For the fifth consecutive year, the production was hosted in the UK’s largest gallery-served stage, George Lucas Stage 2
The impressive 15,825 sq. ft. production space specialises in large-scale TV productions, comfortably housing the iconic 360-degree ballroom set and 750-strong live audience.
We ran a tried-and-tested technical workflow for the 2017 series, featuring a 11 camera set-up, including one 30’ MovieBird Technocrane, four pedestal cameras, a radio Steadicam, and four handheld/lightweight tripod cameras.
The Strictly Come Dancing 2017 celebrities and pro dancers on set in George Lucas Stage 2
Connectivity between George Lucas Stage 2 and our Elstree Post-Production Village is crucial for handling the high volume of rushes the show produces each week.
Our scalable editing complex at Elstree, with 11 Avid Symphony suites dedicated to the show, met the fast turnaround and varied editing requirements of the show and handled up to 100 hours of training material each week. Rushes were ingested, logged, edited, reviewed, and incorporated into the Saturday night shows.
The results shows were recorded on Saturday nights, and edited through the night and Sunday mornings for delivery on Sunday afternoons, ready for the early evening transmission on BBC One.
Series 16 is due to return to our Elstree production hub in August 2018, when the post production workflow and set build kicks off.
Strictly Come Dancing judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli
We also provided full studio services for Strictly Come Dancing:It Takes Two, the nightly highlights show presented by Zoe Ball. The show’s home for the 2017 series was in our recently reopened Studio TC2 at Television Centre.
Zoe Ball during a live It Takes Two transmission in Studio TC2
The 60 episode series also benefits from our investment in tapeless recording system that ensure seamless transmission for our multi-site post production operation. Read more about It Takes Two’s studio and post production set up with us here.