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Updates From The Splat! Show Production Team

James and Louie Shoots

Updated: Friday  17th September 2021

Earlier this week we announced the first set of shoots that will take place in the second half of this season, a season we are calling “Special” after the COVID lockdowns. 

We are shooting with James on Sunday 3rd October and Louie a week before on Saturday 25th September. James is a seasoned Gungjee having appeared on QuizBob and others over the past 12 months, but he credits The Splat! Show  as the reason why he agreed to appear on those shows in the first place. Let’s hope we can make his Splat! Show experience a top tier show.

Louie is completely new to Gunge and is yet another brand new face that you will see first on The Splat! Show. A personal trainer and a father of three, Louie will certainly becoming very gooey when he steps into The Gunge Tank for the first time on Saturday 25th September!

A Gunge Tank Vote is running between James and Louie and is already the biggest Gunge Tank vote this season by a massive margin. I can’t tell how the vote is going, but I can say that it’s looking very close but I don’t think it will be another tie as we saw in the Ben Vs Daniel vote. TAKE PART IN THE VOTE HERE.

Also we are back to offering two Splat! Storms for the price of one with these shoots. We are playing it safe after the unintended problems with Darren and Benny’s Friend Test, Gunge Fest pre-shoot for the their shoot. ORDER THE PRE-SHOOT OFFER HERE

We will also be trying something new with both James and Louie’s shows when they are released. We are still working out the details, but we are working on something that we hope will offer increased value for our fans looking to own a special version of the shows. We will be announcing more details when these shows are released. 

I hope you are looking forward to these shoots and I want to thank our fans for making this season such a success so far. 

Pete xox

Site Changes - DYnamic And Eye Catching

Updated: Saturday 14th August 2021

For well over a year now we have been working incredibly hard the website design, that design process is now coming to an end with the finished layout now rolling out across the site. It takes many hours to test a new design, to make sure it looks and displays correctly on different devices and then roll it across a site that has never been bigger.

You may have already seen the animated show video tiles for each show. With a unique comic book feel that represents the theme of the Splat! Show well, it adds a nice dynamic to the site and catches the eye. We are now rolling out more video tiles across the site. These will be rolling out on Splat! Storm, Vote and Fan Club content that is listed below each show page under “Also Available From This Shoot” sections. At the moment we are not sure if these will be rolled out to their respective indexes as we need to stress test these due to amount of content on those pages.

We hope you enjoy the new dynamic look. If you spot any mistakes, please let us know. After the new designs complete their rollout, we will moving to correct the grammar and spelling issues, which I admit has never been a strong point for me. But that will be corrected next!

Thanks for your support as always. We hope you look forward to more positive changes in the near future. 

Pete xox

Update On Plans For August

Updated: Thursday 5th August 2021

So I just wanted to update you all on our plans for August. The past two months have been incredibly busy and in order to prevent myself from getting burnt out I haven’t planned many commercial shoots for this month. I am currently running all the shoots, both private and commercial as James is still recovering from long COVID. 

I will still be busy with Private Experiences and will continue to make plans for the future. But after two hectic two months I don’t want to overload myself and suffer from any form of burnout.

There is a ton of new content for you explore and the fan club will be getting some beefy updates this month too.  Thank you for the support and please look forward to future updates!

  

Pete xox

Crazy Summer!

Updated: Friday 30th July 2021

We are now in the twilight days of July with August just around the corner. Our last update last month mentioned that June was our biggest ever month ever, well July has now over taken that and is now our biggest month.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you if you have downloaded a show, joined the fan club or even booked a private experience. It’s humbling that our return to full operations has been met with such such enthusiasm by the fan base. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the latest releases with some fantastic new guests and returning faces. The effort has all been worth it and the messages we have received over the past two months have been really touching. I would’ve have never imagined that we would be still here when I relaunched the show back in 2014 and we are bigger than ever, and I will never ever forget that we are only still here because of the tremendous support you have shown us. 

The only thing missing is James, who sadly still cannot be at the shoots. due to long COVID (no, he didn’t  catch it at HQ). I send my love and wishes to James (I speak to him near daily) and look forward to his return. My storms pale in comparison to his efforts! 

With our 20 year anniversary (god!) just a couple of years away, we are already thinking about how we can celebrate that massive milestone. If you thought our 15th anniversary was massive, you ain’t seen nothing yet! 

