June updates x

Beautiful Scotland

I love twitter. When I announced that we were reaching the end of series 13, I was immediately pounced on by Gadgeteers demanding when the next series would begin and how I would satisfy their Monday night digital fix, there really is no rest for the wicked! So for those who would like to know; we are back on air in August and The Gadget Show WebTV is updated every week, with Jon Bentley and Dionne South at the helm, and very good it is too. Me? Well I’m already stuck into filming the next series.

Recently Ortis and I found ourselves in Fort William, Northern Scotland on a Wild Challenge. I won’t reveal too much on the details for fear of spoiling the show but I can tell you that it was very energetic and extremely beautiful and of course packed full of gadgets.

Gadget Show with Ortis

The pair of us were rather amused to be staying in a Fawlty Towers replica hotel complete with inedible food, a Spanish waiter called Juan and well, let’s just say that we reduced the average age of the residents, I mean clients.

There will be 21 shows in this series, (I am sure this is a record) These shows should take us up to Christmas time and as you know we are always grateful for your feedback and ideas, so let me know if you are inspired!

I am also doing a spot of broadcasting for The Derby and Royal Ascot. I shall be teamed up with the lovely Fashion Journalist James Sherwood for Ascot. His insight is fascinating and his comments and quips are always guaranteed to raise a smirk, let’s just say that he is very honest and doesn’t mind saying what everyone else is probably thinking. I loved my time there last year, my third, however there was an embarrassing incident with a floaty skirt and a gust of wind, so I shall be going for more fitted outfits this year! Nearer the time I shall blog my outfit designers and hat attire.

Presenting at the ICC

I recently hosted the Birmingham Young Professional of the year at the ICC in Brum. It was a fabulous night, a lot funnier than the average awards do. That was predominantly due to my co-host, top chef Glynn Purnell. He has his own Michelin starred place in the city and is one hell of a laugh. I for one was in stitches on stage and the audience loved it, I reckon we struck up a pretty good double act and hope we can work together again. I will certainly be off to ‘Purnells’ for dinner soon.

With the marvelous Glynn Purnell

I am also filming a brand new show for 5 soon. It’s about photography and how to take beautiful pictures. I’m a bit of an amateur snapper so this really appeals to me, I hope to learn lots and have fun at the same time, good combo.

On a personal note I will be moving into an apartment in Birmingham soon so that I will be on hand for Gadget Show filming. The Gadget Show is based in the Digital District of Birmingham, downtown Digbeth and having a place there will be perfect. I will be spending the weekends with my family in France where we are currently buying a house, it’s an exciting time, but lots of moving around which does do my head in from time to time!

That’s it for now; I’m tweeting on Twitter, follow @suziperry for daily comments, views and the odd silly pic!

Quick Update

Thanks for your helpful comments about the site, it’s great to have a fresh new look, a ‘gadgety facelift’.

We have just finished filming series 13 of The Gadget Show and I have squeezed in a well needed week off. It may have rained a lot but that didn’t affect me too much as I slept through most of it! I think there may have been a birthday in there somewhere as well, but let’s not go into that…..However, I did receive some amazing gifts, including a gorgeous painting of 2 Zebra’s by Adolfo Rua, a carnet of Scuba Dives, tickets to see Stevie Wonder in a rather intimate dinner environment and a wonderful Creme De Mer facial…. I was ruined!

Over the next few weeks we will begin our film schedule for Series 14, which will go to air in August so there will literally only be a few weeks without the Monday night fix, but don’t forget Jon and Dionne will be bringing you web TV every week, even when we are off air – on Five

I have some other projects on the go;. however they are all in the early stages so I will inform you of the details when and if they stick. But I must say that I am very excited about all three possibilities for the future.

My MotoGP column is ongoing in the Motoring Section of The Daily Telegraph. I am still thrilled by the racing, despite not covering the antics for the BBC this year. Bike racing, in my view, is the greatest racing in the world. I am also able to follow the Superbikes more closely than before, taking me back to my roots. I hope to soon be taking ownership of my new Triumph Bonnie T100, I can’t wait… I will actually have time to ride it!

As I will be covering the fashion at Royal Ascot and The Derby again, I am busy looking for posh frocks and hats to impress my co-presenter, the inimitable James Sherwood. We always have a ball at the event and this year should be a great occasion.

Just after Gadget Show Live I moved house; I am now nearer to The Gadget Show filming in the Midlands. My family live in the South of France, so I hop back and forth across the channel but am still spending most of my time in the UK. I never want to move house again though, I can’t believe how much ‘stuff’ I had acquired over the years and there was me thinking that I wasn’t a hoarder!

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GSLive and other stuff!

