The technical set-up for Strictly Come Dancing follows the reliable design we have perfected from supporting all past series of the show.
10 cameras, including one 30’ MovieBirdTechnocrane, four pedestal cameras, a radio Steadicam and four handheld/lightweight tripod cameras capture the action.
Our recent investment in a Studer Vista X large-scale mixing console for broadcast, housed in our George Lucas Galleries, is the backbone to Strictly’s audio set-up. Capturing up to 50 radio microphones across each show, the desk handles everything from the live orchestra, to the audience’s reaction.
Birds eye view of the Strictly Come Dancing set in our 15,825 square foot George Lucas Stage 2 at Elstree Studios during rehearsals
Connectivity between Elstree Studios and our post-production facilities at BBC Elstree is crucial for handling the high volume of rushes the show produces each week.
A bespoke editing complex boasts ten Avid Symphony suites to meet the fast turnaround post production requirements of the show – between them they handle up to 100 hours of training material each week. Material is ingested, logged and edited at BBC Elstree and reviewed and incorporated into the live shows via the HD production galleries at the George Lucas Stage.
The results show is recorded on Saturday night, and edited through the night and Sunday morning for delivery on Sunday afternoon, ready for transmission in the early evening. When the series moves studios half way through to Blackpool for a week, the editing team move with it to provide onsite editing.
On set: Strictly Come Dancing judges and presenters Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Claudia Winkleman, Tess Daly, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.
Along with the creation of the main show’s training VTs, content for It Takes Two, the nightly highlights show presented by Zoe Ball, is delivered to It Takes Two’s central London studio via HD Baseband video line connectivity.
It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball
Production for Strictly Come Dancing’s 14th series began in August 2016, with the show transmitting live from Elstree across September, October, November and December 2016.