Friday, 8 April 2011
(This programme has now been aired and will be on iPlayer for a few days here)
Yesterday, I went to Glasgow to be a guest on Frank Skinner’s talk show, Opinionated. I’ve been doing bits of radio and TV lately in the hope of raising the profile of my little poker memoir - although somehow, on the Frank Skinner show, even though we specifically discussed the subject of women in male-dominated sports, I completely forgot to mention the book. I’m such an idiot. It’s lucky I never went into PR for a living.
Still, I enjoyed the show; Frank Skinner is a big hero of mine and you must absolutely read his memoir, even if you never read mine. It’s a great read. The other guest was Greg Davies, whose comedy career I didn’t know much about but I’m a huge fan of his performance in The Inbetweeners and was very pleased to find that he’s a really nice and funny chap in real life. And six foot eight! Most impressive. He told me he is, officially, the height of a standard British doorway. I like the idea of a man being the height of a standard British doorway.
Technically, Opinionated is a comedy show, but it’s properly discursive and chatty. It’s not the kind of show where you feel terrified that you’re meant to turn up with a lot of prepared jokes that you can’t think of. You really can just talk, like a normal person. I don’t know if I was any good on it, but I definitely wasn’t silent. Afterwards, one of the producers told me that I was the first person who’s been on that show who isn’t a comedian. I really hope he meant that in the sense of professional career - not that this was the only thing running through his head during the recording.
Anyway, it’s on tonight at 10pm on BBC 2. If you watch, I hope I don’t turn out to be rubbish. And if I do, well, I hope you enjoy the others.