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.
Sunset+Vine is pleased to announce the appointment of David Tippett as Managing Director of Sunset+Vine, effective immediately.
Sunset+Vine appointed as Host Broadcaster for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, held between 28 July - 8 August 2022.
Sunset+Vine & Sky Sports win the Sports Programme RTS Award for the ICC Cricket World Cup Final between England and New Zealand.
Sunset+Vine & Sky Sports win the Television / Digital Live Event Coverage Sports Journalism Award for the ICC Cricket World Cup Final.
Sunset+Vine wins the Television / Digital Show Sports Journalism Award for Cricket on 5 – Ashes 2019, Headingley Test Match, Final Day.
Sunset+Vine & Sky Sports's coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup Final between England and New Zealand wins the Best Sports Programme Award.
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Royal Television Society Awards have been won for Sunset+Vine’s coverage of 2017 World Athletics Championships; 2016 Rio Paralympic Games; 2012 London Paralympic Games (Special Judges Award); and for the Channel 4 Cricket output.