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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."

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




The End of Series Two

Posted by Roger Appleton on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

We’ve come to the end of inexcess series two – and I was wondering how that all adds up:

10 - 1hour live shows
600 minutes of broadband tv
1 presenter,
4 posse members,
8 special guests,
100+ audience members,
11 crew members
1 producer
1 researcher
1 studio manager
3 web team members
And an ever growing audience on the net

It’s been quite a couple of weeks. Our equipment seems to have performed everything we asked of it and the crew have done a great job.

Let’s not forget the part played by Toxteth TV. We need to thank Lee (the studio head over on Windsor Street) and Chantal for their support and cooperation. The studio worked a treat for us.

Our studio floor manager is fighting back the germs and has been re-assigned to other digital duties. As I write this he is editing the Christmas Show Special with messages from many of the guests we’ve had on the series sharing the highs and lows of Christmas Past along with a few well chosen words for our viewers.

The other half of our production duo Kris, has taken off for a few days well earned rest.

As Christmas is a time for reflection I thought I might share a few deliberations on the technology and what we are doing.

My family bought our first TV in 1962. It was two channels only and pretty grainy black and white. The programmes didn’t start until quite late in the day and it was all over by about 10.30pm. As I grew up I thought that TV was made in a world very different from mine. It was a place where people didn’t speak with the same accent as me, didn’t look like me and didn’t seem to have the same interests as me.

So how has technology changed this? With a bit of fancy equipment and determination we can now broadcast our own programmes not just to the nation but to the world. The television landscape is changing. Broadband TV is playing an ever bigger role in the way people receive their media. Especially younger people. As a 12 year old when I got in from school my first thought was to turn on the TV. Now, many 12 year old’s first thought is to turn on the computer.

How long will it be before everybody’s box in the corner will be linked not just to cable or satellite TV but to the web and broadband TV. Have a look at our shows on your computer with full screen play back. It might not be quite the clarity you’re after on the latest HD ready plasma… but it’s not far off.

Without these advances in technology would not have been possible. If it means that people might watch our shows and connect with the ideas and people in them then that is fantastic.

A series like this creates mixed emotions. Although I’m glad of getting back to ordinary working hours for a bit… what did I find myself doing at 8.00pm on Monday evening this week? Yes, I started to feel a bit uneasy and found myself firing up the household computer to check out some of the series episodes. Somehow the evening didn’t seem right without a few bars of the intro music and, “Good evening, you’re watching inexcess, the programme for……” I’m sure I’ll kick the habit eventually.


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