All That Glitters Bbc Series First Programme

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ALL THAT GLITTERS - BBC series - First Programme

Date: 14th April 2021


As you know I have a vested interest in this programme having made the same - or similar - approach with the idea to the BBC in 2017. It is well night impossible to Patent an idea. I was asked if I’d be happy to have my Proposal passed to a Production Company with whom the BBC were having talks. A few months later, I was told the idea had hit the buffers and thought no more about it. Not the first time I’ve been disappointed or missed out in 50 years of broadcasting. I’ve often been ahead of the curve having made Food Programmes in the 80’s which never hit the National Screens and also a Regional ‘Cook Back in Time’ combination of Cookery and History which again didn’t make it to National TV but has since been produced in a similar style.

So, as you can imagine, I watched All that Glitters last night NOT with an open mind:) and very much of a vested interest.

All, but two, of the elements I’d suggested in my original Proposal were there but with a few alterations which I do not feel enhanced the Programme.

Having attended Jewellery and Silversmithing Classes for many years, my concept was to have participants taking part in the Challenge who were hghly competent but not professional - so that the programme might encourage members of the public to consider taking up jewellery or silversmithing as a hobby and even a way of making some pocket money. (Most of the Challenge programmes from Baking to Sewing have engendered interest in the Crafts displayed and a desire to  ‘have a go’)

Last night the participants were more than capable. The pieces they produced were extremely well executed but of a standard which, I believe, would have deterred a beginner. The bespoke piece could well have been purchased in a High Class Jewellery Shop costing many hundreds. 

At my classes, it was lovely to see the progress we all made and how proficient many became. One very old lady of 90+ who’d been attending classes for over 20 years produced a superb Silver bracelet incorporating beautifully set stones and patterned piercing. It was so beautiful I asked if she would make one for me on commission. She declined saying she didn’t think it was good enough. It certainly would and I’d have been happy to pay several hundreds for it in a shop.

I had suggested two Famous Jewellery Designers as judges and would have chosen flamboyant designers like Andrew Logan or more traditional but still unusual designers like Wendy Ramshaw - they'd have injected Colour into the programme

Sorry to be so critical but I’d never heard of last night's judges and they were both rather dull. There was no warmth or fun emanating from them. In fact the gentleman looked as though he was bored and would rather be somewhere else. It was interesting to read that the female had never been traditionally taught.

As for the Presenter - a comedian- heaven knows why she was chosen except that other Challenge programmes are using Comedians and Actors and Producers rarely think outside the box. She knew nothing about jewellery and made a few smutty remarks.

I would love to have seen more engagement with the participants

So what were the missing elements which I’d presented. Well one of them I’m keeping under my hat because there could still be a series made of that one element. Though if All That Glitters kills interest in Jewellery, my proposal will struggle to find a market.

The other element was that I’d suggested, as a prize for the overall winner, a possible one year apprenticeship with one of the Jewellery Designer Judges.

Maybe, in a future programme a prize might be announced but I’m not sure I could sit through another 5 programmes. 

In my humble opinion, most of today's producers don't appear to understand that Presenting and Interviewing is a job in itself.  Actors should act, Comedians should stick to comedy and if you want to elicit information from a guest, use a presenter/interviewer.  That being said some, Actors do make good presenters but many don't.  There's one male actor whom I greatly admire as an actor but his voice, when not being seen, is too weak for presenting documentaries - again - simply my opinion.

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