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Special event for former contestants?

Post by Tom » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:14 pm

Hi everyone,

How would people feel about the possibility of ever having an event of having as many former players as possible (plus any honorary guests) to meet formally as a celebration of the show? (Maybe for something like 2022 if and when the show reaches 40 years for example)

Having organised many events such as a Countdown reunion for players around my time, plus things like group holidays and various reunions, I thought I would put the idea out there.

This isn’t a serious idea yet as such, more to see what the reaction would be. If something like this was to happen, off the cuff I was thinking getting a venue booked, getting some catering on and maybe getting having a few speeches too.

Location would be open to suggestion, but off the cuff I would have in mind Manchester or Leeds as front runners.

Happy to listen to any suggestions and take any questions. Obviously the above would cost money and if people had in mind they would want to spend on any event regardless, feel free to say.

Over to you...
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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Owen Carroll » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:57 pm

You mean like the 30th birthday championship? And if you're the second tallest then who's the tallest? Are you tom Chafer cook?

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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Elliott Mellor » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:16 pm

Owen Carroll wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:57 pm
And if you're the second tallest then who's the tallest?
Richard Osman is. It's a little known fact that Richard Osman was on countdown and made the final, losing narrowly to a guy called Harry Peters. However this was never broadcast due to some controversy sadly.

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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Owen Carroll » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:23 pm

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:16 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:57 pm
And if you're the second tallest then who's the tallest?
Richard Osman is. It's a little known fact that Richard Osman was on countdown and made the final, losing narrowly to a guy called Harry Peters. However this was never broadcast due to some controversy sadly.
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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Elliott Mellor » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:38 pm

Owen Carroll wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:23 pm
Elliott Mellor wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:16 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:57 pm
And if you're the second tallest then who's the tallest?
Richard Osman is. It's a little known fact that Richard Osman was on countdown and made the final, losing narrowly to a guy called Harry Peters. However this was never broadcast due to some controversy sadly.
The guy on pointless?
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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Tom » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:50 pm

Owen Carroll wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:57 pm
You mean like the 30th birthday championship? And if you're the second tallest then who's the tallest? Are you tom Chafer cook?
Hi Owen,

Yes the idea would probably be like a milestone type event except no games. I’m not Tom Chafer-Cook I’m Tom Hargreaves; appeared in the 30th, did okay!

An off the cuff idea would be to get as many former players as possible and do something like have an evening event where you rent a room out and provide things like catering, a DJ and have some speeches.

A few people I am still in dialogue with have said it sounds like a good idea. Obviously very early days at present and only an idea. Just seeing what kind of feedback there is.
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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Owen Carroll » Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:02 pm

Tom wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:50 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:57 pm
You mean like the 30th birthday championship? And if you're the second tallest then who's the tallest? Are you tom Chafer cook?
Hi Owen,

Yes the idea would probably be like a milestone type event except no games. I’m not Tom Chafer-Cook I’m Tom Hargreaves; appeared in the 30th, did okay!

An off the cuff idea would be to get as many former players as possible and do something like have an evening event where you rent a room out and provide things like catering, a DJ and have some speeches.

A few people I am still in dialogue with have said it sounds like a good idea. Obviously very early days at present and only an idea. Just seeing what kind of feedback there is.
Oh well I'm into it. Obviously so far I can't be on it cause so far I've only applied to be on the show but it does sound like a good idea. And I'm a big fan if you tom. But unfortunately I haven't seen any of your episodes. Could you please send me a link to some?

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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Owen Carroll » Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:09 pm

Tom can I just say you were in a way inspiration for me to go onto the show.

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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Tom » Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:49 pm

Thanks Owen for your kind words. It wouldn’t just be open to former players; people such as those in communities such as here and apterous would be welcome plus people like partners of former players if they wanted to come too.

It depends on how many people would be interested and how much people would be willing to pay. 50 people at £20 a head would yield £1000 which may or may not pay for a venue, DJ and catering. Right now it’s all about seeing who would be interested on here and then putting the idea out to other focus groups in time.
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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Owen Carroll » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:11 pm

Tom wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:49 pm
Thanks Owen for your kind words. It wouldn’t just be open to former players; people such as those in communities such as here and apterous would be welcome plus people like partners of former players if they wanted to come too.

