All That Glitters Jewellery Challenge

Jan Leeming

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Shoreham Airshow 2007
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.

All that Glitters - Jewellery Challenge

Date: 7th May 2021

I suppose I should have expected Press reaction to my Blog and Tweet regarding my chagrin at seeing virtually all of my Proposal with regard to ‘Jewellery Challenge’ replicated on BBC TV as All That Glitters.

With the press you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

I spoke to a charming journalist from the Daily Telegraph and she dealt with the story very sympathetically. Obviously many details were omitted because journalists are always up against word count.

This is a link to what she wrote.!preferred/0/package/592/pub/592/page/20/article/171041

The Daily Mail piggy-backed on the story but we won’t bother with that.

I’ve written at length how I saw the project of ‘Jewellery Challenge’ but one element was omitted and that is what I will still attempt to have made into a short series.

I think it will be my last effort with regard to TV programmes. I’ve worked on many projects over the years but found it well nigh impossible to progress them and eventually you run out of steam.

I return to where I began - Decades ago if you had an idea for a TV programme you could, as an ordinary member of the public, approach a Commissioning Editor and if that person thought the idea had legs it would be passed around the Production teams and rather like a game of Rugby - the ball would have been picked up and run with.

Now this is not possible. You have to approach a Production Company of which there are legions and discuss your project - so ideas are no longer your property alone. The Companies in turn have to approach the Commissioning Editors so at every step of the way people are privy to what you suggested so there’s virtually no way you can protect your intellectual property.

A Production Company would need to produce a Prototype to present to the Editors - an expensive process. (I did make a simple Video and posted it on YouTube even before I sent my project to the BBC in 2017) I’ve neither influential friends nor the wherewithal to make a proper demonstration video

I had enough work and stress attempting to get a Documentary made about the WW2 Free French Pilot René Mouchotte - a fascinating story of a brave and honourable man who wrote diaries which were published and on which I based my research which took me from the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne, to Belgium, to France and the fascinating cemetery of Père Lachaise outside Paris and to having his missing Battle of Britain medals presented to his family in the Ambassadorial Residence in Paris by the then Ambassador -Sir now Lord Peter Ricketts.

My project was rejected by The History Channel who declared it was a Military Subject; it was rejected by the Biography Channel and Yesterday said Mouchotte wasn’t ‘famous enough’. BBC 2 and BBC 4 sat on it for months and then turned it down. Finally by sheer chance I met a retired BBC Director who knew the Kent local Commissioning Editor. Off and on I’d done 6 years of research which I was happy to hand over to the BBC. Eventually I researched, wrote and presented the short documentary ‘Searching for René’ for BBC South East. It was always a Labour of Love and was the piece of work of which I am most proud out of 5 decades working in Television. The subject could easily have filled a half hour (or even an hour) but I was happy for small mercies and at 15 minutes the documentary exceeded the usual ‘Inside Out’ slot of 5 minutes.

(Mouchotte’s grandfather started the famous Duvelleroy Fan Business in Paris in 1825 - newly resurrected by 2 young French girls and thriving)

‘Searching for René

If you are interested in Jewellery and History - please wish me luck with my last project.

Best wishes to you all, Jan x


Gave away most of my work.  Attended Jewellery and Silversmithing classes.

Biscuit holder was the first and only time I tried 'Piercing' .  The little box took many weeks of classes

The ring and bracelet  - I did get help with the stone setting which is a very complicated process.  You would be surprised how inexpensive are semi precious stones.



All that Glitters -   Jewellery Challenge

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