1 was on Saturday 21st April. I woke on my brother's floor where
I had been given space to sleep after a restful night. I was surprised
at how well I had slept considering what lay ahead of me that day.
Troy and I made sure that we had packed up the car, and set a course
for central London, and Lee Pressman's house at 8.00am.
turned out that I had made good judgement as to how long the journey
would take, as we arrived just before 10.00am, as Lee had advised
us to. Troy and I stared blankly at the row of houses, unsure of
which one it was. Since I had been there before, however, I knew
which end of the row to start looking, and lo and behold, Lee had
stuck a T-Leaf to the door, so I knew which house it was.
steeled myself, and tried to squash the butterflies in my stomach.
I did not know who would already be there, and felt very nervous
about walking into a room full of people whom I had followed and
admired throughout my life. I bit the bullet, however, and knocked
and Grant both greeted me with a hearty handshake, and introduced
me to the crew, who were unpacking large crates of wires and equipment.
first star to arrive was Kellie Bright. I had sworn to myself to
conduct myself with dignity and integrity and not fall to pieces
at the first sign of a celebrity. However, when Kellie came into
the room and introduced herself, this soon went out of the window,
and I found myself wrapping my arms around her and giving her a
big, affectionate hug. I think she was quite taken aback by this,
since she had only offered a hand. I introduced myself as a mad
fan. I think that she understood.
Grant and Lee went down to the garden, and I stayed in the lounge
and watched the crew setting up. I checked to see if they wanted
me to bring in the costumes and all my bits and pieces, but they
said that it was too early.
Troy and I went down to the garden to join everyone. We took "fanzy"
photos of Kellie, Lee and Grant, and I snuck into one of them myself.
Kellie Bright is every bit as lovely in real life as she is in her
films and photos.
Kellie and Lee
wasn't long before Elizabeth Estensen arrived. She came through
the door into the garden and when I saw her, I gasped. She is an
enchanting and elegant lady in both deportment and character, and
seems to project an aura of real serenity. Shortly after her arrival,
the film crew set up in the garden to do Kellie's interview. Whilst
Kellie was being filmed, the rest of us went upstairs to the lounge.
up Kellie's interview
the lounge, Elizabeth, Grant and Lee went through some of the photographs
that were taken during the filming of the show, and I joined in
going through some photographs with Lee and Grant
joined after her interview, and the film crew started setting up
for the group interview in the lounge. Whilst they were doing that,
I took a photograph that caught Elizabeth and Kellie unawares whilst
they looked through my collection of Raymond Childe's costume designs.
I did tell them to tell me to buzz off if they though I was turning
into the paparazzi.
you're on Candid Camera!
next person to arrive (as far as memory serves), was John Hasler.
He was eagerly awaited by both Elizabeth and Kellie, since neither
of them had seen him since doing the show. He walked into the room
to enthusiastic greeting from all. They all had a good natter after
that, and John filled them in on his adventures since the show ended.
When he mentioned his wedding, he added "As exclusively revealed
on a T-Bag Website" playfully. I did blush a bit, and apologised
was then time for the group interview. It wasn't really an interview
as such, but more of a series of recollections from the assembled
cast. I was quite surprised at how little they could remember to
start with, but as they looked through the props, photos and sketches
from the show, the memories came flooding back, and they all had
a lovely chat about the show together. I was amazed that Elizabeth
had completely forgotten saying her most frequently uttered line
("YOU STUPID BOY!") when Lee requested that she say it
once more for the road. She did, however, deliver the line once
more. Don't know if this will be on the DVD, but I hope so. I can't
say too much about the interviews because I don't want to spoil
the interview was complete, we went for an early lunch. During lunch,
a fire alarm sounded next door, and we all sat, dismayed that filming
could not continue until the alarm stopped. It continued to sound
for a few more minutes, and then we all began to look a little concerned.
Then, we could all smell smoke. Kellie Bright was concerned, so
she called 999 and asked for the fire brigade. It turned out that
the house at the back of Lee's had in fact caught fire. The fire
brigade turned up very quickly, and put it out. John Hasler said
mischievously, " That'll be in the national newspapers - 'KELLIE
BRIGHT SAVES HOUSE".
up for interview was Elizabeth Estensen. It was just after lunch,
so she asked John to check and see if her teeth were alright (i.e.
free from cream cheese from the sandwiches). As she flashed her
teeth at John, he assured her that the cream cheese looked great.
In my mind, this scene could have fallen straight from the pages
of a T-Bag script. It was priceless.
came the second mishap of the day. I asked Elizabeth if I could
sit in on the interview, and she kindly agreed. The scene was set.
