Week 1 – We’re back in business!

Hello everyone – it’s great to be back in the studio again – the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd etc.  Our teams have been working hard to bring you a fabulous mix of interesting items, regular features and top celebrity chat.

Perks of the job! Photo courtesy Rex Features

Perks of the job!
Photo courtesy Rex Features

In our first week, we’ll be meeting Mark Benton, fresh from rehearsals on the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour. Eagle eyed viewers may actually spot that Mark will be missing from the final part of the show as he has to hot- foot it back to Wembley for a performance this evening.  Also joining us today will be Paul Hollywood, kneading us into shape and letting us prove under a damp teatowel while he makes a tasty sausage plait.

Tuesday brings our regular pet feature with the Barking Blondes Jo and Anna and some more weird and wonderful animal antics.  Guests include Stephen Tompkinson and Olympic gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton, whilst on Wednesday we’ve got Meera Syal (The Kumars) and ex-Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford.

On Thursday actress Pauline McLynn – you may know her as Mrs. Doyle from Father Ted, Joe Pasquale (no introduction necessary!) and Tim Healy (the cross-dressing Les/Lesley from Benidorm) are sure to cause a stir in the studio and rounding off the week on Friday we have Pam Ferris (Call The Midwife), food writer and cook Lorraine Pascale.

Add to this a host of entertaining and informative features and top it off with a live performance of Seasons of Love by Kerry Ellis and the cast of Rent and that, ladies and gentlemen, is week 1 in a nutshell.

I hope you can join us for some, if not all of it!

Best

Alan

By alantitchmarsh

Happy 2014!

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Alan bangs the drum for a new series – Monday 20th January 2014

Happy 2014!

I hope the festive season brought all that you wished for – bulging stockings, a plump juicy turkey and plenty of joy and goodwill to go round (you know,  the kind that comes in handy when playing charades for the 12th time).

It’s back in the studio for the teams next week at Titchmarsh HQ, and it’s all systems go.  We have three teams who cover the week, all doing two shows a week (we pre-record some shows as some of you regulars will know by now).  So working on the show means you’ve really got your work cut out for you – there’s no leaning on your spade here and having a chat over the allotment fence,  it’s put-your-back- into- it and seek those stories out, get the features researched, guests booked, travel sorted, props sourced, and if you’re lucky you might be able to look up from your computer screen for long enough to peer at the clock and wonder how on earth it can be 9pm already.

We handpick our teams and they always do a fantastic job.  There is usually a mix of some new faces, eager to jump on the treadmill of a daily live telly, and –  even stranger – some faces who have worked on the series before and yet seem to want to come back for more. I guess it can’t be all that bad then, can it?

Our regular features are all back by popular demand, including Consumer, Health, Pets and our life-changing Makeover segment.  If you’d like to contribute to any of these items, make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook as this is how we let you know what the teams are looking for in terms of guests/appearances etc.

You can join in the fun in person without being on the telly by being in our audience – contact www.sro.com for details of tickets. Shows are recorded at ITV Studios on the South Bank during the day. We film two shows a day and you even get a half time juice, courtesy of the lovely audience ushers.

And if you don’t wish to contribute or come along to the studios, you can simply snuggle up on the sofa and enjoy the show from the comfort of your own living room – now hopefully calm, peaceful and charade free!

Back on 20th January 2014 – 3pm, don’t miss it!

All the best,

Alan

By alantitchmarsh
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Week 2 – Bring on the subs..

Week 2

Winter hasn’t been as bad as it could have been weather wise, although if you’ve been caught in the floods or the gales of late you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

Last week our consumer team took a look the issue of flooding, with Fiona Foster and legal eagle Kevin Poulter offering advice to those who have had the misfortune to suffer from flooding and then discover that their insurance hasn’t covered them.

One top tip, is that if you receive a warning of flooding on your phone from the environment agency – and you hit the button as requested to indicate that you have received the warning –  you are usually required by your insurance policy to take preventative steps against flooding. This means moving things upstairs, protecting your thresholds with sandbags etc. Hopefully you won’t be in a position to have to do this, but at least now you know.

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Pauline McLynn enjoys extreme knitting

One of our guests sadly didn’t make the studio last week, actor Tim Healy was unwell but fellow Benidorm cast member Jake Caruso stepped boldy into the breach and came on the show at the last minute.

We had many contributors, including the extreme knitting ladies who brought in record breaking needles and got actress Pauline McLynn in a rare old tangle.

This week sees Christopher Timothy and Mat Horne on Monday, Tuesday brings Martin Shaw and Les Dennis, Wednesday welcomes Neil Dugdeon and Zoe Lucker, Thursday’s child is Ben Fogle, along with Jenny Seagrove and we have Friday with Fiona Bruce.

All in all, another cracking week here in Studio 2 – I hope you’ll be watching and you join in all our regular fun on Facebook and Twitter.

Best

Alan

By alantitchmarsh