My show reel blunder!


Dyson DC38 BAll CylinderHello and happy February to you!

Did January exist? It simply flew by didn't it?!!

I was chatting to a producer, here at QVC a few days ago, and we got onto the subject of 'applying for a job' and what a potential employer looks for in a CV and covering letter.

Well, it reminded me of a funny incident that happened to me years and years ago. To make the move into TV, I sent out show-reel after show-reel.

I wouldn't be surprised if it were close to a hundred videos with accompanying CVs and carefully crafted letters being sent, before landing my first telly job at Westcountry TV.

Back then, of course, I didn't have the luxury of sending out a show-reel on DVD or directing a producer to a show-reel on the Internet. So, I would spend hour after hour dubbing clips onto VHS. Every taped was dubbed individually with highlights from my radio show on the Island to bungee jumping and roving reporting. It became a little tedious, if I'm honest, watching the same clips time and time again, but I persevered.

However, there was one occasion that will stay with me. I dubbed a tape and put together my latest CV and covering letter for a children's channel based in London. To ensure my parcel stood out from the crowd, I bought a large box from the local florist. The type they place a helium balloon into for delivery.

It was bright and colourful – that'll do the trick I thought and will catch the producers attention for sure! So I popped in the tape, CV and carefully typed covering letter. I sent it from the Isle of Wight by special delivery to London.

Pleased with my efforts I went back home and decided to chill out and watch a video. I had quite a collection. I switched on the TV and glanced at the VHS player which had served me well, that day, in dubbing yet another show-reel.

However, this moment of satisfaction was all too temporary. You can imagine my sudden bewilderment on seeing; right there before me, in the letterbox of the VHS player, my freshly dubbed show-reel. The show reel which right now, should be in the care of the Royal Mail and destined for London. Only, it wasn't heading to London, it was very much on the Isle of Wight, in my home.

Filled with mild panic and now confusion I glanced around the room thinking, what on earth have I sent? Well, here's a clue… renowned for saying… 'Just one more thing'… yep, that's right, Columbo was heading to London!


I have a jam packed schedule coming up on QVC… this Saturday night, 4th February, at midnight; I'm launching the brilliant Dyson TSV (pictured above).

Take care and see you soon

Charlie x

Ps. always worth checking the parcel before popping it in the post!


  1. Lynne Porter February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Ha, that made me laugh Charlie, but hey it certainly must have made you stand out from the crowd after all!

  2. Rebecca Leigh February 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    Hey Charlie I enjoyed reading about how you got your jobs and how you recorded them on VHS.
    I can’t believe you sent the wrong show reel. I bet you do check the things you post now? hehe.
    Speak to you soon
    Rebecca Leigh x

  3. Charlie brook February 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lynne, I’m glad the story made you smile….. I think perhaps I did stand out from the crowd, but for all the wrong reasons! Oops!
    Kind regards

  4. Charlie brook February 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Rebecca,
    It’s a good job I don’t work in dispatch for QVC, I’d probably send out a cordless drill instead of a cooks essentials saucepan by mistake!
    Thanks for getting in touch 🙂
    Take care

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