The iconic comedy game show Blankety Blank is making its way to Maidstone Studios with a Christmas Special and the Gravity Media UK equipment rental team has supplied eight camera channels, an EVS, six box lenses, and two Canon HJ14 wide angle lenses to Maidstone Studios for the production.
Blankety Blank: Christmas Special features two members of the public, competing to match as many answers from a panel of six celebrities, by filling in the blank to a statement read out by host Bradley Walsh.
The show originally ran from 1979 to 1990 on BBC 1, hosted first by Sir Terry Wogan , then by Les Dawson. Regular members of the celebrity panel included Kenny Everett, Lorraine Chase, Gareth Hunt, Gary Davies, Paul Daniels and Cheryl Baker. A revival hosted by Paul O'Grady (as Lily Savage) was produced by the BBC from 1997 to 1999, followed by ITV from 2001 to 2002 as Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. David Walliams hosted a one-off Christmas Special for ITV in 2016. The show is based on the 1977–79 Australian game show Blankety Blanks (which was in turn based on the American game show Match Game).
The current filming at Maidstone Studios of course follows all the necessary COVID-19 related social distancing requirements. Installing Perspex screens within their galleries, ensuring the entire site has been taped to show the two-metre distancing rule, providing hand sanitiser and reconfiguring the production offices so that productions aren’t sitting face to face are the main changes they have implemented. Due to their ample facilities they have the flexibility to allow productions to use multiple make up rooms, dressing rooms and production offices.
Maidstone Studios (formerly called TVS Television South) has one of the UK’s largest regional independent television studio and has been home to a vast selection of independent British television programming including Inside No 9 Live, The Split, Catchphrase, Rugby World Cup 2019, ‘Later Live with Jools Holland’ and Jools Holland’s annual Hootenanny.
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