Team Production Blog

Splat! Team Production Blog

Welcome to The Splat! Show Team production blog. Here you will find important updates from the team that make the Splat! Show a reality.

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Covid-19 Updates

Update: Friday 31st July

Today the UK Government announced new measures to tackle a rise in new Coronavirus cases. The following areas are now under new restrictions: Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Leicester. If you live in these areas then we will be unable to host you at any of our shoots (Commercial and Private Experiences). If you have already booked a private experience with us and you live in one of these areas, please contact us. 

We continue to follow the current official guidance and are monitoring the situation. Any future updates will be posted here on our COVID-19 updates page. We appreciate your continued support during this challenging time. 

 Update: Sunday 12th July

This past week we resumed our shooting operations by welcoming our first private experience guests since the shut down that occurred in March. We have now scheduled our first commercial shoot with Mark Anthony that will take place on Tuesday the 21st July. We will continue to move at a slower pace than normal with our commercial shoots for the foreseeable future as we monitor the current situation. Private experiences will continue to be held and are open for bookings but our commercial output will not return to normal for some time.

Update: Tuesday 7th July

We are now re-starting our physical operations, we have been accepting private experience bookings since we re-opened bookings towards the end of June. Please note that we are nearly fully booked for July, so if you want to book a private experience for July please do so before the 12th of July.

Update: Tuesday 23rd June

We are pleased to announce that we will be restarting our physical shooting operations from the 4th July. We will be operating under our new shooting safety framework during this time. You can find out more about this here. Private experience bookings are now open for new bookings and we will be announcing our first commercial shoot since the lockdown soon.  

Update: Sunday 14th June 

We are now gearing up to re-start production on our commercial shoots and private experiences. We are currently aiming for a July re-start, no earlier than 5th July. We are awaiting UK government guidelines about when we can resume. Currently they have said that we will be able to re-start from July 4th depending on the current situation near that date. 

Our physical shooting operations will be running in a slightly different way compared to before the pandemic while the virus is still circulating in the community. While we don’t think you will see anything different on screen, we have provided our new shooting safety framework for you to read. We have done this so you can find out more about how we are operating during the COVID-19 Pandemic and to reassure future guests if they are coming to us over the next few months. Please take a look at it here.


Update: Thursday May 14th

We hope to resume our shooting operations from mid to late summer. We are monitoring the situation carefully and will update this page with updates when we are ready to announce them.

Update: Friday 10th March

The UK Government announced new measures today to counter the growing COVID-19 epidemic within the UK. These new measures will have an impact on all our operations going forward until the situation stabilises. 

Private Experiences: Bookings for our private experiences are no longer being accepted at this time. The UK Government has said that there should be no social contact where necessary. This covers all ages within the UK. This could last for a few months or longer. The UK Government is also recommending a halt to unnecessary travel at this time.

If you already have a private experience booked then we will contact you asking you to delay until the situation improves and we can run your private experience. The health and safety of our clients is our top priority. We understand this will be disappointing but we are following official government advice and haven’t taken this decision lightly. 

We are continuing to monitor the situation and hope to resume our private experiences as soon as possible. Our private experiences are usually held with two people in the studio, Pete and the private experience client and we are currently evaluating if we can resume our private experiences as soon as possible. 

These are unprecedented times and action has to be taken to help support the effort to stop the spread and protect as many people as possible.   

Future Commercial Shoots: All future planned commercial shoots have been put on hold until further notice.  

Stay Safe and Look After Each Other: Other than that, we here at The Splat! Show wish all our fans the world over the best of health over the next few weeks and months as the world grapples with this pandemic. Look after each other, especially the frail and elderly, stay safe, and please WASH YOUR HANDS. 

We always strive to be transparent and honest with our fans. There is no denying that the current global situation is dire, but IT WILL get better. We wanted to share this update with you so you know we are taking this situation seriously while still trying to maintain business as usual. 

The Splat! Show Team

Production Updates:

End Of Season 17 and 2019 Update

Technically there’s still a month of 2019 to go but I’ve just looked at the Splat diary (and my own one!) and realised if I want to get a “Review of 2019” done…. well I’m going to have to do it before 2019 is actually done.  Don’t worry, this isn’t just going to be a copy and paste from previous blogs and it’s not going to be one of those “month by month” things either….. mostly because, as you’ll see, 2019 has been something of a blur.  Instead, I thought I’d fill in a load of blanks, let you know a few things that have been going on behind the scenes and do a bit of a tease for some up coming things. There’s one other thing this blog needs to do as well…. but more of that later.

