Stage Door: the one-man shows
Notes: Based mainly on theatre shows, some about a famous actor, each show edited down to one hour with additional biographical material added for television audiences:
- Turned out Nice Again - George Formby as played by Alan Randell. Channel 4 once announced Bright Thoughts were producing this for them (along with WC Fields) but it was was not contracted. Based on the stage play about the life and career of the English actor, singer-songwriter and comedian who became known to a worldwide audience through his films of the 1930s and 1940s. On stage, screen and on record he sang light, comical songs, usually playing the ukulele or banjolele, and became the UK's highest-paid entertainer at that time.
- On Your Way Riley - by Alan Plater based on the stormy partnership of Lucan and McShane aka 'Old Mother Riley', a fictional character in comedy films between 1934 and 1954. (The stage show was produced by Yorkshire TV starring Brian Murphy and Maureen Lipman.)
- Marie Lloyd - one woman stage play based on the English music hall singer, comedian and musical theatre actress remembered for songs such as 'My Old Man (Said Follow the Van)' and for her use of innuendo and double entendre. She enjoyed a long career affectionately known as the "Queen of the Music Hall".
Why repurpose and restructure?
The ideas and concepts of the above shows were originated by Neil Anthony and Bryan Izzard and although they may have been originally tailored for a different audience, many remain as relevant today.
With renewed interest in the Bright Thoughts product there is a great potential for some projects to be reimagined and restructured for new audiences and with different markets in-mind.