It depends on how many people would be interested and how much people would be willing to pay. 50 people at £20 a head would yield £1000 which may or may not pay for a venue, DJ and catering. Right now it’s all about seeing who would be interested on here and then putting the idea out to other focus groups in time.
Ah I see. Well as you already know I'm definitely in.

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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Tom » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:52 pm

Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:11 pm
Tom wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:49 pm
Thanks Owen for your kind words. It wouldn’t just be open to former players; people such as those in communities such as here and apterous would be welcome plus people like partners of former players if they wanted to come too.

It depends on how many people would be interested and how much people would be willing to pay. 50 people at £20 a head would yield £1000 which may or may not pay for a venue, DJ and catering. Right now it’s all about seeing who would be interested on here and then putting the idea out to other focus groups in time.
Ah I see. Well as you already know I'm definitely in.
Sure, I've put a message out on Apterous to see if there's any response and see how they and C4C go as the immediate focus groups. A few people I am in contact with on Facebook have shown some interest; so you never know it could be a goer.

In terms of timings, to me it doesn't make much sense to have one at a random time having thought about it; only if it was a milestone anniversary like 40 years or 10k shows for example. The way I'm thinking is I believe Countdown has been extended to run till 2020. If the show happened to end then for example, I'd look at something, but I think should the show be extended till 2022 then I think that would definitely be a cause for celebration.

If there was enough interest and I could gauge numbers to a degree, my thought is doing a microsite for the event with tickets having to be bought beforehand. Obviously it would be for contestants, but there would be an option for others to be there such as partners, aficionados or people who haven't been contestants but have had a strong presence associated with the show.

Food for thought...
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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Owen Carroll » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:27 pm

Tom wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:52 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:11 pm
Tom wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:49 pm
Thanks Owen for your kind words. It wouldn’t just be open to former players; people such as those in communities such as here and apterous would be welcome plus people like partners of former players if they wanted to come too.

It depends on how many people would be interested and how much people would be willing to pay. 50 people at £20 a head would yield £1000 which may or may not pay for a venue, DJ and catering. Right now it’s all about seeing who would be interested on here and then putting the idea out to other focus groups in time.
Ah I see. Well as you already know I'm definitely in.
Sure, I've put a message out on Apterous to see if there's any response and see how they and C4C go as the immediate focus groups. A few people I am in contact with on Facebook have shown some interest; so you never know it could be a goer.

In terms of timings, to me it doesn't make much sense to have one at a random time having thought about it; only if it was a milestone anniversary like 40 years or 10k shows for example. The way I'm thinking is I believe Countdown has been extended to run till 2020. If the show happened to end then for example, I'd look at something, but I think should the show be extended till 2022 then I think that would definitely be a cause for celebration.

If there was enough interest and I could gauge numbers to a degree, my thought is doing a microsite for the event with tickets having to be bought beforehand. Obviously it would be for contestants, but there would be an option for others to be there such as partners, aficionados or people who haven't been contestants but have had a strong presence associated with the show.

Food for thought...
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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:06 pm

The only one reservation is that the uptake could well be ridiculously large. If it's open to any and all televised contestants you could well end up at a figure approaching 4,000.
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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Elliott Mellor » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:34 pm

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:06 pm
The only one reservation is that the uptake could well be ridiculously large. If it's open to any and all televised contestants you could well end up at a figure approaching 4,000.
Really doubt it'd be even close to that tbh. Most one time winners who were on 12 years ago aren't going to be interested most likely.

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Post by Jennifer Steadman » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:36 pm

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:06 pm
The only one reservation is that the uptake could well be ridiculously large. If it's open to any and all televised contestants you could well end up at a figure approaching 4,000.
I assume you've changed your tune on drugs, because there's no way anyone is actually this fucking dumb. Glad to see you're enjoying all of what Brighton has to offer though :)
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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Zarte Siempre » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:36 pm

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:06 pm
The only one reservation is that the uptake could well be ridiculously large. If it's open to any and all televised contestants you could well end up at a figure approaching 4,000.
More even. I reckon there must have been at least another 1000 than that.

