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BBC Question Time in Plymouth

I was invited to look around the set and behind the scenes of BBC Question Time, which was held in Plymouth on the 4th June 2015.

After our small group met the floor manager and were given a brief talk about the programme, we were given a tour of the set and scanner. In the scanner, we met with programme director Rob Hopkin who talked us through the various functions of the mobile production control room.

Interior of the "Scanner". Image Credit - Matthew Chappell.

Interior of the “Scanner”. Image Credit – Matthew Chappell.

Returning to the set, I was present for tech rehearsals and watched as other members of the group acted as stand-ins to allow the camera operators to frame their shots and spoke so the sound technicians could practice with their equipment. After this, I was able to talk directly to a camera operator about his experiences working on the show and even got to use the cameras.

The panel on this particular episode (first broadcast 4th June 2015) consisted of MPs Norman Lamb, Mary Creagh and Justine Greening, with journalist Susie Boniface (also known as the Fleet Street Fox) and Thatcherite Jill Kirby.

Camera framing rehearsal

I would like to offer a huge thank you to the staff of Cloudbass who offered the opportunity to explore the set and experience the behind the scenes of this programme. The experience was invaluable and showed the amount of hard work and collaboration involved in a television production – all elements of the team, from the director and floor manager to the boom operators come together to rehearse and broadcast a television programme watched by around 2.7 million people.

Question Time is a topical debate television programme broadcast on the BBC and hosted by David Dimbleby. You can find out more about the programme on the BBC website and catch up on BBC iPlayer.