XL Video, working with Production Manager, Sarah Chaloner and Designer, Dominic Tolfts, supplied video projection and plasma screen solutions for studio recordings of Series 28 of the popular TalkBack television show, ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’.
The familiar ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ set includes a number of video elements that are key to the music-based quiz show, which is hosted by Rhod Gilbert. This series is recorded at Stage 9 of Elstree Television Studios and broadcast on BBC2.
For the main screen, XL Video Project Manager, Jeff Bailey, specified one of XL’s high brightness Barco FLM HD-20 projectors, which feeds the 16ft x 9ft screen. The high brightness 20,000 Lumen unit was selected to counter the ambient light on set.
The stage left and right of the set are populated with 12x Panasonic 42” LCD screens. These screens were specified for their built-in videowall capability that is essential to the look of the set. The plasmas are fed as two separate exploded videowall screens and display the iconic Buzzcocks logo.
XL Video also supplied Phillips 19” LCD screens for the front of the panelists desks and as desk inserts for the teams. Additionally a NEC 32” LCD is mounted on the front of the presenter desk.
A total of 12 shows were recorded during the 9 week run, with 1 or 2 episodes recorded per week.
Jeff Bailey, XL Video’s Manager for TV & Film commented: “I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with this production since 1998 and I still enjoy the involvement 16 years on. With so many different video elements in the set, XL’s broad inventory ensures we’re able to meet each of the specific requirements.”
Photo: Alison Barclay