Clive Doig, managing director of Brechin Productions has created, produced and/or directed the following programmes for Broadcast TV:
Vision On: BAFTA twice winning children's TV series which sold around the world, made for the BBC it catered specifically for the hard-of-hearing, but because of its highly visual content, this serendipity of art, design, humour, surrealism and invention became hugely popular with all viewers of all ages. Starred Tony Hart, Pat Keysell, Wilfred Makepeace Lunn, Ben Benison later Sylvester McCoy and David Cleveland as the prof. Produced by Patrick Dowling, Directed and then Produced by Clive Doig.
Jigsaw: BAFTA winning children's series for BBC1. A mix of comedy sketch, sureal humour, cartoon and visual information all based on a very simple word game, this very popular series ran for seven years. Its presenter was Jigg, an animated wooden jigsaw piece, aided and abetted by Janet Ellis, Adrian Hedley, Julia Binsted, Sylvester McCoy, Davdi Rappaport, Wilf Lunn and many others. Created, Written and Produced by Clive Doig.
Puzzle Trail: An adventure TV game show for the BBC where viewers had to discover the location of a hidden treasure through clues given on the show. Tommy Boyd and Davy Jones from the Monkeys were two of the presenters. Ran for four years with four different objectives.
Beat the Teacher: A long-running popular quiz series in which pupils and teachers were pitted equally against each other with questions of logic, visual spacial and reasoning intelligence, where questions and tasks did not require acquired knowledge. Question-masters included Howard Stableford, Paul Jones and Bruno Brookes. Created, written and Produced by Clive Doig for the BBC.
We Are the Champions: A knockout sports series with mixed school teams of eleven year olds competing in outdoor activities as well as swimming events. Presented for seven years by Ron Pickering. Many famous sports stars guested throughout the years. Clive Doig produced and directed for five years.
Multicoloured Swap Shop: Saturday morning magazine, pop and chat show with an Outside Broadcast Road Show to which kids brought their swaps. Noel Edmonds held the studio end together and the swap and pop phone calls, while Maggie Philbin and Keith Chegwyn were out on location. Clive Doig was one of four producers during two seasons.
Lucky Numbers: Two series of one hour 'live' variety and quiz shows for BBC1 on Saturdays at 7.0pm. Two series of 10 programmes were transmitted live from the same studio as Swap Shop, but with a total turn round of set, crews and production. Swap Shop came off the air at 1.00pm. The scenery was cleared and the 'Lucky Numbers' set erected, the acts, bands, quizzes were rehearsed and the show went out livefrom 7.00-8.00pm. "Lucky Numbers" included magic, juggling, mime and musical acts from the contemporary pop scene as well as a quiz for the audience participants. Introduced by Noel Edmonds. Produced by Clive Doig.
The Phoenix and the Carpet: The first televised adaptation in eight episodes of this famous EE Nesbitt children's novel with its magical and fantastic adventures of four children was a huge success. Famed children's drama producer Dorothea Brooking produced the series for the BBC and Clive Doig was the director. Many inovative electronic special effects were used for the first time to enable this fantasy to be realised, with the introduction of so-called Colour Separation Overlay, a TV matting technique, to allow the characters to fly, transport and interact with puppets, animals and TV with film.
April Fool: A special one hour long celebration of all the great April Fool's Day jokes and hoaxes from history. Re-enacted by a cast of actors, it included the famous Virginia Woolf / Horace Cole Inspection of HMS Dreadnought. Written by Jereny Beadle and Clive Doig, produced and directed by Clive Doig it was introduced by Dave Lee Travers.
The Deceivers: A series for BBC2 which re-enacted the stories of all the great hoaxers, cons, forgers, fakers, impersonators, fraudsters and those who live and gain by deceit. Written by Jeremy Beadle and Clive Doig, with music by Martin Cook and Richard Denton, produced and directed by Clive Doig
Eureka: Four series, thirty-two programmes in all, about the inventions of everyday objects. All those little mundane things we take for granted have a story. From the safety-pin to the camera, from the crisp to the brazziere, from the zip to worcester sauce, from the ball-point pen to the vacuum flask. Written by Jeremy Beadle and Clive Doig, it was presented in turn by Jeremy Beadle, then by Sarah Greene and Paul MacDowell, and then by the resident company of actors themselves, including Bernard Holley, Madeleine Smith, Mike Savage, Julia Binsted, Philip Fox, Jackie Clarke, Sylvester McCoy, Wilfred Makepeace Lunn and others. Produced and Directed by Clive Doig. Received two BAFTA nominations.
Abracadabra: A kids' science series for Channel 4, which combined scientific fact and information with 'off-the-wall' humour and comedy sketch. Filmed in Norway and England this adventurous and exciting series was produced by Jan Silkenstedt, with Clive Doig as the series director. It starred Chris Langham, Morwenna Banks, Steve Steen, Paul Shearer and Vicky Licorice.
