India v England

Test cricket returns British terrestrial television

Channel 4 acquired the rights to broadcast the four match test series between India and England three days prior to the first game. Sunset+Vine had already been appointed as the production company should the Channel obtain the rights.

The previous week we were looking at who had studio and gallery space at short notice, plus edit suites, all with the required social distancing for over 30 people. Timeline offered their facilities at Ealing Studio. But nothing could be done until the green light was given by Channel 4. The first match was due to start at 4am on Friday 5th February, and the previous Sunday evening we had the first conversation with a set builder – “we may need a set built by Thursday lunchtime, but we may not know definitely until Tuesday, any chance?”

Once everything was confirmed on Tuesday 2nd February everything swung into action. Crew and Talent booked, titles made, facilities installed, agreements made with the Indian broadcaster for some of their team to shoot pieces for our programme and interviews with the England team. We went on air at 0345 on 5th February with the distinctive sound of Mambo No 5, the iconic Channel 4 cricket theme tune.

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Over 50 Broadcast Awards

Sunset+Vine has won over 50 awards for its work in television production.

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Sunset+Vine’s ground-breaking production of Channel 4 Cricket saw the company winning 4 BAFTAs including the Academy’s Special Award in 2005. Coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games for Channel 4 was a BAFTA winner for Best Sports Programme and Channel 5’s children’s extreme sports series, RAD won a BAFTA for Best Children’s Entertainment Programme.

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