Christmas ‘93 with original presenters

There’s a first time for everything…


Although technically QVC was not the first shopping channel in the UK it was the first one to last beyond a few months and has certainly stood the test of time as we approach our 25th birthday in October this year. There have been many changes over the years but if you are fairly new to shopping with us you won’t necessarily know about them so I thought it would be good to do a series of twenty five blogs running up to October 1st, one for each year of our existence, from my memories of being with the channel.

QVC first aired in the UK on October 1st 1993 at 2pm but the initial ‘Opening Sequence’ of myself and Jon Briggs welcoming people to a new way of shopping was in fact pre-recorded before Jon went on to sell the first product ‘live’. Some of you may remember the VW Beetle alarm clock… some of you may even have bought it? How I wish I did, as all I have to remind me of it is this picture.

Alarm clock

Jon and I were two of the original seven presenters and although we went live on October 1st, we had in fact been training and rehearsing for the previous four weeks as well as watching a fair few hours of QVC America, many of them selling dolls. It was very exciting and a bit nerve-wracking to be in at the start of something new and it was lovely to receive this ‘Good Luck’ card from my other half and our children who were only five and six at the time. They probably don’t have many memories of life before QVC and have grown up in a house filled with QVC products – lucky them, I say!

Good luck card from my family on October 1st 1993Message inside good luck card

This photo was for the very first QVC Christmas card and I’m not sure where Julian Ballantyne was when this was taken as he had joined the team in November. In the picture with myself and Jon are, Katy, Kara, Paul, Suzanne and Steve. None of us had any idea how huge shopping from the comfort of your own home would become.

Christmas ‘93 with original presenters

We originally started broadcasting a few live hours a day but as it became apparent that we needed to do more live so the presenter team grew and at the end of January 1994, Jilly, Debbie and Dave Bradford joined us. We also had expert guests. Ali Young was with us almost from the outset, swiftly followed by DIY expert Harry Greene and in the February of 1994, Richard Jackson joined us. He has done a lovely blog this week, definitely worth a read, as he celebrates twenty years of Richard Jackson’s Garden but he had already been with us for over four years as our gardening expert.

Product-wise in the early days we had a lot of variety but over half of our shows were jewellery which was very popular, so much so that we introduced Diamonique for the first time in July 1994. The first few shows were total sell-outs and its popularity remains. Some of our earliest beauty brands were Gale Hayman and Gatineau, both with us since 1994, and we had fashion shows with Fruit of the Loom and collections designed for us by Zandra Rhodes.

We also had a product called the Rolykit which was designed and presented by Joy Mangano, the subject of the film ‘Joy’. She did lots of other innovative products including jewellery boxes and her mop! We had quite a few doll and teddy bear hours in the first year too.

After we’d been on air for about six months, a trip to QVC America, based in Westchester near Philadelphia, was organised for myself and Paul Lavers for us to get a feel of how they did things as they had been on air since 1986. No-one actually mentioned we would be going on-air until we arrived there which was daunting as they had millions of viewers while we, at the time, were still in the tens of thousands.

My first publicity pic in 1993 and at QVC US with host Dan Wheeler

I co-presented on a jewellery show and a World Cup merchandise show, the closest I got to the World Cup that year as England had failed to qualify. I do remember going to a huge shopping mall and buying a ‘Striker’ mascot for my son which we still have somewhere. I think Paul presented a cooking show out there – some of you may remember the ‘In the Kitchen’ shows Paul and I used to present together, particularly the incident with the chocolate buttercream icing? On to 1994/95 next week.

I had a two hour diamond show on Sunday and as Diamond is the gem stone for the month of April I thought I would share a couple of diamond facts with you.

  1. Every diamond is at least 990 million years old – many are 3.2 BILLION years old
  2. They are formed between 62 and 124 MILES beneath the surface of the earth
  3. Diamond comes from the Greek word ‘adamas’ meaning invincible

It is also the preferred stone for engagement rings and this seems like a good moment to mention that after forty years of living together, him indoors finally got around to proposing and we became engaged on Wednesday evening at a quiet dinner with family and close friends. The ring was co-designed with our lovely Alison O’Reilly, who found the gorgeous stones and then had the ring made up for me. You’ll see me wearing it on air from now on but I’ll pop a pic on here next week as well.

