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Setting up a 'greenscreen' at work got me thinking about the films and tv that I've accidentally been in.

Helena Bonham-Carter vehicle "The Heart of Me" was filmed in our old office, and features several of us peering through the curtains whilst they filmed in the square outside. Similarly, my girlfriend was in an episode of the Professionals that was filmed outside her house.

What have you been in the background of?

(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 11:34)
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Im not famous
but I have ruined s-club 7's crappy tv show once by shouting 'oi cunt you aint no ghetto child' at the one who thinks hes gangster in the middle of filming. cunt
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 20:27, Reply)
oh yeah..
and i am soon to be featured in a promotional video for the kent county council's new scheme of road safety theatre. it is entitled "roadkill".

i simply cannot wait.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 20:14, Reply)
a mate of mine
has been in a few of the clash's videos.

i mean you know.
he was the drummer.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 20:10, Reply)
My good lady wife...
...was in teh video for a failed comeback attempt from former Bros-ster and reality-tv cook Matt Goss.

The most worrying part is that she actually travelled several hundred miles with that express purpose in mind...
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 19:48, Reply)
Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned.
My mate got us some tickets to go and see the aforementioned show as part of the audience when it was broadcast live on the telly. I agreed heartily, as I had never been to a TV studio before despite never having seen the first 'episode' that was broadcast the night before or having any idea what it was about.

We get to the studios, and we rapidly consumed our two-free-beers allowance that the studio judge as 'enough to make you giggle', 'not enough for you to have to leave a live show for a piss'. That's my theory anyway.

It is at this point that somebody outlines the premise of the show for me: it is unscripted audience participation. Baddeil and Skinner just pick you out of the audience and start talking to you on live telly - and you are supposed to come up with questions for them to answer.

Paranoia crept in. I sorely wanted to have an aisle seat. And at least ten people to the left and right of me. The front row was out of the question too. Panic. Panic. We were led to the seats. I started to relax when we were seated halfway up, and right in the middle.

Anyway the show kicked off, it was jolly good fun. You could see what was airing cos there was a fecking masssive screen above the stage show displaying what the camera-man was pointing at.

All of a sudden my face was plastered over that screen. I felt my face go red. My heart stopped. I could feel spasms in my arse.

But luckily the camera was pointing at some twat in front of me because he had a stupid mullet. Cunt.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 19:45, Reply)
My uncle
was a babysitter on smack the pony. His line was "...Right."
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 19:41, Reply)
Oooohh, I remember when I was a nipper....
At London Natural Mistory Museum (LNMM to those of you in da club...). Some 'fossil hunt' type show. Features my dad and I walking past David Dickenson of the dinosaur world....waving at the camera...
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 19:19, Reply)
My brother's girlfriend and best friend of the male existence
has just had an episode of midsommer murders filmed at the their house aired, my next door neighbours are in a soon to be prime time channel 3 on saturday tv series and gremlins 3 is going to be filmed in my village.

(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 19:11, Reply)
My Five-O background career.
On several occasions during the 70s, as I was pushing pedals around the island of Oahu, I would occasionally recognize one of the camera cars used for Hawaii Five-O as it drove past me, following a prop car for a rolling shot. I ended up in the background of four episodes that way.

A friend of mine by the name of Jim Simpson did me one better by being the week's bad guy for the "Pig in a Blanket" episode and went on to show up in several more of them.

Now he's married to Sigourney Weaver - and I'm not. Damnit.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 19:11, Reply)
I was in an episode of Touch of Frost
It was filmed at the bowling alley that I worked at the time. They used a load of us from there to shoot scenes, but as I was supposed to be working I could only be in one bit.

I was stood at the Coke vending machine as the camera pannned across, following Frost and some bint copper into the building.

I got cut out of all of the other bits, because at 6'7" I was "too recognisable" to be in the other scenes.

Ah well, I got £60 quid for a great laugh, which was about what I earnt for 3 days work at the bowling alley.

And I got to meet David Jason, who is a very nice bloke.

