It was way back almost 2 years ago now, when I sent off my application, after getting a fair bit of help from a good friend, to be on the channel 4 tv show, Embarrassing Body’s , I had this dream that they would fix everything, in reality, needing a “Full body lift” that was never going to happen.
But Maverick TV saw my application and took a shine to my story, this would end, 9 months ago, with me getting the excess skin removed in my 2 most problematic area’s , my stomach and my pubic area.
Back in January I was called to Birmingham and a series of posts began, called “The Game”
Clue number one was this picture of me sat in-front of a BAFTA given to Maverick TV
That was the day that was going to change my life, forever !
As me and the crew wandered over to the actual Embarrassing Body’s studio, it was a FREEZING cold January Lunch time , I’d driven the 100 miles from home, alone, despite just passing my driving test weeks prior, the time for my life to change, was now.
As we entered the studio I was amazed at how big the place was, it was also FREEZING cold inside, the crew told me they were unable to put the heating on as they were not producing a show, it was about minus 5 and I was about to get my kit off, in front of a camera, awkward !!!!!!!
The first part was fun and relaxed, I chatted to the camera, on the actual green sofa on the actual set and felt very very relaxed.
The second part, was showing off the issues I had and in fairness the crew made that quite relaxed too.
Now it was a case of submitting the tapes to Channel 4 and waiting.
Pretty soon the call came that C4 had accepted me and I was given the details of who would become my surgeon.
Not long after meeting Mr Juma, it was confirmed what work he could carry out and that the hospital too, were also happy to allow this, it was then time for me to head back to Birmingham to meet the “Tv Doctor”.
The third and final clue was this
A clue you wouldn’t get until after the TV Show airs, for that was the shirt I was wearing.
Filming and the Doc
Filming at the EB Clinic was a LONG and SLOW process but at no point did it feel like a drag or a pain, I was loving every second of it to be honest, the crew were a great laugh and the doctor, Dr Pixie , was also a pleasure to work with.
The next bit of filming was done with the Surgeon, Mr Juma was fun both on and off camera and always retained the Patient-Dr manner, reminding me that the cameras didn’t matter, only my welfair did.
There was then a little more filming of the “Back Story”, this is where I got to get filmed cycling, how cool is that? (But im guessing, you’ve seen that on tv by now)
and also playing with my kids in the park and taking my fat friend with me.
That filming was done 4 days before the surgery, on a busy Saturday afternoon in the park, it was amazing how many people stopped and watched or asked questions.
To be continued, This is part 1 of 4…..There’s a lot more to come. ….!