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So yesterday was the recording of the final taping of Tonight's the Night.

Have to say that as much of a joy as it's been to watch each taping (especially as the show sadly just isn't coming across as well on tv as it does live) I won't miss spending every Sunday sat on the pavement outside the BBC waiting to get in!

This week we got production tickets which was a bit of a bonus which meant that we could sit wherever we wanted in the studio - yay! Production tickets for the win.

The taping itself it has to be said was an incredibly disjointed affair. They were filming sections to slot in to different episodes which meant that John was very very focused (although he kept making errors with the autocue because of all the chopping and changing) and he had to kept changing his outfit for continuity purposes.

The first wish was a young Northern Irish girl called Georgina Cocking who had struggled with cancer her whole life. She was surprised at her school by the cast of HIgh School Musical (her favourite film) and then came down to the show where she performed a dance routine with the cast. She was incredibly cute in her little cheerleader outfit and it was a nice start to the show.

The other main wish of the week was a 24 year old woman who had inherited unbelievably unlucky genes. 9 out of 10 women in her family had developed breast cancer so after being tested and discovering that she had the gene which would make her prone to developing cancer she took the decision in her early twenties to have a double mastectomy. Which was an incredibly brave thing to do. Since then she had raised something like £100,000 for breast cancer charities. Her mother had set her up on the grounds that she had overcome all the challenges in her life without ever acting as if they were challenges. The girl loved Strictly Come Dancing so her mother wanted her to perform with one of the stars. John disguised himself as a Latino dance star (complete with spray on black trousers, open shirt, sun glasses and what looked like his Davina McCall wig from Friday Night Project) and went to the radio station where she worked as a presenter. I have to say to me he was very recognisable as John Barrowman in a wig (nowhere near as good a disguise as the outfit he wore when he dressed up as "Benny" to surprise the woman who performed with Mamma Mia) but then you're not really expecting John Barrowman to show up at your place of work are you! John was quite amusing with his "Latin" accent and killer Latino dance moves. Equally amusing was the fact that the woman was facing away from him when John was removing his disguise and it did take her a while to work out what was going on. Her very dead pan co-presenter was equally amusing.

She danced with James something or other (I don't really watch Strictly and my favourite dancer is Anton Du Beke anyway) and looked incredibly gorgeous in her burnt orange dress with sparkly sequins. I'd like to tell you how brilliantly she danced but can't because they made the (rather foolish imo) decision to have the live music that they danced to be provided by John who sang Moon River. When John is singing I do tend to block out anything that's, well, not John. He sang it phenomenally well and it was a nice moment but I fear that he might get criticised for making her wish all about him.

We also finally got to see the VT clips of the Doctor Who competition where people created their own aliens and monsters in order to get the chance to appear in a Doctor Who sketch specially written by Russell T Davies. The "aliens" had to appear in front of a panel of judges comprised of John, Denise Van Outen and Doctor Who casting director Andy Pryor. The monsters had to do things like tell the panel their names and backstory (what planet they were from etc) as well as act out the lyrics to I Will Survive in a menacing alien way. The VT clips were funny (although granted a lot of the humour came from watching John's response to them) but they were also far too short. You didn't get to see all the competitors or see the tests that they had to do to progress in the competition. If they were going to bother running the contest they should have featured the outfits in much more detail and devoted a bit more of the show to it (especially as the VT clips essentially replaced "Stage Fright").

Even if they hadn't bought on the winner at the beginning of the show you could tell very easily who the winner was from the clips. Great ,simple design very nicely carried off. Although I did really like the guy who made the top 3 who had a green and white costume (Dorak I think?) who I believe was sat behind us at the previous show. He amused the hell out of John at the first audition (he was wearing brown leather loafers with his costume and when John picked up on it randomly said that they were to stop him falling over on his yacht which had John in hysterics. ) and just came across as a very endearing personality.

The actual Doctor Who clip was great. They had Captain Jack coming across the alien in the Tardis who initially claims that he's the regenerated Doctor. Much amusing flirting ensues until the fact that he has a weapon on his arm clues Jack into the fact that he's a villain at which point they start fighting. Half way through the death threats and fighting David Tennant dressed in off duty clothes (including bright orange t-shirt) randomly walks on the set and asks "John" what he's doing. Both John and alien then sheepishly admit that they're just playing around on the Tardis set. David tells John that "It's my Tardis. Mine" before miming that he's keeping an eye on the alien before walking off at which point they switch back to being Jack and the alien fighting each other.

Very funny and very nicely done. The guy was clearly bowled over to be there and didn't expect Tennant to be there = he was a late addition and he nearly keeled over when Tennant appeared behind him. So worth it for the very nice clip but otherwise they just didn't show enough of the contest to really make it worthwhile televising it.

