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Event Security on behalf of Momentum Events 28th April 2014

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  • 30th April 2014
  • By Jack Flash

Monday the 28th April saw the Momentum Events inspired press launch of UKTV Gold’s 40th anniversary of one of Britain’s best loved comedy’s, Porridge.  For those young enough not to remember, Porridge was a situation comedy written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. It first aired on BBC1 in 1974 and ran for three series until 1974. Two Christmas specials were also produced, as well as a feature film spin off. What characterised the programme was how the magnificent and original comic screenplay was brought to life and given a momentum of its own, by the inimitable blend of the leading characters; Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale and Sir David Jason.

To mark the 40th Anniversary UKTV Gold will team up with Phil McIntyre Television, to create three special hour-long documentaries about the much-loved series. The documentary will take a look behind the scenes, from the concepts inception , through to the production with specially created graphics and 3D animation to help bring the sets alive. As one might expect there will be classic scenes shown in each episode, together with a plethora of rich anecdotes. What will be particularly fascinating will be the airing of unseen footage previously archived by the writers and the BBC. Finally, as part of the series, a collection of contemporary  comedians will create a celebrity fan club where they can assess the impact of Porridge on British comedy.

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The scene was set at the London Waterloo Vaults, and as one might imagine for the press launch the style and vibe was strictly 70’s retro HMP Slade chic! We were invited to provide event security for the occasion by our good friends at Momentum Events, and it’s the type of eclectic event that we love.

Momentums first choice security guard was our Cirencester educated Property Partner, George Oliver. We had to agree, though for slightly different reasons. George was required to dress up as a 1970’s “screw”. Despite being Scottish, George profess’ s to being more Barrowclough than Mackay, and was required to play the part not just in image but reality. George does have more than a touch of the performing arts about him and what is little known is that he has done stand-up comedy in the unforgiving Edinburgh Festival, as a warm up for Jimmy Carr. He was the natural choice!

There are few SIA licensed security guards we believe, that can exercise this degree of versatility, and it epitomises the Gallowglass Security ethos and approach to all event security. Namely, a desire to be imaginative and proactive, to go that extra mile, and above all a desire to play a tangible role in the success of any assignment we are tasked with.

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