So ‘my’ ring didn’t feature in the diamond show on Sunday but there were a couple of beautiful styles I loved. Princess cut is back in style big time, for the first time in about ten years, but with the new seamless setting, several can be placed together to give the look of a much bigger stone, as in this ring, (pictured below left) which is a huge ‘solitaire’ look for under £900. There is also a pair of stud earrings (pictured below right) in princess cut which would be the perfect complement to the ring.


We are also launching the 98 facet cut. A normal ‘brilliant’ has 57 facets (58 if you include the cutlet) so this has been developed to further enhance brilliance. This beautiful half eternity band would sit beautifully alongside a wedding and engagement ring.0.50ct Diamond 98 Facets Special Cut Eternity Ring 9ct Gold

I just wanted to finish by thanking you for all the wonderful messages of comfort on last week’s blog – I have read them all and they really have made a difference… thank you.

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. Hester Tulloch April 16, 2018 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Well Julia better late than never well done , many congratulations to you both your ring looks stunning looking forward to seeing a photo of it. My late husband and I would have had our golden wedding anniversary last October but sadly I lost him just after our 34th.

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Hester xx

  2. June Baker April 16, 2018 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia to you & Chris. The first & still the best presenter on QVC.

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

      Hi June
      Thanks for the congratulations & your kind comment
      Julia x

  3. Jenny Johnson April 16, 2018 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Many congratulations Julia and many more happy years together x

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Jenny xx

  4. Linda Finch,, April 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia &Chris, well done that man,good things take time to think about as you will appreciate Julia, your ring looks stunning now you have to chose a wedding ring,,a dress ,,a hunnymoon lol its going to be so exciting times ahead .love to you both xxx ???

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      It sounds like busy times ahead but intending to keep the wedding small and simple
      Julia x

  5. Debbie Saunders April 16, 2018 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you and Chris xx

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Debbie xx

  6. Julia Jenkins April 16, 2018 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Congratulations on your engagement, looking forward to seeing a photo of the ring next week although I think I caught a glimpse of it during your diamond show.
    My husband and I are due to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary next month, the time has flown. I didn’t know anything about QVC in its early days and came across the channel by accident when on maternity leave just before my son was born almost 16 years ago. It was July and happened to be Beauty Month and I love my lotions and potions and make up so that was perfect for me and that’s where my shopping started. I now buy more than just beauty products but beauty still makes up a lot of my shopping. I am looking forward to receiving my Elemis Today’s Special Value from the weekend and the Great Beauty Event coming next weekend.
    Hopefully we will get to hear more about the wedding preparations as they progress.
    Julia x

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Julia
      Thank you.
      Wow you’ve been with QVC a fair few years! Did you get your Elemis TSV? What do you think of the overnight masque? My skin LOVES it!
      Julia x

  7. Annie Littleton April 16, 2018 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Superb news Julia. Congratulations to you and Chris on your engagement.
    Love and very best wishes to you both.

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Annie xx

  8. Antoinette Browne April 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both. Wishing all the happiness in the world. I just celebrated my 50th wedding anniversary. Lots of love. Antoinette

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Antoinette, and congratulations on your golden wedding anniversary
      Julia x

  9. Linda April 16, 2018 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia just want to say you look amazing In your family celebration …..Thanks for the blog as I didn’t even know Q excited back then so was lovely to read can’t wait for the next one!
    Big hugs xx

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      Thanks for the compliment. I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of my 25 years of QVC blog series
      Julia x

  10. Marie Cairns April 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Julia I still have my Rolykit, I use it for all my sewing threads, needles etc. Couldn’t do without it. Great blog I remember you all. Congratulations on your engagement, your ring looks beautiful.