We will continue to give it all as we move forward and expand into new areas.

Thank you all! 

Pete xoxo

 

Thank you!

Updated: Saturday 3rd July 2021

We have now finally started to roll out the first new content since we re-started our in person operations at the beginning of June. The reception has been great and thank you for showing us your support as we started back up. June 2021 is now officially our biggest month ever, it may be a post lockdown bump, but whatever the reason we are truly humbled by the support you have shown us. Thank you!

We are not slowing down. Currently we are working our way through a big chunk of private experience bookings and it’s so nice to welcome back fans to the Gunge Tank for some post lockdown mayhem. We will be shooting some commercial releases in July, including one with another brand new guest and we will also be welcoming back some Splat! favourites too. Someone is due a Gunge Party to mark an important Splat! milestone after all!

Once gain, thank you so much and we hope you look forward to what we have coming in the near future!

Pete xoxo


We are back!

Updated: Thursday 17 June 2021 

It’s taken us months and months of preparations but we are finally back in the Splat! HQ studio with our commercial shoots and private experiences. The new content is just starting to roll out, and I just want to thank all our fans for helping us get to this point where we can start in person operations again. The past fifteen months or so have been the biggest challenge we have faced in our near 20 history. But we made it through mainly to you all, our fans.

We have some great content planned over the rest of the year and we all here at Splat! Show hope you are looking forward to us returning to normal. 

The Gunge Tank is back and we are so glad you are here with us as we start another new chapter! 

We will be back this summer!

Entry Posted: 14th April 2021 – Written by Pete, Show Producer and Founder

We are now planning our re-start preparations as we work towards the 17th May. The 17th of May is the next stop on the governments lockdown easing roadmap where we will be able to re-start our operations.

Today we have emailed all customers who have an outstanding private experience booking with us to update them on our plans for re-opening. As it currently stands, we are only working towards the 17th May as a guide as the easing of restrictions could pause before then. So we will be making preparations for resuming our operations from the 17th of May but no shoots will be booked before the 17th of May. 

We will be back producing brand new content sometime this summer and we cannot wait to get back started again. Stay tuned! 

Best wishes, Pete XoXo

End Of Season Blog Update

Entry Posted: 17th November 2020 – Written by James, Show co-producer.

Don’t worry Splat fans.  This isn’t going to be a doom laden blog about how a certain pandemic messed up everyone’s messy plans. Yes, it’ll have to be mentioned at some point I guess BUT there’s so much more about this year to talk about because, know what, all the damn good stuff we were hoping to do this year has only been postponed, not cancelled.  So I get to tell you about all the behind the scenes planning that has already been done and the fun stuff we’ve thrown around because it becomes a trailer for next year.  I can tell you some tactful truths about some shoots and I can tell you, with total honesty, just how important the fans are.  Oh and I can even launch the (very unofficial) Splat FAQ!  So grab a seat and rewind the clocks by what only feels like ten years to the start of the decade… because by the start of January, we’d already been hard at work to get the year underway.

 
The truth isn’t always brilliant to admit but yeah, I was the one who pushed to get James T back and it wasn’t the fantastic return I’d hoped for.  I knew he’d bulked up and I’d been exchanging messages with him for a while because yes, I had the hots for him.  So yeah, I freely admit that I probably over sold him to Pete as a returner.  Do not get me wrong, he is a great person to film, but I let my own desire to work with a muscled guy get in the way of possibly finding a slightly less bulked up model to start the year.  I’m still at the stage of trying to get my head round all my body image issues and this was one of those times where I let my own ‘interests’ go ahead of commercial ones.  It IS a good show though and even if his body type isn’t entirely your favourite, go on, give it a look.  There’s a LOT of mess, a pilot for a season long idea that didn’t take off – mostly because of the production delays – and a speedo clad storm. A damn nice guy, I’m glad I saw more of him.
 
Now, if you’re observant, you might have noticed that I’ve not been at so many commercial shoots this year…. that’s because most of the ones I was booked in for were the spring and summer ones goddamnit.  The irony of me not being at the Jon special isn’t that I missed out on working with Jon, it was that I REALLY wanted to meet his fan 😀  I’ve met sooooo many at private shoots but I want to thank this particular fan who has provided soooo many great ideas to shoots that I wanted to thank him in person.  Plus, actually, if Jon was tied up in the tank…. oh I would have tormented him so much.  It’s not that I don’t like him, as you know he and I go back a few years as it were, but at times he can be a bit much for me to deal with as he’s a very large personality in the room!  And yes, I do occasionally chat to Jon away from Splat so there really isn’t an issue between us.  I was just a bit less than my best that day.
 
