Going on TV:- What is the timeline?

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Going on TV:- What is the timeline?

Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:31 pm

As I hope to on the show soon, all going well, I'm curious as to what the timeline is, and how rigid / fluid it can be.

To give some of us newbies a bit of an idea of what to expect, I wonder would some of those who've already been on, give a synopsis of what to expect when applying (assuming there is some consistency.)

So, what was the timing of your CD experience?
What sorts of waits between the various stages of the process?

#1. Fill an application.
#2. Get an audition date.
#3. Do the audition.
#4. Find out if you passed.
#5. Get a recording date.
#6. Record your TV run.
#7. Broadcast date.
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Post by Martin Hurst » Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:42 pm

Application - 21st March
Audition date confirmed - 13th April
Telephone audition - 18th April (was told I passed straight away)
Recording date confirmed - 31st May
Recording date - 25th June
Air date - 25th August

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Post by Mark Deeks » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:43 pm

Applied one afternoon in mid May. Rang me the next day to offer a phone interview. Had the phone interview the next week. Filmed three weeks later. Aired three further weeks later. Ridiculously fast, it was nice.
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Post by Ben Wilson » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:39 pm

Applied- Dec 2000
Got audition date- Feb 2001
Got a second audition date after first one was cancelled due to snow- Mar 2001
Audition- Apr 2001
Told I passed- May 2001
Got recording date- Aug 2001
Recorded- Oct 2001
Broadcast- Nov 2001

I included the '2000's and '2001's to reinfore my veteran status. From anecdotal evidence of others I'm pretty due my wait time was anomalously long.

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Post by Thomas Carey » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:42 pm

mine (all dates 2015)

#1. Fill an application. - 14 Jan
#2. Get an audition date. - 3 March
#3. Do the audition. - 5 March
#4. Find out if you passed. - 5 March literally as soon as I did it
#5. Get a recording date. - 26 June
#6. Record your TV run. - 4 August
#7. Broadcast date. - 17 Sep
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Post by Peter Clarke » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:07 am

Love this thread!

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Post by Jon Stitcher » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:14 am

Applied around March 2002
Audition date November 2002
Found out I'd passed by letter about a week later
January 2003 given a recording date for February 2003.
Recording date cancelled due to lighting issues.
March 2003 Went to Australia
March 2004 returned from Australia, contacted team to say I was back.
April 2004 given recording dates for May 2004
June 2004 episodes aired

In contrast - I applied for, auditioned and appeared on a live episode of Brainteaser all within 6 days.

My first application for the Chase was in 2011 and my episode finally aired in September 2016.

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Post by sean d » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:37 am

It seems to be quite variable Eoin. If you're waiting for one of the sit-down auditions in Dublin they only happen once of twice a year. I think I was 3-4 months waiting to record and another 2-3 months to air.

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Post by Sean Fletcher » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:36 am

Fill an application - 24th July 2013
Get an audition date - 19th August 2013
Phone audition - 21st August 2013 (told I passed straight away)
Get a recording date - 6th February 2014
Record your TV run - 11th March 2014
Broadcast date - 5th May 2014
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Post by Lisa Hermann » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:29 pm

Applied August 1999
Audition in November
Message on answerphone the next day - got the very last recording slot of 1999 then back for the first 3 games of 2000
Broadcast in early March 2000

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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:48 pm

I'm thinking of applying on April 1st...
...and hoping that would result in an August recording date.
But it's probably not possible to plan for these things...

[Btw... I love your account of the inter-millennial CD experience Lisa.
Not many will be able to rival the coolness of those dates!]
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Post by Anthony Endsor » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:32 pm

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:48 pm
I'm thinking of applying on April 1st...
...and hoping that would result in an August recording date.
But it's probably not possible to plan for these things...

