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Martin, me and the Focus 5

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Dan Walker | 13:14 UK time, Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Martin Keown went to Arsenal's training ground to interview Sol Campbell last week but had to hang around for a while as Sol was having a massage.

When he finally got back to BBC Telelvision Centre, Martin and I made our way to the studio to record Friday Focus.

We sat down on the steps at the front of the set and, while the cameraman was setting up, Keown - mid tuna sandwich - had something he needed to say...

Martin: "I read your blog this week Dan. [chomp] Do you write that yourself?"
Dan: "Yeah."
Martin: "We need to do some work on that, don't we?"
Dan: "What do you mean?"
Martin: "What was all that rubbish about sandwiches? [chomp]
Dan: "I'm just trying to make it a little different. Plus, everyone loves a sandwich don't they?"
Martin: "I don't [really big chomp]. We can make it a lot better."

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Professional production, amateur gastronomy

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Dan Walker | 14:52 UK time, Thursday, 21 January 2010

Right, straight down to it. This week there are four things to cover:

1. A little behind-the-scenes action on last week's opening;
2. An idea of what an assistance producer does and how you could be one;
3. The greatest ever sandwich filling;
4. Something Lawro said on the sofa last Saturday.

First up, the opener. You might remember that last Saturday's Focus began with plenty of shots of me strolling around with some London landmarks in the background. We had the Millennium Bridge, the London Eye, Wembley Arena, HMS Belfast, the Houses of Parliament, Shepherd's Bush market and BBC TV Centre.

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Obsessed with Big Four? Not Focus

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Dan Walker | 08:12 UK time, Thursday, 14 January 2010

Great news! My chin has finally defrosted after the Football Focus excursion to the Emirates on Saturday. I really enjoyed the show, but we did get a few complaints from people who weren't happy about a perceived Arsenal bias. I've had a good chat with the editor and there are a few things we need to point out in response.

First up, I think it's important to say that we are not obsessed with the 'Big Four'. After all, our first three out-and-about shows this season were at Manchester City, Fulham and Portsmouth.

Secondly, these programmes are usually divided into three sections. The first 15 minutes are effectively a match preview, the middle section focuses on other issues, while the last 15 are used to take a look behind the scenes at our chosen club.

On Saturday, there were only two Premier League matches on - Arsenal v Everton and Birmingham v Manchester United.

We had hoped to speak to Birmingham manager Alex McLeish but he wasn't able to talk to us (he will be on this Saturday), while our planned chat about the game at St Andrew's had to be dropped from the programme when we got the breaking news from the Africa Cup of Nations.

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The wonder of Wembley

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Dan Walker | 14:33 UK time, Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Happy New Year everyone! I am currently considering ways to get rid of my little Christmas gut. I think there might be a gym membership on the cards and some sort of fig roll-free zone until March.

Anyway, this week's offering needs a disclaimer. There will be some people mentioned in here that many will consider famous. There will be several mentions in here of me playing football with these so-called "famous" types. Under no circumstances does this mean that I am:
a) lost in showbiz;
b) turning into a celebrity-loving fool;
c) struggling to remove my head from my own backside.

Now we have got that sorted, let us continue. A few weeks ago I got a phone call from a lovely lady at Umbro. She left me a message on the mobile of dreams. It went something like this:

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