Let’s Get A Good Thing Going On, BBC One, Friday the 22nd featured Phoenix FM.
BBC One daytime commissioned independent production company Outline to produce a series celebrating the positive impact local people can make in their own communities.
Let’s Get A Good Thing Going, hosted by Kevin Duala, gave passionate local people the chance to pitch for funds to use towards positive projects that will benefit their community.
Each episode visited a different town, village or district where individuals or groups, keen to start improving their local communities pitched their ideas, community group projects and social enterprises to a room full of locals for a cash fund, that the community themselves had contributed to. Once they’d heard all the pitches, the audience cast their votes.
The pitch with the most support was awarded the funds that would allow them to start work on their project immediately.
From schemes to help the elderly get to grips with life online to beach clean up projects; from lifesaving training in how to give first aid to heart attack victims to craft skills classes that help the unemployed back to work, every project was backed by a passionate local champion and had the potential to leave a lasting legacy for the community.
The series was inspired by crowdfunding initiatives that already operate in the UK and USA such as Detroit Soup.
Dan McGolpin, Controller Programming and Daytime, said:
“This series will inspire communities around the UK to consider what they could achieve for themselves by bringing local people together. I can’t wait to see the results.”
Carla-Maria Lawson, BBC Commissioning Editor Daytime and Peak, says:
“This series is a feel good show that captures the extraordinary energy of ordinary people around the UK who want to invest in their own communities. It demonstrates the passion people have for where they live and the change they can bring about by coming together".
Outline Creative Director Helen Veale said:
“We are really excited to be working on a project that has the chance to do genuine good for communities around the country.”
Phoenix FM didn't bring home the prize but was proud to be involved and the experience itself was invaluable.