Children in Need comes live from newly upgraded Elstree Studio D and Albert Square
November 2013: BBC Studios and Post Production, the BBC’s commercial facilities company, is hosting this year’s BBC Children in Need in Elstree. For the first time, the Appeal show extravaganza will come live from BBC Studios and Post Production’s newly refurbished Elstree Studio D and from Albert Square.
On Friday 15th November, Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, Zoe Ball and Nick Grimshaw will play host to an array of stars, as they join in to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. British sporting legends Torvill and Dean will be taking to the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom, dancing head-to-head in a bid to win the glitterball Pudsey trophy. Whilst the cast of EastEnders will put on a special performance featuring a plethora of dance styles from Bollywood to ballroom, live in Albert Square.
At 11,800 sq ft, Elstree Studio D is comparable in size to Studio 1 at Television Centre and has been upgraded to handle the demands of large scale productions. BBC Studios and Post Production has invested in a new post production multiplex area to handle the show’s fast turnaround editing requirements. Simultaneous feeds coming into the multiplex from locations around the country will be monitored and recorded. All the material from the feeds will be logged and an EVS and Avid workflow will enable the post production team to create highlights packages, which will be fed into the main show. Additional onsite editing suites will be on standby to handle any last minute editorial changes during the live broadcast. It is a complex live broadcast, for example nine outside broadcasts bring together children’s choirs from around the country simultaneously to sing a song together live.
Paul Wright, BBC Executive Producer, said: “BBC Children in Need’s move to a new home has unlocked the gates to Albert Square which will bring even more excitement to Appeal night. I am thrilled with the spectacular line-up, making it the biggest and most ambitious night in the show’s long history.”
Anna Mallett, CEO of BBC Studios and Post Production, said: “I’m delighted to welcome BBC Children in Need to a new location in Elstree. We’re extremely proud of our long-standing association with the Appeal show and are excited to see the results of the live cross-site collaboration with our team at EastEnders.”
BBC Children in Need broadcasts live on BBC One and BBC Two on Friday 15 November, beginning with The One Show’s Children in Need special on BBC One at 7pm.