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'The Salon' was a reality TV programme made by Endemol, transmitted live on E4 during the day and was accompanied by a nightly highlights programme on Channel 4. Due to high ratings the programme was extended beyond its' initial finishing date of December 2003 until March of 2004.

As the name suggests, the set of 'The Salon' was a purpose built hairdressers/ beauticians on the 3rd floor of the Trocadero Centre, Piccadilly Circus, London. The salon staff consisted of a Manager, a receptionist, three Stylists and a Colourist, two Junior's and two Beauty Therapists and a Junior Therapist. From time to time other experts in the hair and beauty industry dropped in to offer specialist treatments. With the exception of Paul the manager (who also appeared in Series 1) all the staff were new recruits. In December members of staff from series 1 were invited back to compete with the series 2 staff for the extended period of the programme.

Members of the public, as well as a variety of celebrities, enjoyed a wide range of treatments ranging from a simple hair cut to more extreme treatments such as colonic irrigation or a back, crack and sac.

Brian's Role
Brian's career path took a different direction when he undertook the task of narrator on the nightly highlights programme on Channel 4. His voice was instantly recognisable and he made an excellent job of the narration, coming over very clear and precise.

Although the programme was scripted, Brian got many opportunities to ad lib and whenever possible he added his own take on some of the interesting goings on that regularly happened. Day to day life in 'The Salon' was always eventful!

Although Brian often had to get very technical, scientific and graphic information across to the audience, e.g. the ins and outs of colonic irrigation, he always did so in such a way that it was enjoyable to listen. Brian's narration was never B.O.R.I.N.G!

During the run of 'The Salon,' Brian did an interview for the Channel 4 Website that you can read below.

Brian made a great success of his first job as a narrator and shortly after 'The Salon' finished he was signed up by Trouble TV to narrate a 15 part series called "Celebrity Bodies."


Interview with Brian, from the Channel 4: The Salon website: 28 October 2003

The Salon Staff might be the kings and queens of hair and beauty but behind the scenes we've got our very own style icon, the very lovely Mr Brian Dowling.

And we caught up with Brian in between his breathless stints in the voice over studio, to quiz him on his daily beauty regime, what he wants for Christmas, and, most importantly, who he thinks wrote that anonymous report...

Web: How long does it take you to get ready?
Brian: Normally, about 45 minutes to an hour. But for a hot date (which I haven't had for a while), um, about a week.

Web: A week?
Brian: Well you need to get new clothes, go to the gym, have a haircut, get a self tan...yes, a week.

Web: All for one hot date?!

Web: You always look fantastic. Tell us about your daily beauty regime.
Brian: [looking chuffed] I get up in the morning, I have a shower and wash my hair every day, I brush my teeth two or three times a day, I moisturise twice a day, I use cleanser and toner, NO SOAP, I use St Tropez moisturiser because I have a fake tan and it stops it fading, and I love eye drops to make my eyes clearer.

Web: Phew. Anything else?
Brian: Chest wax, had a manicure today, and a pedicure 'cos I hate touching my toe nails.

Web: Who would you most trust to cut your hair...Leo, Natasha or Paul?
Brian: Leo...I think he's quite good and he'd keep it trendy and up to date.

Web: Who'd you most trust to give you a massage...Sarah, Jorge or Georgina?
Brian: Sarah...she's very sweet and I met her in the lift and she smelt really nice.

Web: Whose look do you most admire?
Brian: Leo, Terry and Paul always look good. I don't like the way Brooke dresses, think it's a bit much.

Web: One word to describe each of these...
Brian: [on Botox] acceptable, [on crack wax] NEVER, [on Manager Paul] Pleasant.

Web: What about the new Manager?
Brian: I like him a lot more than last series. He's more relaxed and more himself.

Web: Who do you reckon wrote the Anonymous Report everyone's talking about?
Brian: Hmm, sounds like something Terry would say, or maybe Manager Paul himself. Or, can Louis do it? Or can John? But to say Sarah's 'deceitful' is someone who knows her. Someone in the beauty room? I'm not sure...

Web: What do you want for Christmas?
Brian: A laptop. I want to learn to use a computer and emails and stuff.


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