The BBC production team that followed the Prince William Earthshot Prize and the wedding of Harry and Meghan was praised for organizing a “phenomenal” show to mark the Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne.
The British praised the organizers for the ‘magical’ and ‘phenomenal’ show last night, while thousands watched them live from The Mall, with the highest number of 13.4 million viewers on their televisions.
Two of the key organizers were Claire Popplewell, creative director for BBC Studios Events and Mark Sidaway, executive producer for the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace.
Claire Popplewell, creative director for BBC Studios Events was the key organizer of yesterday’s party in front of the palace
One of yesterday’s key organizers was Mark Sidaway, executive producer for the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace. Taken last month at the BAFTA Awards
Ms. Popplewell has been with the BBC studio for three years and eight months, after taking on that role after a multi-award winning career as a director, executive producer, producer and editor.
For the BBC, she has spent more than 27 years as a ceremonial event editor and executive producer.
She is currently responsible for planning and performing all royal, ceremonial and commemorative programs, and has delivered global events including Live 8, Nelson Mandela’s funeral, the international broadcast of Harry and Megan’s wedding, D 75 Day and, more recently, VE Day 75.
The British praised the organizers for the ‘magical’ and ‘phenomenal’ show last night, while thousands watched live from The Mall, with a maximum of 13.4 million viewers on their television
Royal fans watch Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, appear on stage during a jubilee concert in front of Buckingham Palace.
A drone show over Buckingham Palace during the BBC’s platinum party at the Palace was written ‘Thank you ma’am’ in honor of the Queen
The crowd heard archival footage of the Queen talking about the future of the planet in 1989 during her Christmas message: ‘The future of all life on earth depends on how we treat each other and how we treat the plants and animals that share our world with us’
Speaking on the eve of the jubilee, she said: ‘The BBC’s ceremonial team has been at all the major royal landmarks since the Queen’s coronation in 1953.
‘It’s been a few challenging months, but long-term relationships with Met Police, Royal Parks and the Armed Forces have helped them look favorably on our endless and sometimes bizarre demands.’
This included a 360-degree view of the Horse Guard Parade.
Mr. Sidaway has been in the BBC studio for a year and five months, having worked as an executive producer for both NBC and ITV X Factor.
He was also the executive producer of the first Earthshot Prize ceremony at Alexandra Palace on October 17, 2021, and his team won the BAFTA Award for Best Live Event at last month’s awards ceremony.
Mark Sidaway, executive producer for the BBC’s Platinum Party in the Palace, (right), with Dermot O’Leary and Clara Amfo after winning the BAFTA for Best Live Event, after organizing ‘The Earthshot Prize 2021’
A graduate of the University of Sheffield said that he was “delighted and honored” when the Queen agreed to act in a special sequence with Paddington Bear.
‘It was a bit nervous to ensure that it all blended seamlessly with Queen + Adam Lambert’s live performance,’ he added.
Speaking about the Earthshot Prize, launched by Prince William and the Royal Foundation, Mr Sidaway said it was a “monumental challenge” to create an “unforgettable star-studded awards ceremony” with a desire to achieve the highest standards of sustainability “.
Sir Cliff Richard said this morning that last night’s spectacle was the best play created for Her Majesty.
‘The show I watched last night was probably the best produced show ever made for the Queen,’ he told Sky News.
‘I think they certainly spent millions on lighting, it was just fantastic.’
Tom Bairstow, founder of the NorthHouse design and production studio, worked with the BBC on the event, designing visuals for the celebrations
NorthHouse, a design and production studio, worked with the BBC on the event, designing visuals for the celebrations.
She enlivened the palace with visual representations of mapped projection and visual representations of LED screens.
Founder Tom Bairstow said it was an ‘honor’ to get the contract and help realize the show for Queen and the BBC.
His team spent six months preparing for production and had to 3D scan Buckingham Palace, before repeating this in his purpose-built software and designing projections to fit into every corner of the building.
‘It was incredibly technically difficult,’ Mr Bairstow said. ‘It was just amazing to see everything. When we got there, everything worked perfectly. ‘
His team also worked closely with the luminous drone company SKYMAGIC to transfer “ideas from projection to drones and back”.
‘It was an opportunity for collaboration,’ Mr Bairstow added. ‘We worked on big shows, including the Super Bowl, and spent a year with Coldplay … but this was obviously really special.
‘It was amazing and there were amazing answers.’
How did the drone display come about?
Created by SKYMAGIC, last night’s display featured 400 drones above Buckingham Palace.
The show was created six months before the event, and the SKYMAGIC team worked with the BBC and the palace on the design.
After a finished script board was agreed upon, including the much-loved corgi, the team animated the design using specialized software.
They then assign each drone ‘individual waypoints’ so they can carry out their ‘own mission’ at night.
The team usually rehearses the show for a week at the performance location, but the ‘strictly confidential’ nature of the jubilee concert meant that last night’s performance was the only one in the space.
Instead, they did a few rehearsals at an ‘off-grid location’ in the north of England.
Battery-powered drones have two geo fences that surround them, which means that if something goes wrong and the drone reaches the fence, it will carefully land.
Among those praising the organizers were musician Gary Barlow and former Finance Minister George Osborne.
Charlotte Moore, BBC content director general, said on the eve of the show that she was ‘thrilled’ to bring the nation together at an ‘amazing once-in-a-lifetime event’ to celebrate the Queen’s ‘incidental event’ 70 years on the throne.
The show included a special two-and-a-half-minute sequence between the Monarch and Paddington Bear, which was kept secret for several months by Buckingham Palace, BBC Studios and Heyday Films / STUDIOCANAL.
Anna Marsh, CEO of STUDIOCANAL, said filming with Her Majesty and Paddington at the Palace of Memories needs to be ‘nurtured’, adding that Her Majesty’s warmth and generosity was a joy to watch.
Last night’s setting included three stages, connected by walkways, creating a unique 360 ° experience in front of Buckingham Palace and the Queen Victoria Memorial.
They were connected by 70 columns representing each year of Her Majesty’s reign.
To the left of the palace was an orchestra stage with an orchestra of 75 members made up of military musicians from the British Army Home Division.
And to the right was the Pop Stage, followed by LED screens. In front of the Queen Victoria Memorial was the final phase, facing the crowd at The Mall.
The entire front of Buckingham Palace has been projected mapping – making it the largest screen in the UK for the night.
Throughout the evening, the live concert lasted more than two and a half hours, with over 30 artists and performers in lineup from pop, rock, classical and musical, and the performance was opened by Queen + Adam Lambert.
The event was organized by BBC Studios Productions. The same team made coverage for Trooping the Color, lighting the lighthouse, Thanksgiving service in St Paul and Selection.
They also made Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen.