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23 April 2020

On air and on call.

by Andrew MacGregor

Comic Relief: “BBC's Big Night In” - 50s

In the best way possible, we can only hope the BBC’s newest telethon - The Big Night In - is a one-off. The event coincides with growing uncertainty over the length of the coronavirus lockdown, which is a problem not even Lenny Henry can solve.

One can’t fault Henry’s enthusiasm as he conducts this 50” promo-slash-video call, however, which urges viewers to forget about the pandemic for a few hours and enjoy some light entertainment instead. Easier said than done, perhaps.

There’s still plenty for viewers to enjoy in this teaser, as director Chris Cottam and his cast - including David Tennant, Davina McCall, and Romesh Ranganathan - evoke the chaos of a group Zoom* call…. something many of us are now all too familiar with.
*Other video-conferencing apps are available.

Creative Agency: BBC Creative
ECD: Helen Rhodes
Creative Director: Tim Jones / James Cross
Head of TV: James Woods
Agency Producer: Sarah Bradbury
Agency Prod Man: Jess Fenton
Film Production: Chief TV Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Chris Cottam Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Luke Filz
Executive Producer: Colin Offland

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