Volume 3, Sea Kayak with Gordon Brown is done. Sort of. At least, my bit is done.
[Edit - we're now trying to squeeze all four onto the DVD without loosing quality]
It's particularly important in this production because we have used lots of cameras and quite a few camera operators.
I'm trying the brief the team and in particular the camera three extra kayaking camera operators.
Then there's the artwork. The previews. Oh, and a summer holiday to squeeze in somewhere.
I was a television news reporter with the BBC from June 1983 to December 2008. Twenty five years.
Now I'm a consumer not a producer. Guess what? I struggle to watch an entire TV news bulletin. I find it trite, irrelevant and, as my old Mum would have said, "a lot about nowt".
There's a good comment piece in the Guardian online, making the point that news is bad for you. OK it's exaggerated to make a point. But I find myself nodding in agreement more than shaking my head. It's worth a read.
I still want to know what's going on in the world. But news online is faster and I can select stories relevant to me and the country in which I live. The notion of a 'Scottish Six', a six o'clock news bringing the world's news to Scotland, seems almost quaint, it's that out dated.
I still make television programmes but I concentrate on factual documentary and adventure travel, avoiding news or current affairs. You know what? I don't miss news at all.
(All that said - I haven't been on the bike for a week because I've had a stinking head cold!)