AMERICAN FANS FLY TO BRITAIN FOR TAPING OF AS TIME GOES BY
New York, 1 February 2005 – A group of 76
fans from five countries around the globe, with the majority coming from across
the US, will travel thousands of miles to attend the tapings for the two special
episodes of this international favorite British television situation comedy
As Time Goes By on February
5 and 15, 2005..
“This is not an
unusual situation for the fan base of this program,” explained Don Taffner, Jr.,
Vice President of DLT Entertainment which, together with its sister company, The
Theatre of Comedy, has been commissioned by the BBC to produce the two 45-minute
specials. “This has become a ritual for As Time Goes By fans to cross the
Atlantic at their own expense just to see the tapings and catch a glimpse of
their favorite stars - truly a unique tradition adapted over the years by the
fans of this show,” Taffner continued.
The visit was organized through the show’s
fan website www.atgbcentral.com. The series is one of U.S. Public Television’s
most popular attractions. Taffner is negotiating deals to air the two specials
on U.S. television. The new shows will be written by Bob Larbey who has written
all of the previous nine series. Syd Lotterby will produce and direct as he has
so performed since the series originated in 1992. Dame Judi Dench and her
long-time co-star, Geoffrey Palmer, will return as well.
“The reason for the strong fan interest is
that Series Nine, which aired in the U.S. last year was thought to be the
closing chapter in the lives of Jean Pargetter and Lionel Hardcastle,” said
Taffner. “Fans of the show are intrigued to find out what has happened to the
Hardcastles and their extended family in the three years since the last series
was produced. We promise there will be some surprises!!!”
Throughout its previous nine series, As Time
Goes By has always been a highly rated program with an above normal audience
appreciation index and often is one of the top rated entertainment programs of
the week on public television stations.
"It is a privilege to once again work with
Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer, two of the UK's leading actors,” said
Taffner. “The fans are in for a treat."
For further information, please contact
Henri Bollinger: 818-784-0534.
Notes to Editors:
With offices in London, New York and Los
Angeles, DLT Entertainment Ltd. is engaged in every aspect of television
distribution and production around the world, as well as stage production in the
US and in the UK.
DLT Entertainment is
a top independent television distribution and production company best known for
producing and syndicating “Three’s
Company” and “Too Close for
Comfort,” two mega hits which were American versions of British
sitcoms, as well as for importing the Benny Hill comedies.
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