BBC Studios and Post Production is temporarily upgrading its Studio 2 to HD in order to support production of a new series of Ready Steady Cook.

Six Sony HDC-1500 HD cameras and a Sony MVS8000 vision mixer are being hired from Presteigne Charter, along with the recently installed Calrec Zeta digital audio console, to make the show.

This is the first time that Ready Steady Cook has been commissioned in HD. It joins a raft of entertainment shows being made in HD at Television Centre this autumn. Others include Later with Jools and Eggheads for 12 Yard, as well as Strictly Come Dancing.

Ready Steady Cook is made by Cheetah Television, an Endemol company for BBC Two.

The 35 x 45-minute series, which sees talented chefs battle it out against the clock, creating delicious dishes in 20 minutes, will be presented by Ainsley Harriott, with Annette Clarke as executive producer and Jeremy Cross as series producer. Lindsay Bradbury is the executive producer for the BBC.

Clarke said: “We’re delighted to be making the 21st series in HD at BBC Television Centre and are looking forward to serving another helping of entertaining programming and cooking up some great recipes”.