The ‘Who Cares Wins’ awards, celebrating the achievements of healthcare workers around the UK, took place on Tuesday 14 September 2021 at London venue Roundhouse.
The awards ceremony was organised by The Sun newspaper and attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham and many more celebrity guests. It was also broadcast on Channel 4, Sunday 19 September.
The show featured video pieces telling the stories of the winners, in categories such as ‘best doctor’, ‘ultimate lifesaver’ and ‘unsung hero’, as well as multiple musical performances.
Lighting was supplied by Full Production, who were brought in by Lighting Director David Bishop and Thames TV. Bishop has worked on some of the UK’s most high-profile TV, including the Duke of Sussex’ Royal Wedding and the BBC Proms. Bishop and Full Production have previously collaborated on many other shows including multiple seasons of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
As was my previous experience with Full Production, they were immensely helpful…their support to me prior to the show, and to the gaffer and electrician team during the show, was outstanding.”Lighting Director David Bishop
To achieve the brief, Full Production worked with long-standing delivery partners LiteUp. Among the variety of equipment used in the show were 104 Martin Mac Aura XBs, 13 Robe Esprites, 60 Claypaky Sharpy Plus, and a range of LED battens from Prolights, Miltec and GLP. Six Robe Robospot systems were used to track those on stage and walking up from the audience, while two GrandMA consoles with synchronized backups were used for control.
The setup for the event posed some challenges as it had to be done very quickly, in the space of 24 hours. Construction works around the Roundhouse made the trucking schedule difficult, and security for royal and celebrity guests complicated things further. Full Production were able to overcome these challenges, however, to provide a timely and effective service.
Full Production Managing Director Steve Richardson commented: “It was fantastic to support a great cause and recognise the hard work of our NHS, as well as everyone who works in healthcare in this country.
“Full Production’s strength is in knowing who to partner with to get the job done. We’re a small enough company that we can be very nimble and build trust directly with our clients, but big enough to deliver a fantastic service for a show which welcomed some of the most high-profile guests in the UK. I also really enjoyed working once again with David Bishop, who is an expert when it comes to lighting in the broadcast sector.”
Lighting Director David Bishop commented: “As was my previous experience with Full Production, they were immensely helpful and provided excellent substitution recommendations for fixtures to help keep within the show’s budget. Their support to me prior to the show, and to the gaffer and electrician team during the show, was outstanding.”