BBC Studioworks has now welcomed studio audiences back to its facilities following the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions.
BBC Studioworks is reimplementing its approach to socially distanced studio audiences and over the coming days live audiences will be present on Big Talk’s The Goes Wrong Show, Hot Sauce’s The Jonathan Ross Show, ITV’s Piers Morgan Life Stories and Multistory Media’s The Martin Lewis Money Show.
Audiences at all shows will be subject to stringent safety measures and protocols including mandatory temperature checks with thermal cameras before entry and the wearing of face masks. Entry and departure to the studios will be staggered with audience members sitting in their assigned bubbles and seats not occupied will be clearly marked. Hand sanitising stations have also been reinstalled in the outside queuing areas and by the studio doors.
Also, all audience members will be required to complete a covid declaration by the ticketing or production company.
“We’re delighted to enable the safe return of audiences for our clients,” said Jon Noakes, Commercial Director, BBC Studioworks. “For the type of light entertainment productions we facilitate, there’s nothing quite like a live audience and the fullness of audience participation to add atmosphere. While we’ve achieved some really clever remote audience solutions in partnership with our clients during lockdown, such as the virtual audience for Saturday Night Takeaway for ITV, there’s no substitute for in-house audience reactions.”