New BBC programme looking for gamers, sci-fi and comics fans

Published On January 11, 2010 | By Joe Gordon | Film TV & Theatre

Researcher Claire Castle drops me a line to say that they are looking for gamers, science fiction and comics fans for an upcoming programme for BBC 3:

Does your avatar do more exercise than you? Are you happier running round World Of War craft than pounding the treadmill at the gym?

If you love playing high-octane games or reading sci-fi and action based comics from the comfort of your sofa, but are turned off at the thought of real exercise, we want to hear from you…

BBC Three is looking for 18-26 year olds who are proud of their lifestyle and leisure choices, to take part in a new series.

Email us on lifestylechallenge@betty.co.uk
Or call us on 020 7290 0530

I’m afraid I don’t have any more details on the actual show yet, although I’m sure we will hear more as it develops, but if you fit the bill and fancy taking part and proudly flying our Geek Flag of Awesomeness then give them a shout.

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

7 Responses to New BBC programme looking for gamers, sci-fi and comics fans

  1. From the e-mail and the e-mail address it would guess they are doing a program where they get what they consider fat spotty nerds who nobody likes and turns their life around which they are wasting on playing games and comics ect. ect. Read the first two lines and notice the email address is ‘lifestylechallenge’ I doubt this show is going to be exactly friendly towards gaming culture and most likely still has a very 90s image of gamers and comic fans (spotty teenagers in their bedrooms not talking to anyone)

  2. Gem says:

    I agree with braindead_hero… it doesn’t come across as something that’s going to be very flattering towards Sci-Fi fans. But then again it’s BBC3 they have done some good shows, I guess.

  3. Cheryl says:

    This is so tempting. They so very clearly have a stereotype in mind. Maybe we should fulfill it for them. I don’t think it will take much effort to invent a character of the type that they want to feature in their programme.

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  5. Joe says:

    I must admit I am concerned at the wording and the obvious implication for fans well used to being viewed in one way that suits the media.When I replied to them I did say I hoped they weren’t going to be trying to reinforce the stereotypical perception of the SF&F/comics/gaming fan, guess we will see.

  6. It really does read a lot like, “Are you a fat saddo nerd? Then come on our programme and let us make fun of you!”

  7. Malcolm Hutchison says:

    A quick google of the email address throws this up:

    Are you proud of your party-hard lifestyle?

    Do you regularly wake up in hangover hell and need a pile of junk food to get you through the day, only to go back out and do it all again? Or are you a hardcore caner, partying from Thursday to Monday without stopping? Was your school PE class the last time you did any exercise?

    If you are18 – 26 years of age and proud of your “live-fast, die-young” lifestyle then we want to hear from you.

    Does not bode well.