BBC Studioworks has provided full studio and technical services for ITV’s new primetime comedy game show, Bigheads

April 2017: Produced by Primal Media, Bigheads is hosted by comedian Jason Manford and sees members of the public compete in a series of bizarre physical challenges while wearing giant model heads of celebrities, politicians, royalty and historical figures.


Presenter Jason Manford on set at BBC Studioworks with two of the Bigheads

The six episode series was recorded across early March at BBC Studioworks’ Elstree production hub. Due to the size of the activities within the new format’s gameplay, the production required the use of BBC Studioworks’ largest studio – the 15,770 sq. ft. George Lucas Stage Two, whose past residents include Strictly Come Dancing and A League of their Own.

A 13-piece camera configuration was used to capture all the action of the family friendly show, including 3 peds, 4 handhelds, a Steadicam, a jib and 3 mini-hotheads. The studio floor also accommodated a seated audience of 500 people, who cheered on the show’s contestants in their bid to win elaborate gameplay whilst disguised as, to name a few, Donald Trump, Adele, David Beckham and Simon Cowell.


The contestants partake in physical challenges whilst donning a Bighead

BBC Studioworks’ state-of-the-art HD production galleries were fully utilised by the production. For recording BBC Studioworks used an EVS tapeless recording solution allowing the recording of 10 streams. These streams were recorded at both DNx120 for online and simultaneously an MPeg30 proxy file was made for offline editing.

Media was transfered to USB 3.0 drives for production to take to their edit facility. 

With commentary from Jenny Powell and Kriss Akabusi, Bigheads will air weekly from Sunday 23 April on ITV at 7pm, culminating in a grand finale on the sixth episode.

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