BBC Studios and Post Production

Full studios and post production services for BBC One’s new primetime entertainment show

July 2014: BBC Studios and Post Production is providing full studio and post production services from Elstree Studios and BBC Elstree for BBC One’s new primetime Saturday night gymnastics show, Tumble. Featuring an all-star celebrity line-up, including current world boxing champion Carl Froch, Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding, fitness legend Mr Motivator, EastEnders actor John Partridge and Loose Women host Andrea McLean, Tumble is due to air in August.

Presented by The One Show’s Alex Jones, Tumble will see the celebrities vaulting, tumbling and flipping head-over-heels live on air, over six weeks, in a bid to win the public’s votes. The show is supported by judges from across the sporting world who will critique the celebrities on their performances. They include legendary Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci,London 2012 gymnastics medallist Louis Smith, Commonwealth Games gymnastics champion turned sports broadcaster Craig Heap, and cirque artist/aerial performer Sebastien Stella.

Following the same proven and trusted set up designed for BBC Entertainment’s Strictly Come Dancing, George Lucas Stage 1 at Elstree Studios was chosen as the ideal space to accommodate Tumble’s large scale production requirements. The 15,200 square foot studio easily houses the diverse range of gymnastic routines to be featured in the show, including trampolines, vaults, balance beams and aerial gymnastic challenges such as trapeze.

Twelve cameras will capture the enormous range of routines and aerial gymnastics, including a steadicam, a 45’ MovieBird Technocrane and a hi-motion slo-mo camera. Two remote tracking cameras will be used for the overhead shots of the floor based routines or events.

BBC Studios and Post Production set up a bespoke editing facility at BBC Elstree, with a total of ten Avid Symphony stations, to accommodate the fast turnaround post production demands of handling over 120 hours of training material per week. Utilising the connectivity between the two Elstree sites, 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. Cinegy is being used for logging and ingest. All of the rushes are being stored in the acquisition format XDCam 50, with low res proxy files being made available so that content can be easily viewed by the producers working in the edit or back in the main production office.

John Loughman, Post Production Supervisor at BBC Studios and Post Production said: “We’re experienced in delivering large scale Saturday night entertainment shows for many clients and we’re thrilled to be working with BBC Entertainment to provide a seamless post production and studios workflow for this extraordinary, high action show.”