Catherine, who plays French teacher Miss Postern, had her PA contact Simon Ellinas, a caricaturist in London, giving him just four days notice to create the masterpiece... a copy of a promotional shot from the first series.
I had to crack on as soon as possible and started working from the one photo that Catherine wanted me to work from. A rather posed publicity shot. Normally, it’s better to work from several photos but time being of essence and moulding my meagre talents to the client’s demands I hacked out a reasonable composition, coloured in Photoshop and sent it to the printers and framers for finishing off.
On the Thursday, I hand-delivered the four framed caricatures by carefully carrying them in a package on the tube all the way from High Barnet to South Wimbledon. Catherine Tate herself came to reception to collect them and she couldn’t have been nicer. The report back from her PA was that they were delighted with the caricatures although I am hoping to get some photos of the stars with their framed gifts!