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      This thread reminds me of something/someone....Smashfruit.... Anyone?
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      I'll have to check out IW as it sounds fun. Chlo Marshall is an odd character - kind of like a slightly shouty Sloane from the 80s.
      As for Caroline Lindsay - words fail me when it comes to describing her awfulness - Jill Franks is a million times more bearable than her.

      I remember Ellis Ward, too. She always seemed a bit hyper. I always thought she'd have made a great children's TV presenter, but the way she'd carp on about some plastic, mass-produced jewellery was something else.

      TJC is very funny and much, much closer to how QVC used to be back in day. I generally find their presenters are quite likeable. Gemma Hadley, Vicki Brown, Marina Berry are all very down-to-Earth and fun. I used to find Derek Marks very entertaining and really miss him on TJC. I'm sure I saw him on some other channel selling some spinning mop type of thing. Cris st Valery is also very fun, particularly when awful Amit comes on as a guest.
      Ellis did use to be on children's tv but at the minute can't remember the programme. She did mention it on IW more than once.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Julius View Post
      Oh Shopper, everyone knows. I get a lot of scathing comments about my work on here from people that really don't understand how it all works. It's true that so called on-diary events are planned and allocated in advance. It's also true that such events are allocated to people with relevant insight. People like me who are relatively junior can get to do absolutely everything and anything, but we tend to get the dreary stuff. Recently I had to spend time knocking on doors trying to find out stuff about someone who'd passed away. Doing such "death knocks" is something I personally hate. It's annoying to the people who are bothered and disrespectful to the deceased, however it's all part and parcel of the job. There's only so much you can get from Twitter.

      I've always been able to cope with whatever I've been sent to, save for one time I had to interview an opera star at the ROH. I approached it by saying I know nothing about opera and letting them talk me through it.

      When things don't go according to plan it very much depends on the timing and the circumstances as to what happens - as well as what the original brief was. Some briefs are highly specific and others more generalised. In the case of Paris there was some leeway, and the events I wrote about had not been widely covered or discussed before so it gave an insight into the other side of a glamorous world - and as such it was a hugely popular piece that people enjoyed. At the time I was relatively new to such things and was finding my feet, working out what works and what does not.

      I wouldn't be too dismissive of redtops, either. They love looking into how the other half live - and they love finding out something salacious underneath it all. That's what makes the world go round, dear!
      Oh I'm sorry Julius, I've read shorter novels so I just skipped to the end bit, the "dear" comment at the end is a bit patronising don't you think? Did they not send you in a correspondence course on your YTS? I haven't read any newspaper for a long, long time and if your comment is anything to go by, they're still full of bullpoop.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Julius View Post
      I'll have to check out IW as it sounds fun. Chlo Marshall is an odd character - kind of like a slightly shouty Sloane from the 80s.
      As for Caroline Lindsay - words fail me when it comes to describing her awfulness - Jill Franks is a million times more bearable than her.

      I remember Ellis Ward, too. She always seemed a bit hyper. I always thought she'd have made a great children's TV presenter, but the way she'd carp on about some plastic, mass-produced jewellery was something else.

      TJC is very funny and much, much closer to how QVC used to be back in day. I generally find their presenters are quite likeable. Gemma Hadley, Vicki Brown, Marina Berry are all very down-to-Earth and fun. I used to find Derek Marks very entertaining and really miss him on TJC. I'm sure I saw him on some other channel selling some spinning mop type of thing. Cris st Valery is also very fun, particularly when awful Amit comes on as a guest.
      I remember a few years ago when Amit had a thing for putting himself in these ridiculously expensive adverts, one where he is in a white suit next to a pricy yacht, springs to mind.

      In my opinion IW is basically the worst elements of qvc but with the ex-bid tv presenters... it is quite glorious in it's shiteness.
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      Quote Originally Posted by mr tom View Post
      I remember a few years ago when Amit had a thing for putting himself in these ridiculously expensive adverts, one where he is in a white suit next to a pricy yacht, springs to mind.

      In my opinion IW is basically the worst elements of qvc but with the ex-bid tv presenters... it is quite glorious in it's shiteness.
      Absolutely love the expression, "Quite glorious in in its shiteness! Sums up I/W in a nutshell (and most of its presenters!).
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      Quote Originally Posted by Kathy View Post
      This thread reminds me of something/someone....Smashfruit.... Anyone?

      Now there is a thought.
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      Quote Originally Posted by donna255 View Post
      Now there is a thought.
      I'm lost....smashfruit? any clues?
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      Quote Originally Posted by China Girl View Post
      I'm lost....smashfruit? any clues?
      Me too?

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      Smashfruit was the skateboarding granny who modelled and also own a health shop near Harrods. Came along and told us all wonderful tales of how she was bringing her own line to QVC, even went into great details about the best products to use for different skin problems and not waste money one expensive brand sold on QVC. They actually seemed very knowledgeable(but all the same info available online if you searched). They told us no way would she let AY talk over her when she went on air. This went on for quite a while many fell for it but others behind the scenes had little chats about well this smells very fishy.

      Then one day she put up a photo of this glamorous older lady in white boots and suit standing on a skateboard saying it was one of her modelling photos. Until another member pointed out that this was a photo taken from a website of a totally different person who was a mature model. The real model did not own a healthfood store near Harrods and was not going to bring a fabulous skin care range to QVC. Many members on ST very very hurt as they totally believed Smashfruit. They actually waited hoping said Smashfruit would come back and just explain it all. But they never ever came back.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Dave View Post
      Absolutely love the expression, "Quite glorious in in its shiteness! Sums up I/W in a nutshell (and most of its presenters!).
      Thank you sir... it really is though.

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