TV Guide, Web Chat, 4 May 1999. (complete text)
Q: I've read you have a production company - what kind of things are you looking to produce?
TONY: Largely around the musical. There was a project I had going here that was preempted as someone else had been doing the same project. There's also a live action film we've optioned in the States and we're in the early part of the treatment and script. We have several things up our sleeves. No particular type of movie over another, just whatever is an interesting story. I want to do things that haven't been done before... dramatic scenarios.
Bristol Evening Post. "Stars who run their own show," 29 January 1998.
A STRING of top West actors have formed their very own TV company.
Stars such as Tony Robinson - who plays Baldrick in Blackadder - and Casualty nurse Derek Thompson are leading Fat Chance Productions.
The company has put together a series called West Foot Forward, which follows the stars taking walks around the West.
Three shows have yet to be screened, including actress Stephanie Cole's trip from her former home of Bitton to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre where she trained.
Other stars involved include Clifton-based Paul McGann and Heartbeat star Derek Fowlds.
The 27 actors hope that having their own production firm will give them greater control over their work and prove to people they are not impractical luvvies.
They also hope to produce Monument, a half-hour drama about the slave trade, due to be filmed in the city this summer.
The company is based at the HTV studios in Bath Road, Brislington.
Spokeswoman Alison Sterling said: "The name came from a conversation involving Paul McGann, when someone said 'Fat chance' to the idea of actors setting up a production firm.
"The organisation is really a pool for ideas about shows that actors may want to make.
"Usually actors are the last people to be told of a decision on a production and this way they can have some input."
First Walk Forward is screened on HTV on Monday afternoons, at 2.50pm.
Western Daily Press (U.K.), "We're sick of being called luvvies...; West Stars Seize the Initiative With Own Business." 28 January 1998.
A WHO'S Who of top actors in the West have set up their own television production firm in a world first move to control their own work. Famous names such as Tony Robinson, Paul McGann, and Casualty series stars Patrick Robinson and Derek Thompson are just a few of the names celebrating the success of Fat Chance Productions.
The company, also involving Sophie Ward, Heartbeat star Derek Fowlds and Tony Head, has scored its first success with West Foot Forward - a series of walks carried out by some of the stars through the West.
The top actors hope that having their own production will mean they have greater control over their programme ideas and show people they are not impractical luvvies.
The company is based at the HTV studios in Brislington, Bristol, and its first series West Foot Forward is shown on HTV on Monday afternoons at 2.50pm.
Three shows are yet to be broadcast, including actress Stephanie Cole's trip from her former home of Bitton to the Old Vic Theatre in Bristol where she trained, which will be screened on February 16.
Derek Fowlds said: "The walks series was excellent and I am hoping to get more involved in the future.
"It all started when a group of actors from Bristol and Bath thought we would get together to form the company so there would be something to produce Western shows and programmes.
"I think it's terrific."
The Fat Chance Productions firm was set up about a year ago and will produce a new half-hour drama about the slave trade.
It involves the attempts by a black television reporter, played by Patrick Robinson, to report the discovery of a slave ship wrecked in the Bristol Channel.
The show called Monument will be filmed this summer across the city.
Twenty-seven actors in all are part of the production firm including Tony Head, star of coffee adverts on television.
Alison Sterling, a spokeswoman for the group, said: "The name came from a conversation involving Paul McGann when someone said 'Fat chance' to the idea of actors setting up the production firm.
"There are these stereotypes that actors are vain and this luvvie image is wrong. The organisation is really a pool for ideas about shows that actors may want to make.
"Usually actors are the last people to be told of a decision on a production and this way they can have some input.
"We also thought that working in the area would be helpful so at the end of the day actors can go home and see their children rather than be stuck far away on a production sometimes."
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