As I write this I still can’t believe that little old me managed to bag herself a work experience placement on This Morning, one of the biggest TV shows in the UK.
I’ve had a lot of questions about how I managed to get this placement and not going to lie – it was sheer luck. ITV opened the applications back in January for this experience and I remember being sat in my room writing the application, making sure it was perfect. After only getting a acknowledgment email thanking me for applying, I thought nothing more of it because so many people apply it is impossible to ever be noticed.
It was then a Friday night a couple of weeks ago and I had the email come through asking me if I wanted to start on Monday for a placement. At first I thought it was just something an ITV newsletter when it first arrived but my eyes were instantly drawn to the legends that are Holly and Phil’s faces who were staring back at me. That’s when I realised that I had actually achieved something so amazing that it left me speechless. And if you know me, I am not one for being speechless.
So Monday morning I trekked off to London to the BBC Television Centre absolutely shitting myself with nerves and excitement. This was the first time I had ever been on the production side of a programme and been in an environment with one of my biggest idols: Holly Willoughby. I was totally starstruck when coming face to face with two of TV’s biggest presenters but luckily managed to grow a pair and get a picture with Holly at the end of the week (which you’ll be sick of seeing by now if you have me on social media).
After getting a tour of the studios and the set from the production runner, I got to work with the task of taking guests to their dressing rooms and getting them to sign any forms. This was an exciting job as throughout the week I got to have a chat with the likes of Graham Norton, Nicola McLean, Elizabeth Hurley, Lisa Snowdon and many other guests. My favourite guest of them all had to be Gino, he can be heard a mile away on set and is overall just one of the funniest people I have met.
I also got to watch the show from behind the cameras and behind the set which gave me a great insight to how things work behind the scenes and how the show is put together.
After the show had finished airing at 12:30, we moved over to the main offices where all the research takes place ready for the upcoming shows. Myself and the other production runners were sent on multiple tasks around London to collect props and other items that were going to be featured on the show. I did a lot of walking that week.
The experience I gained at This Morning is one that will certainly remain with my forever and really opened my eyes to prospects of working within television.