We also got the finale of workplace wonders with the waitresses against the plumbers. The waitresses sang Stop by the Spice Girls and the plumbers sang Crazy Little Thing Called Love. I think it would be fair to say that if they had both auditioned for Simon Cowell over at Britain's Got Talent they would have been met with the red buzzer of doom within 30 seconds but the plumbers gave the better performance on the night (the waitresses were fairly weak and completely drowned out by the band at times) and were crowned the champions.

And won....absolutely nothing.

Nothing. Zip. Nada.

Honestly what on earth was the point of it? You would have thought that the Beeb would have coughed up say £1000 of music vouchers so the winning band could buy music equipment or if they wanted to be cheap a trophy but not to win anything was just silly. I have to say that if the series gets renewed (ratings fell from last week and it didn't beat Primeval in its time slot this week but I imagine it's a pretty cheap show to make and it's getting a respectable enough audience so fingers crossed) Workplace Wonders is the first segment that should go. If it's not going to be voted for by the public and if there's no real prize it's a bit pointless. Also it has to be said the performances are coming across as a great deal more ropey on tv than they are live (the paramedics came across as really good when we watched them live - on tv they sounded horrendously out of tune) which just leaves the performers open to ridicule. I think if they got rid of it it would leave the other segments a bit more room to breathe.

The audience surprise this week was a "cool Maths teacher" who looked rather unhappy when he was surprised (watching John try to convince him that it would be fine and he'd have a great time was hilarious) but was actually a really brilliant sport and really got into it. He had to do a dance routine with the cast of High School Musical - which mostly involved him having to do various moves with a basketball. He was deadpan and very very funny and acquitted himself rather well.

In between takes we got the sing off section between members of the audience (although again they didn't actually have a chance to give out any pressies but Stuart's "bottle of bubbly" is just a kid's bottle of bubble bath anyway!). After last week John stayed well out of reach when people started singing - didn't want to get involved at all which was very understandable! A young boy went first singing "You Raise Me Up" which was cute. A girl in the audience with a killer blues voice sang "Get Happy" and was absolutely brilliant - John was very impressed with her and said it showed "there was a little bit of Judy inside everyone!" John encouraged Lolly - who I believe was the girl who sang Part of Your World dressed as a mermaid with Jodie Prenger in the Pilot (and who got replaced for the live shows by the girl with the lame story about having found herself a surrogate granny - which was harsh as Lolly was a better singer) to sing and she was very impressive for a young girl.

However I think the audience performance of the series has to go to the geeky, incredibly tall guy who sang Any Dream Will Do (or as he called it I Close My Eyes) with all the audience as his backing singers "ahhh ahhh" ing in the right places. He couldn't sing a note, got all the words wrong and yet was absolutely brilliant. John was in hysterics on stage.

John also sang Hero (swoon!) with warm up guy Stuart (well more like at him really there was much cuddling and fake emotive looks of love!) which was both brilliant and funny.

Not much time for messing about between takes this time though - Scott (who was looking unbelievably fine in a dark t-shirt and jeans - very buff!) got introduced and very reluctantly stood up and flipped John the bird when asked to do something which was very funny.

And apart from Hero and Moon River we also got 3 other songs from John which was an immense bonus. He sung Heaven to slot into a different show. There were quite a few problems with the dry ice and John had to perform it twice as all he could hear was himself in his ear piece rather than whatever he needed but it's not exactly a chore to hear him sing twice! He also sang One Night Only (said he always wanted to be a Dreamgirl!) which we got 2 and a half times with John stopping one of the performances half way through as he was unhappy. That was accompanied by another very complex dance routine with his J8 girls in amazing sparkly sequinned dresses. And he ended the show with Living La Vida Loca complete with very energetic dance routine which he couldn't quite pull off as his trousers were too tight and he forgot to sing at one point!

So a bit of a disjointed end to the series but here's hoping there is another one.

And onto the tour which I expect to be a mix of powerful ballads (like Heaven and From a Distance) and elaborate dance routines with his J8's (during which he will be a nightmare to photograph as I can't see him standing still for 2 seconds!) Bring it on!

Date: 2009-04-27 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] academia4me.livejournal.com
Looking at a buff Scott is always a nice way to spend an evening - the man should have been a model :D

I'm so desperate for the tour to start it's ridiculous. I'm not looking forward to all the travelling, but the end result will be worth it. How many days to go?!

Date: 2009-04-27 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hab318princess.livejournal.com
wow, your review is so wonderfully detailed (and I'm off now to change the song title I got so horribly wrong!)

thanks for sharing your memories with us!

