A few comments / queries.
Firstly, I note the timing - May / June with a Bank Holiday and more to the point Half Term. Also it's the run up to / start of GCSE, A level and Degree exams. This timing will make it rather awkward for those with children to attend - especially where the children are taking public exams. Further a lot of large companies give holiday preference around school holiday time to those with children. Thus your applications may be predominately from the Retired and Self Employed. Not sure how representative this would be of the hobby as a whole.
Secondly - you don't indicate how large a team should be. Nor do you indicate if single applicants would be accepted and merged into a team.
Thirdly, you don't mention tools; will these be supplied or should contestants bring their own? Other making competitions seem to supply tools required. Depending on how materials are supplied etc., trestles, saw tables, band saws and pillar drills are difficult to transport. For significant baseboard construction these can be useful timesavers. Otherwise building on an unfamiliar baseboard structure could disadvantage a team.
Finally, I note your domain ".tv" - how are things in Tuvalu? ;~)
I can see what you're saying - however, I doubt if there would be too many times in the year when it would be possible to fit in with everyone. As you suggest, even the long school summer vacation might be a problem for some people. Ultimately, the production company just had to pick some time in the year - and run with it.
As for size of teams, that's also been spelt out - effectively reckon on 7 people who either know each other or can at least get on with each other - that's 6 for the main team, plus a reliable reserve. The production company have made it clear that they don't have a problem with virtual teams (formed via sites like this one) - and it's no secret that at least one such team has been "green lighted" - judging by various comments, both on this site and at "Ally Pally", I suspect there might be more.
Pretty much all of your questions are answered in this thread. As far as getting participants the C4 great glen project both recruited and filmed during the same part of last year. They didn’t seem to have any issues with the diversity of ages and personalities chosen.
.TV domains are gaining popularity within media to identify channels and broadcasters/production companies, the same way that a .co domain doesn’t have to come from Columbia
Anyway, some people might suggest that domain names aren't the only stuff being exported from Colombia. There are also cash crops - like coffee, for instance ... .
I think this is a great project. Unfortunately I can’t take part due to other commitments but maybe next year if it is a success. I wish all the best for those who do get involved.
I'm certain that a number of people are determined to ensure that this exercise is a resounding success this year.
Assuming that this exercise also runs next year, I suspect that a number of people might be very interested in hearing from you - and hopefully seeing you - next year.
Anyway, returning to this year's challenge, Phil's interview was interesting - even if, inevitably, some stuff is yet to be announced.
For example, as yet, there's no mention of who the experts / judges are likely to be - or who'll be fronting the programmes. It'll be interesting to find out in due course.
Also interesting will be the background music on the programmes. In view of this series being produced by the same company who do "GPs Behind Closed Doors", I trust we won't be treated to 5 second snatches of "The Devil's Galop" or everyone's favourite*, "Coronation Scot".
(* Well, I say "everyone's favourite" - I wonder how true this might be for D&E modellers ... .)
You could just about imagine efforts to inject tension into programmes: Just before an ad break, one team's build reaches a critical point - so we get a burst of some ominous sounding music, while a narrator excitedly invites viewers to wonder if the team's efforts will pay off in time, or be derailed by their dastardly rivals.** "Stay tuned after the break to find out ... ."
(**What the narrator doesn't tell you is that this break also corresponds to the end of a day's filming. All the teams are actually heading to the nearest boozer, which just happens to be a Wetherspoons. It's Thursday - so it's "Curry Club" night - with a hot meal washed down with some "nourishing beverages" and a friendly chat.)
Joking aside, a lot of people are looking forward to this series - people taking part - manufacturers seeing this as a chance to showcase their wares - plus a large number of viewers.
Anyway, I trust that everyone's going to give this series a chance - I'm sure it'll be worth the wait.
Edited by Huw Griffiths, 03 April 2018 - 14:59 .