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Coronavirus - Impact on live/recorded shows

Several talk programmes have cancelled studio audiences (March 2020)

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Earlie37


JK
JKDerry
They are using Stage 6 for It Takes Two, which is not part of the three Elstree stages which are run by BBC Studioworks under their partnership agreement with Elstree, they must have thought Stages 8 and 9 would be needed more for other productions, and so they couldn't use one of those stages which are run by BBC Studioworks.

They'll have gone for stage 6 because it's smaller and cheaper than the Studioworks ones. They never need a large studio for It Takes Two.

Isn't strange how It Takes Two is a BBC show made by BBC Studios, and they still have to compare the cost of BBC Studioworks own studios, a company which is a sister company to BBC Studios. It takes me back to Red Dwarf's creator Doug Naylor saying for Series 7 they were a BBC show which simply could not afford the BBC special effects services.
JO
Josh
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The 2007 remake of Jackanory was actually called Jackanory Junior.
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GO
gottago
They are using Stage 6 for It Takes Two, which is not part of the three Elstree stages which are run by BBC Studioworks under their partnership agreement with Elstree, they must have thought Stages 8 and 9 would be needed more for other productions, and so they couldn't use one of those stages which are run by BBC Studioworks.

They'll have gone for stage 6 because it's smaller and cheaper than the Studioworks ones. They never need a large studio for It Takes Two.

Isn't strange how It Takes Two is a BBC show made by BBC Studios, and they still have to compare the cost of BBC Studioworks own studios, a company which is a sister company to BBC Studios. It takes me back to Red Dwarf's creator Doug Naylor saying for Series 7 they were a BBC show which simply could not afford the BBC special effects services.

That's just business. BBC Studioworks are trying to make the most money possible by hiring out their large studios to big productions with more money, BBC Studios are trying to make a bigger profit by using a smaller studio for less money. They might be sister companies but in cases like this there's ultimately more money to be made for the BBC if the two departments don't work together.
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Steve in Pudsey
In the days of John Birt and Producer Choice it was often said to be cheaper to go to HMV and buy a CD than to hire it from the Gramophone Library.

It was a curious system that led to external companies undercutting BBC departments so money haemorrhaged from the BBC.

It was cheaper to hire a third party studio than a BBC one, so better for the producer's budget but meant that the money left the corporation rather than being passed between departments internally.
MarkT76, JKDerry and what gave kudos
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commseng
Very depressing times. Radio studios being used as TV studios also went on, while the TV studios in the same building were left empty.
All makes sense to the accountants.
GE
thegeek Founding member
In the days of John Birt and Producer Choice it was often said to be cheaper to go to HMV and buy a CD than to hire it from the Gramophone Library.

It was a curious system that led to external companies undercutting BBC departments so money haemorrhaged from the BBC.

Did things not improve a little under Greg Dyke? I remember in the mid 2000s it being not quite encouraged, but certainly okay to request stuff from archives, even if you were a lowly control room engineer and fancied watching something that wasn't otherwise easily available.

Cross-BBC charging was starting to become a thing again - I remember in the years before TVC closed, shows would find it cheaper to have their sets carted off to third-party storage facilities each week than whatever it cost to keep them on site, which was a bonkers state of affairs.
JO
Josh
First of the pandemic University Challenge's tonight. Nothing has changed apart from screens in-between the contestants.
SP
Steve in Pudsey
And presumably no or very minimal studio audience?
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
Opening "applause" sounded canned if nothing else. They don't normally show the audience on University Challenge anyway, and you only hear them if somebody says something stupid. Most of it sounded canned though.
BR
Brekkie
I do wish some shows would be a bit more creative than getting a bit too button happy with the applause button. It was very noticeable on Strictly the other night - i.e. Tess actually got applause.
JA
james-2001
I guess I can also point out that this year is the point that the BBC/Paxman version of University Challenge has been running for longer than the ITV/Gasgoine version. In fact it almost seems strange such a show ever was on ITV, especially for 25 years.

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