Fixed rig productions

Why have fixed rigs been able to create successful docs in spaces crewed productions have struggled with? The creators of Gogglebox and 24 Hours in A&E take us behind the cameras.

What goes on in the nightclub toilet, behind the doors of the court room or on the corridors of a local comprehensive? These previously hidden worlds have traditionally been off limits for television producers. Now, the advent of fixed rig productions have opened up access to the many stories and characters they have to offer.

Using cameras roughly the size of a small football, fixed in place and controlled remotely by the production team from a mobile gallery, this new breed of observational documentary is enjoying unparalleled success.

"We remove some of the conceit of television – we allow it to play out without producing the situation."- Hamo Forsyth

Tania Alexander, creator and producer of Channel 4’s Gogglebox, and Hamo Forsyth, executive producer of 24 Hours in A&E, join us to explain how production differs from more traditional documentary styles. They also discuss why fixed rigs have been able to create successful documentaries in spaces crewed productions have found difficult.

They share their insight into what makes a production work, the true cost of the production - from kit, casting to editing and managing social media - and reveal how they found the stories and voices that have made their shows such huge hits.