‘The passion for music was palpable both in front of and behind the camera’
Youth and ambition are at the heart of The Live Lounge, a powerful combination that delivers a truly vibrant show.
The Strawberry Blond production team – all of whom were under 30, and many of whom had not worked in television before – had just seven days to clear licensing and shoot the performances, interviews and links from presenter Clara Amfo.
One judge said the young team’s love of music really shone through in the production and highlighted its “great guests, good insight and standout technical skills”.
Despite a limited budget, an eclectic and diverse mix of artists was featured in the series, including Stormzy, fresh from his Glastonbury headline triumph, and two performances from Lewis Capaldi. The Live Lounge was also Haim’s only UK performance on their global tour.
While the judges praised all the shows on the shortlist, one said The Live Lounge was the most “enjoyable” and that the “passion for music was palpable both in front of and behind the camera”. Another praised the visual and sound production achieved and said the show always felt “inclusive and diverse”.
A fourth judge said: “It has, more than anything else on the list, a love of music. No production values or contextual narratives can compete with that.”
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The BRIT Awards 2020
BRIT TV for ITV
Comedian Jack Whitehall presented artists such as Dave, Billie Eilish, Rod Stewart and Harry Styles to a live audience of 15,000 people. The awards showcased complex technical set elements and created unique moments for each artist.
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BBC Scotland Multiplatform Productions for BBC Scotland
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