My 16th year begins, cairns and a prize teaser!



Not entirely sure where the last month has gone – but it’s flown by! I hope this blog finds you well and your year has got off to a great start.

Over 7000 hours! That’s how many I’ve presented on air since joining QVC in January 2000. Like last month the years have flown by and I’ve loved them.

I have so many amazing memories but one which I haven’t shared with you is this one.

I was into my second year and presenting a QVC Selection show. All was going well until the producer said to me in my ear piece… ‘Ok Charlie, move on to item six and give me five minutes please…’

Item six? I thought; what’s item six?! Little did I know there was a second page to the show running-order which I had failed to look at. Entirely my fault. Oops! Although ‘oops’ wasn’t the word running through my mind at the time.

Live on air I was gestured, by the floor manager, to item six across the other side of the studio. I wrapped up the last item by reading the details and item number. Then I saw before me the next product. There was no guest to help me – I was on my own for the next five minutes! Help!

A horrible core of dread started to swell in the pit of my stomach. Panic! I had to think quickly. Everyone assumed I’d prepped the item and knew what to do for the next five minutes.

In front of me were some props including a bowl of water and beside it neatly laid out, a series of coloured cloths. I had no idea what was so special about these cloths! The panic was intensifying… What do I do? Shall I faint, pretend my microphone has broken..? I can’t simply make something up… I think I’ll faint 🙂

Then relief! Thankfully, I saw out of the corner of my eye the instructions tucked away on the shelf, underneath the table.

I filled the next 30 seconds, talking about QVC, how to get in touch, how to order and how to visit our website while frantically reading the instruction leaflet on what made these cloths different to any other ordinary cloth! I learnt there and then how hard it is to say one thing while reading another… It’s not easy! Give it a try!

Thankfully, it was a simple product. These cloths were super absorbent (hence the bowl of water before me) and I managed to get by. In fact as we wrapped the item the producer said to me… ‘Nice presentation Charlie….’

I just about pulled it off. Phew.

I’m pleased to say nothing quite like that has ever happened since and I always check now to see if there’s another page to the running order.

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If you’ve had any ‘funny’ close moments at work I’d love to hear that I’m not alone. Do leave a comment below.

At home, the DIY is still ongoing (driving me a bit mad) and my Cairns are still up to their mischievous antics. They won’t leave that hole alone in the garden. However I thought it only fair that I show you how patient and disciplined they can be at times as well. I hope you like the video clip!

Honora Pearls

Do visit my next blog as it will be your chance to win this fabulous prize from Honora. It’s a beautiful design and would retail on QVC for around £130. It will be our February giveaway. All will be explained in my next blog. There’ll be more prizes too, throughout the year and on twitter as well.

I’m @mecharliebrook.

More great shows on the way. I’m on air this Monday 2nd February with our love of Yankee Candles at 5pm and then I’ll be sleeping on the job with our heavenly Northern Nights at 7pm!

Take care and see you soon and always look to see if there’s a second page 😉

Charlie x


  1. Nicola Brown January 29, 2015 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    Your Cairn Terriers are adorable, remind me of the dogs I had years ago and just reinforce my determination to have dogs when I retire. Living alone and working full time means I can’t have dogs just yet but I’m already planning.

    Here’s to another 16 years of great presenting (even if you need to wing it!) and making me laugh.

    Best wishes,


  2. Marie January 29, 2015 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie The Video of your cairns is hilarious. Well done for having such well behaved dogs! Love reading your blogs and watching you in the kitchen. You obviously enjoy your food yet still stay slim. Keep up the good work. Marie x

  3. Charlie Brook February 1, 2015 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Nikki and thanks for your lovely comment.

    I utterly adore my Cairns. I never really expected quite how much joy they would bring to my life. They’re amazing.

    I wish you luck with your quest for a four legged friend!

    Best wishes


  4. Charlie Brook February 1, 2015 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Hello Marie, thank you for your kind words.

    I think all the tennis I play and the endless walking with my Cairns does the trick!

    Yep, I love my food!

    Take care and all the best


  5. Christine Brown February 5, 2015 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    AAAAAH bless, they are adorable and don’t they bring such joy and unconditional love into our lives. I have a boxer dog James Brown (I feel good) he is excellent at holding his paw up to say please and he cocks his head to one side, I love him as I know you love your Cairns.

    Congratulations on your anniversary – don’t tell anyone but you are my favourite you can be so funny (yet very professional).

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