So from Jon and Johnathan to John the athlete.  Now, I did enjoy this shoot.  My overwhelming memory of this one though is his voice.  Now, I’m not going to say that we don’t have intelligent models on the show – some of them have been seriously clued up on all kinds of things – but it’s rare for them to actually sound posh.  Did that make me more or less likely to gunge him?  Oh come on, this is Splat 😀
 
For Daniel’s induction, as it wasn’t going to be a full shoot, Pete didn’t need me for it BUT that didn’t stop me getting involved.  You see a few days before Daniel’s shoot, I’d bought myself a private session in the tank.  So first off, yes I HAVE been through a storm – just not one of mine – but yes I have been stormed and I will be again.  Along with wearing a lot of the Splat lycra, I’d also taken a few bits of my own with me and though I wasn’t brave enough to wear speedos in my private (seriously, I’m relaxed around Pete but not relaxed enough to be in those speedos) *I* was the one that suggested they might be a good look for Daniel’s welcome to the show 😀  So sorry, those will never be in one of the Splat sales…. they are MINE 😀 😀
 
So yeah, I had the private session, then Daniel had a shoot and then March happened. So we can skip quite a few months…  and then a few more.  I REALLY wish I’d been at the Marc Anthony shoot but because of the pandemic I chickened out of the travel.  It’s basically two hours each way for me, I had anxiety issues BUT Pete has said that when he comes back (and yes, that’s a when…. you heard it here first!) for his encore curtain call, I’m gonna be there. Splat IS a job and you’re allowed to travel for work mostly so yeah, he is gonna get stormed and then some.  Someone who has done sessions with other sites as well as Splat turned to me at the end of the storm and said with a HUGE grin on his face
 
“Other sites are like being tickled with a feather when they say they’re gonna gunge you a lot…. that was like being punched by gunge” 
 
And then I simply wasn’t available for James and Lucas.  Dear lord though I purchased the shows – still a Splat fan at heart – and if we get them back again, I’m going to fight to be there. 
 
The Kyle Halloween special and the end of season special were the last two shoots for me of the year.  I chose the costumes for Kyle, and one day I might allow you to see ME modelling them before I took them to HQ as Pete needed to see them in advance.  And guess what, the speedos featured in the season finale…. are also mine 😀  Good job I have accidentally left so much lycra there isn’t it 😉
 
And I treated myself to another private session in the tank.  It was supposed to be done the day after the season finale was shot but both Pete and I agreed to postpone it for a week so there weren’t two important shoots back to back.
 
And then, of course, lockdown happened.  And by now you’ll know who the star of the season finale was and then you’ll realise that I’m now banned from booking my own private sessions within a month of their shoot for the good of the country.  But damnit, I WILL have another session in the tank.  Depending on when this gets uploaded, I might already have done it.  I’ve already told Pete that he’s got permission to put the storm on the website so James T, Kyle, Daniel, John and every other model I’ve attacked…. now is the time to get your own back.  Depending on when I do it, I’m also tempted to make one part of it a U control.  Along with the commercial shoots I’ve been at a whole host of private sessions this year and a worryingly large number seem to want to get their own back on me, so yeah… I won’t put people through anything I wouldn’t do myself so go for it.
 
And I know some of you want to see it because you’ve DMd me on twitter to tell me…. which leads me to the highly unofficial Splat FAQ.  What follows is a mixture of questions I’ve either had on twitter OR people have e-mailed in to Splat during 2020.  I’m not going to answer absolutely all of them here, got to save something for the follow up post, but yeah, these are ALL genuine.
 
1) Will I do another commercial shoot?  Unlikely, Splat prides itself in getting damn hot guests for the shows and yeah, I’ll happily play along at the privates but I don’t think I’m really tank material for money.
 
2) When <redacted> was (apparently) obviously flirting with me, did it continue off camera?  Oh man I wish it had.  I very rarely actually get a crush on the models but one really did send my pulse racing but they were just being camera friendly and it didn’t continue off camera (sadly).
 
