Thursday 8th October
I collected my edit kit from Ravi's hotel and checked out of my hotel in Manchester.
I then had to kick my heels for a little while before going off to Bolton.
I would be shooting some brain teasers with Steven Kay the school teacher brother of the presenter of Family Fortunes Vernon Kay.
Here’s one for you that we didn’t use: What word of just one syllable can be made into a three syllable word by adding just one letter?
In the afternoon I met Steven at his school, a smart new primary on the edge of a huge estate of mixed housing.
He greeted me at the door of the school.
His shirt, with the tie slightly undone and the v neck sweater marked him out as a teacher.
His smiling open demeanour marked him out as one of the popular teachers.
I could well imagine the girls in the school being desperate to be in his class.
I am sure that the boys would be the same but for very different reasons.
Bit of a lad sprang to mind.
He was looking slightly harrasred when I arrived because he had been having a bit of a busy day away from school and had to rush to get back to meet me.
He Still Managed a Smile After Two Hours Brain Teasing for GMTV.
We had a look at a few locations for the brain teaser questions he was going to pose.
Once we'd agreed on the places I would shoot I started to rig my lights.
The head teacher popped into the classroom we were in and said hello.
Steven learned his lines.
I rolled the camera and off he went.
Now then! He delivered the questions and answers in a great Lancashire accent.
There were not too many retakes.
We used a few locations both inside and outside the school.
Steven changed as well.
We finished just in time before the cleaners kicked us out and locked the place up.
I had to head back down to Manchester.
The decision had been made that the tape needed to be fed to GMTV from Granada TV.
My hotel, the one I had checked out of earlier in the day was a ten minute walk from there.
The hotel I was booked into was about a thirty five minute drive back up to Bolton.
Did you get it?
The word is Are (one syllable)
Add an a
You get Area (three syllables)