Just when you thought the buzz of shopping couldn’t get any better, BID TV was born on the 5th of October 2000. A very different and wacky way of buying everything and anything hit our screens.
I was still shaking my stuff with Bucksfizz and ripping my skirt off, well actually it was my top, in the new line up with Mike Nolan and David Van Day.
Singing at the top of my voice, whilst my future colleagues were actually doing the same, whilst selling towels and irons. Can you believe this really happened?
It was December 2009 and Cheryl Baker is the main culprit for my life taking a complete and utter change. After chatting on the phone and always being called ‘mini Cheryl’, whilst I was in Bucksfizz, I was told about jobs going at BID TV and to send off to the great Andy Hodgson.
I borrowed my cousins camcorder and sold a sequined scarf as my entry to the most famous, bizarre shopping channel in the world. Then whilst stood in a car park I got the fateful call…lol. Could I come down to London for an audition, I panicked!!!
“Im not going I said”, Cheryl told me to pull myself together and get down to London and do the audition, so off I trotted. After trying to watch as much of the channel as possible, I shook my head at the chaos that I saw on screen.
Arriving in Soho, I couldn’t get off the toilet, sorry, but it’s true. Having to sell a kitchen gadget, a necklace and talk about Dolly Partons boobs, my audition in front of the camera was over. Marched into a room I was, with Cris St Valery and Andy Hodgson, and there the interrogation started…I bombed, or so I thought.
Whilst picking up my new car and signing on the dotted line, I got the shock call. It was Cris St Valery offering me a job full time on the mad channel, selling anything and everything. Oooopps, I thought, and asked to think about it. Did I really want to work for BID TV?
After much discussion over 2 days, I made the call that was really, no exaggeration, to completely change my life…I took the maddest job ever.
Starting on April the 10th 2010, the night before I travelled down to London with my Mum in tow and we stayed at a friends in North London.
First Day…I HATED IT, I came home crying. Two weeks of being sat in what can only be described as a classroom, learning about BID TV and how we were to do the job in task. What the hell had I done.
My very first time in front of the camera for BID TV was in’ Speed Auction’, in a suit. I looked dreadful and felt like I was wearing a straight jacket. I had a silver locket as my very first item and we had about 8 minutes to sell. My heart pounding, my top lip literally swimming with fishes, I was sweating that much. My hands shaking so bad , I looked like I had been on the vodka. I stood outside the studio and told Peter Simon how nervous I felt. ‘Silly’ he said, ‘after all you have done with singing’, I know, but I really couldn’t control it.
After about two weeks I was moved to the BIG BID studio and I did not move from there for 4 years and 7 days. Taking up the role of Fashion Diva, this is because I wanted everything ironed. Oh what goes on behind the scenes.
BID TV was the best place to work, with unique, strange, colourful and hilarious characters. What you saw on screen actually went on behind as well. We would belly laugh so much in the open office that your face would ache.
Her are just some of the wonderful, talented people I have had the privilege to work with. Starting of course, with the man that opened the channel just under 14 years ago.
I WILL NEVER FORGET…
These are the friends/colleagues that I would work alongside the most in my time at BID TV. What you saw on screen with the presenters, is what they were behind the scenesl. Everyone has there own unique character and that’s what made it such an amazing, mad, weird and utterly the craziest place, which felt like a little planet of it’s own.
Devastated, gutted and so incredibly sad, that Thursday the 17th of April 2014 was the day that the gavel came down for the last time. BID TV was going, going and GONE!