have while we have it. Seems impossible that it is thirty seven years since you and I danced together in Barcelona. We are both so lucky to have partners who care for us and children ( and in your case grandchildren) who we can be proud of. I looked at the writing on my good luck card ….. Sophie was only five but she wrote the messages herself …… her writing then was better than mine is now.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Julia x

  21. Julia roberts September 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    Thanks for being such a loyal customer ….. crikey I’d forgotten about the Keriten hair oil …. it was really good! I have a show with Keeley on the 2nd October. Do you remember the original Elemis guest Bonnie? – at least I think she was the original one!
    Let’s hope we’re both around for the next twenty years
    Julia x

  22. Julia roberts September 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie
    You and your dad have just made my day!
    Thanks for the congratulations and hope you can join us for some of the on air celebrations
    Julia x

  23. Morag Winchester September 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I have been shopping with QVC for around 12 years now, and like life, it has evolved and changed, but there are some elements which have been constant, and your presence for me has been one of those. Your smile lights up the screen, you are professional but with such a fun element, and as I hurtle towards a BIG birthday – I will be 60 on 10th October, so I have a big milestone this month too- I just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration especially during the tough times you have had. People feel as if they know the presenters who come into their homes through TV, and it does take a special gift to make that happen. I wish you and your family health and happiness for the future. Love from Morag xx

  24. Kathy. Tranter September 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Just come back from celebrating our 1st Wedding Anniversary a couple of day’s in Paris, then a week in Majorca,(havn’t been there since my son was small)he is 32 now. We had a wonderful time lot’s of things to see. Majorca was very warm and sunny the whole time, we just relaxed and enjoyed the sun.The time has flown by and we still havn’t had our Wedding Album done. I started watching QVC a couple of years after it started the first thing i bought was the “Ironisers” think that’s how you spell it. Don’t know where they are now though.
    Glad your treatment is working well for you, i suppose it’s a life time thing now is it.?
    Looking at the photo’s i remember the last one i’m sure it was taken a couple of years ago when you lost the weight, as your face was very slim then. But i like the 4th one the best, and that was many years ago when you started growing your hair amazing how we change isn’t it. We had some “soft focus” photo’s like the 2 with curly hair taken at our wedding and have those in frames at the moment. I will be watching on tuesday after lunch be good to see how thing’s have changed though the years.
    Take care and enjoy QVC’s birthday.
    Kathy x

  25. martin forbes September 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    here goes julia dean wilson suzanne evett julian ballantyne fiona farrell claire sutton glen thompsett rob locke katy john paul lavers the late steve whately dave bradford alison keenan jilly halliday kara baker kara tritton sara humpries julian ballantyne simon biagi harry green i cant remember anyone else i do remember jumoke hilary osbourne ithink lasted only 3 months charlie brook dale franklyn.who was gary what was his surname can you remember jomoke sunitta i donr rember anyone else do you ever hear from kara b or kara tritton and katy john if you do give them regards hope sophie and daniel and chris are well how is sophie settling into her flat and how is daniel getting on with his job.happy 2oth bday tomorrow julia look forward to seeing the blue coat.happy 20th you to hope yoy get abig bday cake to celebrare.i rember october 1st 1993 aberdeen cable 2pm to 8pm then i think i year later to 1pm then 2pm ialso remember you and paul used to do akitchen show about 1994 monday to friday 8am to 9am and sophie and daniel used to do the kitchen shows with you what happened to jaoan rivers and do you hear tefal annette baker malpas by the way you only look 45 .

  26. Sandra Gregory September 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, great blog with such good memories.
    Happy 20th birthday especially to you as the longest Presenter on screen and to all the other Presenters, all the models and not forgetting all the people behind the scenes and the telephone girls and boys who are always so helpful. Here’s to the next 20 years. I will of course be watching as much has I can tomorrow.
    Take care love Sandra xxx

  27. Tanya mcmean September 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, after 20 years we really feel we are old friends. We have bought so many things from qvc ,in the first years gold jewelery and DIY stuff. I have lots of dimonique jewelry. the first i think was emerald oval ring and snowflake pendant. They are still admired after all these years. we my hubby and i were drawn to the channel because of the friendly atmosphere and felt you were all one happy family. We remember the earlier presenters and the fun you all had together. The presenters today are young dynamic and are a breath of fresh air. We learned a lot from QVC all about jewelry and technology and are able to buy things we would never see in our shops. So thank you enjoy your celebrations Tanya Mc Mean

  28. Kieran October 1, 2013 at 12:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I remember first watching in 94 during the World Cup. I think your shows are just as good as ever and as you probably know very well you have a large male following due to the wonderful shows (and in the nicest possible way …..some other assets, lol ). All your photos are lovely my fav probably being the 4th. Forgot the blue jacket doy remember the pink/orange dress you wore to koko for simon Wilsons 40th- wow! Bring that back! Anyhow long forward to seeing you more and more in various shows in 13 and beyond!

