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The making of Inexcess, by Roger Appleton

Roger Appleton

Roger joined Inexcess TV having worked as an independent producer/director for many years making programmes for Granada TV, BBC and Channel Five.

He says, "Now is a very exciting time to be working with Inexcess. There is a changing landscape in attitudes to addiction and recovery and this is mirrored in the changing environment in the media. More and more people are turning to the internet and broadband to consume their media and so I think Inexcess is right at the forefront of content and the technology to deliver that content."

You can contact Roger Appleton at

"Inexcess TV is right at the forefront of content and technology."




Series Two

Posted by Roger Appleton on Friday, December 5th, 2008

It’s been a busy seven days at We’re building up to two weeks of lives shows next week so that means set design and building, equipment checking, adsl lines to be sorted and then there are the guests, the posse and this series will host a small studio audience.

We are filming at Toxteth TV this time. George’s conservatory has been de-rigged and we are moving up a gear. More elbow room, better lights, space for an audience – its all coming together to create a better show – hopefully.

Inexcess’s own in-house crew have been busy. Chris and Geoff have been out and about making some short films that will eventually make it onto the web site.

We’ve been down at our friends at Sharp to catch up with some graduates talking about there journeys. Those interviews are fantastic. It was a privilege to speak to people who have gained genuine insight into there lives and their relationships with people who matter to them.

Then there was something really special. Geoff and I picked up the location shooting kit and headed off to the Rackets Club where we shot a sixty minute programme. George was in conversation with Duane O’Kane, Canadian head of Clear Minds, Beatles fan and all round good guy. George and Duane hit it off straight away and the conversation ranged around their own stories, relationships, and methods of dealing with the slings and arrows they have both encountered.

I’d seen Duane at Sharp the previous evening, delivering his lecture on the seven and a half steps to a better relationship, so I knew he knew his stuff. The lecture was introduced by Jacqui Jonston-Lynch the head over on Rodney Street. We’ve captured that on tape as well so it will be winging its way towards the web site in the not too distant future. Watch out.

We also dropped in at Parkview last week and spent some time with Gail who heads up the key workers at the centre. She’s a calm and centred personality who has a deep understanding of the needs of her clients and is delivering a fine service.

The welcome is always warm at Parkview and we were also able to catch up with Tony Bennett who featured on an earlier inexcess show. He is down to earth, interesting and gave us some insights into his progress and journey in the last couple of months. He’s also appearing at the Everyman on Thursday performing in a special production put on by Genie in the Gutter. The inexcess boys will be putting the tape through the cameras for that one along side Alex who is at the helm of Parkview’s digital creations.

Oh, and we’ve been over to film the posse members to try to pin down who they are and what makes them tick. Who would have thought that Julie teaches folk to fly gliders and that Trevessa is trained as a lawyer. When we went to see Jonathan in his consulting rooms in Bramall we wanted to film a hypno-therapy session. There were no clients available so he nipped down stairs and produced a tame waitress from the restaurant below. She went from serving the latest haut cuisine to walking on a calming beach in the blinking of an eye. Jonathan’s technique won the day and our waitress went back to the kitchens refreshed and happy. Chris and Geoff went back to with some fine footage.

So as the week goes on we are getting nearer and nearer to the new series… no pressure there then.


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