- Bring Back...
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show_name = Bring Back...
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runtime = 1 - 2 hours each
starring = Justin Lee Collins
language = English
network = Channel 4
num_episodes = 06
"Bring Back" is a British television series comprising of one-off shows where
Justin Lee Collinstries to locate people from music, TV or film backgrounds to reunite them for a one-off performance or get together. The series is broadcast on Channel 4.
Bring Back...Grange Hill
Collins looks back at the successful television series "
Grange Hill" and particular its anti-drugs campaign in 1986 which led to the production of the pop record " Just Say No". Justin Lee Collins tries to track down the original actors in the show at the time and reunite them for a one-off performance of the song. Justin has a problem in that he has just 10 days to trace them, but many have abandoned their acting careers altogether and are reluctant to relive their brush with adolescent stardom. However, he did manage to track down and interview:
Alison Bettles- Fay Lucas
*George Christopher - Ziggy Greaves
Mmoloki Chrystie- Kevin Baylon
Lee MacDonald- Zammo Maguire
Erkan Mustafa- Roland 'Row-Land' Browning
Only Bettles, MacDonald and Mustafa arrived to sing their 80's hit at the
Hammersmith Palais, but they were joined on stage by other former cast members who were not interviewed, among them was "Mark Savage" who played 'Gripper' Stebson.
Despite the title, Grange Hill was still airing at the time the show aired. On September 15, 2008 Grange Hill finally came to an end after 30 years.
Bring Back...The Christmas Number One
Justin attempts to make a Christmas-themed
songto the Christmas number one single slot - a feat not accomplished since Cliff Richard's "Saviour's Day" in 1990, excluding the re-recorded version of the 1984 song Do They Know It's Christmas?by Band Aid 20 in 2004.
In the end, they produced the song "I'm Goin' Home", featuring the following musicians:
Rob Davis( guitar)
Jona Lewie( piano)
Justin Lee Collins(backing vocals and sleigh bells) Liz Mitchellof Boney Mand Aled Jonesexpressed interest in the project, but were ultimately unable to attend.
The song was to be released so it could compete to be Christmas number 1 but the record company axed the release. However it was available for download for the Channel 4 website and where it reached number 1 in the site's download chart.
Bring Back...One Hit Wonders
JLC attempts to reunite former pop artists from past decades whom have only had one big, well known hit, to play at a one off gig. He interviewed:
*Renato Pagliari of the duo
Renée and Renato
*Clive Jackson of
Doctor and the Medics
*Mary Sandeman aka
Only Pagliari, Jackson and Douglas turned up to perform their hits at the Clapham Grand, London.
Bring Back...The A-Team
Justin attempts to re-unite the cast of his favourite show as a child, "
The A-Team". Justin has to secure interviews and appearances with the stars of the show who have not spoken to each other for some time.
Justin met with the below people to discuss the show and asked them to attend a reunion. All of them bar Mr. T made it to the meeting, which took place at the
Friars Club of Beverly Hills.
Dirk Benedict- Templeton "Faceman" Peck
Dwight Schultz- H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock
Marla Heasley- Tawnia Baker
Jack Ging- General Harlan "Bull" Fullbright
Mr. T- B.A. Baracus
Stephen Cannell- series co-creator
The below people although not being interviewed by Justin appeared at the meeting.
William Lucking- Colonel Lynch
Lance LeGault- Colonel Roderick Decker
*Christian Peppard - Representing his late father
Justin often used very unorthodox methods, such as ambushing the actors in their homes, hotel rooms, or even while out shopping, without any prior warning and, for Mr. T, attempting to gatecrash his way into the
Latin Grammy Awards.
During every interview, Collins would inquire about the rumored tension between Peppard and Mr T. Although Peppard was an established star of Hollywood movies, Mr. T was relatively new to on-screen acting yet, in a short time, he was generally regarded as the main star of the show. It was suggested that tension did indeed exist between the two and was most probably due to Peppard's bitterness of Mr. T's status in the show. During the interview with Mr. T, the trademark gold chains worn by his character were discussed. Mr. T stated that they were symbolic of the iron chains of his African slave-ancestors but made from gold because he thinks of himself as being a 'slave' except with a higher price now. As a lighthearted joke for the show, a medium attempted to contact the deceased George Peppard via seance.
The program never touched upon the fifth season of the series in any way, with no mention of
Eddie Velezand Robert Vaughn's characters, and neither actor appearing at the reunion itself. Additionally, the episode in which Jack Ging's character General Fullbright is shot and killed is specifically described as the series' final episode (it was in fact, the final episode of season four).
Bring Back... Dallas was a one-off special shown on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2007. The show featured Justin Lee Collins attempting to track down the retired stars of "
Dallas" and reunite them together at his Oil Barons Ball. At the end of the show he managed to find and interview:
Mary Crosby- Kristin Shepard
Patrick Duffy- Bobby Ewing
Linda Gray- Sue Ellen Ewing
Larry Hagman- J.R. Ewing
Susan Howard- Donna Culver Krebbs
Ken Kercheval- Cliff Barnes
*Erik Farlow - Baby Christopher
However at the ball, no one turned up. Until finally Eric Farlow, who played Baby Christopher in the show, arrived much to Justin Lee Collins' delight.
Bring Back...Star Wars
Bring Back...Star Wars aired on Sunday 14th of September 2008. Collins attempted to reunite the stars of the original "
Star Wars" trilogy. He was unable to secure any kind of meeting with Harrison Ford(Han Solo). He was offered an interview with Mark Hamill(Luke Skywalker), albeit for the price of $50,000; after raising several thousand dollars, Collins was unable to negotiate the price any lower, and was forced to abandon any hopes of meeting Hamill. Collins did, however, succeed in securing interviews, through a combination of deception and surprise attacks, with the following people:
Carrie Fisher- Princess Leia
Anthony Daniels- C-3PO
Kenny Baker- R2-D2
Peter Mayhew- Chewbacca
Jeremy Bulloch- Boba Fett
David Prowse- Darth Vader
Billy Dee Williams- Lando Calrissian
Warwick Davis- Wicket
Of these, only Bulloch, Davis, Baker and Prowse were able to attend the reunion in London. Daniels called to say he could not attend. Fisher recorded a humorous video message to be played as a holographic message, akin to the one in the original Star Wars film. Mayhew and Williams also made short video clips to be played similarly, albeit without audio. Justin also had a lightsaber battle with Davis in which Davis was the victor.
The Paul O'Grady Show" on 21st March 2008Justin Lee Collins said the he was just about to start recording Bring Back... " Fame".
Bring Back...Star Trek
This too is currently in production - Justin Lee-Collins is looking for "
Star Trek" fans in LA [cite news |title=Attn Trekkies: Documentary Looking For L.A. Fans |url=http://trekmovie.com/2008/08/30/attn-trekkies-documentary-looking-for-la-fans-photo-journalist-looking-for-fl-fans/ |work= TrekMovie.Com|date=2008-08-30 |accessdate=2008-08-30 ]
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