A typical day behind the scenes at QVC!



Hard to believe April is here isn’t it?!

It was astonishing how wild the weather was in London the day the clocks leapt into Summertime – which reminds me, the clock on our landing still needs to be moved forward an hour.

Hope the weathers not been too bad where you are.  😉

I think the slightly out of the ordinary shift patterns at QVC allows time to feel it’s moving just that little bit quicker than usual at the moment. The year is already racing by.Simon Brown guest at QVC
I’m often asked what it’s like behind the scenes at QVC so I thought, in this week’s blog, I’d share some pictures with you.

Simon Brown is our fabulous kitchen guest, and friend of mine at the Q. Here he is limbering up moments before going on air. You can also see the shot framed for Simon in the cameras monitor.

I’ve the utmost respect for our camera operators – there generally tends to be a running order to the show but you never truly know where a live show can take you… especially when I’m around, and if it’s an hour in the kitchen I tend to head where the food is!
Chris Cameraman QVC
This is Chris on camera 8 getting ready for an hour of technology with me and below is our fabulous floor manager, Laura. Without the floor staff we’d be in real difficulty – in fact our output would look disastrous. They keep everything running smoothly and ensure we are where we’re meant to be (unless, of course, it’s a kitchen show… then you’ll find me by the food!)Laura floor manager QVC
You’ll notice the two screens. They’re what I get to see when I’m on air. The screen on the left is showing exactly what you see at home. The one on the right is what we call ‘preview monitor’. This screen generally tends to show me the next shot our director is about to go to, for me to prepare for, but sometimes graphics and information is put on there for me to read.

Before going on air I’ll spend a number of hours studying product, chatting to our buyers and producers. I’ll meet the guests and will then head to my wardrobe to do my very best to try and look presentable!Charlie Brook's headset and mic
Our sound department kindly allocate me a microphone and talk back pack. It’s to this I attach my moulded ear piece which I had made about 10 years ago. The ear piece is vital and allows the director and producer to keep me up to date of what’s happening. Every now and then they’ll say something a little cheeky to me… So if you see me smile or hear a chuckle in my voice – that’s probably the reason!

Now that I’ve mentioned all those kitchen shows… Guess what?! I’m feeling a little peckish and right now hot buttered wholemeal toast with marmite is just what I have in mind!

Oh, and while I remember, watch out for a competition coming up soon on my blog!

Take care

Charlie x
My Twitter: @mecharliebrook


  1. Lynn Brereton April 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie a very happy Easter to you and your family x

  2. Helen M April 2, 2015 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Charlie for that brief glimpse behind the scenes it was really interesting. I know it wouldn’t be professional but do you ever feel like answering back when the director and producer say things in your ear?:-) Love it when presenters just be themselves – keep up the good work, Charlie.x

  3. Suzanne Thomas April 14, 2015 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Charlie for the insight behind the scenes at QVC. Watching you and Ali at mo Diamonique finale doing a great job as always.

  4. Karen Q April 14, 2015 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie I’ve been fortunate enough to be at home today so I could enjoy Diamonique Day. You’ve been joking with Ali K that no-one reads your blogs, I do so I’ll make sure in future I leave a comment now and again!

    Good to see you on the mend, is it my ears or are you still a bit husky voiced? Try some hot water with lemon and honey (or is it honey and whiskey?!). Back to watching the last two hours with you and Ali. Take care xx

  5. Charlie Brook April 22, 2015 at 9:37 am -  Reply

    Hello Lynn, happy Easter to you too!
    I ate lots of chocolate, did you!?

    All the best


  6. Charlie Brook April 22, 2015 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Helen, glad you liked the behind the scenes! Do you know, I do answer them back every now and then… Even when I’m on air! They can be so cheeky!
    Best wishes


  7. Charlie Brook April 22, 2015 at 9:40 am -  Reply

    Hello Suzanne, so glad you enjoyed the Diamonique show… I hope I didn’t cough and splutter too much!

    All the best


  8. Charlie Brook April 22, 2015 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Hello Karen. Thanks for reading my blog!! Hurrah!
    I am still a little husky but I’m soldiering on!!
    So glad to hear you’ve enjoyed Diamonique day.

    Best wishes


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