Good Times at the Rivoli

We export dancers and musicians and import Justin Lee Collins.

Brockley resident Beren has done his bit for Brockley's balance of payments by helping lure Five's new entertainment show to SE4.

Called Justin Lee Collins: Good Times on Five, it's a 10-part entertainment chat show, starting at the end of March.

The release says:

The hour-long show, will be filmed before a live audience in the opulent and iconic Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley, South London, the location for Tina Turner’s classic ‘Private Dancer’, Elton John’s ‘That’s Why They Call it the Blues’ and Paul McCartney’s ‘Give My Regards to Broad Street’, among many other pop videos and films.

Justin will interview the most interesting and topical guests in town, with a musical act from pop, rock or theatre performing a rousing, crowd-pleasing piece. The 300-strong audience will enjoy a glamorous night out with Justin and his guests, get up close and personal with their idols and experience a glitzy night out full of surprises.

It's hard to believe the Rivoli will have seen such regular use in years and will help to raise the profile of the listed building, which is still not used as much as its splendour merits.

Beren writes:

We’re really excited about it, and I’m personally very pleased to be bringing a bit of showbiz glitz and glamour to SE4. Forget Hollywood – it’s now all about Brockleywood…

I know the Rivoli as a local resident and so suggested it to Justin as a possible venue. He absolutely fell in love with it, and from that point on there was no question of doing the show anywhere else.

The owner has been great, and really supportive of the show. There are some exciting challenges associated with it being a listed building but we love the space and so are working with the owner to get the best out of it and, of course, treating it with the care and respect it deserves.

If Brockley Central readers would like to apply for free tickets to be in the audience (recording starts on the 12th Feb), they can do so by visiting the Standing Room Only website at: http://www.sroaudiences.com/

43 comments:

Tamsin said...

Wow!
Must be somthing about "5"
As - plug, plug, - Barrie Hall - who features on BBC 5 (among other things) should be at the Bold Vision Gala tomorrow.

Cut and pasted from the biogs. section of the programme...
"Barrie Hall performs stand up comedy regularly all around the country, and this year performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in his own sell-out stand up show. He co-presents on the Sandi Toksvig show on LBC radio (Thursdays 12-2 pm) and appears frequently on stations including BBC Five Live, London Live and BBC Radio Scotland. He is often seen on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and the Paramount Comedy Channel and has written articles for the Independent and Sunday Sun. Look out for him also (unexpectedly serious) in the Festival. "

Anonymous said...

Would be really good if JLC could say (at least once) during the series that it was coming from the Rivoli in Brockley - might help put it on the map.

mintness said...

Terrific stuff!

Blunderbuss said...

Potentially a great thing. Although shame they have decided to use the most annoying, talentless and least funny person working in broadcasting today (with the exception of Dave bloody Berry) to host it...

M said...

I'm not a fan of the shouty bumpkin either but well done the Rivoli. Should be good news for Jam Circus and Mr.Lawrence too with 300 thirsty punters around before and after the record.

Ed said...

I've asked for my tickets.

Paddyom said...

Thats really brilliant - just applied for tickets too.

Agree it would be great if JLC mentioned he was at the Rivoli in Brockley - maybe people might get to know it exists then.

But this is fantastic for the area - well done Barrie.

Brockley Nick said...

@Paddyom - Beren.

Anonymous said...

Good Times on Five is sponsored by Morley's Chicken and Ribs. The perfect choice for any occasion!

Paddyom said...

Ooppsss sorry, yes well done Beren. Should read the threads more closely.

Anonymous said...

Maybe If the camera pans around the crowd someone could hold up a banner saying This Is Brockley.

Harefield Hamster said...

To quote Charlie Brooker 'Is there a biger prick on TV than Justin Lee Collins? I think not.'

Brockley Nick said...

@HH - while he's inside the Rivoli, he's one of us and can do no wrong.

Anonymous said...

Brockley is the new Norwich?

Old Git said...

Is JLC the yokel with the long hair or the camp (gay?) one with the buck teeth?

Why can't we have Brucie?

Danja said...

