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From time to time we get emails promoting something, asking for help or in some form or other offering some sort of opportunity that the writer would like us to convey to our membership. After some thought we've decided to publish these requests (or at least a selection of them) here on this page. Please note that the Webmaster and Committee accept no responsibility for the accuracy, or otherwise, of any of the following. Anyone responding to any 'opportunity' does so at their own risk.

Received 24/06/2011.

Aaron Kidd, Senior Producer of "The Biggest Loser UK" contacted us:-

Iím one of the producers of the new series of Davina McCallís, ĎThe Biggest Loserí, for ITV1 in the United kingdom. The aim of the programme is to take overweight people who are unhappy with their weight and looking to transform themselves and their lives. With the help of our fitness experts, nutritionalists, and doctors we take the contestants through a structured plan of exercise, training and nutritionally balanced dieting in order to help them reduce their weight safely, attain their dream physique and, most importantly, help them change their dietary and exercise habits so that they keep the pounds off!

We are looking for contestants who wish to participate in the programme and I was hoping that you might be able to assist us. Would it be at all possible to circulate information on the programme amongst your members in the hope that they may know of someone, or perhaps even themselves wish to apply? I'd really appreciate any help you could give me.

Further information.


The Biggest Loser is BACK for a third series, so donít miss your chance to lose weight and transform your life.

You too could have the chance of changing your life and winning £25,000 like this yearís winner Wil Graham. Wil lost an incredible 8 and-a-half-stone.

Do you have the commitment, the courage and the competitive edge to take on this once in a lifetime chance and change your life forever?

If so, you can APPLY NOW as a duo for the next series.

Go to for further details and to fill out an application form.

Or if you prefer, simply call our voicemail box on 0844 6780 156 (call cost 5ppm inc VAT) and leave your name and address. We will send you an application form with a SAE. For any other information you can email us on

(You must be 18 or over to apply and have a minimum of 4 stone to lose)

Not forgetting the flyer.

Received 08/09/2010.

Mike Shannon contacted Kendal to say:-

Hi Kendal,

As discussed we are looking for actors and locations to shoot a video clip to accompany a song by Dutch artist Maaike Jansen (pronounced Miker Johnson). Maaike was Hollandís Pop Idol winner of 2007 and here is a link of Maaike taking part in the semi final of that competition:

Please contact your members and let me know if anyone is interested and if they are then we can move it on from there.

Yours sincerely,
Mike Shannon.

To this Kenadl expands:-

Hi Lovely people,

Thought some of you may be interested in doing this. I had a chat with Mike this morning & it all sounds 'proper' - I explained all expense have to be met, no freebies. They want to film in the 2nd week Oct approx & would like to locate themselves here in Ockley.

They need 3 x couples, preferably all different/age etc: They need room sets, ie:probably homes,
A Kitchen
A Living Room
A Bedroom................interesting.
(I'll obviously be helping in this let me know if any of you are intrested in that aspect? )

All couples appear in the background having an argument, with Maaike in the foreground. Could be a bit of fun!!

Given the timescale, if anyone is interested, can you let me know fairly quickly, so I can arrange a meeting with their Director asap as he has to come from Holland.

Cheers for now

Received 12/11/2008.

Hi there,

I hope you don't mind me contacting you directly like this but I saw the details about Ockley Dramatic Society on the Amdram website, and thought you might be able to help!

I'm a producer at the TV company Wall to Wall ( - makers of Who Do You Think You Are? New Tricks and Edwardian Country House - and am working on a new documentary series for BBC FOUR.

The three part series will look at the impact that modern technology has had on family life over the past 40 years. We are planning to take a modern British family back to the 1970s and then fast forward them through the domestic technological revolution of the 1980s and 1990s, right up to the present day. It's an interesting social history project, which we're hoping will give a fascinating insight into the way our lives have been transformed by domestic technology.

We're currently trying to spread the word as far as possible. I was wondering if you had a members' mailing list and would mind forwarding this email on to it, to see if any one would be interested in getting in touch with me to find out more? If it's easier I can also print off some posters and flyers and send them to you to pin up/distribute.

Ideally the family we're looking for will be interested in how modern technology has changed the family home and keen to show their children what life was like before the world of mobile phones, wireless internet and Facebook. They must own their own home and preferably have 3 children between the ages of eight and eighteen. Above all we're looking for a family who are bright and up for a challenge.

It would be great if you could let me know whether it would be possible to forward this email on. Anyone interested in hearing more can get in touch with me on 020 7241 9308 or email me on At this stage it's just a case of having informal chats on the phone with people who are interested, there is no obligation to take part.

Thanks so much for your time, I really appreciate it.

