A WEEK TO REMEMBER
I had an extraordinary week earlier this summer, which sums up just how incredibly lucky I am to do my job. In the space of just three days, I interviewed Boris Johnson (this was during the EU referendum campaign), anchored an outside broadcast, hosted an audience with the acclaimed theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, and presented the region’s NHS Innovation awards. A few days later, I interviewed the then prime minister live in the Look East studio.
Such a variety of challenges - all stimulating, nerve-wracking and exciting in equal measure. The audience with Trevor Nunn was a particular thrill, as I love the theatre and have seen a lot of his productions over the years. He became artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age of 28 (NB young people!), and was back in his home town of Ipswich to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream the last of Shakespeare’s 37 plays left for him to do.
Normally when we do interviews on Look East, they run at around two to three minutes long (even Boris and the PM were only five minutes). So to get the chance to interview Sir Trevor for a whole evening was magical. Even then, we ran out of time! Susie Fowler-Watt interviewing then prime minister David Cameron as part of a memorable week
The political interviews were a different style, of course, but the principle for all interviews is the same: I have the privilege of representing the viewers/ audience. I ask what I think other people would like to ask, and challenge the answers accordingly.
So yes, it was a big week - but you’ll be glad to know that my feet stayed very firmly on the ground. My oldest friend’s reaction when she saw a photo of me with David Cameron in the studio? “Nice shoes!” #perspective