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A casting company has been in touch with us this morning regarding the casting of a commercial for a major UK brand – for which they’re looking for Notting Hill residents of all ages and ethnicities!

In particular, they’re looking for groups of people with real relationships, such as:

  • Toddlers – little friends in groups of 2 or more
  • Families – Mum, Dad, kids, aunts, uncles, grandparents
  • Grandparents with their grandchildren of all ages
  • Teenagers – 13-18yrs / groups of friends / siblings
  • 3 generations e.g.: Grandmother, Mother, Daughter

The commercial will feature these groups of people talking about and playing with some new products.

Successful applicants will be filmed in their own home during the first week of September 2013, with the shoot only taking up to two hours on one day. It’s sure to be a fun experience – and one that you can share with your friends and family. No previous acting experience necessary!

The company is looking to initially meet with applicants next week on Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd or Friday 23rd August.

If you are interested, please email your contact details and current photos of your group to ana@etcasting.com or call 07884 043 682 as soon as possible.

 

 

Channel 4 are due to screen a new documentary series this autumn on the people who live and work in Notting Hill and the surrounding area – and if that sounds like you and you would consider taking part, read on!

Chosen for its special ethnic, class and culture mix, the area and its people will be shown in a new weekly series to be broadcast during September and October, currently titled Notting Hill. The series will follow a variety of contributors as they live their lives, perhaps undergoing major changes such as starting a new job or business, getting married or having a baby, or undertaking important life-changing decisions. The uniqueness of the show, however, lies in the fact that viewers will be able to interact with contributors, commenting on storylines and even giving them advice and suggestions online and through other interactive means.
Anyone that’s interested in taking part – or who would merely like to find out more – should contact the production company behind the series, Studio Lambert. Please email Kayleigh at kayleigh.damen@studiolambert.com or call her on 07739 990751.
You can also find out more details about the show on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nottinghilltv or on Facebook by searching for ‘Notting Hill’ in the TV shows category.

According to today’s Independent, Channel 4 have commissioned a new reality TV show that will be based in Notting Hill – and used to fill the void in the station’s TV schedules left by the cancellation of Big Brother.

For starters, the mention of Big Brother doesn’t really bode well. Nor does the fact that the Independent article starts off with the sentence, “David Cameron’s London neighbourhood of Notting Hill”. (Is that all it’s known for?) To add to the this-is-a-programme-that-sounds-horrifying vibe, this show will attempt to have the “real-time drama of big reality shows such as Big Brother and ITV’s I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!”
Sweeping all these nightmares aside, it doesn’t sound all bad. The programme, with an amazingly inventive provisional title of “Notting Hill”, is supposed to have more of a documentary rather than a reality-show feel (though the words “soap opera” have also been mentioned), with the central characters – ten locals who have yet to be chosen – followed by cameras as they go about their day-to-day lives. One-hour episodes will be screened each week, and the show will have an indefinite run following its start in the autumn. Channel 4 execs are promising a revolutionary show, suggesting it will be a documentary on a vast scale that’s never been done before.
The show could, I imagine, be very watchable and interesting – if it’s something on a similar format to Channel 4’s highly-entertaining The Family. However, I can’t help thinking that it’s been done before. Does anyone remember the BBC programme, Paddington Green, that aired in the late 1990s? Actually set around the Paddington area (of course), that was a rather engrossing docu-soap following the lives of a number of local residents and business owners. So I guess it’s going to be just like that…but bigger?
Channel 4 had better be very be vary careful – and clever – in choosing the main characters. Let’s not go for too many stereotypes, please.

If you’re in the Notting Hill area anytime soon, and spot some jokes just sort of lying around, be aware – they may belong to Harry Enfield. And he’d like them back.

A laptop belonging to comedian Harry Enfield, containing material for his show with fellow comic Paul Whitehouse, was recently stolen from a car in Notting Hill.

The thieves subsequently contacted Enfield and demanded a ransom of £750 to return the computer. That’s a rather paltry sum, no? Perhaps the they read the material and decided that’s all it was worth. Thieves can be such harsh critics. Although perhaps we should just assume the material was at a “very early stage” and not yet properly developed.

Enfield has refused to pay the ransom and is instead working with the police. Quite right too. But if you should happen to see the jokes lying around, have a heart and please return them to Mr Enfield. Otherwise, we may not get any more episodes of the stunningly funny Harry & Paul show…