Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter
After years of filming, the Jolly Boys TV Show will finally hit TV screens this month. The 13-show series will start airing on CVM TV on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
Director of the series, Rick Elgood, is especially excited that the show will start airing soon, having started the filming process back in 2010.
"I've been on the road, managing for the band, and 2010 was the first tour. I started shooting as Albert (Minott) was about to get on the plane, his first time flying. The idea came to me that these guys had never left Port Antonio, and here they are going on tours in their 70s. It was just extraordinary how this turned out," he told The Gleaner, noting that he completed filming for the first series and he has already started the filming process for a possible second season.
Despite not having any acting experience, he said the members of the group were quite the characters on camera.
"They are used to being on stage and in the spotlight. Albert is kind of a show man. He strikes his poses and he is pretty cool on camera," Elgood said.
He said there were times when the men were totally oblivious of the camera and their story came to the fore.
"It's got its highs and lows. There were moments of tension, and there were many joyous moments," he said.
Elgood added that there are many elements to the Jolly Boys' story which will make people like the TV show. He said many persons will be able to associate with the idea of going abroad for the first time. Persons, Elgood said, would also go on a musical journey with the Jolly Boys, one that began when the Jolly Boys were already in their 70s.
"It works on many levels. That's why people of different age groups and walks of life will appreciate it. I think what will happen is that many people will fall in love with the whole thing and find it funny and aspirational," Elgood told The Gleaner.
Elgood added that he is also very grateful for sponsorship from Red Stripe and Western Union.
"Sponsorship issue, that was difficult. It's not the run-of-the-mill talent show or talk show. This is something that breaks the mould. We've been lucky in that Red Stripe and Western Union came in to support us," he said.