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Danielle Nagler Danielle Nagler | 14:45 UK time, Tuesday, 13 July 2010

For those who missed it, last night saw the debut of The One Show in High Definition (HD).

It has been a challenging process of migration. As loyal viewers will know, it is a busy show with lots of different types of subjects covered, and many different production teams compiling the reports that you see.

The sofa needed an upgrade too, although we didn't quite anticipate when we started on discussions that by the time we completed the move its usual occupants would look so radically different.

Matt Baker and Louise Minchin with Monty Python star Eric Idle on Monday, 12 July's episode of The One Show. This was the first episode of The One Show to be broadcast in High Definition

Yesterday's programme was a great debut for a fast-moving show. The studio looked bright and clean, and I really appreciated some of the extra detail on the films, in particular the items on high school proms and wrestling.

The archive shots from Live Aid made me realise how far what we can do in television has come - and I hope that seeing your favourite early evening magazine programme routinely in HD will add to the enjoyment.

Later this week there's another first - The Open golf in HD. We've broadcast the US Masters for a couple of years now, and those who enjoy the sport have been able to see the detail of one of the world's most lovely championship golf courses.

The Open is of course a different beast - always more rugged and windswept as befits a links course - but I hope that in some ways the benefits that HD can bring will be even more pronounced: Being able to see the ball as it flies above the fairway through the grey skies for example.

So from one point of view, blue skies could be a bit of a disappointment, though I'm sure whatever the weather does between Thursday and Sunday, the sight of the best golfers in the world battling it out together will be enhanced by HD.

Finally, you'll notice some changes in our regular schedule over the coming weeks. We're working to bring you even more HD content, and also to find ways to offer children's programming more effectively.

We'll be on air for longer at the weekends - when we know many of you spend most time with your HD TV - and we'd really welcome your views on how the changes in schedule work for you.

Danielle Nagler is controller of BBC HD.

The One Show continues on BBC One and BBC HD at 7pm each weeknight, and if you want to see last night's episode you can catch it on iPlayer in Standard Definition or High Definition for the next six days.


  • Comment number 1.

    When looking to replace Christine did anyone at the BBC think of approaching the wonderful Lisa Tarbuck to take over? Lisa is very experienced, talented and relaxed with guests and in front of the camera. The new female presenter, Louise Minchin, looked uncomfortable and as if she had arrived at the studio too late to change out of her very casual "home" clothes - nothing matched! Christine Bleakley always looked great and as if she had taken the advice from "wardrobe". Matt Baker should go back to Blue Peter. Eric Idle tried his best. Roll on Fridays when Chris Evans steps in - or has that changed? :-(

  • Comment number 2.

    Looking forward to The Open, the Scottish Open was excellent.

  • Comment number 3.

    Will The Ladies British Open also be in HD/ Any plans to show clips from Glastonbury which was also very good.

  • Comment number 4.

    Well a big Thank You from me for giving us the Open Golf in HD

    Can't wait until Thursday.

    Cheers, daveac

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Danielle

    I notice that you are not only Head of BBC HD you are also Head of 3D. I wondered if you would like to make a post on the BBC's attitude to 3D and how it relates to HD.

  • Comment number 6.

    Great shame you have to take the golf off HD to show Doctors/The One Show.

  • Comment number 7.

    #5, trevor, at the recent 3D Masters the corporation’s Head of HD & 3D Danielle Nagler said:

    “For us the main question is whether 3D TV production is a public service,”

    “Is 3D central to the future of TV or peripheral? There’s no answer now or likely in the next couple of years but we’re not going to sit around doing nothing.”

    Read more in this month's TVB Europe online here:


  • Comment number 8.

    Extended coverage of The Open on Saturday was excellent a BIG Thank You.

    St Andrews in the late evening sunshine was magical.

  • Comment number 9.

    At long last I am enjoying The One Show, great team.

  • Comment number 10.

    The One Show and The Open - two more diverse broadcast productions couldn't be found! For me, The One Show 'died' when Adrian Childs left, later followed by Christine Bleakley - who herself more than competently replaced Mylene Klass. We don't watch it all now, although I have no doubt that the content remains largely unchanged but it was the chemistry between Adrian and Christine that made it for us. I feel sorry for Matt and Louise - they are excellent presenters in their own right but, from the mere snippets I have managed to watch, you get the firm impression that they are 'going through the motion' of presenting - because that's their job. If Chris Evans is still in line for Fridays, he should seriously reconsider. If he must work on Fridays, why not as a replacement for Jonathan Ross? The Beeb are unlikely to want an alternative to TFI Friday, which could only be a C4 show - The Tube, Wired, BB et al. However, a lively irreverent chat show, perhaps something along the lines of Graham Norton, who nice as he is and good at it too, seems to be spread like butter on toast, all over the Beeb (thinly).

