The Action Time founder, Stephen Leahy, is a Gemini trickster so we
can expect some innovative and experimental game shows from
Splash, his new TV production company
From the point of view of astrology, Leahy's talent comes first
and foremost from his four planets in buzzy, quick-witted,
finger-on-the-button Gemini. Sometimes accused of being
superficial and shallow, nevertheless " all-round development is
more to Gemini's tastes than depth, and his chief object is to
see, observe and know much, and to use this knowledge as well as
possible" (Parker). With no fire in his horoscope, his success
reflects the clever ideas and wordplay of his abundant air,
rather than vision and inspiration.
But there is more to this trickster personality than meets the
eye, and with a birthtime of 6.30pm giving him intense and broody
Scorpio rising, what you see is not quite what you get. Scorpio
is the keeper-of-secrets, the zodiac detective, the mysterious
dark horse who can suss out others yet remains an enigma. Add to
this brew a stack of Gemini planets in his House of Hidden
Resources, and Leahy himself is a riddle not easily deciphered.
His Gemini-Scorpio combination makes for a shrewd observer of
human frailty, fascinated equally by riddles and psychology. The
Gemini side of him shows in 'Trivial Pursuits' and factual
knowledge quizzes, but games like Cluedo, Sabotage and The Mole
appeal to his devious, darker edge.
Leahy's move out of Action Time marks a new phase, shown in his
horoscope over the coming year by Mars moving on to innovative
and unpredictable Uranus. He almost certainly has in mind some
highly experimental formats, no doubt exploring the possibilities
of linking interactive audience participation in the game show.
Big Brother is casting a long shadow over TV minds but as much as
anyone in the business, Stephen Leahy knows how to join up the
dots of aspiration and fun, competition and audience
participation, to create a winning game-show format.
However, with erotic Scorpio and raunchy Mars so strongly
emphasised in his horoscope, it is surprising that Leahy's
programmes aren't a lot sexier. This could be about to change. In
the future, his new games might reveal more of the tremendous
Scorpio sex drive and macho Mars energy that are tucked so tidily
away in his horoscope. Look out for plenty of action in years to
come, and perhaps a big Splash in January 2002.