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Last Updated: Friday, 5 January 2007, 13:20 GMT
Working Lunch viewers go 'live' for 2007
By Carolyn Rice
Producer, Working Lunch

Producer Carolyn Rice
Producer Carolyn makes her way around the country
"We'd like to hear more from our viewers." Obviously for the editor the 100 plus emails we receive every day are not enough.

"It would be great to have some viewers live on the programme regularly."

A few hearts stopped around the meeting table. They weren't any closer to beating again when the assistant editor suggested we get these viewers to use webcams to appear on the programme.

So, the project was born and now the search was on for a volunteer to take on the job.

It didn't take long for the ex-engineer, who can't quite let go of her technical past, to put her hand up. Now all I had to do was find some willing participants.

Homemade soup

After asking for volunteers via our newsletter, I compiled a shortlist of ten viewers from around the country.

With the rare privilege of a week out of the office, I began planning my route around the UK.

The first stop was Poringland in Norfolk to see beekeeper and boat builder John Henson. Then, from the flatlands of East Anglia to the hills of Devon.

The Lake District - if only I could see the lakes and peaks out of the window at the Working Lunch office!

I left London in the dismal early morning rain and arrived in a sparklingly sunny Plymouth.

Just twenty miles away in a converted barn lives Tricia Woodgate, with three horses, several sheep and a budgie (although, they don't actually live in the barn).

Day three of the trip and I was headed to the very north of Wales and the Isle of Anglesey. George Moran lives in Amlwch, right on the northern coast.

It was mid way through my journey now, and George's homemade soup couldn't have come at a better time.

My next visit was to a familiar face. Simon had interviewed Sue Brookes about the wind turbine she is having installed on her house in Lymm, Cheshire.

Hectic

It's still not quite up but it's getting there and now she can keep us updated on her progress via her newly installed webcam.

A quick overnight stay in Manchester and then I was heading north again through the Lake District - if only I could see the lakes and peaks out of the window at the Working Lunch office!

I crossed the border into Scotland on the morning of the fifth day to see the last member of the panel, Duncan McLaren, on this whirlwind trip around the country.

Viewer George Moran
Viewer George is one of the Lunch Bunch

With the last webcam installed and the last test call put through to the office I headed back to London with a piece of Highland hospitality packed snugly in my suitcase - homemade shortbread.

It was a hectic five days and I covered more miles than I care to count but to be out on the road and meet our great viewers is something I would recommend to all the team back in London.

Many viewers ask me if Adrian and Adam are as nice in real life as they are on the TV - I tell them yes.

Well, I can assure you that the same is true for our new Lunch Bunch panel members.


The Lunch Bunch is a new project for 2007.

A few months ago we asked you to get involved using the latest web technology, and producer Carolyn visited the chosen volunteers.

They will be tuning into the programme 'live' via the internet to give their thoughts and views on stories.

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