My tailor's dummy was set up in the background wearing the replica
velvet dress, and a white chair was in place for Elizabeth to sit
on. After she had quickly checked her face and makeup, she settled
down in the chair for the interview. Then it happened. As the sound
crew were setting up their equipment, they dropped a dirty great
big microphone smack on Elizabeth's head, catching her in the eye.
Everyone gasped. Everything froze. Elizabeth was quite shaken up.
The film crew decided to reschedule her interview, but, consummate
professional as she is, Elizabeth shook it off, checked her eye
to make sure it wasn't blackened or swollen, and soldiered on. She
delivered a very witty interview, including the now famous impersonation
of Leon Thau.
(not a T-Bag fan) decided to nip out to Knightsbridge for the day,
so he left me to it at Lee's.
next interview was Glyn Edwards (director of "Rings of Olympus"
and "Sunstones of Montezuma" and all associated Christmas
specials). Orignally, he was not able to attend, but happily, he
did manage to come. I didn't attend his interview (unfortunately),
but I went out to take more photographs. Raymond Childe and Jennie
Stallwood had both arrived, and I took some group photographs. Elizabeth
Estensen suggested that she should be holding a teacup, so I passed
her one from the table, and she can be seen holding it in the photographs.
She did drink some tea during the day, but she also drank coffee,
and apologised each time she did, which I thought was amusing.
up to be interviewed was Jennie Stallwood. We had a nice chat beforehand
about what she had been doing since leaving the show, and I voiced
my surprise that she had not stayed in acting, because to my mind,
she is a good actress. She told me that she had chosen not to continue,
and was devoting her energies to other things in her life, such
as her family. She was very easy to talk to, and very down to earth.
We posed for some photographs before her interview took place, and
I had a minor mishap because the film crew wanted me to move the
dummy that was still set up from earlier. The room by now looked
like a plane crash, and I had to lift the dummy above my head and
pick my way gingerly through all the cables without being able to
see where I was putting my feet because I had a mouthful of the
velvet costume. It was a team effort to guide me out, but, unfortunately,
I still managed to tread on Jennie's foot. I asked her if she was
alright. She was fine. I hadn't put my whole weight down. God help
her if I had - her foot would have been as flat as a bug.
Stallwood and me
the interview, we had to stop a couple of times because everyone
was talking so loudly in the back garden that it was coming out
on sound. Also, my stomach kept rumbling throughout the interview,
and this came out on sound also. I hope it doesn't come out on the
DVD. If it does, it was me, and I can't apologise enough. £15
to hear my tummy rumble, anyone?
Zimmerman was up next. He was a larger than life personality. I
found him very likeable, but he was also a very imposing character.
I had been in the garden earlier earwigging and joining in on a
conversation on getting T-Bag released, his career as a film actor,
etc. His interview was very entertaining, although he can not be
considered politically correct by any stretch of the imagination.
Hopefully, this will come out on the DVD. I came in useful here
(as I did in other interviews) as a memory prompt.
Childe was the next interview. He is such a nice bloke. His quiet
and gentle personality belies the huge talent this man hides! I
adore his work and owe him a debt of thanks for inspiring me to
start costuming as one of my hobbies. He presented me with a series
of photo albums stuffed full of photographs from behind the scenes
of T-Bag. He also gave me the negatives, the original design sketch
for the velvet dress, the Gardener's costume sketch and a shawl
that was used on the show. His interview was conducted with him
surrounded by the original costumes from the show. Afterwards, we
had a chat about costuming, the work that he was currently doing,
the work that I am currently doing (a series of bridemaids' dresses
for my brother's wedding - HELP!), and what a tough task it can
be at times.
Childe with his boys
returned to the garden, and Terry Trower (composer) was taken away
to be interrogated.
amusing conversation took place in the garden between Elizabeth,
John and Grant. They were talking about travelling on the train,
and Elizabeth was talking about the way in which you are expected
to behave if you are well known. She said that no matter how tired
you are, you cannot fall asleep on a train because there will always
be people with mobile phones to take your picture, and you will
have your mouth wide open and be dribbling everywhere. She did the
actions, and lolled her head around with her mouth wide open (she
didn't do the dribbling everywhere bit, though). John laughed, "You'd
probably end up in 'Heat' magazine - 'ELIZABETH ESTENSEN DRUNK AGAIN'".
and Grant chat in the garden over lunch
had come back from Knightsbridge to see how we were getting on.
It was the end of the day, and people were starting to leave. Troy
gave Elizabeth his travel card for the tube which was still valid.
Elizabeth thanked him very much and said, "Oh, my goodness!
It's an all expenses paid trip!". We all laughed. When she
left, I told her that it had been a priviledge to meet her, and
gave her a big hug. Kellie, Jennie and John also got big hugs from
me as they left.
gathered up all our bits and pieces and left shortly afterwards
just South of 5pm. We went off to Twickenham to find the curiosity
shop used in the first episode.
to day 2