So, you may have noticed that Splat’s output hasn’t been as voluminous as it has been in other years.  Yet, at Splat, we’ve NEVER been busier.  Let’s start with what the majority of you HAVE seen.  It’s been the year of the duo shoots (well it was our anniversary year, we wanted to make it a good one) and they’ve been hysterical.  When I started at Splat, in my show against Jon…. well never in any of my wildest dreams did I think that I’d still be doing shows with him 2 and a half years later.  His two head to heads couldn’t have been more different, against Adam there was a serious alpha male contest going on (no, I’m not going to say who won, that would be cruel to them both) and against his brother, Daniel, sibling rivalry on a huge scale (and I thought I was competitive with my own brother!).  We were supremely lucky with Jon’s brother, same as with Gabriel’s brother Uriel.  And believe me, in the blog for that shoot, you really wouldn’t believe some of the bits I left out to keep it PG rated. Would not have missed that day for the world, Gabriel is an impossibly wonderful human being and working with him is a sheer joy.  Shepherding him and his brother from London to Splat, via a rail replacement bus will live in my memories for a hell of a long time!  Mind you, so will the unexpected gunging at the midnight before the Jon vs Daniel shoot….. though that was memorable for all the wrong reasons!  
We had some returners (Phil and Benji) and those are always dream shoots.  They remember enough from their first visit so as we don’t have to do a load of info dumping with them but they’re not sooooo familiar with the tank that we can’t surprise them 🙂 Benji had me in hysterics for the whole shoot and Phil was just so relaxing to work with.  Pete shot with Oliver and Marius and yes, when I’m not doing a show I *AM* a Splat fan and yes, I got them both.  Watching shows and not knowing what happens next…. I still love that too!  Same as with Kes, man I am jealous Pete did that one solo!  All I’ll say is “speedos” and take a five minute break from writing this whilst I go and enjoy the sights again 🙂
So, if we haven’t done all that many shows, why have we been so busy?
2019 was very much the year of the fan… and wow, what a year!
I’ve lost track of how many fans I’ve filmed this year for Splat Experiences.  Pete’s done even more (I had to take a break in the middle of the year due to an injured foot…. oooooops).  I never EVER give out specifics of what goes on at the Private Experiences, they’re very personal to the people involved but I thought it would be interesting for people to know the vague details of some of the things that have gone on especially as I am seriously proud of what Splat has done.  I know Pete can’t believe how they’ve taken off or how varied they’ve been. The weirdest thing is I can’t believe I ended up doing all the things I’ve done as well.  You see, the privates took a very strange turn early in the year.  I’d been asked to attend one purely as a stage hand.  I wasn’t even actually going to be in the room whilst it was being filmed (yes, I voluntarily travel from London to Kettering even if all I think I’m going to be doing is cleaning up!).  I arrived to find that due to unfortunate circumstances, the plans had all gone into disarray. Without conscious thought about what I was saying, I said I’d happily jump in and do the head to head elements that the person had asked for.
I definitely didn’t know I’d be tanked. I’ve yet to get payback on the person that should have been in there but trust me, it will happen!
At the end of that session, Pete and I sat down and really stupidly I said “oh that was fun, how about we make head to heads part of the offer?”.  The result?  Well this might come as a surprise to you all but when I do the head to heads… I play to WIN.  Yeah, I’m a gunge fan but I’m also quite proud of my quiz skills.  I’m currently one game down across the whole year (though some of the head to heads have been very close!). And if we play “Pass the Pie”, do not expect to get off lightly.  One of the days where I played that, the pies were flying everywhere. When I took the surf suit off to shower at the end…. well I do mean I got pied EVERYWHERE.  Even when I’m just host or stage hand, I absolutely adore the private experience days.  Yeah, everyone thinks I must love working with the models but I truly love the experience shoots more.  Fans are FUN.  We get to give them things they’ve always wanted, we’ve learned so much about what people remember from their childhood, we’ve had a VERY interesting list of celebrities that they want to see gunged (oh if only we could…. I have my own top three that I’d like and it turns out that a few fans want the same too) and if there’s something specific they’ve wanted, we’ve really tried to give them what they asked for, whether it be specific games, colours, temperatures of gunge (one person wanted cold gunge…… they REALLY got it!). I even, for one shoot, had to do a load of improvised acting to help stitch someone up (it was explicitly asked for before you worry, 99.9% of the time there’s no stitching up at all).  We pull the stops out, we love it when you leave with a smile on your face and we do our best to make sure you don’t leave with gunge still behind your ears 🙂
I’d love to say it’s been an easy year.  Just as I won’t give away specifics of what went on with whom at the private experiences, I won’t go into the specifics of some of the things that have happened behind the scenes.  I don’t think you’d believe some of the messages we have been sent and, whilst we try not simply ignore them, there have been a few that… well….. let’s move on.  We’ve been let down by a few people as well which didn’t help either and, whilst we have tried to keep most of it from the fans, occasionally we have put snippets on line. Your support has been AMAZING.  Pete and I are always lost for words when we read the messages of support that you lot leave us.  At the start of this blog I said there was something and I would come back to and here it is.  We live and exist because of you guys. I don’t just mean the private experiences (which we absolutely LOVE) but we love it when you message us, when you send us comments during the shoots (sorry if we don’t reply instantly, something about having to clear up umpteen buckets of gunge and pies whilst the model showers off) and when you tell us what you’d like to see.  You are an amazing bunch of followers and when things have been rough, trust me…. we kept going because of you.  
Coming soon then….. well in little under a week we’re doing the end of season shoot and *checks notes* well I don’t think we’ve ever planned quite such a messy shoot before.  I think I’m going to need a LOT of protective plastic sheeting for the floor for this one!  We’ve also got a revamp coming up.  Pete’s told me that I mustn’t tell you about the , that we’re planning , we’ve got a whole new and as for the new game …… hmmmm, well if a certain person shows up to play that one, yeah…. I will definitely be getting my own back for the tanking!  
There are three golden rules that we stick to at Splat
1) We’re honest.  We might desperately hope a vote will go one way but EVERY single vote we’ve gone with whatever you’ve voted for.  Games are played for real.  And yeah, Tour de Gunge was 100% honest.  Well done to by the way!
2) We totally respect the models.  Doesn’t matter if it messes a bit with our plans, we never want the model to feel uncomfortable and we work around them every single time.  We tell them exactly what they’re coming in to (we send them a link to the site) and discuss everything with them as we go along       and
3) If you think 2019 was messy…. just wait for 2020.
It’s been an amazing year, and it’s all been done for you.