Silent Movie

Here’s the latest in my And Finally TV reports.

I met a group who compose and perform music for classic silent movies.
They’re called the Southwell Collective and the movie featured is the 1928 French gothic horror, The Fall of the House of Usher, based on the novel by Edgar Allen Poe.

In the story a man is painting his wife. As the picture becomes more and more lifelike, so her health fails. As he finishes the portrait, she dies. It all goes downhill from there, she’s buried in a fancy coffin, which takes ages, and then the house burns down and she comes back to life, and it’s all a bit of a nightmare for the boy Usher, to be honest.

Watch out for my hilarious ‘usher’ torch gag,with a nod to the Blair Witch Project.

Jeremy Nicholas, London, UK

The Rocking Piano

I filmed a very interesting feature today with the designer of the world’s first rocking piano.

Sarah Davenport created it from a 1900s piano once owned by the Hong Kong ambassador. It rocks back and forwards as you play it.

I should point out that there is some camera trickery at the start of the piece which involves my cameraman, who’s a gifted pianist, wearing my jumper.

Fashionistas may like to know the pink jumper is from Gant and I bought it at the Richmond branch during the January sales.

David Beckham’s head on a melon

So here’s the final video of this week’s special advent calendar of And Finally reports.

It’s my all time favourite And Finally and comes from a few years back, when an artist was carving England footballer’s faces onto melons to support our boys in the World Cup.

I didn’t have much to work with, it was basically a man and his melons.

I was very proud of the lines ‘the manager’s a Swede, now the players are melons’ and ‘put the bits in the smoothie maker and blend it like Beckham’.

A word of warning, I forgot my make-up bag that day, and I look a bit like a zombie panda in the pieces to camera.

Speedy the Tortoise and his artificial leg

This week being Christmas week I’m sharing my favourite ever TV reports with you.

Behind today’s Advent calendar window of fun is Speedy the Tortoise. Sadly he lost a leg and his owners made a new one out of Lego. When that fell to bits they were stumped. Fortunately a neighbour who is an inventor came up with a new high-tech leg.

The feature has the feel of a Victoria Wood style spoof documentary, but I promise you it is genuine.

Watch out for a great wig and a marvellous moment when we wait for Speedy to walk out of frame, so we can move on to the next bit.

Enjoy

The tallest cricketer ever

As it’s Christmas week, I thought I’d create my own version of the advent calendar, but without the chocolate.
Like so many of many ideas, I’ve had it rather late, so instead of 25 days worth, there’s just going to be 5.

Each day this week I will post one of my favourite BBC TV reports from the past year. Kicking off today with the tallest cricketer ever to have played professional cricket. I caught up with him at Leicestershire for the start of the season, along with his rather smaller batting partner.

Click below to open the window. (He said trying to keep the Advent calendar theme going, even though you can clearly see from the YouTube clip who is behind that window!)

Dolly Rockit Rollers

The Dolly Rockit Rollers are a Roller Derby team from Leicester. It’s a sport where the competitors score points by racing round on roller skates overtaking members of the opposition.

The points are scored by the Jammers, in their way stand the more physical Blockers.

Click below to watch my TV report.

The face of Elvis on a piece of Stilton cheese

When the face of Elvis was discovered on a piece of Stilton cheese nearly 30 years to the day after his death, the BBC knew they had to send their top reporter to cover the story. Sadly when I arrived, the cheese had already been cut up, because it was worth £70! I’m sure that would have easily been covered by the publicity value of having the world’s newsmedia rolling up in their satellite trucks.
As it was, there was just me in a silly hairnet covering it for Auntie.
I’m particularly proud of the cheese related Elvis lyrics in my script such as ‘don’t step on my blue vein cheese’ and ‘I just want to be your Camembert’
Enjoy!