I have been reading about the BBC plans for “Britain in a day” which will take place across the nation on 12th November. On that day, Ridley Scott and director Morgan Matthews invite everyone to capture the reality of their day and to upload it to YouTube. They intend the resulting film and online archive to be a powerful and moving snapshot of the UK today. It will be premiered in cinemas and broadcast on BBC2 for a general audience, ahead of the London Olympics.
What would the nation see if I filmed one of our typical Saturdays – me waking up too late, shock-haired, and throwing a belated breakfast at the children? Me, sneaking out in my pyjamas to grab the Saturday paper, hoping against hope that no-one sees me? Me squealing at the children to get away from the TV and head outside? Me screaming at the children that maybe they should come back inside and do some homework? My husband and I clutching a glass of wine at the end of a long day and watching something very middle-aged on telly. Is this something I really want to share with the nation? Of course, we do often attempt day trips and other excitements on Saturdays, but I am not sure anyone else at the theatre/museum/stately home or wherever would want to be filmed.
That said, as a project it does sound fun. And this particular 12th November we will be in the process of moving house. So maybe the journey between our new home and our old one could form part of our “Britain in a Day”. We could at least try to capture the upsides of shifting and not the horrible stressful downsides – the children each finally getting their own bedroom, for example, and the joy that will (hopefully) bring.
The details for getting involved are here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00kqz5p What would your Britain in a day show?