When I started this blog, I did so with the intention of keeping a diary of our home renovation journey, and saving some memories for when it’s all finished alongside having a jolly good natter about home interior ideas that I liked the look of, so to avoid boring all of my friends and family half to death with it all.
At no point did I expect to end up on TV as a result of this. So you can imagine my surprise when a woman called Jane from a production company got in touch telling me that our story would be ideal for a new show about DIY, to later be aired on Channel 5.
Well, if I was looking for some sort of ‘souvenir’ for our home makeover, then we really got one didn’t we?
I must admit, I was hesitant at first. I really don’t like being the centre of attention at the best of times, and the thought of being on camera was a bit of a terrifying one, but Joe and I were just too curious to turn it down.
It did also dawn on me that we would have no final say in how we were presented. The crew were so super-duper nice and friendly so I’m not hugely worried, but not having that sort of control made me nervous. I would hate for there to be any negativity around our home, especially after the enormous amount of hard work Joe has put into all the DIY – something I’m so proud of him for.
But, that’s a risk we put to one side, and agreed to take part.
They wanted to talk to us about a mix of things really, and it was meant to be a realistic look at DIY: why we’ve personally done DIY, how we feel about our projects, disasters along the way, how it’s affected us as a couple: a bit of everything. Thankfully, Joe and I generally have a really good sense of humour about the fact that we are mostly living in a bit of a tip, and Joe was keen to show off the awesome projects he has managed to accomplish in our home.
The crew came over, set up their cameras, gave us our microphones (I know, posh right?) and off we went about filming.
Well, it was weird. I must say, I don’t embarrass easy, but oh my gosh, I couldn’t stop giggling throughout the day in disbelief at having a camera crew in our little old house. Joe was in his element, and I think he really enjoyed being filmed with his best mate, the sledgehammer. I think he imagines he will be edited into slow-motion with beads of sweat dripping from his forehead in the style of the Coca-Cola hunk. It reality, it was Joe trying to convince us all that a shower scene would really improve the filming process. Nice try dear…
Generally, it was a fun day, and one that I won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
I’m not sure if I even have the desire to watch it whenever it airs, and I’m sure I’m not alone on this one, but I certainly won’t lose any sleep if I miss out on hearing how I really speak – it’s always different to what you think isn’t it? I don’t know the final air date, as they’re still filming around the country, other homeowners on their own DIY journey. If you’re one of them, get in touch!
It was so funny when we told our immediate family that we were going to be filmed. My mum vowed to pop in for a brew ‘by accident’ wearing her finest jewelry. My best friend Holly joked that she would need my autograph for when I become rich and famous enough to buy new friends. And Joe’s parents fled the country on a lovely holiday to Turkey, fearing that their camera-shy selves may be asked to speak on camera. Good move!
It’s unlikely I’ll be shouting about the show when it goes live, but hey, if they airbrush me to high heaven and we’re presented as normal humans, then you never know, maybe I’ll keep you posted after all.