Life In A Day was a spectacularly well-made look at how different people around the world lived their lives on one day in 2010. But could the same work on a country-specific basis? The BBC intends to find out with Britain In A Day.
Britain In A Day
You will hopefully have watched Life In A Day by now. I’ve watched it twice, once on YouTube and once on the BBC. After it aired on the BBC a trailer for a British-only version was shown. Titled, rather predictably, Britain In A Day.
The BBC is inviting everybody in the U.K. to video themselves on (Saturday) November 12 and upload the results to YouTube. Director Morgan Matthews will then sift through the footage before cutting it into a feature-length documentary film that will be shown on BBC2 prior to the 2012 Olympic Games.
Britain In A Day takes its cue directly from Life In A Day, and Ridley Scott is once again involved. But even before that the BBC had latched on to the idea that seeing the lives other ordinary people lived would make for compelling viewing, with Video Nation doing just that through the 1990s and beyond.
Reality TV has made stars out of everyone. But there is nothing quite as compelling as seeing people living their own lives without any set-up or staging involved. Life In A Day proved it, and hopefully Britain In A Day will as well.
The more people that take part in Britain In A Day the better. Hundreds of uploads would make for a limited finished product, thousands for a brilliant one, and millions for an absolute nightmare for Matthews and his team.
Let’s capture an accurate snapshot of how life in the U.K. in one day is. Which means getting your camera out at any time during November 12 and filming what happens to you and the people around you. Do it and you could end up on TV.
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