How exciting I thought.. and although pretty sure nothing would come of it, I said yes.
'Great,' emailed the researcher, 'it's for a piece called ' Fifty things to do with Fifty Shades of Grey' ?' (ok.... nothing remotely related to my usual work.. but I like a challenge) 'Sure' I tell them.
I arrive home from Norwich on Sunday and hit the ground running - have never made anything in two days -ever and certainly not from scratch but I do have an idea and a charity shop copy of a book which I have never read.
In the afternoon the researcher phones to get background info and tells me they need it by Tuesday morning. (oh!) He asks would I come up to be interviewed. 'It'll be filmed,' he says 'so no pressure to get it right first time.... '(don't want to do it but a gift horse and all that.. and it would only be a couple of minutes).
A puppet and a plaything is not so far removed from my usual focus but the context is worlds apart.
The feature begins and she appears -for a few seconds at least -quite literally. How funny is that!...and not so much as a mention.
Millions of people have now seen something I made ... ( albeit for a few seconds and without the foggiest notion who made it... hahaha..) But it's all good.
If anything caused irritation (and only a little one at that) it's the fact they seemed surprised when said I wanted my puppet back.
Too right I do -she's been on the telly.