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(revised repeat) (February 2016)

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GM
Gary McEwan
They've edited the tapes they've got though. There was a joke in the episode today that was cut out. I've heard worse on shows that have been imported and shown on 5USA during the day,.
KE
kernow
The lockdown has been affecting various Channel 5 documentaries for a few weeks now, which shows how close to broadcast they're recorded.

The talking heads are clearly talking on a webcam, which is obvious from the picture and sound quality, but they are still looking to one side, as if they are talking to someone off camera.

The first example of this I noticed was with "Charles & Camilla: King & Queen in Waiting", shown on 11th April.
JO
Jonwo
The lockdown has been affecting various Channel 5 documentaries for a few weeks now, which shows how close to broadcast they're recorded.

The talking heads are clearly talking on a webcam, which is obvious from the picture and sound quality, but they are still looking to one side, as if they are talking to someone off camera.

The first example of this I noticed was with "Charles & Camilla: King & Queen in Waiting", shown on 11th April.


It was the same with the Princess Anne doc. Clearly it’s not affecting ratings as that did 1.7m
GO
gottago
The lockdown has been affecting various Channel 5 documentaries for a few weeks now, which shows how close to broadcast they're recorded.

The talking heads are clearly talking on a webcam, which is obvious from the picture and sound quality, but they are still looking to one side, as if they are talking to someone off camera.

The first example of this I noticed was with "Charles & Camilla: King & Queen in Waiting", shown on 11th April.

I think Ben said in his Edinburgh interview yesterday that these royal docs were commissioned during the lockdown and turned around quickly. They've been rating amazingly well as well, last Saturday's one got 1.7m in a slot where they normally barely register.

Going forward C5 will surely be the least affected of the main channels in terms of content given how few sports and studio shows they rely on. They already know how to make low cost shows (he said their Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs show costs £6k an hour which is pretty remarkable!) so aside from there being less shows overall because of the reduction in ad spend I can imagine it will generally be business as usual once this is all over.

He said he was going to carry on with his drama strategy going forward as well which I was surprised about.
bilky asko and Jonwo gave kudos
JO
Jonwo
The lockdown has been affecting various Channel 5 documentaries for a few weeks now, which shows how close to broadcast they're recorded.

The talking heads are clearly talking on a webcam, which is obvious from the picture and sound quality, but they are still looking to one side, as if they are talking to someone off camera.

The first example of this I noticed was with "Charles & Camilla: King & Queen in Waiting", shown on 11th April.

I think Ben said in his Edinburgh interview yesterday that these royal docs were commissioned during the lockdown and turned around quickly. They've been rating amazingly well as well, last Saturday's one got 1.7m in a slot where they normally barely register.

Going forward C5 will surely be the least affected of the main channels in terms of content given how few sports and studio shows they rely on. They already know how to make low cost shows (he said their Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs show costs £6k an hour which is pretty remarkable!) so aside from there being less shows overall because of the reduction in ad spend I can imagine it will generally be business as usual once this is all over.

He said he was going to carry on with his drama strategy going forward as well which I was surprised about.


The Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs is an acquisition rather than a fully commissioned programme so they probably got it as a package with other factual.

Drama is doing really well for them so I’m not surprised they’re doubling down, Penance is currently their highest rated show for 2020 and I’m sure All Creatures Great and Small will smash that when it debuts later in the year.
JO
Jonwo
I’ve clearly been watching too many of these royal docs but there’s been a huge jump in quality with the cameras for the talking head segments on this week’s royal doc compared to the last few weeks which have been webcam quality
WH
Whataday Founding member
There's a rumour rattling around Twitter at the moment that Netflix is considering a bid for ViacomCBS. That would sure shake things up a bit.
BR
Brekkie
Certainly would and a few billion dollars more debt won't do them any harm. Was reading something the other day about how the remerger of Viacom and CBS has been seen as somewhat of a disaster.
JA
JAS84
There's a rumour rattling around Twitter at the moment that Netflix is considering a bid for ViacomCBS. That would sure shake things up a bit.


WH
Whataday Founding member
I can see how studios like Disney, Paramount etc would be more vulnerable at this time considering they're not really making any money.
JO
Joe
I can see how studios like Disney, Paramount etc would be more vulnerable at this time considering they're not really making any money.

Not making money?
CA
Cando
No theme park, cruise line or Box office revenue in Disney's case

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