Why would you do such a thing on the Lord's day of rest I hear you cry?! Well, I was proudly wearing my Childline hat (not literally) and green bib (err, yes literally), and along with hundreds of other fundraisers, we embraced a pack mentality as we made our way to the top of the 1,000 or so steps in aid of raising as much dosh possible for the famous children's helpline.
Big shout out to all my fellow runners - well done! A huge thank you to everyone who turned out to cheer us on. We raised a terrific amount in sponsorship, which will be put to the best use helping the UK's young people; great news! Not so great however, was the state I became from the 5th floor upwards. I clearly peaked too early having set off at a show off rate for the cameras. Thank goodness they didn't see the sweating mound of asthmatic mess I became 1 minute in. Note to self, must train more... and stop pretending to do so.
For those desperate to fill that Downton Abbey shaped hole in your Sky planner, I went along to the launch of new ITV1 series, Titanic. Not due to hit our screens until next month, and tying in with the 100-year anniversary, fans of the movie and Downton will love Julian Fellowes's new drama.
Now of course, we all know the tragic story and history of events that took place surrounding the doomed ocean liner and its subsequent demise, and in addition to the famous 1997 Oscar winning movie, we've seen countless documentary's detailing the tragedy. So what's the deal with this newest offering? Well with a stellar cast borrowed largely it seems from hit series The Tudors (oh, and Libby's nutter Dad, Owen, from EastEnders), we are taken on a whistle stop tour of the key events. In the first episode alone we follow characters before boarding the ship, to their life on the ship, to the infamous collision with the iceberg, to the frenzy surrounding evacuating the ship. A lot to cram into 60 minutes.
Here's the twist. Having been treated to the second follow up episode, where it starts right back at the beginning again, with many key scenes repeated but from a new angle or character perspective, it becomes clear that we are to get far more involved with the 'plot' and characters than first thought - which is good as there are so many, arguably too many, to pay attention too.
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The factually correct characters such as Mr Ismay and Captain Smith are well cast to their likeness, and having chosen a seat that happened to be next to David Calder, who plays the latter, it was rather endearing to have him tap me on the arm upon his first entrance on the big screen and excitedly say; 'That's me!' Good job he told me actually, as since filming has ceased, the stereotypical 'Birds Eye sailor'-looking actor has shaved off his bushy beard - I wouldn't have had a clue!
Although there is a lot going on, and I would advise you go to the loo beforehand for fear of missing bits of the character plots, this new series is a total triumph. Everything you could want from a quality drama, excellent acting (special mention to Maria Doyle Kennedy who steals most scenes), fantastic sets, a haunting underscore seemingly borrowed straight from James Cameron, and lots of emotion.
If a series can leave a room full of scathing journalists wiping their eyes in genuine emotion, it's surely got to be worth a watch. It's got me... hook, line and sinker?! I apologise for that tasteless gag, I shall be flogging myself in shame as a result.
Kenneth, Tim Healy's character Leslie, Mateo - all are just blessed with the funniest one liners and scenes. And of course last week's episode featuring Matthew Kelly as 'Cyril Babcock' or 'Squirrel Bad-c**k' as Mateo mispronounced it, was just unashamed cheesy comedy genius.
I went off this series last year but I have to say, I'm well and truly back!