Posts Tagged ‘media’

Garden Photos

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010


Helen Shaw, our official photographer for the day crept into the garden at first light on judging day and took some atmospheric photgraphs before the sun became too bright and crowds too dense.  She also managed to capture some of the celebs as they went by. This slideshow has a selection of her photos accompanied by Lynyard Skynard singing Free Bird.

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Press Day

Monday, May 24th, 2010


Monday is press day, which means cameras and lots of them non-stop all day. Philippa and I began with interviews for the BBC then our local ITV stations followed by TV companies from all over, including Iran and Slovenia. Monday is also the day for celebrity spotting; for me the star of the day was undoubtedly our local reporter Katie Robinson from the North West Evening Mail who came armed with a video camera and was ruthless in pinning down every celeb who came by. This link is of a video in which captured interviews with Ringo, Piers Morgan, Jane Torvill and many others, all of whom she coaxed into say extravagantly flattering things about the garden.
http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/lakes/chelsea-flower-show-garden-is-fab-says-ringo-starr-jayne-torvill-and-piers-morgan-1.712101?referrerPath=home/2.3320&resourceView=video&index=1#video

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Painshill Park

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010


Philippa and I are at Painshill Park in Surrey for the recording of an interview for the BBC’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show.  The BBC need to prepare in advance pieces about each of the  show gardens for their “red button” facility and  for their website.  For this we have to pretend that the garden has been built and that we are at the Show standing in our garden.  This requires significant feats of imagination, with which we both struggle , so early in the day.  The interviews are taking place outdoors in an enchanting setting on a sunny morning.  There are frequent interruptions because of the noise of children, geese, tractors and sirens. We begin in bright sunshine under clear skies but clouds start to emerge and, for reasons of continuity, we have to stop shooting every time the sun goes in.  And so it’s stop start, stop start all morning so that before long our brains turn to mush.  But the BBC crew, who are no doubt used to this , are endlessly patient and helpful and see us through it.
But it will need some pretty nifty editing to produce anything worth watching

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