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

      Hi Marie
      Can’t believe you still have your rolykit – I had my jewellery box until a couple of years ago.
      Glad you enjoyed my blog and thanks for the congratulations
      Julia x

  11. Kelly April 16, 2018 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely blog Julia. So lovely to hear about your first show, here’s to many more. Huge Congratulations on your engagement. What a wonderful time for you and your family. Kelly 🙂

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

      Hi Kelly,
      Glad you enjoyed my blog. Thanks for the congratulations – whole family really pleased
      Julia x

  12. Andrea Critchlow April 16, 2018 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Julia your an inspiration to many viewers.Your very honest and always giving good advice helping us the viewers choose the right product. All the best Andrea

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi Andrea,
      Thanks for your kind words, much appreciated
      Julia x

  13. Tina Mills April 16, 2018 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Huge congratulations on your engagement xxxx we have been watching QVC since the first broadcast and have bought many wonderful products over the years. You will always be our favourite presenter x

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Really? Since day one? Brilliant! Thanks for the congratulations and your very kind words
      Julia x

  14. Angela Ormerod April 17, 2018 at 2:49 am -  Reply

    Been watching from the start Julia, what happen to Katie John and Julian B? much love Angela c

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

      Hello Angela
      Great to hear from you ladies that have watched from the start. Katy John lives about a mile from me & we keep meaning to meet up. Jules has been trying to get his own shopping channel off the ground
      Julia x

  15. Julie Hart April 17, 2018 at 4:24 am -  Reply

    Many congratulations to you both hope all your dreams & wishes come true xx

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Julie xx

  16. MELANIE April 17, 2018 at 7:07 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia to you and Chris. I wish you both a happy future together.

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

      Thank you, Melanie xx

  17. Josephine Jennings April 17, 2018 at 7:35 am -  Reply


    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Josephine xx

  18. Tanya mansfield April 17, 2018 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    Congrats Julia & Chris, some wonderful news after a sad time. Can’t wait to see your ring – it will be beautiful. I dipped in and out of the diamond show (preparing evening meal for everyone boo hiss) and what a wonderful array of sparkling goodies. Congrats once again, what a great time to come. Tanya x

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tanya
      Thanks for your good wishes – hope you like my ring
      Julia x

  19. Annette Roberts April 17, 2018 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Congratulations to you and Chris, about time too! It’s really special designing your own ring, from choosing the diamond(s), setting and whether it be gold or platinum, no doubt will be gorgeous. You’re such a lucky girl!
    Wedding planning next…can’t wait, oh it’s exciting!

    Don’t leave it too long before tying the knot though…we’ve been engaged 23yrs and still counting. Had your now ‘old’ mantra ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’. Although not the original engagement ring we took Mum’s platinum wedding ring and had a diamond put in it which made it extra special knowing that Dad had placed the ring on Mum’s finger all those years ago and it now sits proudly on mine.

    Enjoyed the memory lane blog, although not here since the beginning, it’s nice seeing the photos from back then.

    Congratulations to you both again
    Annette xx

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      It will be your turn next – maybe my Chris will inspire your Chris to do the deed.
      Glad you enjoyed the blog – lots more photos to come
      Julia x

  20. karen somerville April 17, 2018 at 9:49 am -  Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Karen xx

  21. Christine Nicol April 17, 2018 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Many CONGRATULATIONS Julia and Chris, good things come to those who wait, can’t wait for your next instalment, I’ve been with you from day one, the best show on TV, keep up the good work xxx

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

      Hi Christine,
      Thanks for being loyal to QVC for all these years and for your kind words
      Julia x

  22. Amanda Porter April 17, 2018 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia, well worth the wait! We will be celebrating our 40th anniversary this may!! god knows where the time goes. Lovely blog this week, I was with you on day one, and bought my first product at the beginning of December, it was 2 Star Trek mugs, the characters printed on the front disappeared when hot water was poured in. We still had them until about 2 years ago. Loads of memories came flooding back reading your blog today. Looking forward to many more years with you xx

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

      Hi Amanda
      I remember those mugs – we used to do loads of ‘collectables ‘ shows didn’t we? Thanks for the congratulations and right back at you for your 40th.
      Julia x

  23. Ann Cook April 17, 2018 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both x

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Ann xx

  24. mila April 18, 2018 at 2:44 am -  Reply

    Shall I say I remember the launch! Also Kara and how she used to do Karaoke sometimes for certain products!! But I do recall all the presenters! I graduated then and look back thinking I should’ve applied here!! Such a fun place to work!

