Live TV and Tourettes Syndrome don’t usually mix, so when the cab driver picked me up this morning to take me to the Sky Newsroom way out in West London, I was excited but a little more nervous than usual. I only found out yesterday that they wanted to interview me so the whole experience came as a bit of a surprise.
Sky have an imposing-looking building with a lot of security and more steps than I would have liked, but what the studio lacked in accessibility was more than made up for by the friendliness of the production team.
I was impressed that the producer was happy for me to go on live, and that they were willing to risk the occasional rude word slipping out in order to allow me to get my message across. I was more worried about having a ‘ticcing fit’ in the studio, but they were relaxed about that too and it didn’t happen.
I’ve not had a chance to watch it yet, but I’m hoping they remembered to turn my microphone off while they were doing the sports report – my tics were repeating the team names and giving false scores.
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It was raining heavily this morning but it’s turned into a lovely day.