The past is a foreign country

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Comptonboys on ITV tonight

If you turn on ITV at 8pm tonight you may be pleasantly surprised to see Mr Lyndon and 6 Year nine students (Osama, Reece, Eamonn, Milad, Sainey and Samy) on Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway. We shall be pitching for £8,980 to take 40 students to the First World War battlefields in France and Belgium.

The journey to the last 100 (who were filmed for the programme out of the 2000 that applied) was an interesting one. After I got an email from a friend of mine, John Simkin, telling me about the show, I just knocked off a quick email to one of the producers (Amy) outlining my proposal, and she rang back instantly, literally within 15 seconds of the email being sent. Amy invited me to an audition the following saturday in a hotel in Russell Sq where I had a minute to make my pitch. However I couldn't make the date so instead one of the production team came to school and we filmed the pitch there. This was followed by a further email asking me to fill out an application form. A phonecall asking me for dates that I was available for a recording was followed immediately with the disclaimer 'but it doesn't mean necessarily that you are on the show'! Eventually I was told that I was through to the last 100 and could I bring some students to help with the pitch. So about six weeks ago myself, Tony Cotton, one of our learning mentors and 6 boys set off for the 3 mills studio in Bromley-by-Bow. We arrived at about 3.30 and were ushered into a corridor with all the other hopefuls. Fortunately we managed to get a room and the boys were happy enough to eat the chocolate biscuits and crisps that were provided. We were called for a dress rehearsal and told where to stand, and then made our way to one of the spare studios for a final run through and more crisps and chocolate biscuits. At about 7.30 we made our way into the back of the studio, watched the contestants in front of us get hammered by the panel (they were twin illusionists who wanted £15,000 to invent a new illusion - they didn't get the money) and then it was our turn....


  • At 1:40 AM, Blogger Mapplewell Mavericks JFC said…

    We are also on the show next week asking for money for a mini bus.

    Check out some photos


    Dave Paylor


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