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London Lite6,811 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Like EastEnders, Holby is part of the Elstree battery farm of over produced output with 52 episodes per year of soapy plots.

Obviously it works out cheaper for the Beeb to have the show produced throughout the year, yet the quality of the show in my view has dropped since it launched.
noggin12,032 posts since 26 Jun 2001
According to Wikapedia, Holby City costs £370,000 per episode, is there any truth to this whatsoever?


Right ball park. These are about 5 years old and for indies but give you a guide to the cost of producing shows in the various genres : http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/commissioning/site/tariff_prices_for_independents.pdf

370k sounds a bit low these days for an hourly drama for peak-time. But they may achieve significant economies because of the high volumes produced, using the same locations and sets, and with long-running post-production deals etc.
mdtauk5,891 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
According to Wikapedia, Holby City costs £370,000 per episode, is there any truth to this whatsoever?


Right ball park. These are about 5 years old and for indies but give you a guide to the cost of producing shows in the various genres : http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/commissioning/site/tariff_prices_for_independents.pdf

370k sounds a bit low these days for an hourly drama for peak-time. But they may achieve significant economies because of the high volumes produced, using the same locations and sets, and with long-running post-production deals etc.

Holby though will rely on prosthetics, and machine operators (to get those operations looking realistic, as well as making the machines beep when they are supposed to. Plus they use a single camera setup, so a saving on camera operators, but more time taken to re-do scenes from other angles.
cityprod1,248 posts since 3 Oct 2005
Westcountry Spotlight
According to Wikapedia, Holby City costs £370,000 per episode, is there any truth to this whatsoever?


£19.2million sounds reasonable to me. Very little new set costs in that, some occasional location shoots, otherwise a regular cast and some guests, that sounds about right. This is why soap operas and telenovelas are popular amongst broadcasters, cos they can produce many episodes, for a relatively small per episode cost.
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