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My Personal Detestation Of The Reality TV Show

When to sell out and when not to ...



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.

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 ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.

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