Thursday, December 13, 2007

I made the BBC

I was included in a recent news story for the BBC on the Writers Strike. Like all kids growing up in Los Angeles my goal was to someday appear on the BBC. Actually my goal was to guest on THE AVENGERS and play a love scene with Diana Rigg but this is pretty cool too. You can find it here if you're interested.

Cheerio.

20 comments:

The Crutnacker said...

Levine Live at the Beeb

I'd buy that CD.

Julie O'Hora said...

Now that you're internationally famous and stuff, I bet Diana Rigg's on the phone to her agent begging to play a love scene with "that youthful Hollywood blogger guy."

The Curmudgeon said...

That was your goal too?

Ah, Mrs. Peel... if only she would....

Bob said...

What kind of Mac is that you're using? You should get a job with Apple's marketing division because you convinced me to buy a Mac in earlier posts. I had an SE/30 about 20 years ago, but was forced to use another type of computer about 15 years ago. Now I have the black MacBook.

John said...

Tonight the Beeb was doing a story on the baseball steroid scandal, and the person they picked to analyze it for overseas audiences was "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer. Don't know how that reflects on the BBC picking you to explain the writer's strike, Ken, but it was an interesting choice (though to be fair, Bob's brother Tom was the Texas Rangers' GM in the 1990s).

maven said...

Really cool, Ken!

RAC said...

The BBC knows who the movers and shakers are - keep on blogging! The studios cannot stop the tidal wave of support the writers are getting from the great unwashed.

Jaded and Cynical said...

Alas, it's not the BBC of your childhood.

This year the corporation has admitted fixing phone-in competitions. And they even edited a documentary out of sequence to make the Queen look bad. Her Majesty was not amused.

Still, is it too much to expect that you might wear a tie?

Christina said...

That's totally cool! I love the BBC - they sound smarter than us.

VP81955 said...

About five years ago, I interviewed the great character actor William Schallert, who told me that in the early fifties, when he was studying in Europe on a Fulbright scholarship, he was offered a job as a newsreader for the BBC World Service, but had to turn it down over salary. Had it not been for a few pounds a week, we night have never had Mr. Pomfret ("Dobie Gillis"), the admiral on "Get Smart," or Patty Duke's father.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Did you know Omid Djalili now has a stand-up/sketch show on BBC one? I saw the first one and although his stand-up is hilarious, he could have used you on the sketches...

The Crutnacker said...

Did you know that the BBC has created their own knock off of The Office. They've even copied some of the scripts from the American version.

Must not of done well though. Didn't run but two or three seasons.

I also saw that guy from House on there. He does an incredible British accent.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

When I lived in the Bronx in 1965 my kid sister's friend babysat for William Shallert's kids. The kid was a looker, too. Shallert was no fool.

Gail Renard said...

Mazel tov! That was the BBC licence fee well spent for a change. You wanted to play a love scene with Diana Rigg; I wanted to BE her! To this day, I kick open doors.

Dwacon® said...

I remember how the BBC would remind you, at the end of their broadcast day, to turn off your telly. As if!

I'd leave mine on in protest. Funny, poltergeist never came when that happened. I supposed they were turned off by the lack of sunlight and food boiled beyond recognition.

Alaskaray said...

Hey Ken. Is that the same computer you had in college?

Ray

jbryant said...

William Schallert was kind of a cult fave among me and my buddies in college. We always joked about starting a newsletter called "Schallert Alert." "Dobie Gillis" is just about my favorite show ever. Schallert seemed to work a lot with Walter Matthau, too, and has a good little part opposite him in Don Siegel's excellent "Charley Varrick."

Paul Duca said...

Ken, to be accurate...THE AVENGERS aired on one of the regional/timesharing components of what was then Britain's only commercial TV network, ITV.
It was produced for the Associated British Corporation, or as it was known, ABC (not to be confused with the Down Under ABC--Australian Broadcasting Company). That must be why NBC or CBS didn't pick it up for the Colonies, although they aired THE SAINT and SECRET AGENT, respectively.

And to VP and Jbryant...agree with you totally about William Schallert. I think they should use CGI to put him in shows even after he leaves this mortal coil.
Who else can boast a resume spanning STAR TREK and MELROSE PLACE, THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY and MY NAME IS EARL, DICK VAN DYKE and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (not to mention both the big and small screen versions of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT)?

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