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5 minutes with… Ricky Valance & Quintessence Films’ Director Robin Toyne


The first Welshman to reach Number 1, Ricky Valance’s life has been defined by one monster hit: Tell Laura I Love Her. But what is like to be known for just one song when personally and professionally you feel you are so much more?  His fans may be aging and the venues may be smaller but, whilst he has his voice, he still takes to the stage 52 years on, determined to dispel the one hit wonder label.

BBC1 Wales, Sky 972 & Virgin 864

Tuesday 24th April 10:35pm

(and on iplayer as “They Sold a Million: Ricky Valance” until April 30th)

A Quintessence Films Production for BBC Wales.

Quintessence Films is in the COMPANIES section of

April 23, 2012 @ 10:05 pm Posted in News 1 Comment

Five Minutes with… A Media Parents Blogger


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This London blogger is part of the Media Parents site, but blogs anonymously.  Her blog, Not a Notting Hill Mum, has been nominated for a blogging award, so if you’d like to vote for her after reading, please see details below.  If you’d like to write for the Media Parents blog, anonymously or otherwise, please contact us through

Deaf and Dumb or Sex in the Swimming Pool

Posted by Not a Notting Hill Mum

Why do people go to the gym? To exercise perhaps, to make new friends or even to find a new significant other?

Until yesterday I’d never thought about it – I would simply have said exercise. The only chance I get to swim and use my gym membership is really during my children’s swimming lessons when I do as many lengths up and down the pool as I can manage. And then I  squeeze in a couple of extra length while my kids shower off at the side of the pool. Each time I get to the end of the pool I check the kids are OK and whether or not they are ready to get out of the shower.

So yesterday I’m powering up and down (OK taking it easy with some leisurely breast stroke)  and there’s a guy standing at the end of the pool in the water doing some limbering up. And each time I talk to the kids in the shower, he says something to me which I can’t understand, because I’m deaf and he’s not English.

But I take it to be something along the lines of: “Aren’t your kids cute” or maybe: “I’ve got a son that age” and so I smile politely and kind of nod and swim back up the pool.

So the final time I stop next to him and say, “Ok kids it’s time to go, let’s get out now” and this guy is still limbering up and he says, clear as a bell:

“You know, I really, really fancy you.”

I stutter slightly and am truly lost for words.

Remembering my manners after what seems like ages I reply:

“Er, I guess I should take that as a compliment. Ummm. Thank you.”

And he says: “Are you single?”

And I say , apologetically “No, I’m married and I have two children.” And I point at the children whom he cannot have failed to notice, given that I have been talking to them on and off ever since he got in the pool.

( Please note, if you read yesterday’s post, that I point out that I am attached nice and early!)

“Oh,” he says looking really quite crestfallen,  which I cannot understand, given that he is quite attractive and unbelievably fit  (I know this as he is only wearing a pair of swimming trunks) – and I am almost certainly older than him – and  a lot less fit than almost every other woman who uses the gym – because I don’t actually use it.

So I try to cheer him up.

No, I do not give him my phone number – lesson learned and I should point out that ” boyfriend” and rival of shoe-shop boy became “husband” many years later!

But I tell swimming boy that I have lots of single friends – and smile in an optimistic, give-me-my-medication- now kind of way.

“No,” he says I think rather more sorrowfullly than is necessarily, “I’m only interested in you. Adding perhaps a little more realistically: “I don’t know why. I don’t know what it is.”

I can only agree. Because those of you who have met me will know that although I may look Ok in low light with makeup on, I am not the fresh faced mannequin that you see at the top of my blog. And on this occasion I am almost naked ( not in a good way) with slightly red eyes from the chlorine and deep goggle marks round them as if I was being marked up for a eye-lift. In addition, I am wearing a saggy swimsuit where the lycra has given up and the foam cups have gone off message, so by the end of a swimming session I look as if I am the victim of a junior surgeon’s first attempt at breast implants.

And yet he repeats “I just fancy you so much.”

At this I recover my senses,  say “It’s nice to have met you” and “come along children”, and climb out of the pool trying to pull my drooping swimsuit down over my thighs- until I realise I’m now exposing even more of my boobs and their foam companions.

Now I know you are thinking: he must say this to everyone he meets and sometimes it must work – and I agree – but if I’d taken him up on it he would have had to shag me! No? What was he thinking?

Or maybe someone, who knew I was feeling a little bit down, paid him.

Whatever,  once I was safely out of sight I laughed and laughed. Not at him, poor misguided man ( maybe he wears glasses when he’s not swimming and I was all a blur) but more at myself and the very rare event of me being absolutely speechless!

“Not a Notting Hill Mum” has been nominated/ longlisted for a blogging award which is all very exciting except that to become a final finalist I need votes – (and then if you get enough you are judged – I think.)

It’s a bit odd (my daughter told me asking for people to vote for you on the school council was “ against the law”) – but  apparently we are supposed to ask people.

So if you ever  have a quiet moment before the deadline of April 30th ( unlikely I know) perhaps you would be able to do this ?!

You click on the link -  which takes you to  the Britmums brilliance in blogging award list

and scroll down to the laughter list and you will see my name Not a Notting Hill Mum sheltering among many others. ( quite far down – 16 or something I think!)

Or This takes you straight to the voting page

You don’t have to vote in other categories in order to do this – but can if you want of course.

If you click on the BIB pink badge on my blog that will also take you there.

A lot of bloggers have very large clique of supporters so I have no idea how many votes I need so stay in the game – but as I blog anonymously I can only ask those in the know, so your votes will definitely make a difference!

@ 9:55 pm Posted in News 4 Comments

Five Minutes with… Sunita Shroff, PRESENTER

Sunita Shroff, presenter of this new series is in the NETWORK section of Media Parents. 

April 16, 2012 @ 8:58 am Posted in News Comments Off

BBC Academy’s TV Fast Train Event


Tickets for this year’s TV Fast Train are being made available on three separate occasions, so that everyone has the chance to get a place at the UK’s largest free freelancer training day.

The tickets will be released via EventBrite at different times and dates in the run up to the event on 16 May to accommodate people’s varying availability to go online and book.

The dates are:

10am Wednesday 25 April

9pm Wednesday 2 May

11am Saturday 5 May

Sarah Wood, executive producer of Fast Train, said:  “Last year’s Fast Train was so successful that all our tickets were gone within an hour of them being available on the EventBrite site – this left a lot of very disappointed freelancers who missed the very small window of opportunity to secure a place.

“This year I want to make sure everyone has the chance to join us at the UK’s largest free freelancer training day and festival so we are going to release tickets during the day, at night and even at the weekend.”

A host of top industry names have already been confirmed for this year’s event, where attendees will once again get the chance to sample a wide range of training and masterclasses with industry leaders.

They include Danny Cohen, BBC1 controller; Zai Bennett, BBC3 controller; Karl Warner, executive editor BBC Entertainment; Google’s Peter Barron; Andrew Jackson, commissioning editor, Channel 4; Ruth Wrigley, All3Media and Colette Foster, from Endemol’s Remarkable Television.

For more info go here :

April 4, 2012 @ 9:56 pm Posted in News Comments Off