Following the local publicity about the success that Anne Kings was having after writing her book ‘Button Cottage Lockdown’, ITV invited her to appear on the Martin and Roman Kemp ‘Sunday Best’ show at the end of August.
But that was not the end of the story. Because the following week, Anne, who lives in Gillingham, had another phone call from ITV to ask her if she would appear more often.
It seems that Martin and Roman both enjoyed the lively banter and the fun, which was exchanged with ‘Granny Annie’ during the show and her obvious favouritism towards Martin in the scoring of the games on the show.
Anne said: ‘All this seems so surreal, one minute I’m racking my brain during total lockdown, trying to think of how to turn 26 happy words into a story, which is how the book ‘Button Cottage Lockdown’ was born, and the next minute I’m taking part in a Sunday television show.
‘Which goes to prove you that never know who’s watching you!‘
She added: ‘I must say I have had really good feedback from people so far, and I haven’t even embarrassed my family, which really has never been too hard for me to do in the past. But I think the best thing I have heard has come from our local nursing homes.
‘As a Dementia Friends Champion in the Gillingham Community, I have now got the show being watched by some of the residents where I go occasionally to provide social activities.
‘The care workers get everyone up and in front of the television to watch ‘Granny Annie’ and Martin Kemp enjoying some lively banter on a Sunday morning at 8.30am.
‘It really doesn’t get much better than that, does it?!’