As many of you know if you’ve been either a regular or even a casual follower of Tellyspotting over the past 4+ years, October is the annual BBC Syndication Showcase. Each year, public television programming representatives descend upon New Orleans to sit in a hotel conference room for two days screening non-stop the best of the best when it comes to British drama, comedy and documentaries to determine what to add to each station’s PBS programming line-up. From a timing standpoint, most of what we screen this year will become available for broadcast beginning in early 2014. In years past, fans of British telly have seen the likes of MI-5, Hustle, DCI Banks, Scott & Bailey, New Tricks, Black Books, Lead Balloon, History of Science and much more come out of this meeting. This year will be no exception given the strong line-up in all genres that will be offered.
Mind the Gap — 270 times
So…with Tellyspotting becoming your eyes and ears this week in New Orleans for acquiring the best in British drama, comedy and documentaries on public television, we bring you a bit of across the pond travel-related brilliance to share amongst your friends as we make our way to The Big Easy.
If you are in the UK and you want to try to hit all 270 Tube stations to check the math to see that singer Jay Foreman didn’t miss any, you may not break any Guinness Book of World Records, as Geoff Marshall, 41, from Ealing, West London, and Anthony Smith, 28, did recently by completing the record in 16 hours, 20 minutes and 27 seconds but you can certainly give it a shot.
Your choice. Watch either video and decide your course of action. You can ‘virtually’ Mind the Gap 270 times in under 3 and 1/2 minutes or physically try for yourself to break the Tube Challenge record in under 17 hours. Your choice.