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Why so long between recording and airing?

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dstarfire
1241529.  Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:06 pm Reply with quote

Last year, the episodes that started airing in October were actually recorded way back in April-May.

Why so long? I mean, I know light travels at a finite speed, but the BBC studios aren't even a single light-day away, let alone 90+.

 
CharliesDragon
1241572.  Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:18 am Reply with quote

I would suspect scheduling has something to do with it. The studio used for QI is used for other programs (I believe), and QI is not a show that needs to be aired the same week it's recorded, it doesn't contain great amounts of topologically time-sensitive material relating to for example news that will be forgotten six months later.

If anyone has any better knowledge or understanding of how TV recordings in general or QI in particular works it would be welcomed, though, this is just mostly uneducated guesswork.

 
PDR
1241584.  Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:11 am Reply with quote

Programmes are recorded in booked sessions at the studio. Much more material is recorded than is needed for the show (even the XL versions), and so the resulting recordings are taken away and edited at leisure. Only explicitly topical shows (Have I Got News For You, the News Quiz, the Now Show etc) actually need to be shown within a short period.

PDR

 
suze
1241588.  Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:12 am Reply with quote

That's right, and I believe there's another factor involved as well.

The BBC chooses to show QI in the autumn; the new season usually starts in early October. You could record the shows in summer and have them ready for broadcast in time, but it can be awkward to book comedians for summer recordings because they're either in Edinburgh or on the beach. Which is why the shows have always been recorded in April and May.

 
PDR
1241590.  Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:34 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
...it can be awkward to book comedians for summer recordings because they're either in Edinburgh...


It's a fringe benefit, yes...

PDR

 
dstarfire
1241623.  Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:01 pm Reply with quote

PDR wrote:

It's a fringe benefit, yes...

PDR


Oh, come on. I may be American, but even I groaned at that one.

 
Jenny
1241671.  Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:56 am Reply with quote

PDR I hope you have plenty of spare coats.

 
PDR
1241675.  Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:14 am Reply with quote

I don't need them in this heat wave.

PDR

 
Jenny
1241677.  Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:18 am Reply with quote

But winter is coming... oh no, sorry, wrong show.

 
joshuaselig
1242546.  Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:23 am Reply with quote

lol @Jenny

 

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