The frosty morning after the sensational night before
It's a bit longer journey back to London this year and I'm writing this on a train passing through the Midlands on a frosty, misty morning that says Christmas is just around the corner. If proof were needed, a Virgin Trains chaplain has just appeared along with an entire choir singing carols - except in coaches A and B where there's overcrowding...
But top of the agenda: thank you, Liverpool. The city did us proud last night in hosting Sports Personality of the Year. It was a wonderful arena with great facilities, and every impression I got was that the audience there - and the sports stars - had a ball. Liverpool's papers liked it too.
So, it appears, did most viewers at home. On the provisional figures the show performed in line with last year's - averaging 6.7m viewers and therefore way ahead of the figures when we were last in a London studio. The audience built from 4.7m at 7pm to 8.4m by 8.45pm, when we were ahead of all other channels.
In the BBC we are, of course, as neutral and fair as possible ahead of the main vote. But almost all the people I've talked to so far have been thrilled by Chris Hoy's victory and they think he's a brilliant addition to the list of winners. He won by a mile, too, with 40 per cent of the vote. The winning margin was 120,000. It's a popular choice north of the border and it's making headlines in India, Canada, and right around the world.
But I've no hesitation in saying from the BBC's point-of-view that we thought overall last night was a major success. It felt like the right winners were chosen by the public and by the experts; the venue was sensational: and audiences in the arena and at home seem well-pleased. The lifetime achievement award for Sir Bobby Charlton was a great TV moment shared by millions.
Planning for next year will start almost immediately. The question asked repeatedly last night was "where?" and at the moment we've no idea. I've personally always been attracted to the idea of moving outside England, and with a Welsh winner in 2007 and a Scottish winner this year that may be an idea whose time has come. But equally we've had incredible support from Liverpool and previously from Birmingham, and the competition for hosting duties from English cities will be fierce.
We'll let you know how our thinking develops, but in the meantime - thanks to everyone who watched and came along, and particular appreciation to our guests from British sport who've been so inspirational in 2008.