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Mila
      We all used to love having a karaoke sing song – fun times!
      Julia x

  25. Lyn shortman April 18, 2018 at 4:40 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia and chris on the wonderful news of your engagement ? your engagement ring ? is beautiful i can’t wait to see pictures of your wedding when you set the date sending you chris and family love and best wishes Lyn xxx

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Lyn,
      A bit of planning to do before the wedding but I’ll share photos on here of course
      Julia x

  26. Christine April 18, 2018 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both. We had our Ruby Wedding in March. X

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Christine & belated congratulations for your Ruby anniversary
      Julia x

  27. Shirley Symonds April 18, 2018 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia on your engagement everything comes to those that wait so they say!
    I am looking forward to seeing your ring as I love Alison so I am sure its beautiful anyway so the best of everything for the future to you both

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Shirley. I love my ring – Alison is a very clever girl.
      Julia x

  28. Sue Langley April 18, 2018 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations on your engagement. Brilliant news. X

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Sue xx

  29. Victoria April 18, 2018 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, many congratulations on your engagement. Wonderful. News….. I would like to ask you what tools you are using on your beautiful hair, the curls looked amazing on your Elemiis show. Big bug and keep your recipes coming, love to try them as I know they will work. Best wishes Victoria xx

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

      Hi Victoria,
      Thank you. The girls use a slim curling wand on my hair – the trick is to take small pieces of hair.
      There is a cake recipe on my latest blog
      Julia x

  30. Michele April 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both.

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Michele xx

  31. Teresa Karasavvas April 20, 2018 at 7:43 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia & Chris on your engagement. Do you feel any different now you are engaged to each other?

    All the best to you both.

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Terry. I don’t really feel any different but my ‘fiance’ says he does!!
      Julia x

  32. Sheila April 20, 2018 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations on your engagement. I bought the yellow beetle clock for my grandson who is now 25. My husband got the rolykits and I got a 14ct ruby and diamonique trilogy ring after all the other diamonique rings selling out before I got to them. I’ve been hooked ever since

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sheila,
      Has he still got the clock – they are probably quite collectible I would think.
      Thanks for the congratulations
      Julia x

  33. Joanna Downey April 21, 2018 at 6:35 am -  Reply

    Congratulaions Julia & Chris, What wonderful news. I’ve been with QVC since the beginning & you sold me my first two items, a Christmas tree brooch & a Diamonique half hoop ring, they are both still worn, both still beautiful & have defied time. I remember many of the ‘old’ presenters & the days when measurements were given were given out by ALL in fashion hours… I’ve contacted the powers that be concerning this with no effect, would it be possible for you to ‘have a word’? Love from Jo x

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jo
      So pleased to hear that you still wear both of your early purchases from QVC.
      Sorry to hear some of my colleagues don’t give measurements but I will continue to do so.
      Thanks for the congratulations
      Julia x

  34. martin forbes April 21, 2018 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hi julia firstof all so sorry to hear of your cat poppy passing away congratulations on your engagement hope daniel and sophie are well how is daniels football team getting on i am not bad.

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      Losing Poppy was a big blow but we are coming to terms with it and grateful for the time we had with her.
      Thanks for the congratulations. Dan and Sophie are both well as I hope you are
      Julia x

  35. martin forbes April 21, 2018 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    also love the christmas card photo from 1993 xmas

    • Julia Roberts April 30, 2018 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

      I have others too xx

  36. Alison bird April 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to u both. Hope u will have many years of married bliss.
    I expect that your ring will be gorgeous but the ruby ring that Chris gave u which you used to wear will always hold a special place in your heart as well as in your jewellery box.

    • Julia Roberts May 9, 2018 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

      Hi Alison,
      You are so right – I love my engagement ring but will always treasure my ruby and diamond Valentine’s Day ring.
      Thanks for the good wishes
      Julia x

  37. Anne Whitehead April 22, 2018 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    Many congratulations Julia, I’m so happy for you. Looking forward to seeing your ring x

    • Julia Roberts May 9, 2018 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Anne – I’m sure you’ll have seen the ring by now as I’m so late replying… sorry!
      Julia x

  38. Margaret Brazier April 22, 2018 at 10:23 am -  Reply

    A huge congratulations Julie and Chris, so happy for you.
    you are also my favourite presenter.
    From a high note to a low one , so sorry for the loss of your beautiful pet.

