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Richard VobesBy Richard Vobes
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Richard VobesBy Richard Vobes
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About

I am Richard Vobes, the Bald Explorer, and for the past three years I have been self-funding a series of films exploring Britain’s wonderful heritage. Community Channel, a not-for-profit digital TV station, has been broadcasting these programmes on their network which have now been enjoyed by thousands of viewers.

Following this success, it seems I now have an audience who would like some more. However, being a charity funded organisation Community Channel cannot commission me, and I do not have the funds to make these programmes myself anymore.

And this, dear Kickstarters, is where you come in!

Rather than trying to fund the whole series in one go, we just want to raise enough money to make the first episode. If successful, it will be broadcast in the New Year on Community Channel and repeated many times thereafter - and your name could be on the credits!

And, of course, all of our Kickstarter producers will have advanced downloads of the episode the minute it pops out of the edit room!

The First Episode - Bridgnorth, Shropshire
The reason we have chosen Bridgnorth is simple; it is one of Britain’s gems. Tucked away in the Midlands, it is found next to Ironbridge; birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. It lies on the River Severn, above Worchester and below Shrewsbury, and is at one end of the Severn Valley Railway – which still offers a fantastic heritage steam service. There is more to it than that, of course. It has a unique funicular; a Victorian Cliff Railway, the steepest in Britain; a church designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford; a castle keep, which is currently tilting at a greater angle than the leaning tower of Pisa; cave dwellings, once the home of the poor; a hermitage; and was also the scene of dramatic skirmishes during the English Civil War.

Meet the Bald Explorer
I have been a filmmaker and amateur historian most of my life, but as well as that I have been an actor, writer, award winning podcaster, circus performer and mime artist. (Yes, I have walked on broken glass, eaten fire, juggled knives, ridden a six foot unicycle and sprayed myself silver to perform as a human robot). In the mid-nineties, I wrote, produced and starred in a children’s comedy slapstick show, Snug and Cozi, for ITV and have made appearances in many television shows throughout the late 80s and 90’s, including The Bill, Waiting for God, Poirot, London’s Burning and Lovejoy.

I have been making films about our heritage for a while now; telling the story of our towns and villages, our traditions and legends - not the big well known stories, but the quirky, unusual and often unknown chunks of British history.

Watch an Episode

Would you like to get a flavour of the Bald Explorer? Why not sit back and enjoy a recent episode, broadcast on the Community Channel earlier this year.

Risks and challenges

Television is expensive to make, but it doesn’t have to be prohibitive. With a small, experienced and dedicated crew the cost can be brought down dramatically. Thankfully, the digital revolution has been a game changer in getting programming made.

Ok, we’re not making an episode of Frozen Planet or Vikings here, but we do need a few thousand to make a good television show.

The money that we need to make it will naturally pay for the production costs which break down to covering the crew for one week, accommodation, transport, equipment hire, insurances and a little thank you to our contributors and interviewees.

Are we paying ourselves? Frankly, yes! If we didn’t pay the cast and crew a basic wage the production wouldn’t get made. It is a simple as that.

This is not just a passion project; this is about making a television show you want to see.

Years of experience have taught us how to make this work – all that’s missing is you!

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    You are a Gold Star Producer so naturally we want to thank you with all of the above, plus you will receive an Associate Producer credit once the episode's broadcast on Community Channel. You can also have a Skype chat with the team whilst on location (subject to Wi-Fi availability of course) and receive a signed photo album from the week’s shoot, with exclusive behind-the-scenes photos!

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    You are a Platinum Star Producer so naturally we want to thank you with all of the above, plus you’ll also get the chance to spend the day with the team on location. Fancy helping out and working with the film crew? Fancy having lunch with the team? Well now’s your chance!

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