It is singularly the most terrifying and adrenaline-pumping experience I have ever had. That much is to be expected, but add to whatever you're imagining the fact that I was a young nurse and was trying to help women give birth at the time that I realised my hospital was becoming enveloped in smoke.
It is not often that a reality TV show – even one on the touchy subject of benefits – provokes questions in Parliament before the makers have even come up with a title. But when the setting is Hull – preparing for its year as the UK’s City of Culture in 2017 – the prospect of an unwelcome role in a show designed to rival Benefits Street has caused outrage.
JK Rowling’s Hogwarts changed the reputation of its film location, Alnwick Castle, and Downton Abbey made Highclere Castle into a hot tourist destination. Now the fortunes of the Jacobethan pile that is Arley Hall are set to be transformed by a global Disney production.