Date: 2009-04-27 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aresnz.livejournal.com
Thank you for all the reviews for all the shows for TTN. How lovely to see Scott..Mr Buff himself too. What did John ask him to do? (if you can share) I too think it's sad the workplace winners got nothing for winning. That is definitely one area, should the show be renewed, that should be axed; in total agreement with you there. Ohhh..cannot wait to see the monster clips. Having DT make a surprise appearance must have been great to see.

Again, thanks for all the insights in the taping of the shows. AND..for sharing your memories from these shows. Well done. Take care.


DW clip

Date: 2009-04-27 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toome1.livejournal.com
I thought it was a rule when going to recordings not to give away things about a show??

I found your blogs out of curiosity googling for barrowman tonights the night doctor who, so now know exactly what the dw bit will be all about. Sure others will find it as well?.

Re: DW clip

Date: 2009-04-27 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fairyd123.livejournal.com
No it's not a rule that you're not allowed to give out any info about a show. I'm not press - there's no confidentiality contract, I'm a random member of the public and everything is under a LJ cut for a reason.

It was your choice to click and read and indeed your choice to continue reading until the end - the description of the clip comes after I'd started discussing the monster competition. If you started reading and realised that you didn't want to read anymore as you didn't want to be spoiled? Well that's what the back button is for.

Re: DW clip

Date: 2009-04-28 07:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toome1.livejournal.com
OK, point taken about no specific clause, though I'm surprised. I wouldn't have thought the BBC (or any other channel for that matter) would want everything known in advance about their programmes.

BTW your reports weren't under any 'cut'. I just googled blogs and found your blogs about the recordings.

Re: DW clip

Date: 2009-04-28 09:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fairyd123.livejournal.com
An LJ cut refers to the fact that when you go to the blog entry you have to actually click on the single line of text before you can read the entry. This means that it isn't posted uncut where anyone who happens to be scrolling by might see it and be spoiled by accident. If you found my blog by googling (and the entry that comes up by doing the search you indicated is the entry for the fourth show not this one) you'd need to click on the latest entry and then click on the cut line to read. You must have done both to read it and then indeed you continued to read past the sentence which said "The actual Doctor Who clip was great". I think had I been reading and didn't want to know anything else that would have been the point at which I would have back buttoned out of the entry.

Any show filmed in front of an audience will inevitably be posted about somewhere on the internet. Neither the BBC, nor any other broadcaster cares about that. If people had taken photographs, video or audio of the show prior to broadcast and put that up on the net that would be very different but an actual description of a show? Noone cares.

Re: DW clip

Date: 2009-04-28 12:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toome1.livejournal.com
Out of curiosity I just checked what would happen if I googled the blogs just for David Tennant - and your entry currently appears at the bottom of the first page of the search results (sorted by date) with the words visible ...
"Teardrops - Tonight's the Night - Show 6 13 hours ago by fairyd123
Half way through the death threats and fighting David Tennant dressed in off duty clothes (incuding bright orange t-shirt) randomly walks on the set and asks "John" what he's doing. Both John and alien then sheepishly admit that they're ..."

Anyway I won't be posting any more here, I just wanted to make the point that the LJ cut dosen't always seem to work as you intend it to, and that anyone looking for DT stuff wouldn't have to do multiple clicks to find it!

Re: DW clip

Date: 2009-04-28 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fairyd123.livejournal.com
If you google blog search David Tennant and entries from the last day my entry comes up on the second page (and probably going lower in the search rankings as I type) - so to read it you would need to (a) be searching for blogs about David Tennant, (b) scroll down to the 13th entry and (c) click on the actual entry to read the details for it. Yes the brief paraphrase tells you that David Tennant appears on Tonight's the Night but that's all.

I can't protect everyone on the internet from being inadvertently spoiled. The information is cut for those scrolling on LJ (which I assume from your comments you're pretty unfamiliar with) which means that they can't see the info without clicking, you would need to specifically be trawling blog search engines for Tennant info to even find the entry (and if you're specifically trawling blog entries how do you avoid being spoiled for the new specials when google could just as easily lift spoiler details from an entry as the paraphrased info?) and you still need to actually click on the entry to read the description of the Doctor Who clip.

I've taken the precautions that I can to stop people reading about the Who clip if they didn't want to but ultimately its the reader's responsibility to use a little plain old common sense. If you came across the entry on google, read the paragraph paraphrasing the entry and realised you didn't want to know that why did you then click on the actual entry and read it?

