Still no word a week later from The Stroke Association magazine editor. So I’ll soldier on, starting with setting up one of the interviews.
Let’s see, how do get in touch with an actor from EastEnders?
I used to work with a guy, in fact he’s called Guy Bailey when were at The Open University public relations. Before that he used to work at BBC press office. So, direct message on Twitter and a few hours later I have the name of the woman “who’s all thing EastEnders at the BBC press office” and her phone number.
(Since Guy is also a blogger and a damned good writer, there is a chance here for product placement: Blessay From America. He is English, who married an American, the total opposite of what I did.)
From the BBC website I caught up with the “Jim Branning” story played by the actor John Bardon:
‘Before suffering with a stroke in 2007, Jim was a regular bar prop in the Vic and a keen gambler. You wouldn’t even trust him with your pint.
His fathering skills leave a lot to be desired too, as locking your young son in a coffin overnight wouldn’t exactly win Father of the Year! Although, falling in love with Dot and marrying her in 2002 has softened his heart.
He almost broke Dot’s heart in 2008 when he suffered a stroke. She feared that she wasn’t strong enough to look after him and wrestled with her feelings of guilt and frustration at her inability to stand by her man in his time of need. But love won out in the end. Jim may be away, but his visits are something to look forward to and he’s the man who keeps Dot standing when times are hard.’
I find myself thinking the thoughts of the production of the interview – thoughts I just took for granted before the stroke (maybe I should refer to my life before the stroke as BS?)
What will I ask him? Where would we do the interview? EastEnders set? (Oh, I’d love to do it there) He has aphasia, how will he respond? Maybe I should talk to the producer? Tape recorder of course; I can’t write very fast. Why feature a stroke victim? How’s Jim stroke affect others in the cast? I see The Stroke Association has a link on the BBC EastEnders website. I still get offended with that BBC phrase: ‘If you are affected by [anything] in the show call our helpline.’
If I call the helpline, could you reverse this stroke?
Pictures? Of course, I’ll bring my camera. I’ll find a person of similar age (non celebrity) and feature them along with the feature. There’s an idea!