The 300-strong audience will enjoy a glamorous night

I still surprises me that Five survives with those sort of viewing figures.

Ed said...

Haha! Brooker is King but a TV audience opp in Brockley is too good to pass up.

Brockley Nick said...

@danja - lolz

Anonymous said...

Shame we can't get Charlie Brooker to do his show from the Rivoli.

Anonymous said...

Charlie Brooker Is a tosser too.

Ed said...

He's never denied that you tosser!

Anonymous said...

Charlie Brooker, a poor mans Bob Mills

aero-static said...

First guest announced: the redoubtable King of the Jungle and recent bankrupt Joe Swash will be appearing at the Rivoli on Friday.

For the chance to be on Joe's special VIP list, email your name & number to JLCAudience@tigeraspect.co.uk.

drakefell debaser said...

I have tickets for the 12th and 26th and want to cherry pick.

Any idea who is on the 26th?

Brockley Nick said...

@DD - I'm going on the 26th, if that swings it for you?!

Moira said...

And I'm going on the 12th DD. Its a difficult choice I know.

drakefell debaser said...

Yeah, at least I know who you are Nick. I had to google Joe Swash..

Brockley Nick said...

I think Simon knows his wife (sorry, very BC in-joke).

drakefell debaser said...

Simon? Oh dear, I am lost..

Moira, I might do the double just in case.

Moira said...

DD - It's either me or Nick - I don't share.

drakefell debaser said...

How can I refuse Moira, see you there!

Joe Swash is not the only guest. Katy Brand is also on and the Goldhawks provide the music. it could be a good night.

tyrwhitt ali said...

There's definitely more of us on 26th. I got tickets and so did maradoll. I've got spares if anyone else fancies coming?

Monkeyboy said...

I would, but an hour of JLC would be like sticking pins in my eyes.

Brockley Nick said...

That's alright, cos it's three hours of JLC.

Monkeyboy said...

I'll get my pins......

Pete said...

I'm going on the 12th March. It should be fun.

Blue sky said...

Can anyone offer a quick review of one of the more recent shows? I know the first one was panned but have they improved? I'm supposed to be going next week.

j. said...

Woo-who! Just watching the first JLC show on Five and Brockley has so far had two mentions (and we're only a quarter of a way through!). Glad they're name checking Brockers and not just going down the 'We're in deepest SE London' route...

Anonymous said...

Tell everyone at work to check out the show and check this for Brockley mentions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnxn7zwLIl4

odonoghue53 said...

well helo everyone,i dont know about others but i feel the show can seem rather that old chestnut of age yet again in front of the tv camers, i feel to old to be on the show, i am 57 year old lady,no oil painting il admit, but im not exactly waiting for god yet, 4 times i applied online for tickets for the justin lee show at the rivoli,to no avail each to be the honest creature i am ,being asked each time my age,what odds does that make.am i not allowed at crude jokes smutty remarks or eye up the young guys young enough to be my grandson.iv lived in crofton park for over 35 years.i may be the old nutty lady up the rd that goes to jays in her slippers for the daily newspaper,i may wear stockings that dont match,a red hat a purple coat,shout at the kids at night sceetching on those annoying mopeds that amke enough noise to wake the dead,but i dont forget what it was like to laugh and joke, i may jump bus 171 bus queues to get to old kent rd,i may drink gin and feed the bird,and call all the kids in the street little s....ts,but you see i can get away with that as they think i am the nutty ole gal from crofton pk,little do they know i just love getting older to take advantage of certain things in life..but it seems i just cant get a ticket for the show,did you notice the average age of the audience, tut tut not over 35 if a day, so come on justin hand out some tickets to this ole gal.and il sure show you im not dead yet

mintness said...

Maybe applying for the "Justin Lee Show" is what's holding you back. ;)

Not that I'd be surprised if demographics were a factor. The Beeb keeps trying its very hardest to minimise the number of paunchy middle-aged gayers in its Eurovision audiences so it can pretend that the contest's core fanbase is 20something blonde girls. Rightio...

Anonymous said...

All things come to those who wait.


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Anonymous said...

The first step is as good as half over.

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