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Have you been in a TV audience?

The ones I can remember were:

• An episode of The Graham Norton Show in 2009. I only went because David Tennant was a guest as it was his last year of Doctor Who, but Johnny Vegas was also a good guest as was Alison Moyet who sang live there too.

• The One Ronnie in 2010. It was an okay recording, but Ronnie actually fell down some steps at one point which was quite worrying. Mainly seemed like a Lucas and Walliams produced show at the time, but there were some good sketches alongside some rubbish ones which never aired. I wrote a review here:

• Technically not the same thing but was in the “audience” for a split second in a scene for series 1 of Psychoville. I remembered it being filmed in an old theatre at Elephant and Castle and it was very hot, so much so that someone fainted while standing up before we went in. Probably my worse experience.

• Several episodes of QI. Thanks to good fortune, I did manage to see names like Emma Thompson and Barry Humphries, and also got into the green room after one of the shows and got some pictures with Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, Dara Ó Briain and producer John Lloyd. I did actually get a phone call from Lloyd completely out of the blue when at work about something and did go and see a one man show of him. I think I still have his old mobile number but he’s no doubt both changed it and forgotten me since...

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BBC Oneness - idents and presentation

On a whim, I decided to email Martin Lambie-Nairn at his new company, M L-N, and jokingly asked:

Hi Martin,

Is there a way you can possibly liaise to the BBC Creative team? The idents for both BBC One and BBC Two are simply appalling!

Kind regards,

Glenn Reuben

Obviously, I knew it was a stupid question and didn't expect a reply, but lo and behold, the man did...

Hi Glenn,

I cannot remember if I responded to you re. your email about BBC 1 and BBC2 new dents.

Am currently in Brazil with limited email etc. But now am able to respond.

You ask if I have influence with the BBC design department. The simple answer is no. Even when I was creative director for brand at the BBC, I had no influence over the internal design department. That is why everything designed by me and my people was also produced by us.

However, the real answer to your question is is to be found elsewhere than amongst designers, internal or external.

On my departure from the BBC the Marketing people assumed responsibility for branding. Creativity became the servant of these people who held the budget and therefore the say so. Since that time the BBC has produces nothing of interest.

I still have not seen the work you refer to, but you are not the only person to contact me with the same comments. I can only assume that the same creative management holds sway and as long as it does the creative reputation, so hard won, will continue to disintegrate.

It is a shame, but creative leadership in the area of branding is in the hands of people who have budgets but absolutely no idea of how to judge or design great an effective work. Worst still they have no desire to listen.

However, these things come round again.

My experience is that one day someone with vision will wake up and realise that the systems and people who manage creativity in this area are not equipped to do so and changes will be made.

Maybe next time you may get a crack.