I hope you’re keeping safe and well during these truly unprecedented times. I know, for so many of us, it’s extremely challenging, and for so many different reasons. My thoughts and warmest wishes are with you, your friends, family and loved ones.
We’ve all been really touched, at QVC, by the wonderful feedback we’ve had from so many viewers who are enjoying the company of QVC. Even if you’re not looking to shop with us it’s great to know you’re there tuning in. We’re loving your company too. Thank you. x
Full credit to the amazing teams who are keeping us safe at QVC. It’s running like a military operation… until I’m on air, that is! Ok, so what do I mean by that? Well, you may be familiar with the fantastic floor managers who switch over the product when we’re on air. Now that social distancing is in place, when I present a jewellery show for example, the designs are very kindly laid out on a table, to my side, for me to change over during the show myself. On more than one occasion though I’ve dropped something, banged a table, or moved something by mistake! I’ve always valued our superb backstage team… and if possible, I value them more than ever. Sorry for my clumsiness!
So, we’re all spending a lot of time at home. Are you managing to keep busy? I’ve painted the bathroom and been clearing and sorting on a scale like never before! And, a couple of things really made my day this week. Firstly, I’m a huge fan of the mockumentary ‘This Country’. You can find it on the BBC iPlayer. A little heads up though, the language is quite colourful. In truth, it wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t! I think it’s pure genius and there’s three series for you to devour. And what really made my day (being such a massive fan) was to see that we have a tray which is identical to the one seen in Kerry’s kitchen! We’re chuffed to bits!
I also came across my old mini disc player. I haven’t seen it for ages. I also found some discs and that became one, very happy and merry, trip down memory lane.
Charlie Brook Sound Designer: Essential Selection promo
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Before TV, I worked in radio for many years. I presented on the radio a fair bit but production was what I did a great deal of – and I loved every second of it. I used to be the sound designer for Pete Tong’s Essential Selection on Radio 1. Here’s a promo from one of the mini discs I made for that show. It’s from over 20 years ago and it still sounds pretty fresh. I’m trying to figure out how many different tracks I beat matched and mixed for that promo? Half a dozen maybe? They were brilliant days. I also worked on the mixes for Mark Goodier’s show and subsequently ‘In the Mix’ albums for Virgin Music. Some of the best days, without question, of my career.
So, while sorting out the inside of the house, my two Cairn Terriers are sorting out the back garden, by digging holes. At this rate we’ll have a swimming pool for the summer! I’ve no idea what’s down there but they keep revisiting the same hole and keep digging… it’s relentless. At least, while they’re digging, I can enjoy the blossom on our cherry tree which is just starting to bloom.
Back indoors, we’ve also rediscovered the Nintendo Wii. We packed it away a few years back when decorating… why did we do that? It’s been the best source of entertainment. Every time we complete a level we scream for joy! Apologies to our neighbours. I think we can be heard halfway down the street!
Between all of that… Netflix, the BBC iPlayer, games and puzzles, we’re managing to keep ourselves occupied as best we can.
Once again, thank you so much for being with QVC. It’s lovely to know you’re there, watching us and keeping us company too. If you’d like to get in touch when I’m on air – that would be great. I’m on twitter @mecharliebrook.
In the meantime, do take care, stay safe, and I’ll see you soon.