Since I had the dubious pleasure of watching Wayne Sleep strip off in a Working Mens Club in Sheffield back in April, I’ve hardly stopped, I spent some time in Benidorm, sunning myself with the cast and crew of the hit sitcom, shooting behind the scenes for a tenth anniversary special, which will be shown in December I think.
In May I worked on the studio segments for the BBC’s How To Stay Young, a nice change to the doc work I’d been doing for the couple of months prior to that, a large studio rig with 10 radio mics, feeds to multiple cameras, lots of timecode boxes, I had a great assistant and the rest of the team were a pleasure to work with, so it was a very enjoyable shoot.
In June, July and August, I travelled 4500 miles around America, with the wonderful Miriam Margolyes, it took us two months to travel across 8 states, we started in Chicago, and before arriving in New Orleans 54 days later, we passed through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas finally arriving in Louisiana with some amazing tales to tell, you’ll have to watch the shows to find out what happened, it’ll be on the BBC early in the new year. Will the scene where the ladies of J-Pod in Butler County jail, Hamilton, Ohio christened me Teddy Bear make the final cut? Probably not. 2 months is a long time to be in the road, but a greta crew helped, and the fact we were travelling through barbecue and chilli sauce country meant I could mix business with pleasure.
September took a slightly surreal turn when I found myself in a classic Citroen DS with Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, making a program called ‘On Champagne’ From Searcys Champagne bar at St Pancras to the Eurostar home, not an hour passed without someone passing me a glass of something sparkling and amazing. The ladies were amazing company, and I caught up with some old friends, so it was a week to remember. I did blow a days wages on bottle to bring home, but who can blame me?
Along the way over the last few months I’ve worked on a couple of commercials, the new BBC idents and a host of docs for various clients. I’m currently looking for work for the rest of the year, and have lots of new kit to play with, so give me a call if there’s anything I can do for you.