[Btw... I love your account of the inter-millennial CD experience Lisa.
Not many will be able to rival the coolness of those dates!]
That may not be as unrealistic as you might think Eoin. They're not recording during June and July, so will likely be back in action in August, by which time you would have had an audition, (presumably) been told you've passed and got a recording date. It's a lot quicker these days. My process took over a year, but since the telephone auditions began you can get on within a few months. Just for the record, here's my timeline:

Applied: March 17th 2004
Got an audition date: November 2004
Auditioned: December 2nd 2004
Told passed: December 6th 2004
Got recording date: March 5th 2005
Recorded: April 14th 2005
Aired: May 25th 2005

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Post by James Robinson » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:35 pm

First time:

#1. Fill an application. - 30th June 2002
#2. Get an audition date. - August 2002
#3. Do the audition. - September 2002
#4. Find out if you passed. - October 2002
#5. Get a recording date. - December 2002
#6. Record your TV run. - 4th February 2003
#7. Broadcast date. - 4th April 2003

Second time:

#1. Fill an application. - January 2009
#2. Get an audition date. - February 2009
#3. Do the audition. - Mid-February 2009
#4. Find out if you passed. - The day after
#5. Get a recording date. - One week after that...
#6. Record your TV run. - 16th March 2009
#7. Broadcast date. - 21st April 2009
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Post by Tim Down » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:33 pm

#1. Fill an application. - December 1997
#2. Get an audition date. - January 1998
#3. Do the audition. - March 1998
#4. Find out if you passed. - April 1998. Did not pass.

#1. Fill an application. - 25 May 2015
#2. Get an audition date. - 10 August 2015
#3. Do the audition. - 12 August 2015
#4. Find out if you passed. - 12 August 2015, immediately after audition
#5. Get a recording date. - 5 October 2015
#6. Record your TV run. - 3 November 2015, 14-15 December 2015
#7. Broadcast date. - 14 December 2015

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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:04 pm

Mine:-

#1. Fill an application. - 1st April 2017
#2. Get an audition date. - 3rd April 2017
#3. Do the audition. - 6th April 2017
#4. Find out if you passed. - 6th April 2017 (same day)
#5. Get a recording date. - ?
#6. Record your TV run. - ?
#7. Broadcast date. - ?

[I'll update this as the other details come available! :D ]

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UPDATE 03-04-17:-
I sent my application on the 1st which was a Saturday... they emailed back on Monday the 3rd, which was the first available working day.
Then, the phone audition was arranged for 3:30pm on the Thursday... A crazily quick and efficient timeline so far...

(...No doubt Gevin's gotten the same timeline as he applied on April 1st too, I can only assume...?)

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UPDATE 06-04-17:-
The audition contained an unusual amount of 8s and 9s. It would probably be wise to use Apterous's "Nice" format to practise for audition. I could have gotten a recording date in May, but it clashed with work commitments, so the date shifted to a (as yet unconfirmed) date in August. They expect the next communication will be an email in July...
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Post by Ciaran McCarthy » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:37 am

#1. Fill an application. - 15th February 2013
#2. Get an audition date. - 7th October 2013
#3. Do the audition. - 1st November 2013 (face to face audition)
#4. Find out if you passed. - 7th November 2013
#5. Get a recording date. - 10th January 2014
#6. Record your TV run. - 24th February 2014 (3 days after my 21st!)
#7. Broadcast date. - 14th April 2014

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Post by Elliott Mellor » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:15 am

Good luck with your audition today, L'oisleatch McGraw!

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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:39 am

Thanks Elliott! :)

It went ok...
Solved both numbers, got the conundrum, and spotted one of the 9's.
I passed, so that's the main thing...
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Re: Going on TV:- What is the timeline?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:38 am

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:39 am
Thanks Elliott! :)

It went ok...
Solved both numbers, got the conundrum, and spotted one of the 9's.
I passed, so that's the main thing...
Excellent. Well done.

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Post by Noel Mc » Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:38 am

#1 October 2016
#2 13th October 2016
#3 17th October 2016
#4 17th October 2016
#5 3rd February 2017
#6 15th May 2017
#7 15th August 2017

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