  29. Julia roberts October 1, 2013 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Denise
    Thanks for being so loyal over the years and for the lovely compliments about the channel.
    I’m so pleased you enjoyed my book ( sold out now on QVC but available on Amazon for anyone who might want it ) and thanks for your support at the gala ….. I will post a final figure raised when my virgingiving page is taken down.
    Enjoy the next 20 years with us
    Julia x

  30. Julia roberts October 1, 2013 at 9:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Sue
    Are you talking about the delightful Jennifer Kirk aka the fairy godmother being mad??? Surely not! It’s great to see that some brands have stood the test of time like Butler & Wilson (who I’m on with at 6pm tonight).
    No magic at QVC just lots of wonderful beauty products and advice from Ali Young.
    Hope you enjoy our birthday
    Julia x

  31. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv October 1, 2013 at 9:50 am -  Reply

    hi julia happy 20tyh bday today been watching the repeats half 6 this morning on sky plus and watching live from 9 and some of the day will be watching you and charliue at 2pm .if you can give me amention if piossible during 2pm hour over the years i bought cds fron various artistys big boys toys that paul did i think you presented once got elvis pink cadillac and little clock 2 abd red watch.happy 20th tyoday hoopfully cake on air and champagne

  32. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv October 1, 2013 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    happy 2oth today julia i remember watching on day 1`on aberdeen local cable tv if you can can you give me amention during the bday shiow today 2to 3pm with yourseldf and charlie.over the years i have had boghts big boys toys which paul presented i think you did as well as well as various csds compilations couople of little clocks and one red watch which which i still have any update on mens fasion and jewellery yet.hope fully this will go through last one no go happy 2oth hopefully champage dcake what happened rto aneete baker malpas of tefal and what happened to joan rivers also remebr you and paul in germany octiber fest including cuckoo clocks abnd hjome electonics goodman brand sphilips panasonic aiwa in the ealy days di you sell amidi hifi with 25 cds to play.have agood day

  33. Marian Bolton October 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia …. and a big Happy Birthday to QVC! I hope you’re getting a Long Service award?!!
    Nostalgic and interesting blog to mark the occasion Julia. Publicity card number 3 is gorgeous – what bone structure!! (as indeed they all are) but I have to agree with some of the other bloggers that the last one is the best. Did you get my tweet about my recommended product for facial slackness? I hope you weren’t offended only I heard you mention on a show that you thought you would get this as your Mum has it. Well, ditto Julia …. and said product works a treat for me.
    It’s absolutely killing me at the mo as I’m having to seriously curb my spend until the bed is paid for … four easy pays equals paid for in December!! I’ll NEVER last that long ….. and Keeley is on tomorrow!! Put all the really tempting stuff on in the daytime please Julia as I’ll be at work so won’t see it!! Ta!! The bed is SO worth it though.
    It’s Chris’ birthday today too so I’m letting him watch football!! I even let him off the leash to go walking with his pals in the Lake District over the weekend. I must be going soft in me old age!!
    Lots of love and here’s to 20 more years

  34. Sue October 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Thoroughly enjoyed the Birthday shows and seeing the old clips. You are my favourite presenter and hope you will be at QVC for many years. The dress you wore on the Peter Kaiser show is it one of your own or can it be bought on QVC as it’s lovely.

  35. susanne fitzpatrick October 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Like others before me, I just wanted to extend my thanks to you for your dedication to QVC over the last 20 years as you are a pleasure to watch. I’ve only been a customer for around 3 years now and boy, have I struggled for presents for certain friends who are impossible to buy for, but QVC is so full of unusual gifts that I don’t dread birthdays or Christmas any more.
    I wish you continued good health and many more years at QVC, brightening up our days. I hope QVC bought you something nice as a commemoration of your time there??
    Kind regards

  36. Julia roberts October 3, 2013 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    Hello Morag
    Thank you for your lovely message. I am not just saying this – QVC and you the viewers have REALLY helped me fight my latest health battle … Being able to keep a semblance of normality by continuing to go on air stopped me from becoming obsessed by my illness.
    I hope you have a fabulous birthday on the 10th and thanks for inviting me into your living room
    Julia x

  37. zoe October 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    hi julia, glad you have enjoyed the twenty years celebration, its a shame julian couldnt celebrate too as its twenty years for him too. Loved seeing him on choc hour, you all love that.
    Making a new version of cake recipe u gave, please could you post your lasagne one if its not too much trouble?
    Will you get all your Xmas shop at qvc?

