I had one of those surreal moments on Wednesday night: a cross-over between my day job and my telly job. During the MoneySaving News on It Pays To Watch, towards the end I like to throw in something a bit lighter. So we did a line on Knickerbox’s 70% off weekly online sale, repeating my note from the weekly e-mail about “Knickers coming down”.
The idea was someone would throw knickers at me, Tom Jones style. We had five new clean pairs and Charlie the floor manager was tasked with pelting me with them. Yet when he first tried, as he had to be a distance away standing behind the camera, the knickers just didn’t have the power in them to reach.
Eventually we discovered there was no option, but to have each one individually pinged at me like a catapult to get the right height and speed. However they all needed to come at the same time, so it was an “all hands on deck”. With production manager Tracey, Researcher Rachel, Charlie, Camerama Rich and assistant floor manager Seb all poised and ready (see pic below).
I had to read the news, even the serious stories with the knicker-bunch poised on the floor. Unfortunately, on the first try Rich was a bit premature and a pair was flung at me while I was talking about the decline in the premium bond intrest rate. Next retake, we made it. See the pics below.