The latest of these fundraising extravaganzas was broadcast live from Studio D on Friday 18th November 2016.
The 2016 appeal show saw a record breaking £46.6M raised during five and a half hours of live transmission. The live action took place in our 11,800 sq ft Studio D at BBC Elstree Centre.
The large size and complexity of the show meant that the set build and the many other aspects of the studio set-up took us over a week to align. This included the configuration of 10 cameras, the arrangement of six lighting desks, and a hefty comprehensive audio rig for the many presenters, contributors and crew. Once the show had finished and the 500 strong audience had departed, we expertly de-rigged the set within 24 hours, ready for Studio D’s new production.
Watch our studio team expertly construct the 2016 set in Studio D in the below video.
With regard to post production, we provided Children in Need with offline (at online resolution) and online editing, plus a fast turn-around tapeless ingest solution, as well as a multiplexer operation for routing and recording multiple incoming outsource lines, with the ability to provide playing capacity to the live studio.
Talking of the 2016 Appeal Show, Andrew Breaks, Studio Resource Manager said: “Technically, everything worked fine in the studio on the night, including the surprising complexity of getting ten children’s choirs all singing in unison. Children in Need transmission day is probably the busiest day of the year for me and the rest of the team. We have to ensure everything is working seamlessly and in unison, from the fast turnaround post production, servicing both studio and multiple OBs, to safeguarding stage lifts for contributing talent are functioning properly on the main set. It’s a highly complex project, but I’ve got the very best team around me and this year was our most successful yet”.
On set: the record breaking £46.6M being announced live in Studio D