Re: DW clip

Date: 2009-06-12 10:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tintop-lizzy.livejournal.com
I agree with your patience in explaining this. Actually I'm amazed. Very amazed that there are still Who-vers getting milage out of dissing CJH via dissing JB. And sad.

Yay you.xx

Date: 2009-04-28 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caseykc44.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for all your reviews of the taping of TTN. I'm in the states so can't go so I really appreciate all the info. Makes me feel almost like I've been there too.
I've really enjoyed reading your commentary on these shows and getting all the inside info on the behind the things that will never air. Makes me look forward even more to seeing the episodes. Thanks again.

Date: 2009-04-28 06:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chandlershaw.livejournal.com
You Raise Me Up surely sweetie.

Date: 2009-04-28 09:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fairyd123.livejournal.com
Mind knew it was You Raise Me Up fingers appeared to have typed "reach" - clearly my fingers are muppets.

Date: 2009-04-28 08:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kampffenhoff.livejournal.com
Thank you very much for your reports. However, would you please explain to this dim German some parts of the following sentence

Scott (who was looking unbelievably fine in a dark t-shirt and jeans - very buff!) got introduced and very reluctantly stood up and flipped John the bird when asked to do something which was very funny.

Buff and flipped John the Bird????


Date: 2009-04-28 09:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fairyd123.livejournal.com
Buff - handsome, fit.

Flipped the bird - stuck his middle finger up at John in a rude gesture.

Urban dictionary is quite useful for this sort of thing.

Date: 2009-04-28 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kampffenhoff.livejournal.com
Thanks. For some reason I thought Buff meant naked---I asked my next door neighbor and that's what she said it was and I said it couldn't be--however, she is from South Africa!!!!!!!!!!

I tried asking my toddlers {joke} but they didn't know either---my 10 year old said it was a color---

Date: 2009-04-28 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fairyd123.livejournal.com
Buff has several meanings - can mean fit or can mean a beigey colour or if used in the sentence "in the buff" can mean nude.

I think you need to find youself a good dictionary web site that can help you with these questions.

Date: 2009-04-28 02:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kampffenhoff.livejournal.com
Yes, I have a huge dictionary German/English that has some slang in it, it is a bit old though. If I can get BJ to take a nap, I'll have a look, however, I seem never to get around to doing these things----

Thanks for your speedy answer--

Date: 2009-04-28 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anjelmati.livejournal.com
Thank you for all your reviews of TTN.I don't mind spoilers and will watch anyway.The descriptions of the audience doing their thing sounds great:I well remember tv being transmitted live,and this may be what's missing from some of today's shows,the electricity and rawness and energy that gets lost with everything being tidied up so that it loses any life it had.My new Radio Times tells me of a new Graham Norton show for the summer on Saturdays-"live music,famous guests and,for the studio audience,the knowledge that their own possessions c/be used on the show.Interactivity with viewers at home..."Can the BBC run two shows that have similar elements?

Date: 2009-04-28 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fairyd123.livejournal.com
I think Tonight's the Night would benefit hugely from being aired live. But it would put immense stress on John and the "wish performers" as well. The staging would also have to be simplified a great deal - no work place wonders and John and the J8's elaborate dance routines would need to potentially be simplified a tad to avoid mistakes.

The Norton show I think is called "Totally Saturday" - they've certainly filmed one episode for it as it con-incided with one of the TtN tapings but that could have been the pilot.

The live atmosphere isn't really being conveyed all that well on the tv - which is a shame as live the show is electric.

Date: 2009-04-28 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evil-cackle.livejournal.com
just wanted to say thank you for putting up all your recaps (? reviews? whatever you want to call them) for the recordings :) definitely appreciated the extra insight (and it's fun to try to match up the recording order vs screening order based on your description of each episode! ;) )

agree that it doesn't come off the same way on the TV - not sure if it's the way that it's cut together or it's just the (lack of) atmosphere? but here's hoping it will do well enough to get a 2nd series so they can improve on that :)

anyway, thanks very much again :)

Date: 2009-05-05 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] esporamor.livejournal.com
Hi, hmm can I ask you something a little OT from this topic?
A while ago, I saw this community http://community.livejournal.com/tw_audiofic and well Reclaiming Camelot is one of my favorites fics and I was happy to see that the audio fic was available. I love your voice, it's so clear and soothing; so I was wondering, are planning to do the audios for other fics? I've pretty much downloaded all the ones you've posted there, but was wondering if you were planning on new ones?
Sorry for putting this in the wrong thread.

Date: 2009-06-12 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] semperalwayz.livejournal.com
Thank you very much for posting these!!! My camera didn't work. I have no pictures to scrapbook for my son. It's great to finally get to see some pictures of the event. Again .. .Thanks!!!
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