My Personal Detestation Of The Reality TV Show
When to sell out and when not to ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 12/01/2016 @ 8:00AM
I had a call from a representative of Britain's Got Talent. A delightful lady researcher informed me that they were scouting around and had come across a video of The Bolivian Sunshine Dogs performing and had loved it ...
I don't think I could ever see the Bolivian Sunshine Dogs appearing on a Reality TV Show. Unless they paid us copious amounts of money, of course.
The show's producer had asked if we would turn out for an audition for their show. I thanked her for the interest and told her that I would put it to the boys in the band. This I did and the answer was no.
When I rang her back to tell her this, she was clearly surprised as they had set a date for us to come along and play. "Would it help", she asked, "If we came to see you at your production office in Olney?" I replied, "Well no, not really", as the decision was based on the programme rather than where we were auditioned and the fact that we don't 'audition'. "Would anything help us change our minds?" was the next question.
"A reasonable offer of a high fee may do it, or our own TV series."
She laughed nervously and said "It doesn't really work like that here" and I explained that her proposition didn't really work like that here either, so we had that in common. We finished on a friendly note with me promising to get back to her if we changed our minds.
So that's 2 bits of possible TV I turned down last year, the other being some ghastly reality cooking show, where I suspect that so many people had refused it, desperation had set in at the BBC.
For many and varied reasons, I've always detested any kind of reality show and the thought of being on one fills me with gloom. That's not to say I would never be on one. I have no principles to speak of and I'm always happy to 'sell out', but selling out, as it says on the tin, involves money.
Appearing on cheaply turned out moronic TV programs for no money doesn't fit the remit. Going to work without being paid has never been a great ambition of mine.
Until next time ...
More about David Pibworth ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.