Pinewood to host new look National Lottery show on BBC One
Camelot and the BBC have agreed a new four-year contract to continue showcasing The National Lottery on BBC One. Under the terms of the deal, the Saturday draw show will be broadcast from brand new state-of-the-art facilities at Pinewood Studios and become the focus of The National Lottery’s presence on BBC One.
According to the partners involved, the new studio at Pinewood will allow for “a much larger screen-based set and areas for musical performances and guest interviews. The facility will also feature cutting-edge production, sound and lighting galleries, and will include production offices and an enhanced Draw Team viewing room, which will be able to accommodate VIP guests.”
Reflecting people’s changing viewing habits and greater use of online technology to obtain the winning numbers, results-only captions for The National Lottery’s other draws will be shown on BBC One on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 22.35 straight after News at Ten. In keeping with players’ increased use of the internet to check results, all draws throughout the week will be available on The National Lottery website.
Andy Duncan, Managing Director of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our long-established relationship with the BBC. Our flagship Saturday night draw show will be bigger and even better. With high-quality formats and innovative plans for the future, it will continue to be the exciting weekend event our players have come to expect. At the same time, we will maintain our focus on digital innovation to ensure that we continue to give players the opportunity to view our draws and check their tickets in ways that best reflect their lifestyles.”
Mark Linsey, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, added: “I am really pleased we are continuing our relationship with Camelot as National Lottery funding does so much to help good causes across the UK and the draw on Saturday remains very popular.”
Nick Smith, Commercial Director at Pinewood Studios, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Camelot and the BBC to this brand new, purpose-built facility. Pinewood has invested heavily in its TV business and, with new state-of-the-art HD galleries, studios and stages to house iconic productions, such as The National Lottery, we are confirming our status as a hub for UK TV production.”
The new contract starts on 1 January 2013 and Endemol will continue to produce the show.
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