Pilots and more specials
Notes: 'Specials', a lose category for projects such as a celebratory anniversary show or a one-off spectacular; 'Pilots' are also one-off projects aimed to become a series:
- DOCU-SPECTACULAR - Queen Victoria, Wild for Buffalo Bill - designed to be a UK/USA co-production. Buffalo Bill's Wild West toured Europe eight times, first in London in 1887 as part of the American Exhibition, which coincided with the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was impressed enough to arrange a command performance for Queen Victoria. The Queen enjoyed the show and meeting the performers, setting the stage for another command performance on 20 June 1887 for her Jubilee guests.
- COMEDY - Roger McGough & Brian Patten - a half hour pilot with a view to a series of six x 30 mins, contemporary poetry performance with two of our great, popular and entertaining poets with selected readings from their many books.
- FACTUAL - Navvies - inspired by the exceptional books of L.T.C. Rolt - notably, Navigable Waterways, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, among others. Often the unsung heroes who changed the landscape and revolutionised travel, industry and commerce. The original research and development was in partnership with HTV with a plan for a pilot and an initial 6 x one hours.
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.