TV personality and supporter of the “26 Miles” Motor Neurone Disease Association campaign Nick Owen will be appearing at the Palace Theatre in Redditch this week – on Thursday September 24 – talking about his experiences interviewing stars from the world of sport, entertainment and news. Tickets are nearly sold out so hurry if you want one!
You can find out more here – Palace Theatre, Box Office
Rumour has it that co-stars from his past may be in the audience (including Suzanne Virdee)! I worked alongside Nick (and Suzanne) a great many times during my 17 year career as a TV cameraman and director.
Here’s what happened as I was reunited with Nick when we visited the BBC studios in Birmingham to take his “26 Miles” portrait recently.
(click on the first image to enter a slide show of all the pictures)
The door to BBC Birmingham’s Midlands Today news studio
Cristian setting up – that’s my mobility scooter in the foreground
Cristian, James and a cardboard cut out of Nick!
James as Nick’s stand-in model
The great man arrives!
Nick prepares for his portrait
It was great to be back at the BBC alongside Nick
Laughing at one of his “classic” jokes
Cristian “in the zone” taking our portrait
Cristian still “in the zone” taking our portrait
The view from behind the camera
The view from in front of the camera
All the portraits will be taken in front of this background showing lots of the area around it
A glimpse of what the final portrait might look like
It takes a lot of concentration, this photography thing!
It was so great to meet him again. If you can get to his show on Thursday, you’ll find him as warm and witty in the flesh as he is on TV.
Nick’s portrait will be amongst pictures of a group of celebrities who are supporting the “26 Miles” Motor Neurone Disease Association campaign. These will be published during the final 26 MND portraits in the days leading to Cristian’s marathon.
Please help us to reach our target of £2,600 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The MND Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning and is the charity “26 Miles” is fundraising for. Please help them to help more people affected by MND by DONATING to our Just Giving page or donate via your mobile phone – Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070
Thank you 🙂
I used to work closely with Nick Owen for 17 years! He’s one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of working with and in real life is as warm and friendly as he appears on TV.
Yes, that was his silhouette in my previous post (as if you didn’t know), but I thought I’d add a bit of “cheese” of the variety that used to be served at tea time on BBC regional news programmes….after all, Nick became the main presenter for Midlands Today the BBC regional TV news in the Midlands just a few years before I started at Pebble Mill.
Here’s a snap of the 2 of us having our picture taken by Cristian at the Birmingham BBC studios.
and this is a snap of me on a snowy day working for BBC news when I worked with Nick –
I never thought I’d get something terrible like MND. In fact, like a lot of people, I’d hardly heard of it – Just goes to show it can happen to anyone….
Keep coming back, I might just give away a few secrets of behind the scenes life at Midlands Today and BBC News……perhaps I could auction a few saucy secrets to raise cash for this campaign????hmmmm good thought 😉