I can’t remember the last time I went to the theatre and no sooner we hit Christmas than it’s going to be 3 shows in as many weeks. This week in Birmingham we were invited to Birmingham’s International Convention Centre for the opening night of Thriller Live. It’s now touring after being in the West End and quite frankly it was incredible! An incredible cast of the most energetic group of young dancers and singers took us through an array of songs by Michael Jackson & The Jackson Five. Austen and I were blown away! Thanks to the management of Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham for the invite.
I’ve been reading raves reviews about award-winning soul singer, fellow Midlands lass and my lovely pal, Beverly Knight. She’s playing the lead role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard Musical in the West End. We thought it was high time we went to see her alongside Tristan Gemmill at the Adelphi Theatre in London. The show’s based on the movie which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Needless to say we’re mega-excited. Take a look at the official trailer!
I’m hoping to fit in time to see ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ at the Birmingham Hippodrome too. Gok Wan’s playing The Man In The Mirror, in what is his first ever pantomime role. Do you remember when he came to see us on The Morning Show a few weeks ago to tell us about his new autobiography and cookbook? (On Waitlist) Even if you can’t see him in panto, I heard there’ll be a fly-on-the-wall documentary about his preparations for it all!
Are you planning to go and see any shows over Christmas and New Year? Let me know – get in touch here or on my Twitter or Facebook page!
Austen put our Christmas tree out this week and it really does look magical. I’ve not been back to my home in Birmingham for a week, so when I first saw it the other night, it took my breath away.
Apart from a horrid trip to the dentists for a filling (booooooo!), the few days at home are going to be busy: we want to try and see lots of our family this side of Dec 25th, because we won’t see them all until the weekend after Christmas. That’s because I’m working most of next week at QVC (see dates below). Austen and I have booked into what looks like a very cosy hotel in London for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Lots of food, relaxing in the hotel health club and a few quiet drinks is right up our street. We’ve decided this year to donate money we would have spent on presents and cards to various charities which have a special meaning for us: BREAST CANCER CARE, AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN LEUKAEMIA TRUST, MARIE CURIE and CANCER RESEARCH will all benefit.
We’re seeing the New Year in with a group of friends- we got invite to see them back in the summer (they are so organised!) How will you be spending this Christmas? Don’t forget to send me a pic of your Christmas tree!
Here's a quick festive message.
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I’ve compiled my list of Top Five Festive Beers. All are really tasty, so do try and find at least one to try over your Christmas holiday time. One of them is the totally awesome Christmas Ale by Shepherd Neame. It’s rich and fruity like the sultanas and dates you might have soaked for your Christmas cake! So it’s sweet and warming in the perfect way that an ale for this time of year should be! At 7% strength, it’s a tad strong, so do please sip it gently! I actually like it as an indulgent drink to enjoy after a big meal: it’s robust and is a real delight from one of Britain’s oldest breweries.
Where’s Marv on QVC during Christmas week?
9am – The Morning Show with Kathy Tayler
11am – H20 Super Mop with Steam
1pm – Nina Leonard Designs Sale
3pm – Secret Style Intimates Sale
Friday 27th December
9am – The Morning Show with Kathy Tayler
10am – Wearable Art by Bob Mackie Outlet
Saturday 28th December
9am – 11am – Richard Jackson’s Garden
1pm – Alpha H skincare
Then I’m away the first week of 2014 and will be back on air the week afterwards!!
I’ve loved every minute of QVC from the minute I arrived. Meeting fabulous iconic women like Lulu and Joan Collins have been highlights. And I’ve been overwhelmed by the lovely messages you’ve left me here on this blog, on my Twitter and my Facebook page. Thanks for making me feel so welcome!
I’ve also had many Christmas cards and I’ve replied to each and every one of you who’s sent me one. So here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and restful start to 2014.
Don't forget that when I'm not on-air at QVC, you can find me on Twitter (@TVMarv) or on my Facebook page. I always love to hear from you about the brands you like on QVC, what you've bought from us or anything you want to tell me, so come over and say HELLO anytime!!