Nicholas Parsons is a twat, on the other hand. (Please see being rude to celebs question for more about that one.) ;)
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 19:04, Reply)
OK so im in my IT class when the headmaster comes in with a cameraman
I dont goto a private school so i thought "this isnt illegal private school bumboy action being filmed, so whats going on then?"
No it turned out they wanted to do a few shots of the IT room with the headmaster pretending to look interested in what kids were doing on the computers
HOWEVER they didnt want US in the room, no we were too old, greasy and spotty (16) they wanted some fresh faced first years looking fresh faced while the smarmy head looked smarmy.
So feeling a bit rejected and vengefull while they were carting in said first years i opened paint and quickly drew the most horrific thing i could in 30 seconds which included some evil looking faces and badly drawn cocks.
I was then told to make way for some innocent looking 12 year old girl who took my seat...and my computer.
Que photo's being taken, no-one noticing anything out of the ordinary until the photo's get printed....que me looking very smug as the picture's are printed in the local paper and reveal a very scared looking 12 year old sitting staring at a computer screen covered in demonic faces and cocks whilst the headmaster stands in the back looking like a smug twat,HAHA and HA
(core blimey that was a long and wide one, and it went on for ages, fancy a ciggarette?)
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:58, Reply)
Martin Clunes Catching Eggs
Got to be filmed for the pilot of "The People's Book of Records". Had to see how far we could chuck eggs between one another in a random park in london. Ended up chucking eggs as hard as possible, covered in eggs by the end of the day. Then had to use the tube, stinking of egg, and went shopping, stinking of egg. (didn't even get paid and it never made it to tv).

Oh, and got paid £90 for being a 14 year old schoolboy in the background of "Goodnight Mister Chips" (the version with Martin Clunes). I looked ridiculous since I was 18 at the time, and towered over all the others. Still, it's my claim to fame.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:50, Reply)
but I disovered the giant power extension leads that they were using for some night filming of a
scene of some tv series... too tempting.

What the hell happened to the lights!?
(massive clips on the thing meant the cables were disconnected but looked like they weren't so i got away!)

(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:46, Reply)
I got filmed walking past a news man outside my local netto. I was on Calendar news (yorkshire local news).
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:30, Reply)
My foot was once in Pet Rescue
My mum was/could have been cut out of Captan Correllies Mandolin when she walked into shot...she was in kefelonia when they were filming.

I must buy The Lawless Heart sometime, it was filmed in the town I grew up in as a kid, might spot someone I know in it...
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:29, Reply)
A good few years ago, my local sports center
was having a massive "fun day" as a promotional thing in the park behind the center. All of the different clubs that trained out of it were required to put on displays and it was being filmed for some kids TV show or other.
I was in the trampolining club, and as I was one of the older members, was required to be there.
Now, at the age of 16, I was a bit of a fine looking young maiden - not earth shatteringly gorgeous - but nice enough and due to all the sports I did, I looked great in my leotard.
Did a brilliant routine on the trampoline that was filmed. 2 weeks later when the show was aired, there's a great shot of me stood by the trampoline pulling my leotard out of my arse!
Mum still has the tape somewhere.

Oh, and my husband was an extra in 2 pr0n movies - he didn't even get to see any of the action!
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:29, Reply)
My parents'
house in Bristol was once used to film an episode of Casualty.

A transvestite got caught up in his dress and fell down the stairs - thus needing medical care.

It wasn't one of Casualty's best ever plots...
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:23, Reply)
Thatchers a Whore
I was born in Barrow in Furness HAHAHA... it is where they build the nuclear deterrent (i.e. massive submarines with loads of nuke missiles in) anyway... There was a strike on at the shipyard once in the summer holidays (it was the eighties and I was eight unbeleivably) and the granada news team took the 2 hour trip up to film the commie lay abouts in a massive park near my mates house as some bloke said a speech about something or other... so we decided it was best to check out this.

When we saw the cameras filming said blokes I decided it was imperative to get on my mates shoulders and make sure that i was in the field of veiw just behind the roving reporter. It worked a treat and with all the noise and cafuffle of the crowd it was easy to blend in...

The end result a clear picture of a child (me) who looks like I am sitting on Bob Greaves (of granada reports) shoulder, a bit like a parrot...then towards the end of Bob's report the unidentifiable sound of my mate shouting "Thatchers a Fucking Whore" (something he must have picked up from the lefties) and me giving the camera man the V's.

(BTW did tape it but lost it)
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:23, Reply)
They recorded something for local tv at my school
didnt really get in shot but they annoyed the hell out of me when i was in private study
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:18, Reply)
low speed drive-by
On New Year's Eve there was a police chase that continued into a very crowded shopping area in my town. An innocent bystander was shot by police, and the town was furious. The next day I was driving through the intersection where this occurred, and I saw a news crew filming a live report. While the light was red I had time to figure out that I would be driving right across the frame in a moment, just as the reporter started talking. So I started driving through the intersection very slowly, with my window down, staring at the camera and nearly stopping.

Sadly it was the worst local news station and none of my friends saw the report - they're not the type to be home watching the news at 11PM anyway.

