161mc: CW2 Blog Task 5 – Interactivity

Studio Programme Websites


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When you first arrive on both websites you see they both have clear layouts. Both have headers with links to important information about the show and both clearly display which channel they can be viewed on and feature a search bar so you can find something specific you may have gone there to look for.

The This Morning page is very light and has a more simple layout. It uses just three colors, grey, turquoise and gold and has a white background. This makes the page appear simple to use, laid back and uncluttered. It has a rather relaxing feel to it.

The One Shows landing page is quite a contrast to this. It is very bright and vibrant. Again, it sticks to just three colours; red, purple and green, but with a black background. I think this conveys the show’s sense of fun but it also makes the site look a little over the top and busy.

Both landing pages are well laid out but the This Morning page is possibly a little too basic, the amount of white on the page makes it look like maybe something is missing. It is possibly designed for a slightly older audience, maybe not as internet savvy, trying not to bombard them with too much information at once. In contrast The One Show’s initial look gives the impression of a show shouting out for attention, ‘don’t overlook me’ and has, maybe, tried to cram a little too much into one space.


Both sites encourage their viewers to interact with the shows, with buttons to share and like content and clear links to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Both encourage their viewers to tweet in with comments and This Morning has a regular competition that requires viewers to phone in or to register their details online. This Morning has also cleverly added, under nearly every article on their website, a link to share it through social media constantly reminding the viewer to keep interacting.


But I think where The One Show has the edge when it comes to audience interaction as the majority of the show’s content is sourced straight from the viewer. The audience is encouraged to share it’s experiences ‘Do you or someone you know have the same birthday as the Queen?‘ ‘We need your help to identify the Lost Tommies.‘ There is even a whole page dedicated to this where you can ‘Send Your Stories’ and have a programme made from your own idea, if it’s an interesting enough one.

Both websites have a similar selection of additional pages that are linked to in the header.

  • An About Page – Giving the audience more detailed information on the Presenters and the show’s Experts.
  • Links to Social Media.
  • Episodes – A link to Previous Show’s you may have missed or want to rematch.
  • Links to Similar programmes – Both have links to other Tv Shows you might be interested in or other channels or radio stations affiliated with the show’s main broadcasting channel.
  • Sign In – Don’t miss anything about the show by signing up to the newsletter and the show can use your personal details to refine itself and it’s advertising to your every need.
  • Clips – Highlights from recent shows.
  • Additional Information – Extra information on recent topics covered on the show and links to helpful websites associated with these topics.
  • Competitions – Prizes to be won and more personal information to be gathered for research purposes.
  • Recipes – Check out the most recent thing cooked on the show with a step by step guide or VT.
  • Search Bar – Don’t want to trawl the whole site? Type in exactly what you are looking for in the helpful Search Engine.

If I could change anything about The One Show’s website I would alter the layout. The top of the landing page is far too cluttered, but then as you scroll down the page becomes more bare. Eventually the black background takes over and there is information on just one half of the screen, with the right hand side left completely empty.


If the top half was spaced a little wider then the rest would fill the lower part of the screen and leave no blank spaces, that make the site look like it has information missing.

As for This Morning’s website I would change the adverts. They are placed right in the middle of the page and many, purposely, appear like the show’s articles in the hope that you will accidentally click on them.


I would like it if they were removed altogether, as the show is already sponsored by Boots the Chemist at the very top of the page , but if they really need the revenue I would move the adverts to strips on either side of the page. This way they are recognizable as adverts and not confused with magazine content, but can still be easily viewed as the audience scrolls through.

161mc: The SIX@SIX Website


After Mez’s lecture we were adamant that our website should reflect our show’s title colours . We really wanted everything to tie in together so we had a strong brand that would appeal to our target audience so we chose red, white and black as our main website colours, with a little bit of dark grey in places. We tried to vary the background design slightly as you clicked through the pages so things didn’t get boring for our online users and highlighted interactive links, like videos on our gallery page, with red borders.


Husain took the lead in designing the website while the rest of us worked on content to add to it. Corina edited us a selection of the best photo highlights from the Swingamajig festival, Jana edited our headshot photos for the credits page and Lavinia, Kai, Husain and I both worked on behind the scenes photos and video footage.

Below is the Behind the Scenes video I made

I’m really pleased with the look of our website and hope it has everything required to make it as interactive an experience for our audience as possible.