  38. Julia roberts October 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sandra
    I hope you enjoyed the birthday and in particular the show at 2pm – I thought Charlie was great fun! The trips down memory lane were a reminder of how far QVC has come in 20 years and without the customers none of it would have been possible.
    Glad you enjoyed the blog too
    Julia x

  39. Julia roberts October 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tanya
    I love your attitude embracing the changes QVC have made down the years … sometimes we don’t like changes that are made but then realise that they keep things fresh.
    My first piece of Diamonique was a stunning tennis bracelet in 14ct gold … I still have it and I still wear it!
    I hope you enjoyed sharing our birthday and will be with us for years to come
    Julia x

  40. Julia roberts October 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kieran
    Crikey you’ve been with us a long time …. do you remember Striker the World Cup 1994 mascot? …. I brought one back from the States for my son and he still has it!
    I’m afraid the blue jacket won over the coral dress I wore to the Butler & Wilson party at Koko’s but I do still have that dress so maybe I’ll wear it one day soon!
    Thanks for your other kind compliments!
    Julia x

  41. Julia roberts October 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sue
    I am so pleased you enjoyed seeing the old clips …. a great reminder of how from little acorns mighty oaks can grow.
    Thanks for your kind compliment – I have no plans to leave at present but I guess I can’t stay on telly forever!!
    The dress you are referring to is a Nina Leonard but I’m afraid we no longer stock it.
    Julia x

  42. Julia roberts October 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susanne
    Thank you for your kind words – I am very fortunate to have a job that I enjoy and it is very gratifying to know that it brings pleasure to others such as yourself.
    I’ll keep my fingers crossed that QVC may have a treat planned for myself and other staff members who have been loyal to the company for 20 years.
    Enjoy your Christmas shopping this year
    Julia x

  43. Julia roberts October 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    No sign of a long service award yet but I haven’t given up hope!!
    I didn’t get your tweet about a product for jowly jaw lines ….. Mind you I sometimes miss tweets if I’ve had a lot during a show. Keeley has given me the new night cream to try …. is that what you had suggested? She was on good form again last night ….. I wonder if you managed to stop yourself from buying anything?
    The third photo is one of my faves …. bone structure always shows up better when you’re not smiling I think. The last one was taken by Kathy’s husband, as was the cover of my book ….. He is a VERY good photographer.
    Hope your Chris enjoyed his birthday …. what do you mean you ‘let him watch the football’? … an everyday occurrence in our house!
    I certainly won’t be there for the 40th birthday but maybe I’ll make the 25th if the jaw line hangs on!!
    Julia x

  44. Julia roberts October 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    I am hoping you heard me mention you at the beginning of the 2pm show on Tuesday ….. and I wore the jacket especially for you! Funny you should mention Oktoberfest as our new presenter, Marv, is a beer sommelier AND it is the final weekend of this years Oktoberfest in Munich this weekend.
    You did very well with remembering all the presenters but you definitely missed a few off …. when I’ve got a minute I will sit down and write a list!
    I really hope you enjoyed Tuesday and will watch us for many years to come
    Julia x

  45. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv October 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    hi julia i did enjoying watchng the 2pm show with you and charlie .he did a great job i watched selected hours too 9am with simon and kathy midnight to 2am with long have you known debs for iremeber watching her childrens bbc in 1986 on bbc1 the oepning mopntage why do flashbacks with suzannne evett or katy john were there non ein the archive give paul lavers my regards pity he was not on the 2oth bday if you dont mind me asking what happened to jan rivers and julian and debbie have they got jobs hope sophie is happy in her flat ewwith her feriedn dhope daniel is enjoying his and your chris is doing well

  46. Julia roberts October 4, 2013 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Zoe
    I agree it’s a shame Julan couldn’t be with s to celebrate the birthday …. it would have been his at the beginning of December and it’s Jilly’s at the end of January I think!
    I will put the lasagne recipe up next week …. haven’t made it for a while so I might make it this week when I’ve got a bit of time.
    I will probably do most of my Christmas shopping at QVC – I usually do, and hope you will too.
    Julia x

  47. Julia roberts October 4, 2013 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    I’m pleased you enjoyed the birthday … I thought Charlie was fab in the 2pm show. There was a shot of Katy in one of the montages but I didn’t see Suzanne I must admit.
    I’m not really sure what happened to the Joan Rivers jewellery … maybe she found it too much to keep coming onto QVC with her TV commitments in the States … she is quite elderly now.
    I believe Julian is going to be concentrating on his Events Management business. I’m not sure about Debbie but you could ask Ali K, Kathy or Claire as she goes out socially with them.
    I’ve known Flinty since 1990 – she started at the Croydon cable television channel shortly after me … still mates.
    Julia x

  48. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv October 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    thanks for replying julia i have got your 2pm show on sky plus tokeep foever as i am also keeping on sky plus debbie f 12am to 2pm launching 2oth bday thanks for my mention regarding the jacket it was kind oif you

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