Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Our Wonderful, Wonderful “Raised By Wolves” Adventure

I think it will be a quite some time before any of our feet actually touch the ground again …… as we are still floating on air after our Channel 4 “Raised by Wolves” adventure.
We made sure we were at Wolverhampton station to meet the coach with plenty of time to spare ….. and how spookily, the coach they used was from one of the companies I occasionally use for bus booking at work, so I knew we were in safe hands.
When the writers Caitlin and Caroline Moran and the stars of the show finally arrived on the train from London a whole host of photographers seemed to descend from all directions…..
……. it was so exciting it was hard to contain ourselves.
We’ve never seen so many cameras and couldn’t help but wonder how it must feel being really famous and photographed by so many and from so many different angles.
One photographer did ask who we were and we thought, momentarily, that perhaps we might be papped, but then the crisps came round and said photographer’s attention was quickly diverted from us to the choice of Walkers Crinkle Cut or Salt and Shake!
We settled for Crinkle Cut, but declined a Kit Kat for fear of looking too bold or greedy.
When everyone was settled, Caitlin Moran took to the microphone ……
…… and started to give us a very funny running commentary, pointing out all the landmarks and places she knew and frequented in Wolverhampton when she lived here …..
…… including our world famous man on the horse with the wrong legs!!!
As we drove round we all looked at our hometown with fresh, new eyes and realised just how romantic it was!
There was much excitement when the coach stopped outside what used to be Cait and Caroline’s  family home ……and everyone got off the bus to take more photographs …..
…… and we again wondered if one day people would stop outside Castle Greysquirrel to pose and perhaps knock on our front door to see if we were in and could possibly pose with them.
The people who lived next door must have wondered what on earth was going on as they in turn stood at the window and watched us.And it was there, that Darrell spotted one of the stars of the show, Helen Monk and went all misty eyed ….. I’ve seen that look before, first when he used to watch Cheryl Cole on The X Factor and then Stacey Solomon when she was in the jungle in I’m A Celeb!!!!!!!!!
From there we moved on to Cineworld for more photographs and the exclusive screening of two episodes of Raised By Wolves……..
…… and where Darrell plucked up enough courage to ask Helen if he could have his photograph taken with her …….
I’ll be honest it was at this point I thought he was going to spontaneously combust!!!  It’s not often that you see Darrell in bashful mode, but at that moment I just knew he was absolutely and robustly besotted.
So besotted, that all thoughts of availing himself of a Ben and Jerry’s chocolate brownie mini tub or bag of posh popcorn evaporated, but of which Nigel profited greatly!!!
The two episodes we watched were brilliant and very, very funny, although fortunately a lot of the “lady bits” went, thankfully, over Nigel’s head!  We are now, naturally, hooked and Raised by Wolves will now be set on record from now on Chez Greysquirrel.
The evening ended with the writers and cast being interviewed by Adrian Goldberg, who we have heard on the radio with questions invited from the audience, we were to shy to ask anything ….. but we made sure we clapped very loudly.
It will be funny now to be living in a “famous” city, like San Francisco or New York,  that could be seen all over the world and perhaps, one day, who knows  in a film.  We hope our friend Dianne who lives in Florida and who dreams of one day coming to England will get a glimpse of Wolverhampton via the internet and see some of the places we sometimes talk about.  We are so proud!
Thank you Lesley at Chanel 4 for asking us, and Cait, Caz, Helen and Alexa for making it so special, it was something we shall never ever  forget being part of ….. especially, I suspect Darrell!


Mr.D said...

What an amazing day! How wonderful to be asked and to be part of it all.
Maybe, in a few years, it will be "Monkey, Darrell and Nigel" doing a similar show.

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic time and how lovely to have been part of it all! all do look handsome and perfectly dressed for the occasion many exciting bits happening so quickly.....will you ever be able to sleep with all of that pulsing excitement?!......,I for one, definitely will be learning more about Wolverhampton.....the info I do have didn't include that statue!...but I am glued to the tv when UK Antiques Roadshow is at Wightwick Manor near Wolverhampton..... have the Manor bookmarked happy to know all went well and you will have this special memory to reminisce about .....Love to all, Dianne

PharmacyMichele said...

Wow-all your photos look fantastic & you all looked so smart. Glad you enjoyed the day & it was a success. Will there be a framed photo or two appearing anytime soon??


Anonymous said...

...and a good time was had by all. It sounds like you had a brilliant and memorable experience with many a giggle along the way from me! Thanks for a super and very humourous account of your VIP occasion! Janthefan x

marc said...

Darlings you have had a touch of the old camera magic you will be hooked by the flash and admiration of the little people when they see you ,just like myself being taken from every angle will become so normal you wont be able to do anything unless it is front of one of those flashing magic boxs the show looks fab and cant wait to see it big showbiz wave and air kiss your darling of the darlings Hugh you boys looked magnificent