The latest of these fundraising extravaganzas was broadcast live from Studio D on Friday 17 November 2017

The 2017 appeal show saw a record breaking £50.1M raised during five 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 2017 set in Studio D in the below video.

BBC Studioworks – BBC Children In Need Appeal Show 2017 from BBC Studioworks on Vimeo.

With regard to post production, on the night of the Appeal Show live feeds from multiple UK locations featuring fundraising and regional stories were managed in the multiplexer, a bespoke build for the production in our Elstree Post Production Village, that intercut with performances from the studio. EVS XT3 servers recorded this content onto a new Avid Nexis system. All Fundraising, Thank You and Appeal Film VT content were played into the studio from the Multiplexer during transmission. Highlights montages were also cut for inclusion into the live programme.

However, not all the post production action took place on the night of the Appeal Show. Activities began in late October 2017 and ran up to the live show, as our Avid Symphony suites cut material for multiple live show features, with Avid Pro Tools used for dubbing and voiceovers.


On set: the record breaking £50.1M being announced live in Studio D

Talking of the 2017 Appeal Show, Andrew Breaks, Studio Resource Manager said: “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 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”.

For more information on our studio and post production services utilised by the 2017 Children in Need Appeal Show, click here to read the full press release.

The next Children In Need Appeal Show will return to Studio D for live transmission in November 2018.

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