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BBC Children in Need returns to Studioworks

BBC Studioworks to provide full studio and post production services for the annual live fundraising extravaganza

BBC Studioworks is providing studio facilities and full post production services from Elstree for the annual BBC Children in Need Appeal Show for the fifth consecutive year.

The annual charity fundraiser, which transmits live tonight, will see Tess Daly, Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc, Ade Adepitan and Rochelle and Marvin Humes take up presenting duties.

The stage took around 60 hours of to assemble, with work beginning on 10 November. More than 170 pieces of lighting equipment, controlled by six lighting desks, have been fitted to illuminate the set, and a ten-camera set-up has been configured to capture the action.

The appeal show’s audio set-up includes a Riedel intercoms system and a Studer mixing console.

Tonight, live feeds from multiple UK locations featuring fundraising and regional stories will be managed in the multiplexer, a bespoke build in Studioworks’ Elstree Post Production Village, that will intercut with performances from the studio. EVS XT3 servers will record the content onto a new Avid Nexis system.

John O’Callaghan, head of studios and post production at BBC Studioworks said: “The Children in Need Appeal Show makes full use of our technical services and expertise. From building the set and implementing the complex lighting and audio requirements, through to managing pre-recorded specials and synchronising a multitude of live feeds.

“This is an example of large scale event television at its best and we’re delighted to help bring the show to life and hopefully set another record breaking year for this fantastic charity.”