I also made the front page of the NY Times sports section several years back, while walking past the national champion cross-country runner. My mom kept a copy for a little while.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:14, Reply)
video star, baby!
I was, regrettably, in the audience in the Duran Duran video for the execrable "Reflex" (the reflex, fle-fle-fle-flex!). I also appear on an almost daily basis walking past the window behind the VeeJays on MuchMusic (Canada's version of MTV). Relatives inevitably call up my mother and tell her that they caught me walking past, SMOKING! (gasp!) And then she calls me and tells me off.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:10, Reply)
evil cameraman
Meridian Tonight came to my old school (Twynham in Dorset) and did some report on some shit subject. They chose our tutor room for the opening shots. Due to a terrible layout of the room the cameraman made me get out of my chair and filmed whilst sat in it, thus putting everyone else in my form on the news for about a minute and not me. Cunt. Got shots of their shoes and everything :(
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:02, Reply)
almost (famously) eaten
i am in about 12 frames of "jaws 2" (which was mostly filmed in my hometown) my older brother heard that the production crew was paying extras $50 to scream and run out of the water. since there was a jellyfish swarm at the time- it was'nt terribly difficult...call it method acting. anyway...i am one of the little blonde haired kids.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 18:00, Reply)
I was
in Terry Venables "England Crazy" pop video world cup song attempt. It got slaughtered by golden balls and that one Ant and Dec did and then died a very quiet death.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 17:52, Reply)
Newsnight once did a report on a Summer School at Warwick University
I was there. Infact I was in the opening shots as I and several others were ordered by the cameraman to enter the cafeteria.

I can also be found in several of the publicity photos for said summer school.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 17:49, Reply)
*blue* tomorrows world
first time poster...*blah,blah*

our school once ran a trip to the science exhibition at the NEC and it was as boring as hell!
the bbc were there filming a special edition of 'tomorrows world' with that stupid bitch phillipa forester (sp?) and some old git who's name i forget....anyway, being the cheeky, naughty school girls me and my friends were, we decided to piss the bcc film crew off to the best of our ability. so we spent the day following them all around and swearing loudly whilst they were filming (yes...childish, but strangely satisfying). ms. forester got very annoyed and told us all to piss off and then got us thrown out of the arena.
however, we thought that there would be no chance of anything we'd said getting through but at one point we can quite clearly be heard screaming 'you're all a bunch of fucking wankers' in the background...ah, those were the days!
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 17:46, Reply)
I was on a christian retreat (which is a complicated story in itself)
A few friends and their families and others etc were there. We were sitting around watching Eurotrash (it was a few years ago and we were all young :P ) and it made some comment about Morris Dancers, then cut to a shot of some. We all come from a village with a lot of folk music/dancing, and realised there were a few of the uniforms we recognized, then saw our village's one - and who should dance into the shot by my dad?

And that is the story of how my dad was on Britain's leading fake porn show.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 17:44, Reply)
I was a contestant
in the Dutch national spelling contest, together with several hundreds of other students. It was broadcast on national television. Luckily, I didn't make it to the final round, because that would mean I'd have to spell out words in a microphone in front of the entire nation. In one of the first rounds, however, my left sleeve was visible for several seconds when Ivo Niehe (Dutch TV personality and host of the show) stood behind me. Those were my 15 seconds of fame =)
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 17:34, Reply)
portuguese tv
there's a bar in Lisbon in a fancy new built area by an arena thingy that my mate took me and a few friends to one night during the last world cup.

Us girls are sitting there, one of our numbers getting wildly sloshed, when a TV crew arrives in the bar, along with a massive Brazillian drum and steel band. They're broadcasting LIVE from "one of Lisbon's most fashionable bars" a programme about the world cup. The presenter sees a bunch of blonde and redhaired girls (us), and figures we'll make an interesting background.

Interesting. Yes.

My rat-arsed friend then proceeds to subtly flip the bird with an evil grin on her face at the camera every time the presenter turns his back, then goes back to chatting to us when he looks. We all slowly begin to move our bar stools away from her, utterly unaware until I look over my shoulder, that there is a HUGE screen broadcasting this channel opposite the bar, in the direction of the presenter, who is fully aware of everything.

After the broadcast he tried to have a go at us, but my portuguese friend pretended to be English and 'couldn't understand mate'.

Bird-flipper is now an officer of the law. I make no comment.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 17:29, Reply)
Deadly killer
When Radio 1 did Sound City in Brighton last year, there was a lady going round asking people what they thought about the bands playing. It was Halloween, and we were all dressed up in our finery, and me and my g/f were dressed as ninjas for some reason.

The lady asked us all about Turbonegro, and our comments all made it on to the programme (I've still got a burned copy, ever so proud, *sniff*). Even my background radio debut was on there - me pissed out of my face and makinmg ninja noises while the woman was trying to be professional

(, Thu 11 Nov 2004, 17:29, Reply)

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