Like hundreds of thousands of others I have been affected by the volcanic ash dominating our upper atmosphere. I was supposed to return to France to see my family for a few days after finishing Gadget Show Live, but sadly I have been stuck in London!

My thanks to everyone who came to the N.E.C to have fun with us, we had a ball and I have enjoyed reading all the comments on Twitter. We even had a few competition winners in, lucky devils! I think the plans for next year’s show are already underway, so if you didn’t make it this time, be sure to come and visit us next year; can’t wait to do it all again!

Although I am not presenting MotoGP for the BBC this season, I am still writing my column for the Daily Telegraph Motoring section and keeping more than a close eye on the paddock. Race organisers Dorna have very kindly sent me a permanent race pass so I may pop along to a few races to hang out with my buddies and see the modern day gladiators in action. I am already missing being there…a lot.

We continue with out Gadget Show filming. Having just celebrated our 150th show, we are trying to make a dent in the next 150! We turned up to the studio a couple of weeks ago to find that the entire show was a surprise challenge, none of us had a clue what we would face, but that was part of the fun and we all loved the experience, hope you will too.

Err where did 2009 go?

I can’t believe that it’s already holiday time and another 12 months has slipped by. For me it has been a year of extremes; I have experienced great loss and also tremendous joy in the summer as I wed my feller, surrounded by my wonderful family. I now have a new dimension to my life which I am very grateful for.

In terms of work it has, as ever, been hectic. The Gadget Show continues to go from strength to strength and our first adventure with a live performance worked very well at the NEC in Birmingham back in April: in fact we will be extending the run next year to 4 days from April 8th – 11th, it’s a lot of fun. We have already filmed some of series 13 and it looks as though it will be a cracker, I also feel as though I am back to full strength and able to cope with more rugged challenges…look out boys! So far we have embarked upon a crazy desert challenge and directed pop videos, it all airs in February.

MotoGP was a full on calendar with Valentino reaping the rewards. I was thrilled that our BBC interview with him made world headlines (not the UK though with their apathy for bike sport!) He was very forthright about his views on team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha and a future at Ducati. It sets a good stage for the 2010 battle. At this time I am uncertain of my position regarding coverage for next year, there is much to be discussed.

Biker Blast OffMy ipod application Biker Blastoff reached number 1, twice, in the itunes charts, so thank-you if you downloaded and tapped, rubbed and shook me to the top spot! It also passed 2 million downloads worldwide which is incredible and I would like to pass on my deepest thanks to Mediatonic, the game designers and the gang in the office who were all instrumental in its great success, cheers guys, who’d have thought it! Also it made my cat Gingi famous!

I continued with my writing; the MotoGP column in the Daily Telegraphs Motoring Section, the BBC Bike review magazine and also a guest spot in T3 Magazine, which I very much enjoyed doing. I met the gang at the T3 awards where I presented the Drop Dead Gadget Award to Apple for their MacBookPro, it was quite a night!

I will be enjoying a rest over the Christmas period and then in January I am off to South Africa for a 3 week honeymoon, can’t wait; I have been planning it for months!

Next year the website will change somewhat. It will still be a port of contact, there will still be photo’s but it’s going on a diet and will be streamlined somewhat! You can still follow me on twitter @suziperry and also I hope to create a blog, so all my info will remain current.

On the 4th December, I took part in a Panto at the Promise Dreams Dinner at Walsall Town Hall.  As always the charity was very well supported and everyone seemed to have a good time.  My fellow cast members included Steve Bull and Don Goodman, Jenny Jones and Jenny Wilkes from Radio WM and we were absolutely delighted to welcome the wonderful Jaki Graham who not only took part in the panto but performed 3 numbers for us including ‘Set me Free’  to a fantastic response from the audience.  She’s an amazing lady and I was so pleased to have had the opportunity to meet her.

Gadget Show Series 12

Our filming is well underway for series 12. The boys and I have been head to head in various challenges and I have a feeling that this series will be our best yet. It is now 5’s flagship programme and we are all very proud of that, we get to do some incredible things and handle some amazing tech. I can’t give anything away about the challenges but have posted a few pics of some of the filming. Up till now I have been a London courier, raced a Range Rover against banger cars but from a hut, ridden electric bikes, driven electric cars, discovered our top 5 50cc scooters, sports watches, been down the longest zip-wire in the country and even took part in another treasure hunt with the lovely Anneka Rice ! And that’s just 4 shows!

Oh and there was a F1 experience thrown in for good measure! This will be a long-running series with 21 episodes and will run until Christmas, the fun starts on August 3rd. The line up is the regulars, Jase, John, Ortis and myself.