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Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display 80

According to the Guardian, a "developing deal" for a theme park located in Kent could transform various BBC shows into Disney-style in-person experiences. Says the article: BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has struck a deal with a Kuwait-backed property developer to allow a range of its programmes and characters to be “brought to life” at a new £2bn theme park and holiday resort to be built by the Thames estuary in north Kent, in partnership with Paramount Pictures. London Resort Company Holdings has signed a development agreement with BBC Worldwide to feature the corporation’s intellectual property at the London Paramount Entertainment Resort, which promises to “combine the glamour of Hollywood with the best of British culture." Shows named include Top Gear, Sherlock, and Dr. Who; I think I'd rather visit a theme park that was entirely based on Monty Python's Flying Circus, but a Top Gear racetrack or simulator would be fun.
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  • ... don't forget Keeping Up Appearances!

    I for one want to meet Mrs. Bucket, ulp, sorry Bouquet ...

    • I for one want to meet Mrs. Bucket, ulp, sorry Bouquet ...

      He's a builder and excellent folk-singer who lives and works in North Yorkshire. Answers to "Pete".

      No, I'm not joking.

      I had to have the programme explained to me, never having watched more than 30 seconds of the repellent waste of electrons, but once I'd seen enough to recognise the character traits of Bucket-gob (the original) and Mrs Bouquet (the fictional derivative), the comparison was obvious. One or other of the (original) script-writers liv

      • Interesting ... what characteristics does he share with the Mrs. Bucket character?
        • Mostly the name, and a whithering contempt for pretension and snootiness. so [whatever the name of the scriptwriter] decided to poke fun at a friend by casting his nickname into the body of a near complete antithesis.

          Like I said, I don't know the programme itself ; I can't stand the oiliness of the loathsome main character for more than a few seconds before I feel the temptation to put boot to face. Spending a week on the hill with the original is by contrast a pleasure.

          There's probably a word for "demons

  • Smegging right! (Score:3, Informative)

    by jdwoods ( 89242 ) on Sunday December 14, 2014 @06:58AM (#48592983) Homepage

    Red Dwarf, you smegheads!

  • they could steal stuff! better make rectal spyware control posts at the exit, so that nobody can smuggle something out.
    Would be at least consistent with BBC's position towards EME. Not firefox should get the blame and the shitstorm.

  • 'cos the weather is shit round here.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    that they went overseas to find developers for a theme park project in their own country. surely they could have found uk-based partners, investors and developers?

    • surely they could have found uk-based partners, investors and developers?

      No, we've actually seen the programmes in question so, apart from Doctor Who, we be uninterested in seeing things that have been on the television for the past twenty-odd years. Domestic developers probably know that this park is something that will get a bit of interest for a few months then devolve into a ghost town, peopled by a handful of foreign tourists who've already been to Buckingham Palace.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by BasilBrush ( 643681 )

        If they can have several successful theme parks based on Lego, I see no reason why they can't for BBC TV shows.

        So long as it's more theme park than museum, it'll work.

    • Theme parks are vanity investments. You largely invest in them so you can say "our portfolio includes theme parks...". Nobody does vanity investments like the oil rich counties.

      They're massive risks and the UK is home to the world's second largest theme park Operator, Merlin Entertainment (probably most famous internationally for running the legoland parks). This theme park will be under an hours drive from 3 different Merlin owned Theme Parks (in addition to the London Dungeons and Madam Tussaud's) .
  • by cellocgw ( 617879 ) <> on Sunday December 14, 2014 @07:49AM (#48593087) Journal

    I'm hoping for a full-on Orphan Black setup.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Monty Python isn't actually very funny.

    I'm British and let me tell you lot's of us feel that way

    I have to remain anonymous otherwise I could be killed for saying this

    • No, its tru - most of MP isn't very funny at all, its just that we forget the crap bits and remember the good.

      What's most important about Python is that they did it at all, before them there was practically no surreal style comedy, it was all made by men who used to be in the military and were used to entertaining the troops or Victorian variety music hall type stuff. That Python changed the comedy landscape was probably more important than their hit-and-miss show, but that's what you get when you push so f

      • Comedy always dates. Morecambe and Wise was hilarious in it's heyday in the 1970s, and well deserved a majority of the population watching the Christmas specials. But anyone watching now would be mildly amused at best. This isn't because 1970s audiences were wrong, or were just enjoying a few highlights. It was virtually all very funny. It's just that comedy dates.

        Same goes for The Young ones. Same for League of Gentlemen and Little Britain, which have already dated. Same goes for Red Dwarf and The Office.


  • I think I'd rather visit a theme park that was entirely based on Monty Python's Flying Circus,

    "No, you wouldn't."

    • by sconeu ( 64226 )

      It's all in good fun, until someone pulls the lever and releases the bengal tiger...

  • The ride for "Coupling" could be fun :)

  • Such a theme park would be a lot more fun if it included references to those derisive Monty Python sketches about BBC culture.

  • "Race the Stig" ride? ...please please please.

  • Top Gear themed rides? Well, I suppose it gives an excuse to be a little shit. The "Be a Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car" roller coaster: not quite as fast or thrilling as the "Ferraris" at other theme parks....
  • Just put Doc in the park infirmary. Think of the money saved.
  • I just want a Sherlock holmes themed opium den.

    However. Failing all of that. I could just add a theme park to my mind palace.

  • For the Doctor Who ride, you would just get into the Tardis, which would then appear in some other part of the park, at which point you will be attacked by Cybermen or Sontarans.
  • a la Disneyland.

  • they're certainly thinking of the children.

  • Like Disney World, will it also have accompanying lodging.

  • Get mugged by a brummie character?
  • ...should of course be based on "Are You Being Served?"

  • Planned by beancounters, themselves hired by luvvies ; funded by sand-jockeys ; built on the Plains of Englandshire.

    I'd rather boil my own head.

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