Sorry I didn't see your previous reply - I may well owe you a pint though!
I tried setting PS1 to just "> " and did some typing and it worked fine! Woohoo!!!
However - I can't seem to get my PS1 prompt to display correctly...
This is how it is currently in my .bashrc:
export PS1="\e[0;31m\H \e[0;34m\W\e[m $ "
I've tried several combinations but I think I'm missing a trick somewhere - I'm not great with bash special characters!