Happy Birthday to Me!!

It was my birthday on Friday and it should’ve been an epic day! First up was the fact that I actually had the day off. Yes the last Friday of January OFF WORK! That’s unheard of!

Secondly this popped up in my Gmail Inbox! How awesome?!!

In case you don’t know that’s Alan Fletcher who plays Dr Karl Kennedy in Neighbours!

After a shower and breakfast we dropped off the girls at Nain  & Taid’s house and we were off to Pinewood Studios to see a recording of Red Dwarf! We picked up hubby’s friends on the way and after a pit stop we got to the hotel (Ethorpe Hotel at Gerrards Cross). The room was nice enough but the bed wasn’t very comfy. The mattress was too hard for my liking.

Ethorpe Hotel

We didn’t have chance to have food because we had to be at the studio by 6pm. Hubby drove us following the sat nav instructions and honestly there has to be a better road to a major studio! We ended up going through a flood – water was over a metre high! Eventually we got to the studio but it was too dark for me to take a photo. It was too dark to see it really if I’m honest. We parked up and were directed to a tent. We were given wristbands with numbers on and told to wait.

At 6pm someone came to get us all and warned everyone not to take photos of anything! I wasn’t allowed to take ANY PHOTOS!!! Do you know how hard it is to be a blogger and be told not to take photos?! We were directed to the studio Red Dwarf was being filmed in. As we walked in we passed a JMC buggy … my fingers were itching to get to my camera! ARGH! We were sat at the very back of the audience seating but it wasn’t a big area. There were curtains hiding the set.

There was a “compare” (spelling?!) called Ray who was there to try and gee is up for the recording. He was good to start with but got annoying by the end. Although he did plan on storming the next studio as Star Wars was being filmed there!

We had Doug Naylor come greet us and tell us not to reveal any plot spoilers so unfortunately I can’t say ANYTHING about the show itself. All you need to know is that it’s going to be great!

Red Dwarf Birthday Selfies

The set was revealed and it was very interesting! We got to see the sleeping quarters and a corridor of Red Dwarf. We got to see Chris Barrie fluff his lines! To be fair he had been ill so that didn’t help! We also got see a lot of Kryten gurning thanks to Robert Llewelyn. Of course Craig Charles and Danny John Jules were there as well but we didn’t get to see much of them as they were filming on the other side of the set which we couldn’t see very well from where we were sat. But it was Robert that was the most engaging – he came over to wave at us a fair few times.

I’ll admit it was a very odd experience. I came out of the studio a bit “meh” and if you asked me if I wanted to do it again, I’d probably say no if I’m honest. Not that I regret going! It was worth going just to say we’ve been at a recording of Red Dwarf!

Have you ever been to a show recording?


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  1. 1st Feb 2016 / 8:07 pm

    That message off Alan Fletcher is epic!! I’m a huge Neighbours fan!
    Such a shame you felt a bit meh about your experience but at least you can say you have seen it being recorded! 😀 x

    • 22nd Feb 2016 / 10:42 pm

      My feelings exactly! x

  2. Nicola Hatch Lighterness
    2nd Feb 2016 / 12:02 pm

    Ooh interesting! Mr Lighty and Brother Hatchy are going to see Red Dwarf being recorded in a few weeks’ time, I wonder if they’ll have the same experience? Happy birthday by the way, at least you can say you did something totally different for your birthday!! Found your post via #picknmix 🙂

    • 22nd Feb 2016 / 10:43 pm

      Have they been yet and did they enjoy? x

  3. 2nd Feb 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Sounds so interesting, you had an amazing birthday celebration. I’m happy for you xx

  4. charlotte
    4th Feb 2016 / 10:21 pm

    As if you got such a cool birthday message! I don’t really know what Red Dwarf is (just Googled it) and it looks pretty good! Love Craig Charles! Funnily enough I’ve been to a few recordings embarrassingly Jezza K! Worked at The X Factor and BGT which was fun! Would love to go watch celebrity juice one day! 🙂 I’m sorry it wasn’t totally amazing, but at least you had a day off on your birthday! Hope you had a great rest of the weekend celebrating xxxx

    • 22nd Feb 2016 / 10:43 pm

      I had to think what Jezza K was but I get it now! Haha!! x

  5. 4th Feb 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Ha love the birthday message! Shame you didn’t have as much fun as you thought you would at the filming, but still sounds pretty cool and a belated happy birthday lovely!! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • 22nd Feb 2016 / 10:44 pm

      Well it was an experience at least but the video is pretty awesome! 🙂 x

  6. 7th Feb 2016 / 12:23 am

    Happy belated birthday 😀 Glad you had a great and amazing birthday celebration!

  7. LellitDaddacVlogs
    7th Feb 2016 / 8:34 pm

    I can’t believe Dr. Karl sent you a birthday message!! That’s amazing!! Happy (late) birthday 🙂

    • 22nd Feb 2016 / 10:44 pm

      Awesome isn’t it?! x

  8. Bex Smith
    7th Feb 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Sounds like you had a fab birthday, birthday twin! xx

    • 22nd Feb 2016 / 10:45 pm

      Thanks lovely! Hope you had a great one too – seems so far away now doesn’t it?! x

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