Kind regards,


Received 12/08/2008.


My name is Stuart Jones, I am the 2nd Assistant Director on a comedy sketch show for e4 called 'Beehive' which is shooting in East Molesey on the 3rd September. I was wondering if I could ask you for your help. I need to populate a restaurant with around 20 people for 3 of our sketches and was wondering if your members might be up for that sort of thing? We will be able to pay a one off fee of £40 for the day (0900 - 1900) and we will also be providing lunch. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me either email or on my production phone number which is 07891 365812.

Thanks very much,

Received 01/12/2006.

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Received 07/11/2006.


We're in currently in the early stages of making an exciting new show for Channel 4 and my role in the show involves looking for contestants (teams of two) for the programme. We're looking for people who like adventure, are prepared to take up a challenge, mental, physical and emotional and would like the chance of winning a spectacular prize. Not only that, the show promises to be a phenomenally enjoyable experience.

We think that this might be something the members of your dramatics society may be interested in so would it be possible for you to circulate a flyer which gives our details should anybody want to apply? Any help would be greatly appreciated and if you need any more info please give me a call on 020 8222 4200.

All the best.

James Baker
020 8222 4200

Received 27/10/2006.


For delightful family show


We have lots of tickets so keep on calling!!!

A special preview on the BIG SCREEN. We will be showing two episodes on each occasion, plus all the "Out Takes" and also "Behind the Scenes on Summer Wine".

Hosted by Jean Fergusson (MARINA) and Robert Fyfe (HOWARD). They will be entertaining you throughout the performance in a form of CABARET, singing and doing cameo sketches. Other cast members include Nora, Batty, Cleggy, Truly, Smiler, Burt Kwok and lots more.

We require a family audience, from EIGHT YEARS and upwards.

Sunday 19 November 06 Doors: 1.30 - 1.45pm Show: 2.00 - 4.00pm
Sunday 19 November 06 Doors: 4.00 - 4.15pm Show: 4.30 - 6.30pm
Sunday 19 November 06 Doors: 7.00 - 7.15pm Show: 7.30 - 9.30pm
Sunday 21 January 07 Doors: 1.30 - 1.45pm Show: 2.00 - 4.00pm
Sunday 21 January 07 Doors: 4.00 - 4.15pm Show: 4.30 - 6.30pm
Sunday 21 January 07 Doors: 7.00 - 7.15pm Show: 7.30 - 9.30pm

The shows will be recorded at:
The Leatherhead Theatre, Church Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8DN.

PARKING: Cars can park in The Swan Centre and the small car park in Church Street. No charge on a Sunday.
BY ROAD: 5 minutes from the M25 exit junction 9.

Please call: Clappers on 020 8532 2770/1 or email us on:


Received 23/09/2006.

Ottershaw Players announce open auditions for their "Christmas" production of

The Wind in the Willows
adapted by Alan Bennett

Perhaps you are feeling a little Ratty, maybe you have a Mole. I donít want to Toady up to you or Badger you into coming but I know Iíll Weasel it out of you in the end... Oh please forgive my Rabbiting on...

The read through for the Wind in The Willows will take place on Monday 10th July at The Castle Pub in Ottershaw at 8:00 pm.

Auditions will take place on Tuesday 18th July in the Players' Hut from 8:00 pm and Sunday 23rd July at 7:00 pm at Brook Hall, Brox Road.

If possible I would like people to attend both if they can, especially if you are interested in one of the main characters. Scripts will be available for you borrow at the reading on the 10th so you will be able to make your mind up then.

Auditions on the Tuesday will be largely reading and on Sunday will also include a workshop session. If you can only make one of the audition dates I would suggest the Sunday will be the most important.

I would hope to have cast the play and given out scripts by the end of July with rehearsals starting late August / early September. I would hope that, principal characters especially, will have a good grip on their lines prior to the beginning of rehearsals.

The dates of the performance are 26th November Ė 2nd December.

Right, Iím off for tea now - that is if the kettle will make the water a little ĎOtter...

Poop Poop.

Matthew Horton

07786 082545

Received 03/06/2006.

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Please forward this email to any whom you feel it would be of interest.

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Received 28/05/2006.

Wall to Wall Television are making an exciting new 'Debt-Busting' TV series for Channel 4 - helping people to change their spending habits.

Please could you post the attached information onto your internet or forward it to all your members. We are still looking for a couple of people to take part in the programme and one of your employees may know someone (friends, family, neighbours etc) who fits the bill!

Thank you so much for your assistance, and if you need any further information then please don't hesitate to contact me.

Best Wishes

Jessica Stoddart
Wall To Wall
020 7241 9334


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Last updated 24th June 2011.