Decide for yourself by checking it out here:


161mc: SIX@SIX The Live Broadcast


We all arrived at the studio on time and Irina and I went to meet our special guest, Paul Neary from Swing Express. We escorted him across to the tank and gave him a tour of the studio. Toby and Lavinia sorted out a mic for him and ran him through his interview while I moved on to help with dressing the set.

The sofa we had borrowed had only just arrived in time and we hadn’t had a chance to test it out. As soon as Farai sat on it he totally sank into the chair! While this was happening we were also trying to arrange the fabric and lights we had brought with us to use as a backdrop. Annoyingly the fabric wasn’t quite wide enough to use vertically, as we had wanted, and horizontal stripes made the background look like a pirate’s flag. We decided to scrap the striped background and use the black curtain with the lights draped across it instead. Now we had a large sheet of fabric spare, so I balled it up and placed it under Farai’s sofa cushion. It wasn’t the perfect solution but stopped him from sinking back too much now. The fabric had managed to come in handy after all.


Lavinia and our guest Paul practiced their interview and a few dance steps as we checked everything in the gallery and Corina uploaded some last minute graphics she had been working on. With everyone now in place we decided to try our first take.

Our timings in the gallery really needed to be spot on today to make the show look as smooth as possible and controlling the timing of the final interview would be vital to keeping the show within the ten minute time frame.

Another tricky part was moving Lavinia from one side of the studio to the other to interview our guest. She only had a few seconds while masked by a still on the screen to dash across the studio, but after just a couple of takes she was in place with time to spare.


Our first few takes weren’t great. Things kept getting confused or VT’s didn’t run quite right and we had to add in an extra question to our guest’s interview to get the length of the show just right. I have to really thank our guest Paul, he was a real professional, and even managed to save our presenter when she forgot the name of something, without even making it noticeable.

With just 8 minutes to spare we captured the perfect take and you can view it below. You may not agree that it is perfect and I could easily point out several things we would change if we were allowed to edit the piece or reshoot it, but to me it is perfect because I couldn’t be prouder of my team and how hard they all worked to make this show something really worth watching. Everyone really pulled together to work as one and I think that shows in our finished piece.

161mc: Faux Studio


As there are so many groups producing TV shows at the same time booking actual sessions in the TV studio was getting quite restricted. We were beginning to worry that we wouldn’t have enough practice run throughs so we decided to set up a fake studio in the basement at Ellen Terry.

We borrowed 3 dslr’s and three tripods from the loan shop and set them up in the same positions as the cameras in the TV studio. We used one of the meeting room sofa’s and projected the title sequence and VT’s onto the projection screen, running everything as we wanted it to work on the day. I stood in as our special guest and Irina timed each take so we could try and get it bang on ten minutes.

After several hours of practicing this way we all felt a lot more confident and have arrange to use this faux studio method over the next few days to perfect everything and ensure our presenters know their scripts inside out. Especially as Shaun has just messaged us to say the Script Prompter may not be working on the day of the shoot.

161mc: Swingamajig Edit


The Swinjamajig Festival was amazing! I had no idea we would be allowed to film behind the barriers and at the side of the stage with the professional photographers. We got some really amazing photos and footage. I have 773 pictures and film clips alone and Corina and Lavinia have almost as much too so it’s going to take quite a while to find the best bits of footage. After meeting as a group on Monday we found out all the VT’s needed to be complete and uploaded by Tuesday. As I was working on both the Amsterdam VT as well as the Swingamajig one Kai offered to take the Amsterdam one over and we both worked all evening to get them completed. Toby was also working on the through history VT and just needed to add some copyright free music to it.

I would have liked to add a lot more to the Swingamajig VT but we couldn’t have much more than 1 minute 30 seconds for each VT as we needed to keep at least 4 minutes free for the interview with our guest.

161mc: Interactive Selfies


To try and make our TV show more interactive with it’s audience we asked people at the Swingamajig Festival to post a selfie on either our Facebook:


or Twitter


pages for a chance to win a Limited Edition Copy of Electric Swing Circus’s brand new vinyl. Above are our winners looking rather dapper in their 1920’s finery.

161mc: Miss Contingency Part 2

So, things aren’t going too well with our Special Guest segment. After approaching two different vintage hair and make up artists, both wanted to be involved but couldn’t because of the date and time. Monday at 2-4 in the afternoon most stylists are working.

