15 Feb 2008
The One Show, Totnes Pounds and Westlife!
Last night’s **The One Show** on BBC One included a great piece about Transition Town Totnes, which you can watch online for the next 6 days which concluded with the surreal site of Westlife passing Totnes Pounds around and chatting about them! Its not everyday that one sees that kind of thing… . The piece itself crammed a lot into a short time, giving a concise overview of what TTT is all about, and how it is working. I just spent half an hour trying to do screen grabs of images from the piece, but the programme I have they just all go black. Anyone able to do screen grabs for us of Westlife with Totnes Pounds?! (**Update** Thanks to Mark Donaldson who just sent in the pic below..)
The piece was presented by Lucy Siegle who also writes for the Observer, and featured her walking around the town buying and spending Totnes Pounds (on a pair of organic socks!). They also visited the launch of our education group, and interviewed various people there. She interviewed me, balanced precariously on top of the wall at the back of the churchyard, and we talked about what life in Totnes might be like after the transition.
My favourite bit was the interview with David Heath, the son of George Heath who, until 1980, had a market garden in the centre of the town. The producers did a lovely blend of the old picture of George Heath in his garden with the current day car park, which worked really well. David painted a picture of what used to be there, and how it all linked in to the shop on the High Street. The piece was surprisingly unjokey, taking the project seriously and treating it respectfully. I got the sense that Lucy Siegle was really impressed, and her delight with it all really came across well in the piece.
Last night, while out on my Valentines date, (went to see ‘Lust, Caution’ at the cinema if you are interested) my phone started hopping with texts from people raving about it. Not having a telly it wasn’t until this morning that I actually got to see it. Having pieces done for the TV is always scary, as sometimes they turn out nothing like what you have hoped, but this one was great.