Did I mention the guilt? Never enough time to do all the “out of hours” work required to get a production off the ground? As a writer, broadcaster and producer, I have had periods of relative calm when working on books and other writing projects, but many more mad times when working to aggressive deadlines on productions for large events at places like the V&A, Earls Court and London Fashion Week. Producing and presenting documentaries and live location reports for ITV, prime time shows for BBC and other channels such as Discovery, Channel 4 and 5 and liaising with designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Philip Treacy, Matthew Williamson, Agnes B and many others to create vehicles with high-end production values, I have pushed myself to the edge to deliver at the expense of my parenting. Even though I dropped everything when they were ill, accepted jobs much closer to home, and called a halt to evening networking, launches and work parties, it wasn’t enough at times. The guilt of not being there for school plays and concerts, parents' evenings (which annoyingly always seemed to be from 5pm to 7pm), sporting events, hobbies, play dates and all the marvellous minutia that would be left to our au pairs, was always present.