Okay here's a weird one, and I am posting this more to satisfy my curiosity as to what the whole thing was actually about and why it was comissioned.



I saw this late at night on tv, probably around 1/2 am, I think it was channel 4, but I'm not sure, and it was sometime in the last ten years, sorry to be vague about the broadcast date, but I will make up for that with all the detail I can recall.



I turned on the programme part way in and had it on in the background while I was writing but gradually got drawn in as I wondered what it was actually about -



The scenario was this - I joined the show as a film crew were driving around in this over sized camper van owned by this longhaired beared single Dad, and his son. It seemed they were living some alternative life style or something. With them were a camera crew, headed by this female producer in her 20's who didn't seem to have a clue as to what they were doing.



For some reason, unbeknown to me, they were looking for Russel Grant, the Astrological guy off the telly, and trying to find his house, this involved driving around half of England for reasons that weren't immediately clear to me (I am also not sure why someone would want to make a doc about looking for Grants house, but anyway...)



However, this was not the only confusing aspect. At some point focus seemed to switch to the single dad hippy driver of the camper, and it seemed to become about him searching for his ex/wife mother of his son, the impression of which I got was that he had not seen his mother for many years. The hippy seemed quite messed up about it all, and it certainly wasn't doing the son any good either - The camera crew, not slow to realise this were quite happy to film his emotional turmoil which wasn't very pleasant to watch. This culminated with him visiting his ex-partners parents, putting a suit on and tidying his hair - he turned up at the door, with son in tow while the camera crew filmed from a discreet distance...



In the meantime tit bits of info on Russell Grants location were rolling in...



The visit did not go well, the parents in law not welcoming the ex son in law with open arms, hardly acknowledging the kid, or letting either of them in the house..



I remember clearly the guy in the suit saying when they opened the door 'I came her today to show you I can look decent and I am a responsible father...' or words to that effect, which resulted in them telling him to go away. He was obviously hoping his ex was there, but she was no where to be seen.



The son cried as they left, seeing his grandparents rejection. I didn't know if I should be sorry for this guy or angry at him for trying to use his son as an emotional porn - I also got the impression that a relationship with him, may well been a total nightmare, which is prehaps why she left in the first place.



Shortly after this visit he stopped under a railway Bridge and graffited on the wall 'I love you Carol' persumably to his ex (or possibly Carol smiley?) no idea.



After this he decided he didn't want to find Russel Grant, much to the disappointment of the film makers, who had now, it seemed located him, in a cul de sac in West Bumfluff or somewhere obscure which the hippy, said was 'Not the way I want to be going..' the implication being he was going to resume the search for his ex. Thus there was a shot of him, his son, and his large dark camper thing, cruising off into the night - what happened to them, who knows? It was obviously deemed as unimportant, even though we had spent the last hour with this person watching the soul and fabric of his life being pulled apart.



So one rental car later, the camera crew and woman producer who persumably thought up the idea for this 'GEM' were trundling off in an volvo trying to find Russel Grants house, which they did the following day... and he appeared in a dressing gown to say hello to the crew, for it seemed, no particular reason, the following moring.



Did anyone see this odity and what was the point of it all? Or will it remain one of those strange tramission memories that will never be solved.