Has Britain got talent show fatigue?

As The Voice and BGT return, Peter Robinson asks music and TV experts whether the format’s days are numbered? To view the full article click here. My comments are below:

….. But for some real innovation, let’s consult Tom Pellereau, AKA “Inventor Tom”, the 2011 winner of thinking person’s talent show The Apprentice. His range of nail files has revolutionised the filing of nails, but what ideas does he have for the future of TV?

“We’re good at inventing things in this country so it would be something that plays on that,” he suggests. “It would be Britain’s Got Ideas, but like a televised version of KickStarter.”…. full article link

My thoughts:

Creating a program or TV format is an incredibly complex process. I have huge respect for these who work in the industry, in the UK we have some of the best programs in the world and export many across the Globe. I’m a TV viewer, I know nothing about TV and don’t ever expect to become involved.

What I do know is that good TV programs can really raise the profile and perception of an area. Be that Baking, choirs, house building, dancing or singing a great TV format can really change people perceptions and inspire them to have a go. I would love to know how many more people are now baking or singing in a their local choir due to Mary Berry or Gareth Malone. Inventing, engineering and science are areas I believe worthy of a higher profile, maybe a TV format could assist this.

Secondly, in the UK we have so many amazing ideas. Some of which have that X factor and given a Voice or a chance to really shine could change the world …



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The Apprentice star Tom Pellereau backs St Edward’s Anniversary Bursary

Tom PellerauNice interview with Tom about his old school St Edwards in Oxford, read the full article here

‘Years before he was ‘hired’ by Lord Sugar, The Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau was just another pupil at St Edward’s School……

The 33-year-old, who lauched his revolutionary nail file earlier this year, credits much of his recent success to his time at the school.

“I got extra English classes to help with my dyslexia and we had smaller classes which helped. There was no bullying because I was bad at things, but I don’t know if that would have been different elsewhere. It helped that St Edward’s is not all about the academics and I had an amazing time, but where you send your child to school is a very personal decision.

“I got married in May and just the thought that my children might go to St Edward’s is amazing.”

From £50 notes to £65,549 – Enterprising Charity

Tonight’s @stnichhospice Accumulator Challenge really shows what is possible when Enterprise and Charity combine. 52 teams were given a £50 note. After 3 months months of skateathon, toddler fetes, Zumbathons, chocolate sales, bbq sales, biking challenges and various other activities over £65,549 was raised for St Nicholas Hospice.
The top 3 teams raised £20,275 from just £150, that’s a 13500% return! Congratulations to everyone who took part, the winners Jacobs Allen, runners up Curve Motion and Center Parcs
The St Nicholas Hospice organisers including Abby Mayes and Towergate who donnated the 52 x £50 notes can be especially proud of what they have achieved.