Thursday, December 18, 2008

My book as prop...!

Tonight two friends just texted/emailed me to say they'd seen my book on LEAD BALLOON - the comedy starring Jack Dee. It is here, 19.58 mins in...

I meant to watch this programme anyway, it's one of my favourite sitcoms on the TV at the moment - but unfortunately missed it so very glad the BBC has 'Play It Again'.

I am so pathetically thrilled about this I feel like I've had Christmas Day already.

Anyway, here is the still from the programme:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats, Clare! If the same had happened to me, no one would be able to wipe the grin off my face.

Fri Dec 19, 03:46:00 am  
Blogger Tania Hershman said...

Ohmigod, how absolutely COOL is that? Amazing! I too would be grinning and grinning. Wonderful that it's one of your favourite programs, how would you have felt if it wasn't? Still thrilled, I bet!
PS My word verification word is "realest" - I think that sums it up!

Fri Dec 19, 08:16:00 am  
Blogger Brian Clegg said...

Clare, that's absolutely brilliant! You must be grinning from ear to ear!

Fri Dec 19, 09:05:00 am  
Blogger Anne S said...

WOW! Your fifteen seconds of fame.


Fri Dec 19, 10:18:00 am  
Blogger Sue Guiney said...

That is absolutely the most exciting, coolest thing! Jack Dee and your book together, on air, in the script! Merry Christmas, eh? Congrats a million times.

Fri Dec 19, 11:16:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes, Mary - almost 24 hours later the grin is still firmly attached!

Interesting question, Tania - what would I feel if it were a programme I despised? Not as thrilled, certainly...but Lead Balloon is so funny and quirky. I like 'supporting' characters as much as the main ones - the cafe owner with his weird and yet sensible opinions, the miserable housekeeper and the daughter and his girl-friend. It's well-worth watching if you get the chance.

Yes, Brian - big, big grin. It must be the best thing that's happened to me for ages.

Ha, not quite 15 seconds, Anne, more like 5 - but extendable indefinitely thanks to play again, which I have, many times:-)

Thank you Sue G - and thank you to everyone else who took the time to comment too!

Fri Dec 19, 02:56:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Clare, if you don't mind I will post a quick comment up on my Jack Dee fansite.

Fri Dec 19, 02:56:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

about this......

Don't you just hate it when you hit the post button too soon and can't then edit your message!

Fri Dec 19, 02:58:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes, Jack - always happening to me. Both commenting at exactly the same minute...amazing how often that happens too. Please do put it on your fansite. I shall be honoured.

Fri Dec 19, 03:11:00 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, I saw that last night - your book? Double wow - how cool is that???

Fri Dec 19, 04:36:00 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Er, and a visit from JD himself... faints!

Fri Dec 19, 04:37:00 pm  
Blogger Alex Johnson said...

Fine work, shedworker.

Fri Dec 19, 06:55:00 pm  
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Fri Dec 19, 09:54:00 pm  
Blogger Emerging Writer said...

This is exciting. How did the book fit into the script?

Fri Dec 19, 10:03:00 pm  
Blogger aliholli said...

OMG OMG OMG Oh my GOD!!!!!!!!!! you absolute star Did they tell you they were going to use your book? OMG Clare THATS AMAZING!

It`s my fave prog too, but was so busy burning wood(I`m all behind)I turned it on too late. Have just watched it on i-player... wish I`d seen it on our new plasma... would`ve been sooooo much better. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Fri Dec 19, 10:54:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks Barbara & CFR!

And Alex - I still can't believe we'd just exchanged tweets about this very programme before my friend texted me...weird.

Emerging Writer: Jack Dee uses it as an excuse to be found in his wife's office in the basement in the middle of the night. He claims he couldn't sleep so he would he'd give this book ago - then holds up 98 Reasons and says he's heard it's good! (Still can't believe this happened).

Heh, Ali - I was looking forward to you especially seeing this. Thank you! Sounds to me like you should have a special Xmas barbecue.

Sat Dec 20, 01:09:00 pm  
Blogger jem said...

This is fantastic. I never thought of the prop potential of having a book published. Well done!

I wonder if Jack actually read the book?

Mon Dec 22, 02:29:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Not sure Jem - I expect he's probably too busy.

Mon Dec 22, 07:34:00 pm  

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