After the fun of shooting my magic showreel (which will appear on this website very soon) and doing a couple of scenes with Rufus Hound and Lucy Punch for forthcoming film "The Wedding Video" (see below) my third encounter with stardom came thanks to ITV. They sent me an email asking if I'd be interested in appearing on a forthcoming TV show called "The Devil's Dinner Party". It's rather like a mix between Come Dine With Me, Big Brother and Mastermind (!) with guests meeting at a posh dinner party, having a number of discussions and gradually being voted off. The last one standing wins £7000. It sounds like a lot of fun so yesterday I headed off to the ITV studios on the Southbank for my audition/screentest.
As I sat in the reception area waiting to go up to the studio there was an unexpected incident. Suddenly 30 young people rushed into the building, jumped over the security barriers, pushed past the surprised security guards, unfurled some banners and started some very loud chanting. It was a protest about recent events in Turkey and why the British media were failing to cover it. All was chaos for a few minutes before several police vans turned up to restore order. The demonstration was very well mannered and there was no trouble meaning, luckily, that my audition was still able to go ahead.
I spent 20 minutes answering various questions while being filmed and even added in a bit of magic at the end. The final decision on whether I appear on the show will be made in a week or two and filming is scheduled for the first week of November. Fingers crossed!
On the way out of the building afterwards I had to avoid the continuing demo and this meant using the back stairs and walking past the sets used for ITV's Daybreak and Lorraine morning shows! Unfortunately no stars were about but it was a very interesting day and hopefully I'll be a guest at the Devil's Dinner Party soon.