Michelle Morgan

Hot on the heels of my appearance at the National Portrait Gallery, came an interview on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

The moment I walked into the ITV studios I bumped straight into Carol Vorderman coming down the stairs.

This was the beginning of a long line of celebrity encounters that day, including Bradley Walsh, Kevin McCloud, the Loose Women, Jane Asher, Mathew Horne and Joanna Page.  

I was lucky enough to speak to Kevin and Bradley and they were extremely friendly and down-to-earth – exactly as they seem on the television in fact.

Once I got over the shock of meeting celebs, I was rushed to make-up and into rehearsal with Alan Titchmarsh himself.

The first thing I will say about Alan is just how wonderfully warm and welcoming he is.  

I was sitting on the stage while he had his back to me, checking his introductions for the day.  He suddenly looked round and realised I was there.

He rushed over, apologised profusely for not saying hello earlier, and then sat down to chat with me about Marilyn, my book, and much more.  

By the time 3pm came, it was time for me to head to the dark backstage area, and before I knew it, it was the commercial break and off I went to the stage, where hundreds of people in the audience were being entertained by a warm-up man.

Then the floor manager shouted “30 seconds until we’re live” and everyone started cheering as the music played once again.

Alan gave me a nice introduction and then it was time for the long-awaited interview.  

I was joined by showbiz correspondent Ashley, and Marilyn tribute artist Suzie, and together we had a fantastic time, talking about Marilyn and, in particular, my book.

And then it was all over, and within an hour I was back on the train, whizzing my way back to Northamptonshire, my head filled with amazing memories which will last me a lifetime I’m sure.