We then contacted a local cocktail bar in the hope that one of their bar tenders might be able to come in and do a segment on making the perfect Bee’s Knees as this was a very popular gin cocktail in the 1920’s. But, sadly, they didn’t respond to our offer.


Then we spotted Kiriki Club on my friend Vimal’s radio show and we thought we had the perfect match. Kiriki Club’s swing sound and minimalist acoustic set would make them ideal guests in our small studio.

Knowing Vimal would be at Swingamajig on Sunday we approached him and asked if he could pass our details on to the group.

Again the group were interested but couldn’t make the date and time. I was beginning to get really disheartened and didn’t want to tell the group we still had no special guest so began scouring the internet for another option. I suddenly realized we hadn’t looked at local Swing Dance classes and that a segment with an instructor teaching one of our interviewers a few dance steps after a short interview had actually been a suggestion at one of our very first ideas meetings.

After a quick look online I found SwingExpress and contacted Paul Neary who said he would be happy to join us on the show. I was so relieved as I was beginning to think the show might not go ahead if we couldn’t find the right guest. It’s really strange how things work out but I really think a local dance school fits in a lot better with our other pre recorded segments and makes the programme move fluidly from one segment to the next.


161mc: CW2 Blog Task 4 – Health & Safety

1) List the common hazards of working in a TV studio and how you can avoid or manage them to work safely.

  • Working on large screens – Risk of Computer Eye Strain – Take regular breaks at 20 min intervals. Looking at far away objects and blinking can help. Use the 20-20-20 rule.
  • Electricity – Risk of Electrocution or Electrical Fire – Inspect all electrical items before use. Never touch bare wires, be careful not to bend wiring or place heavy equipment on cables as this can result in damage to the wire housing. Be careful with wall sockets and plugging things in. Ensure you know who the First Aider on Duty is before each session and how to get hold of them. Know your Emergency Exits and what to do in case of a fire, train your crew and share this knowledge with visiting guests. Report any damage to cables, plug sockets or wiring as soon as it happens. Also keep all drinks/liquids out of the main TV studio and gallery. This will also help avoid slip risks. Ensure all safety checks are made to new equipment before it is introduced into the TV studio and that all regular safety checks are maintained.
  • Cabling – Trip Hazard – Ensure all cables are taped down with electrical/gaffer tape and watch where you are walking. Wear flat, sensible shoes. When not in use tidy all cables away.
  • Lifting Heavy Object/ Machinery – Chance of Injury – Always use the trolley to move heavy objects, never lift heavy objects alone and follow lifting guidelines.
  • Lighting – Burn Risk and Electrocution – Never touch lighting or light housings as they get very hot.
  • Ladders – Fall Risk – On occasion you may need to use the ladders to move hanging lighting or other ceiling equipment, rigging, etc. Never climb a ladder without checking it first and ensure you have someone to stand at the bottom and steady it for you.
  • Lone working – Injury without help – If you really have to work in the TV studio alone make sure you notify someone when you will be arriving and leaving. Keep a mobile phone with you at all times. Do not attempt to move heavy objects while you are on your own or climb any ladders.
  • Inappropriate storage – Trip Hazard – Make sure you keep areas as clear as possible in the TV studio. Camera men may need to reverse with their dolly and may not always check behind them. Put everything away as soon as you have finished working with it so it can be found again easily and won’t be walked into.

2. Complete a risk assessment to show how you would safely produce a demonstration item that aims to show a presenter performing a coke and mentos trick in his/her mouth.


please click the link above to see my completed risk assessment.

161mc: Swingamajig


Stuck for something to do this Sunday? What about trying out something a little bit different? Pick out the most dapper outfit in your wardrobe and prepare to be wowed at Digbeth’s hottest new one day festival, Swingamajig.

1920’s swing meets dance as live bands and DJ’s takeover six stages from 14:15 in the afternoon till the early hours of Monday morning. There will be circus performers to entertain and astound you, professional dancers to teach you to lindy hop and jive,  a bar serving craft beer and exotic cocktails, burlesque acts, art and even a lecture on the history of alchemy!


Digbeth’s finest Street Food vendors will also be in attendance serving up the tastiest food Birmingham has to offer.

Check out this footage from last year’s festival to see what you missed in 2015 and get your tickets here: