One year ago I was taking a play to the Edinburgh Festival and for a bit of different marketing responded to a tweet looking for people to do ‘Get Your Own Back Live’ – the live version of the TV show presented by Dave Benson Phillips.
We decided two of the cast from ‘Follow/Unfollow’ would do it in character, Jay Podmore as obnoxious vlogger Ryan Marten and Leanne Martin as his frustrated manager Dee Sinclair. They had a great time, buoyed on by my family and a home crowd of Merseyside supporters in the audience and won the show! Dave's son picked Jay to win as he was impressed with his range of voices.
We all had a chat with Dave afterwards who was remarkably friendly to everybody and we kept in touch. You see, as my family were keen to remind Dave, we had all (minus my then unborn sister) met before. At Chessington World of Adventures. When I was six.
I started thinking about doing a webseries project with Dave playing himself and thought a big persuading factor for him to do it would be to have Jay revisit the Ryan Marten character and build on the relationship in the silly little video we made on my phone. It sort of made sense to have Ryan as a modern vlogger character in the series to avoid the whole thing being about niche references to 1990s television. I also appear in a minor capacity as Dave’s unlucky work experience assistant, Darren who featured in one of the Ryan vlogs for Follow/Unfollow.