what really goes on at the BBC…

11 May

my brother works in post-production at the BBC. he often gets asked to find stills or archived footage, and forwarded me this email that he’d received the other day:

Hi All

Urgently looking for a still of Richard E Grant, naked, clutching a fish.

If anyone can help please could they email me asap.



although I don't have a clue what picture the poor girl was searching for, I did find this shocker of actress Greta Scacchi molesting a fish. I hope she finished with it before it suffocated

what I love about this is its outstanding lack of irony in the face of absolute and complete obscurity.

the girl is clearly panicking, she’s probably had an intimidating producer airily fire at her, “oh, and darling, get me that still of Richard E…you know, the one where he’s holding a fish…”, and, not wanting to appear moronic, has nodded like this was the most natural request in the world, sat back at her desk, hyperventilated, then wept, then banged out a terse email to similar lowlifes who will understand the predicament she’s in and preserve her job for another day by finding the wretched thing.

the choice of the word “clutching” is the icing on the cake.

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8 Responses to “what really goes on at the BBC…”

  1. iratepete May 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    you got some funny shit going on, keep it up!

    i love to hear what shenanigans our TV licenses are paying for…

    • theproducerexperiment May 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

      Russell Brand and Wossy have finally been out-scandalized…by Richard E and Greta…whoever would have thought it?

  2. theotherhalf May 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    LOL! I first read this post yesterday, then had to come back and have another peak today. It’s been making me chuckle so much. Great post!

    • theproducerexperiment May 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

      thanks for the great comment, and for revisiting…the blog’s almost a week old now, so needs all the support it can get!

      • theproducerexperiment May 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

        and I have to agree, I’ve never received a forwarded email that’s made me grin so much. so short, so sweet, so completely inappropriate. nice one Auntie!

      • randy_howard May 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

        Lol, the crazy shit people will do to preserve their careers. BTW, as a young Yank fresh outta undergrad, I worked in a pub on Great Portland St. I got the sense that the axe could fall on the BBC Radio 4 guys any minute. Naturally, many of them opted for the spirits. Keep up the good work, bro!

  3. theproducerexperiment May 20, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    the BBC is a funny bag, it simultaneously is unwilling to support very new talent, but also very quick to drop those who have been around it too long. it’s kind of like a kid in the playground who has self-esteem issues, and can’t bear being thought of as a bit odd for breaking with the norm.

    which pub? hear any juicy stories?

  4. pienbiscuits May 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Richard E Grant really didn’t deserve that treatment – and neither did the fish!

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