3) If I do a private shoot, could you please use <insert list of some very nasty stuff> on me?  As much as we’d love to, there are actually health and safety considerations when filming at Splat and we’re only covered for covering you in certain things.  Plus I’d have to clean it up, and after the rice pudding incident and the gravy, I’m drawing the line somewhere.  Until someone asks me nicely and then I’ll probably cave in and agree.  That’s how I ended up <totally and utterly redacted> at a private session.
 
4) Will model XYZ ever come back?  We never say never, unless the models tell us they can’t.  And though I can’t say the name because nothing has been signed I CAN say that *I* have persuaded someone that they really want to come back and do a new show in the tank for us.  No, not James T again, someone I know a LOT of people really liked.  I approached him, I persuaded him and I will definitely be at that one.  
 
5) Could you do more games featuring <name of body part>?  You tell us what you want us to feature and we will do our best.  As long as it’s not obscene I’m sure that we can work it in somehow.
 
6) When is wrestling coming back?  I’m only blowing that ruddy pool up again if I get to wrestle <redacted> in there myself 😉
 
And finally
 
7) Have you ever seen “things” that got edited out for decency’s sake?  Yes.  I saw how old <redacted> really is, I know how <redacted> REALLY got injured and I know <redacted>…. actually, that one is <uber redacted>
 
So what does the future hold? I promised you some teasers for next season but don’t hold me to all these.  They’re all things we really have planned but got shunted and thus *could* go ahead but might still get put offf…
 
a) More dressing up.  Costumes are already in stock, games are written…. but yeah, we need to reschedule the shoot they were intended for.
 
b) At least two head to heads are on the cards, all parties had agreed because, well, grudges…. just need to rebook them.
 
c) Some returning models and some new ones need to be rebooked.  We NEVER stop casting and approaching people and we had n whole batch of people lined up.  Call us the Gunge Mounties because we are determined to get our men…
 
d) A comic relief special… well we still have time to get that one done before the 2021 Comic Relief.  We hope.
 
And my favourite one
 
e) A major set upgrade and I do mean MAJOR.  And that one WILL happen and you WILL love it.
 
So there you have it.  2020. It’s been the year where more than ever before we’ve both been thankful for the fans.  Your messages of support through what has been a “challenging” time have kept both Pete and I absolutely determined to keep Splat going and in 2021 we’re going to make sure you get shows like you’ve never seen before.  We’ve made our list, we’ve checked it twice… and the models will get it, both the naughty and the nice!

Lucas and Kyle Shoots

Entry Posted: 12th October 2020

This past week we shot two brand new shows. One shoot was long in the planning and the other was a spur of the moment opportunity. I think you can guess which show was the long in the planning one. Kyle has been doing our holiday / event shoots for a few years now. Having starred in our biggest Easter show to date and also featuring in a Christmas special, Kyle has been our go to guy for holiday event shows. The last holiday we wanted Kyle to star in was Halloween. We have also tried to get a new Halloween show out each year and we do our best to make each one unique and we think we have done that with Kyle and our 2020 Halloween special. It was fantastic to have Kyle back on the show and we really hope you enjoy his Halloween and final holiday special.

The other show we completed this week was with Lucas. Lucas contacted us out of the blue to ask if we would consider him for a shoot. It was an opportunity that we would’ve been stupid to ignore.  Lucas has appeared on two other respectable Gunge themed websites to date and usually we try not to cast guests who have appeared on other websites out of respect. And the two shows / websites that Lucas has appeared on are two very good websites too so we were delighted that Lucas wanted to appear on our show too! 

We hope you all enjoy the brand new shows. Thank you for your continued support, especially during this challenging year. The future is going to be bright, messy and fun!

Pete 

James's Splat! Show - A Thank You

Entry Posted: 18th September 2020

Last Sunday we completed production on our first full feature length Splat! Show since February and before the Coronavirus lockdown. 

We had a great time with James and we are really pleased on how the show turned out. More importantly, we want to thank you for supporting the show since the release. The response has exceeded our initial expectations and we just want to say a BIG THANK YOU from us for supporting the show.

As you know, this year has been a tough one. Not just for us, but for everyone. We will do our best to continue to produce new shows as the months roll but there will be some delays along the way until the world starts to get back to normal, whenever that may be. 

Thank you from us all here at The Splat! Show. Take care of yourselves and others.

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 HQ 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.