    • Julia Roberts May 9, 2018 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

      Hi Margaret,
      Thank you and also for your kind compliment.
      We are all slowly adjusting to life without Poppy – it breaks my heart when Wilfie goes in search of his ‘friend’ where she used to sleep?
      Julia x

  39. LINDY LOU April 22, 2018 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Congratulations to you & Chris! Great news Julia! Love the QVC history. You’re by far my favourite presenter. Please don’t retire! Linda xx

    • Julia Roberts May 9, 2018 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lindy Lou,
      Thanks and so pleased to hear you are enjoying the ‘history’ blogs.
      Very kind of you re the presenter comment… no plans to retire just yet.
      Julia x

  40. Hefina Mitchell April 22, 2018 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both can’t wait to see the ring we have been marred 50 years on 14 of December hope it wont be a long engagement lol.
    Take care you lovely lady x

    • Julia Roberts May 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi Hefina
      50 years! Wow! Chris and I won’t make that unless we add in the 40 odd years prior to getting married – no date set yet but it definitely won’t be a long engagement.
      Julia x

  41. Hefina Mitchell April 22, 2018 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    Sorry spelt married wrong .

    • Julia Roberts May 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

      I know – made me giggle!
      Julia x

  42. Margaret Sampson April 22, 2018 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both. Enjoy the time together now as n the past. From one cat lover to two more!

    • Julia Roberts May 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Margaret – I don’t suppose much will change really
      Julia x

  43. Angela Dunne April 22, 2018 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both Julia,so happy for you x

    • Julia Roberts May 9, 2018 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

      Thanks For the congratulations, Angela
      Julia x

  44. Elizabeth keenan April 23, 2018 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    Oh so very happy for you and Chris getting engaged that’s lovely news.
    Your ring is gorgeous Julia.
    Wish you both lots more happiness.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ???

    • Julia Roberts May 9, 2018 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      Thank you for your good wishes. I love my ring – really pretty stones
      Julia x

  45. Sally April 25, 2018 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Congrats. to you on your lovely news.
    I have been shopping with QVC since 1994 my first order was a white towelling dressing gown. The jewellery shows back then you could buy a 9ct gold bracelet for approx. £20.00 which I still have can you imagine that now. Since then I have hundreds of products my current one is the 5 stone diamond ring which was around £900 approx. reduced price which is absolutely stunning. I have quite a few peony arrangements too. Lots of changes over the years but is still the best shopping channel. I did come up to visit one day years ago and Julian Balantyne should me around the old QVC Battersea met Alison Young and charlie and had some money put on my account which was nice. Look forward to your blogs and the wedding pics !!! Take care.

    • Julia Roberts May 9, 2018 at 3:55 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sally
      How brilliant that you’ve been shopping with us almost from the start. £20 for a gold bracelet – doesn’t seem possible does it! You’d struggle to get silver for that price these days!
      It was such a rench leaving the old Battersea studios – definitely the end of an era – but used to Chiswick Park now. It will be six years in June since we moved!
      Wedding pics might be a little while as we haven’t set ‘the’ date yet.
      Hope you’re enjoying the blogs so far
      Julia x

  46. Dee April 29, 2018 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    Many Congratulations, Julia! The best things in life really are waiting for ?? xx

    • Julia Roberts May 9, 2018 at 3:56 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Dee, and you are absolutely right in so many ways
      Julia x

  47. Sue Lee May 21, 2018 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both, was it a surprise? I’ve been with my partner for about 45 years so always felt an affinity with you!!! Enjoy all the excitement which comes after a sad time with Poppy. Hugs Sie xx

  48. Gaynor June 10, 2018 at 6:07 am -  Reply

    Blimey he took his time didn’t he lol congrats julia xxxxxxxxxxx

  49. Julie Thorogood June 15, 2018 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I know that I am months behind the times but Congratulations on your engagement. I have only seen it today. I wish you and Chris every happiness for the future. I am also looking forward very much to your next book. You were the first presenter I ever saw on QVC some 24years ago. My first purchase was a diamonique ring which I still have and it is still as beautiful as ever. XXXX

  50. Gail Boreham June 21, 2018 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Many congratulations to you and Chris! I love the ring! (I was a bit surprised as I thought you were already married, didn’t you wear a lovely ruby ring next to a yellow gold band?)
    I’ve been ‘with QVC’ since Day 1, making quite a few purchases along the way! 😉
    Love the channel and you are still my favourite presenter. I remember the two ‘Karas’ from way back when and lots of the presenters that have come and gone over the years!
    Keep up the good work, I am off to try your lemon cake recipe.
    Gail x

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