Tonight, the first in Julian Clary’s new series, ‘Nature Nuts’ went out on primetime ITV. It is quite nerve wracking waiting to see the product of 3 days filming that happened just over a year ago!
We, as contributors, don’t get to see the programme beforehand, so it can be quite scary, waiting to see how the programme was going to come across. I knew it was going to be pretty funny as Julian is hilarious and his constant innuendos and jokes meant that we spent a lot of time giggling!
We actually filmed this piece last May and I was the first in the series to be filmed. I had already had lots of discussions with the series director, Simon Nash, so sort of knew what the premise of the programme was going to be.
The team arrived early one morning with a huge amount of kit that very quickly filled up my hall and flowed into my lounge!
It was a great team of camera operators, sound guys, Simon (Series Producer) and Charlie Bingham (Director) who were soon all introduced and setting up. We had a chance to talk through the kind of things we were going to film over the next three days and it was not long before Julian arrived and we were introduced!
We had wanted to get Julian as involved as possible with some of my projects in my garden, so we had organised for Ben and Jim from Brewood Ringers to come to ring the week-old Great tit chicks in one of my nest boxes. It made for fantastic footage and of course, we could not get past with out the classic phrase from Julian…. “2 men arrive to put rings on Kate’s Great tits….. nice work if you can get it……” :o)
I have only ever watched these new lives from my cameras… and I was absolutely amazed at how tiny they were! I could not believe that Jim could put a ring on such a minuscule leg! He did a great job and it was not long before the chicks were back in the nest and Julian and I waited anxiously , watching for the parent birds to return….
Then, it was up to my office to watch the footage from inside the box and for me to discover what else Julian had up his sleeve for me!