So what was Yonderland like? Challenging, exhausting, but most of all, fun. Film making is not a quick process, the hours are long and there is an awful lot of time in between bouts of filming whilst the camera crew, lighting, sound, props, set dressers, puppet team and most importantly director finalise a shot.
Getting up in the early a.m. to make a seven hour round trip to answer 240 written general knowledge questions may be considered an unorthodox way to spend a bank holiday weekend, but then again: 1) So is looking at an elderly couple looking at boats and 2) My lifelong love of quizzes has never really been in the same orbit as orthodox anyway.
Appearing on children's TV meant I had to control my urge to swear if I wanted to keep my job. After so many years the habit's kind of stuck. In the Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman continues to ask permission to go to the toilet even when he's freed from prison. That's a bit like me. I ask permission. Then I go to the toilet and swear like a f**king trooper.