23rd March 2001
A TV production company keen to attract an audience for one of its game shows is to bus fifty Lincoln Media Production students down to London this weekend.
The students, who all study TV production at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, will get a behind-the-scenes look at the MTV studios in Camden thanks to unlucky tourist Chris Clark.
Chris made national headlines and appeared on radio and TV last week after winning a competition to find the unluckiest tourist in Britain.
His new-found fame brought him to the attention of Open Mike Productions, who invited him to take part in their comedy quiz show ‘Shoot the Messenger’ yesterday (Thursday).
Chris took the opportunity to request some work experience and ended up helping to arrange a trip for 50 of his fellow students to MTV’s studios, where ‘Shoot the Messenger’ is recorded.
“The production people asked where I study, so I told her about the great facilities here in Lincoln,” Chris explained. “They had some extra shows which they needed to find an audience for, so they offered to send a bus down on Sunday to collect us.
“They’re going to show us round the studio and look after us for the day, which will be great experience,” he added. “Not only will we get to be on television, but we’ll also get to see how programmes like this are put together in a pressure environment.”
Chris (20), an aspiring travel writer, appeared in The Mirror and the Daily Star, on Channel 4’s ‘The Big Breakfast’ and on BBC Radio 5 Live last week after winning an on-line competition to unearth the nation’s worst holiday experiences.
His litany of bad luck included losing his tent in Holland, being rushed to hospital in Barcelona with a suspected kidney infection, held at gunpoint in Poland, deafened by a friend in France, knocked off his bike in Rotterdam and mugged in France.
‘Shoot the Messenger’ will be broadcast in June on Paramount Comedy Channel.
For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager
University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)
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