Technical tips for TV production during the Covid-19 lockdown

Kevin Batchelor and  Colin Hopkins share how they overcame the challenges of making TV during the coronavirus pandemic.

The creators of BBC’s Big Night In, Have I Got News For You and The Trip, all made in lockdown, explain how they overcame the technical challenges.

Their tips include:

  • Sending talent sterilised laptops with good quality cameras
  • Asking talent to use a monitor rather than the laptop screen to help maintain the eye line
  • Controlling the light by rigging lights outside the houses where filming is taking place
  • Using a special app for talkback

About the contributors

Colin Hopkins is an executive producer. He’s talking about Big Night In, a live high-profile show produced at the start of lockdown. Kevin Batchelor is director and founder of Electric Robin. He’s talking to Michael Perry, producer and director of Endemol Shine, about the lockdown versions of Have I Got New For You and The Trip.

About the events

The video is edited from recordings of remote events that took place in June 2020. The events were supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5. It was part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in the coronavirus pandemic.

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