Up and Under: A documentary for Thames TV and TVNZ following grass routes rugby in New Zealand, coincident with the very first Rugby World Cup. Clive Doig was the location director in Australia and New Zealand.
Wizbit: An independent production for the BBC, created by Barry Murray and starring Paul Daniels was a fantasy entertainment and magic programme for kids. This modern day Alice and Wonderland with its main characters, a yellow cone called Wizbit, a giant rabbit, a wicked Professor Doom, castles in the air a Squidgy Bog and weird characters and goings on, ran for two series. The first series was produced by Clive Doig.
The Album: This compendium of collecting for children, was based around everything that any child could collect in an album. Set in a fantasy town with the Collector's corner shop at its centre, it starred Adrian Hedley, Maria MacErlane, Philip Fox and Peter Geeves amongst others. Original music, well remembered by Martin Cook, was adapted to create a pop-song honouring the most bizarre collection ever sent in to the programme. One girl had collected all the "dust-and-fibre discs from her mother's tumble dryer" and had mounted them in four albums. Created, produced and directed by Clive Doig.
Beadle's About: This very popular entertainment series ran for ten years, starring Jeremy Beadle and his repertory company of actors hoaxing the general public. Clive Doig produced the last series and himself conceived the great "Alien" set-up, where a farmer's wife coming home late at night is confronted with a spaceship plunged into her garden. A cast of hundreds, including scientists, the army, police, fire-brigade, extra-terrestrial experts and TV crews, encourage her to believe the whole thing. Finally the emergence of an alien creature from the ship, to whom she sings a song and offers a cup of tea, encourages her amazing communication skills with it, and with its larger 'mummy' who appears behind her . Beadle's the alien mummy, the lady has been duped, she collapses in laughter and relief. All that has been altered, garden lawn, windows blown out, washing burnt, water damage and removed family is righted, and she has lived off the fame ever since. Voted four times as the greatest TV hoax ever, it took Beadle's About out with a bang!
Johnny Ball Reveals All: Johnny Ball who presented BAFTA award winning "Think of a Number" for the BBC, ventured into ITV Childrens with this popular science series. Introducing highly complex scientific ideas in an entertaining way with immense enthusiasm and humour was Johnny's skill. The series ran for five years. Clive Doig and Brechin Productions produced and directed the series for Carlton TV for ITV.
Eat Your Words: An early success for GMTV this quiz show for kids, had crazy humour, mad sketches and extraordinary culinary dishes all based round a wordgame. Presenters over the years were Konnie Huq and Simon Parkin, and amongst the helpers and actors were Mark Speight, Phil Fox, Julia Binsted, Vincent Brimble and Janet Spencer-Turner. This series was conceived, written, produced and directed by Clive Doig and Brechin Productions and ran for three years until it was very unfairly taken off the air because of a trademark dispute over the title name.
Turnabout: This popular daytime wordgame/quiz ran for seven years and produced many great champion wordsmiths of each year. Notably remembered for its scoreboard which consisted of a number opf coloured spheres that rotated, in order for contestants to make up lines of their own colour, and the POND in the studio, which had no function whatsoever, but looked good; Turnabout was introduced throughout by Rob Curling. All the questions were based on strings of three-letters occurring within other words, for instance - URN - - - - - was a clue to 'The best wordgame to appear on BBC TV?' The series was created by and produced by Clive Doig and Brechin Productions.
Gridlock: Another wordgame, this time for Carlton TV, this 130 programme run was based on contestants solving double-entendres and words with more than one meaning or sound-alikes, and placing letters on a crossword grid to score points. Produced by Carol Frankland, Gridlock was created and directed by Clive Doig.
See It Saw It: A CBBC entertainment show. An audience of children made decisions by swinging their giant, rocking, seating-stand one way or the other. Mostly the yes/no decisions were answers to clues given during the course of the show, through comedy sketches and the madness that reigned in the Kingdom of Much Jollity on the Mirth. This fantasy kingdom and fantastic castle had an anarchic King, wattended by his foolish but wise Jesters, See and Saw, a High Lord Chamberlain, who was older than anybody living put together, a pretty princess and courtiers, visiting kings, dignitaries, tradesmen and evil forces abounding. This popular kids series ellicited thousands of e-mails and correspondence and strated up an enthusiastic fan club, and is still a popular site to visit, as anyone reading this will know having come through it. The programme starred Mark Speight as the King, Philip Fox as Saw, Natasha Collins and then Kate Crossley as See, Julia Binsted as Princess Bobo, and ex-Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy who not only played the Lord High Chamberlain, but also Aunt Griselda and the wicked Beelzebub. Paul Shearer and Richard Turner who wrote the comedy sketches also appeared with Vicky Licorish and occasionally Wilfred Lunn, and with the others adopted a multitude of guises throughout this comprehensively varied series. Created and produced by Clive Doig.
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