Not to mention most of them will want to bring a +1. So you'd need space for at least 10000.

Although I suppose a few of the early ones will be dead, so maybe only 9000.

Still you'd probably need to book the NIA at least...

Actually... what about all the former employees of the show. It's no good. We're going to have to book Wales for an evening.
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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:45 pm

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:36 pm
Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:06 pm
The only one reservation is that the uptake could well be ridiculously large. If it's open to any and all televised contestants you could well end up at a figure approaching 4,000.
I assume you've changed your tune on drugs, because there's no way anyone is actually this fucking dumb. Glad to see you're enjoying all of what Brighton has to offer though :)
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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Graeme Cole » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:19 pm

Terrible idea. That co-event with 4,000 people was an utter shambles.

The event started on time at 11am, with 3,998 people present, Tom Carey at home having got the date wrong, and Anthony Endsor wandering round a similarly-named town a hundred miles away. So far so average, but things went downhill from there. After the round 1 fixtures were announced, it was time for lunch.

For round 2 we decided to display everyone's names alphabetically with their table numbers on the screen. You can only fit a certain number of names on each page, though, so by the time Zebedee Zymurgy had found his table number, his opponents Aaron Aardvark and Abigail Abacus had been waiting for over half an hour.

Then we thought we'd switch to Bristol style to see if that was any easier. We realised it wasn't as soon as the host first asked "any words for checking?" And after that easy conundrum in game 3, local residents thought there'd been an earthquake.

Lastly, I will never understand that split-everyone-into-divisions-halfway-through-the-day thing. I thought they might speed through the prizegiving after everything else had been delayed, but no. "First up, the prize for 3rd place in division 500..."

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Post by Ian Volante » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:37 pm

Graeme Cole wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:19 pm
Terrible idea. That co-event with 4,000 people was an utter shambles.

The event started on time at 11am, with 3,998 people present, Tom Carey at home having got the date wrong, and Anthony Endsor wandering round a similarly-named town a hundred miles away. So far so average, but things went downhill from there. After the round 1 fixtures were announced, it was time for lunch.

For round 2 we decided to display everyone's names alphabetically with their table numbers on the screen. You can only fit a certain number of names on each page, though, so by the time Zebedee Zymurgy had found his table number, his opponents Aaron Aardvark and Abigail Abacus had been waiting for over half an hour.

Then we thought we'd switch to Bristol style to see if that was any easier. We realised it wasn't as soon as the host first asked "any words for checking?" And after that easy conundrum in game 3, local residents thought there'd been an earthquake.

Lastly, I will never understand that split-everyone-into-divisions-halfway-through-the-day thing. I thought they might speed through the prizegiving after everything else had been delayed, but no. "First up, the prize for 3rd place in division 500..."
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Re: Special event for former contestants?

Post by Cathy Summerside » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:30 pm

Graeme Cole wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:19 pm
Terrible idea. That co-event with 4,000 people was an utter shambles.

The event started on time at 11am, with 3,998 people present, Tom Carey at home having got the date wrong, and Anthony Endsor wandering round a similarly-named town a hundred miles away. So far so average, but things went downhill from there. After the round 1 fixtures were announced, it was time for lunch.

For round 2 we decided to display everyone's names alphabetically with their table numbers on the screen. You can only fit a certain number of names on each page, though, so by the time Zebedee Zymurgy had found his table number, his opponents Aaron Aardvark and Abigail Abacus had been waiting for over half an hour.

Then we thought we'd switch to Bristol style to see if that was any easier. We realised it wasn't as soon as the host first asked "any words for checking?" And after that easy conundrum in game 3, local residents thought there'd been an earthquake.

Lastly, I will never understand that split-everyone-into-divisions-halfway-through-the-day thing. I thought they might speed through the prizegiving after everything else had been delayed, but no. "First up, the prize for 3rd place in division 500..."
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