A belated Happy New Year!


Dale's dancing on airHonestly, another year older and wiser? And my time management is still rubbish!

At the end of December I thought "I know, I'll get a quick 'New Year message blog' off to my copywriter Sarah – Well here we are half way through the month! Honestly, the times I've gone into work three hours before I'm on-air and still rush around at the last minute!

You see, the problem is – I like a chat, a chin wag, chewing the cud, a bit of goss, a catch up! Can't be helped, there's always someone interesting to chat to at the Q.

On Friday I was assisting our Talent Manager Tina with auditioning potential guests and I nipped into our restaurant for a quick bite to eat and saw Ralph Rossini (my Silver Fox brother-from-another-mother) sitting alone, so over I went and joined him with the intention of a quick ten minute catch-up chat.

Well, Ralph loves a chat too so about an hour later I looked at my watch, made my apologies and left swiftly! Luckily when I got back to the rehearsal studio I was relieved to see that nobody else had returned.

Fortunately, QVC first employed me for having the ability to 'chat' without a script or auto-cue. I'm rarely late for meetings and I am yet to miss a show but I'm often playing catch up, with things I planned to get done during the day, such as writing a blog!

So here we are: January! No sooner have we celebrated the big day and the end of a long year then we are racing off again to start the new year with a bang and make it another great year at The Q. In fact, QVC is a model of perpetual motion, a bit like an airport – it never stops!

Talking of which, this week sees the start of the first Diamonique Week of the year with an exciting range of both brand new and customer favourites. Affordable luxury and glamour is guaranteed and I'm lucky enough to be presenting most of the shows, the last one being on Friday 24th.

So if you want to see what all the fuss is about, or add another piece to your collection, tune in at 7pm through the week.

I hope that you have been lucky and safe with the weather so far – I can't remember so much rain for so long a period, but the memory does play tricks with you doesn't it? Winters were colder, not wetter, and summers were constant sunshine in our memories, like a scene from 'The Darling Buds of May' – or perhaps they just were?

I hear snow's on its way! That means I get to try out me Winter Trax properly – much better than tap dancing on a block of ice in the studio! It could be a new show idea "Dad Dancing On Ice" (as you can see in the pic at the top!)?

Finally, no photo comp this week but – I have a request for your HELP! Particularly viewers living in Bershire/Bucks/Surrey.

ScruncherYou may have noticed on Twitter that my friend and colleague Jill Franks has lost her beloved Bulldog "Scruncher". He literally vanished into the night whilst he was being walked along the Tow Path last Thursday evening (17/01) in Windsor, Berkshire.

It's believed he has been taken by persons unknown and I would ask anyone who lives in or around the Windsor/Slough area to keep a look out for him – I've attached a photo of him.

I know it's a longshot but poor Jill and her hubby Larry are devastated and desperately want him back, and you never know? Someone out there might have seen him or noticed someone with a new dog matching his description?


Click here to visit the DogLost website with Scruncher's details 

If you have any info please contact them on

0844 800 3220

Until next time, stay safe and warm and keep watching !
Dale x


  1. Fiona Williams January 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale, Was shocked to read about Scruncher and have posted a plea to all my friends on Facebook. Poor Jill must be going through hell. I know I would be if my Willow went missing. Hope he comes home soon.
    Best Wishes, Fiona.

  2. Beth January 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale,
    Everything crossed that Scruncher turns up safe and well very soon.
    Also, I chuckled when I read that you can arrive at the Q three hours before a show and then be rushing around at the last minute! I am exactly the same – it drives my other half mad!
    I know you’re a nice person but to hear that you went over to sit with Ralph Rossini to keep him company, that shows it! Yes, you chatted for an hour but good for you!
    All the best and please stay on our QVC screen, I always have a chuckle when I watch you, your sense of humour is wonderful.
    Beth XX

  3. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv January 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    hhappy new year dale thanks for the card hope you got mine hope you and the family had agood xmas and new year
    mine was quiet xmas and new year what along month january is to pass so slow in passing february will be quick 28 days.

  4. Marian Bolton January 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year Dale. Sounds like you need a P A …..or better still, an M A in which case I’m yer girl D!
    I’m genuinely devastated for Jill and Larry. There was a spate of burglaries near us last year and we had all our locks changed even though the doors were relatively new. My biggest fear was that they would take ‘our little boy’ Casper who is the most precious thing in the world to me. I hope and pray that Scruncher turns up safe and well.
    I thought you’d like to know that I got the new Celine Dion CD for Christmas and I absolutely LOVE it. Can’t stop playing it D. The woman is a vocal goddess!
    Bye for now.

  5. Dale Franklin January 28, 2014 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Fiona, Thanks for your help, fingers crossed for Scruncher’s return. Dx
    Thank you Beth, it was good to catch up with Ralph – I’m glad you enjoy my sense of humour – someone has to ! Dx
    Hi Martin, All good here – you’re right January is a long month but it’s flying by ….! 🙂
    HI Ma, We all echo your comments re: Scruncher – thank you. Celine’s album is great isn’t it? Lovely lady too ! Dx
    Thanks for all your comments and to all readers of Blog of The Fox – Dale x

  6. Lorraine January 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi dale,
    I really feel for Jill and Larry, I would be devastated if my little doggies went missing. I want to cry for them. Hopefully, whoever has taken him is looking after him but I really do hope he turns up safe and well. Keep us posted.

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