Friday, March 20, 2009

A morning at This Morning

I entered the LDN Twestival raffle hoping to win return tickets to New York, but I didn't. However, I did win a tour of This Morning, to see the show being filmed as it went out live, and got to meet the stars Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton. We also got to visit the "Green Room" (I think it was blue though - amazing how you don't notice these things) and stand in the gallery where they direct the show, ordering the cameras around, counting down the intros and ad breaks, and shouting in the presenter's ears - all while eating toast and talking amongst themselves.

It was interesting to see the set in the flesh and the next time I am ill and strewn mournfully across the sofa watching daytime TV, I will at least now know what it's like in real life. Everthing is framed just so on the cameras to give the impression it's a warm, cosy, quiet living room, while all around are cameras and wires, people carrying clipboards and endless rolls of gaffer tape, all moving here and there at a frantic pace, keeping the show skipping along so in front of the camera everything is calm, clear, and soothing.

At the end of the show there was even a chance to meet Phil and Fern(!) and have a picture taken with them - and this meant we actually got to sit on the sofa, so well-known to millions of people. Amazing.

Other points of interest: Phil has a Cornish flag on his door - legend. We were given a mug with This Morning on it, a signed photo, and a business card holder (?) all of which was very nice, but cutbacks mean these are probably going to become collectors items in the coming years, I'll be stashing them away to let them accrue value. I also saw @schofe log into his Twitter account, not something that many of his 110,000 plus followers can claim to have done.

So although it wasn't quite New York, it was at least, a very interesing, different and unique London experience.

That's all from us, we'll see you on Monday, have a lovely weekend...Dar, dar dar dar da, dar dar dar da, dar dar dar da dat da dar.

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