Dragons' Den on HD
Thanks as ever for all your comments.
I just wanted to reflect on Dragons' Den, since I know that some of you took the view that this shouldn't be a priority programme for BBC HD, while others have written here about their enjoyment of it.
Thanks to my PVR I was able to catch up on the first HD episode last night. Watching it confirmed my view that HD brings real benefits to programming which is about people and their emotions, and where the viewing experience is about support and empathy.
Yes, at one level Dragons' Den is a business show, about projects, profts and margins. It's also of course a kind of poker game between the Dragons. But above all it is a blind dating show in which every blink and twitch and bead of sweat tells a story.
In SD of course you get the postures, the bravura, the studied casualness, the overall shape of each invention put forward. In HD I felt I got the sticking plaster on the flying machines, the slight tackiness of all that fake blood on the horror actors, every slight frown as the Dragons reviewed their position, the wild desperation that occasionally flickered through contestant's eyes, the blankness as they realised that they were cornered.
These are of course not the jaw dropping moments that natural history can offer, with thousands of birds filling a screen, or a tree slowly maturing before our eyes. But they do change my relationship to what is going on, they make me feel that I'm there in that slightly odd room with the polished floorboards and the distressed walls, the cheap polyester drapes and the expensive suits, and they make me care more about the people and the outcomes.
So I do still think that this kind of programming is an important part of the mix of what we make - of course it shouldn't be the only thing that we do, but I'm really glad that we decided to make the move into HD for this series on.
On another note, I do recommend Desperate Romantics which starts tonight on BBC HD, also simulcast with BBC Two. Yes it is costume drama, but trust me when I say it moves fast, is rich and funny in quite unexpected ways, and I really, really enjoyed it.
Lots of questions from you about other things - the Championship live matches will be in HD, starting from August 8th, although the round-up programme will not be. And Big Top will also be in HD when it broadcasts.
Not planning to resign just yet I'm afraid Wednesday83.
- Read Danielle Nagler's other posts on HD at the BBC
- Visit the BBC HD homepage
- Watch Dragons' Den in HD on iPlayer
- Visit the Desperate Romantics website
Danielle Nagler is Head of BBCHD, BBC Vision.