    As to the Open - great coverage as ever, the Beeb has not let us down this year and although the HD output gave an improved visual experience, this would have been even better in true HD (I've been on about this elsewhere today). The best part was the streaming via the Red Button, which on FTA satellite, allowed diverse coverage - even some of the 'lower orders' were seen, where they might not have otherwise have been. Some of the best bits were the extreme slo-mo shots (also in the British F1 GP the other weekend)but please, don't overdo it, it gets a bit samey after a while. Anyway, good, as was the Wimbledon coverage. When are those greedy cricketers going to realise that money isn't everything - we need Test Cricket in England back on the Beeb (TMS is great but not for those of us at home watching the box) - there's no reason why the Sunset & Vine team couldn't take it on. They have after all successfully moved from C4 to C5, almost seamlessly, so why not put in a good but fair bid next time around?

  • Comment number 11.

    3D TV? No way! Apart from STILL having to wear an appliance to fully appreciate the effect, 2D in decent HD will do for me. I for one will not be an early adopter and, as I don't subscribe to Sky, there is no reason for me to invest in such a speculative medium. It's Bluray vs HDDVD and VHS vs Betamax all over again - I don't think there is even yet a truly common standard for 3D. Anyway, if you want 3D without the expense, Virgin TV's highly misleading HD TV ad should get you signing up to them (please, someone tell me - have the ASA caught up with them yet?)

  • Comment number 12.

    I have just had HD installed and i am surprised and very disappointed in the extent of the BBC's HD programming. It is light to say the least. I would expect the BBC to be at the forefront of this superb technology and you are simply paying it lip service. Most significantly i am amazed that the Formula 1 is not screened in HD. Come on BBC - get a move on!

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Mark (#12),

    Just to let you know, Danielle's been asked a few times about putting F1 into HD - her answer is in the comments on a previous blog post.


    Hope that's useful for you!

    Assistant Content Producer, BBC TV blog

  • Comment number 14.

    I agree with some of the others that the One Show has really gone downhill in the last month or so. They use to have some quite interesting items but now in the words of the BBC trust it's boreing.

    Danielle said
    “For us the main question is whether 3D TV production is a public service,”

    Well Sky have anounced today that a full 3D service will be launched on the 1st of October. So I think that answers your question Danielle 3D IS a public service. The BBC has already denied UK viewers from seeing any of the world cup in 3D and looks as though they will do the same for the Olympics. While Sky is busy buying up all the 3D rights it can lay it's hands on the BBC is just siting on the fence.

    As head of BBC 3D will you please do a blog on 3D.

  • Comment number 15.

    Womens Golf today in HD excellent looking forward to the weekend, lets hope the sun comes out.

  • Comment number 16.

    Hmm - so Danielle, you think the One Show is worth putting on your somewhat limited HD Channel? Good grief!! BBC HD should be at the forefront of HD technology, not spending time putting dumbed down chat show content into HD? This was NOT a good use of HD time!

    I agree with Mark1Harrogate (comment 12) BBC HD content is a great disappointment as is the picture quality which is variable to say the least.

    We (the licence payers) will watch more HD when there is better content. Science, astronomy, travel, foreign culture and nature stuff etc.

    Why on earth is the whole of the BBC proms NOT shown on HD or at least on one of your 4 channels? Why not? Why not? Why not?

    Sport coverage is good (Wimbledon, gold etc.) but I find F1 a bit like watching paint dry ...

    Why Oh why is the BBC trying to outdumb Sky (BBC 3 etc, is a complete waste of space) - Please Please listen ...

    So then just Cut BBC 3 & use the dosh saved to fund HD properly! OK?

    If you have been - thank you for listening.

  • Comment number 17.

    Why is the new series of Natural World not being shown on BBC HD?
    (well I can't see it in the listings)

    The previous series is currently being repeated on BBC HD, but the new one is on BBC2 only. Why?

    Is it going to be shown in HD in future?
    or should I just watch it in SD? (I hate it when I have watched something in SD not knowing whether an HD version was scheduled, only for it to pop up on HD at a later date)

    If it is not going to be shown in HD, then why?

  • Comment number 18.

