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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.

 

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

GREETINGS to my followers

Date: 30th January 2019

Dear All, 

Apologies for neglecting you for so long but I’ve been busy working on a project and I also find that Twitter is taking up more time than it should.

I tend to report goings on through Twitter because I have to keep my news to very limited characters. As I’m verbose and tend to write essays on my Website it takes much longer.

If you are interested in keeping up to date my Twitter account is @Jan_Leeming and I’ll be pleased to welcome you on board.

I’ve had no travel to report as, sadly, Just You didn’t renew my Ambassadorship this year. However I did have some great adventures with the company and am grateful for my 2 years with them. Needless to say I’ve not been doing that amount of travelling so haven’t got any shots of beautiful places to share with you.

My Project is something I thought about 10 years ago and simply couldn’t get any company in the UK to take it on board. Then through Twitter I became friends with an English man living in the States who ‘believed in me’. He’s put together a website and I’ve funded a promo which will probably be active by the end of the week and then dropped into the web. I’m afraid I’ve become very cynical in my old age and TV ideas are very easy to ‘crib’ (have had it done before and it’s very difficult to copyright an idea). Consequently the Website can only be opened with a password which I shall jealously guard??

However, if the idea is picked up and goes into production then I shall tell all. Please wish me luck - everyone to whom I’ve told the story can’t understand why the idea hasn’t been grabbed. Sadly everything has changed so much. In the old days of BBC1, BBC2 and ITV anyone could write to a Commissioning Editor with a suggestion - if the Editor thought it might work the proposal would be passed down to production and often the idea would be taken up and the programme made. Now, one cannot approach a Commissioning Editor - it has to be done through a Production Company of which there are legions and one simply doesn’t know who to approach. The more people you approach and tell about the idea the more chance you have of it being ‘stolen’.

It would be wonderful if the series gets made in the States - they actually fund series very well and pay ‘real money’. My prime aim is to see my idea come to fruition.

I had the same problem when I tried to have a documentary made about the Free French pilot #RenéMouchotte. I spent 6 years - on and off - researching and visiting France and Belgium where he was laid to rest after washing up on a beach at Westende near Middlekerke. He was repatriated and lies in his family tomb in #PèreLachaise Cemetery in Paris. It was in the tomb that I left a letter and was contacted by a member of his family and the rest, as they say, is history.

I sent the proposal to Yesterday who turned it down saying he wasn’t ‘famous’ enough. The History Channel said it was Military - it wasn’t - it was the story of a very courageous Man. BBC2 and BBC4 sat on it for months and then turned it down. Finally I met someone who knew the Commissioning Editor for BBC South East and I got a short documentary spot on the Regional Programme ‘Inside Out’. The inserts are usually only 6 to 7 minutes long but the Producer couldn’t get it below 15 minutes - the viewing figures that week doubled!!!!!! Then BBCSouth East ‘gave’ the programme to BBC South and BBC North. All in all about 1 million people saw it.

I’m so please that all my hard work paid off and René got some of the recognition he deserved but the story really needed at least a half hour. ‘Searching for René’ remains the piece of work of which I am most proud during my 50 years in Television. I researched, wrote and presented it.

If my new Project take off, I shall be over the moon. It will also prove that so many in the TV industry do not ‘think outside the box’.

See - once I get going at the keyboard, I write and write and write.??

Please do have a look on Twitter - @Jan_Leeming - there’s so much of interest on there.
 

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