As I am sure you are aware, QVC UK celebrates its 19th birthday this coming Monday 1st October. It had me trying to remember where I celebrated my 19th birthday in June 1975.

I was working as a dancer in a summer season at the Watersplash in Jersey. The show starred Windsor Davies and Don Estelle who were big names from the hit television series, 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum'. They had formed a comedy double act and had also recorded a song called 'Whispering Grass' which, to everyone's surprise, got to the top of the music charts.

My roomie, Gwen, and I were asked to pose on the beach in our bikinis with Windsor and Don for a photo which appeared in the Daily Mirror – I do have the photo, but unfortunately I haven't obtained permission to reproduce it here!!!!! Happy memories, and I am very fortunate to have lots of them over the nineteen years I have been working here at QVC.

One that always makes me smile is from the very early days. My children Daniel and Sophie, 6 and 5 respectively at the time, decided to 'be' QVC presenters. Daniel was Paul Lavers and Sophie was Maria Rice Mundy. I am sure we still have the video somewhere – might be one to locate for the blog for the 20th birthday next year!

I have a lovely few days coming up with lots of shows with Simon, Butler & Wilson, to make up for only doing one of his anniversary shows – he won't be able to moan at me! I also have a show on Monday with Keeley from Elemis, not to mention the Leighton Denny TSV on Saturday into Sunday.

For more memories of the last nineteen years, Will Gowing interviewed me yesterday and you will be able to see it on here on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend, much love Julia xx


  1. Jean Pugh September 29, 2012 at 8:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    It must be good to look back to when you were nineteen, do you wish you were still at that age, I guess a lot of things have changed since then. I can remember seeing Windsor Davis and Don Estelle, they were funny. I missed the Khaliah Ali fashion, maybe catch it next time. Yes it is true my Labradors love blackberries, my brother’s labs eat them as well, we have a lot of friends with labs and they love them as well. When you go blackberring it is a case of first there gets the blackberries, and they always seem to get there first. They have even had what apples were on the tree this year. I will ask Heidi if she managed to get in touch with Marjolein, I know she said she had spoken to you. Yes I think you are going to be in big trouble when you mention to Keeley that you have nearly used all the moisturiser, yes I do find that it firms the skin up nicely, and it is lovely to apply. Looking forward to Simon’s show, you and Simon always have a good laugh together. Looking forward to seeing the interview.
    Dont work to hard.
    Love Jean X

  2. Alana October 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Bet it feels like the last nineteen years have flown by! If you had to choose Julia which brands would be in your top three from the last nineteen years? One of my favourite is Butler and Wilson (as you have probably guessed!lol) and I am looking forward to watching Simon’s shows this week. Plus lucky me Elemis is also on this week which is another of my favourites – can’t wait for both Christmas TSVs, better save my pennies.
    Can I ask Julia where you got the top from you were wearing on the Elemis 6.00pm show on Monday, it was lovely and looked a bit like one of Simon’s chifon tops.
    That’s a shame your book isn’t out before Christmas as I could have treated myself, instead I’ll get it as a New Year treat!
    Have a good week.

  3. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen October 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    happy 19th birthday julia did you show on screen you and jon briggs first day watching on aberdeen cable in october 1993 on launch .do you ever hear from rob locke kara tritton kara baker paul lavers maria rice mundy and dave bradford and katy john.give katy and paul my best if you see them i have on vhs tape bit of qvcs 3rd bday in 1996 with yourself jilly haliday katy kara and paul and you and paul did a pet feature on paul dog scallywag.a real laugh it was you telling paul off and he would not listen to you at all

  4. Carole cooper October 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Happy 19th birthday I have been with you for 19 years to, just started watching the beauty shows then over the years began to get a lot of products off qvc. I was so excited that you could shop on tv so I went out to buy sky tv and I have never looked back. Take care Julia x

  5. julia roberts October 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    I don’t wish I was nineteen again, but I do wish I had known at nineteen what I know now!!!!! …… or maybe not, because that may have changed the course of my life and I may never have met Chris, had my lovely children and come to work at QVC.
    Hope you enjoyed the shows with Simon
    Julia x

  6. julia roberts October 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana,
    Good spot! The top I was wearing was one of the newest from Simon’s B & W World collection coming to QVC in November. Pretty wasn’t it. I hope you enjoyed the shows with Simon and Keeley, I know I did!
    I couldn’t possibly say what my top three favourite brands are ………..!!!!!!
    Sorry that the book has been slightly delayed but there is a reason, as you will find out when you read it. I so hope you will like it
    Julia x

  7. julia roberts October 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    Thanks for the birthday wishes! I don’t think they showed the ‘blue jacket’ clip – probably saving it for the 20th anniversary next year!
    I was always telling Paul off – on and off air lol! – and he never listened to me. I spoke to him a few weeks ago – a really good nut!
    Julia x

  8. julia roberts October 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    Thanks for the birthday wishes ……… crikey you have been with us a very long time, thanks for being so loyal. Who would have thought that we would be buying beauty products off the telly ……. not to mention clothes, shoes, food etc. etc.
    Here’s to the next nineteen years
    Julia x

  9. Alana October 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I think I can guess two of your favourite brands! 🙂 Oooh I will have to keep my eye out for the flower top in November.
    I’m sure I will enjoy your book, can’t wait to read it!
    Strictly Come Dancing starts again tonight, will you be watching? I do like Strictly, more so than X Factor at the moment! And I can’t wait to watch Nicky from Westlife.
    Enjoy the weekend.

  10. julia roberts October 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    I did watch Strictly and thought the judges were a little harsh on Nicky from Westlife. I think there are several contenders this year!
    I also watched Saturday nights X Factor and was disappointed with most of the performances after so many of them were so good in the audition stages – song choice has a lot to do with it don’t you think?
    speak soon
    Julia x

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