    #17, citizenloz, I see from the Radio Times that tonight they had an Episode from last year showing on BBC HD, but next Fri I think you'll find that Danielle's showing Ep3 of the 2010-2011 Season on the HD channel, 24 hours after its BBC2 outing; I don't know why.

    Actually, last night, I caught this week's BBC2 episode, the one about Echo the elephant. I have to say that the picture quality was remarkably good, even the older film footage, and it would have been great to watch it in HD. I'd love to know the reasoning behind Danielle's preference to schedule a repetition of Mon night's near-Simulacast HD airing of "Who do you think you are" rather than take the opportunity to simulcast Natural World on BBC2 and HD. Danielle?

  • Comment number 19.

    so will Ep 2 ever appear on BBC HD?

  • Comment number 20.

    @ 17 & 18

    I didn't watch it, but did the archive content exceed the 25% limit?

  • Comment number 21.

    Dear Danielle,

    I was overseas a while ago and saw a BBC Film Production of "As You Like It" on a foreign channel. I just checked whether it would be shown on BBC HD but, unfortunately it seems I'm too late, it was actually on your channel a year and a half ago. I wondered, are you planning a repeat showing soon, I think that's a long enough gap?

    In fact, while I'm asking about films I'd like to know why we get so few films on BBC HD e.g. as far as I can tell I'll have to wait over a week to see your next one, I'm certain that you're allowed to show more than one a week.

    And also, re: #20 was Derek right about the 25% archive content preventing an HD showing of last week's Natural World; I recall there was a lot of old footage. But, if that is what prevented its showing in high definition then it's a rather silly rule. Perhaps you could try and get it changed?

  • Comment number 22.

    Ofcom confirmed today that 5m homes can get BBC HD - that's 20% of the population, yet on Tuesday evening 4.66m watched The One Show in SD and only 31,000 in HD!!

    Is the HD broadcast ever promoted on screen, either before or during show?

    Why don't the presenters say on air "Tune to Sky HD 143 etc. etc."

    It seems such a waste of licence fee payers' money if only a few thousand out the millions who are able to, are watching in HD.

  • Comment number 23.

    #22 derek500, I agree and I also think that the BBC should be reaching more of those potential HD viewers. When confronted with such a suggestion though I've good reason to believe that they might just respond with something along the lines of:

    "There are a number of reasons why we're not doing better in terms of audience and they have nothing to do with the judgment about our programmes; they have to do with the way that we schedule, the navigation tools that we provide and the extent to which we as an organisation wish to migrate viewers between SD and HD services. That's still something that's evolving in terms of the BBC's own view about where it wants its viewers to sit."

    If that's the case, and I'm assured it is, then I think it's about time that the relevant parties at the BBC sat themselves down to decide what their view is, and then quickly come to an agreement about the plans for a speedy migration from SD to HD. If they don't then I think that they're going to get left far behind the competition.

  • Comment number 24.

    Any news on the BBC1 HD channel? seems to have gone off the boil.

  • Comment number 25.

    Thought people might be interested in this, any comments Danielle ?


  • Comment number 26.

    Please can we have a launch date for BBC One HD on Freeview HD - we were told "Autumn 2010" in the initial press announcement earlier this year but since then no further information.

  • Comment number 27.

    Danielle, why do you make us stay up so late for the golf in HD? I'm so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open, and there's almost an hour more to go! A 20:30 simulcast with the BBC2 showing would have been far better. And before you tell me lots of people watch Strictly Come Dancing in HD, why should they get priority over the golf fans? It is the Ryder Cup for goodness sake, which is a truly international competition. I guess the answer is that you need a lot more HD channels. When exactly was it that you said you were going to give us BBC1 in HD too?

  • Comment number 28.

  • Comment number 29.

    Nice of Danielle to let us the paying and viewing public know!
    No posts on here from her since July.
    I use to be one of the BBC's biggest supporters but the utter contempt now being shown by certain members of management has changed that completely. R.I.P British television

  • Comment number 30.

    I know several of you (brightondancer, DJB, gary-d) have asked about the BBC One channel - and as the eagle-eyed Sky Caddie has noticed, it will indeed be launched on November 3rd.

    The official announcement has been made today and Danielle has posted a new blog about this (which is why she's been a bit silent as there wasn't much that could be said before today's announcement), plus will do her best to answer questions in the comments - http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/2010/10/bbc-one-hd-is-ready.shtml

    Hope that's useful to all who've asked.

    Assistant Content Producer, BBC TV blog


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