With Olympian Denise Lewis, singer Frankie Bridge and television presenter Gethin Jones making this year’s festive line-up, two of our Television Production students have been busy in action on set of the hit entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing.
Wesley Denne and Harry Taylor, who are both third-year BA (Hons) Television Production students, were tasked with helping to manage the show’s audience for its much anticipated Christmas special, which will air at 6.45pm on BBC One on Christmas Day.
“For me, the highlight of working on Strictly is being on the set of such a popular TV show. The celebrity contestants and performers are such a joy to watch, and most take the time to talk to you if they have a spare moment,” said Wesley, who is 20 and from Ashford.
“As well as on the main show, everything is manic behind the scenes! There is such a high number of people working on the show that the viewers do not see. Yes, there are stressful moments but everyone works together to make the show the success it is.”
Harry, who is 21 and from St Mary’s Bay, said: “Working on the Christmas special is certainly very surreal. It really makes you appreciate the opportunities you've been given. The highlight is definitely being in that environment surrounded by people who love what they do and being part of the team that helps make Strictly.”
This is the 13th edition of the BBC’s Christmas edition of the popular show, with previous Christmas champions including athlete Colin Jackson, cricketer Darren Gough and musician Harry Judd.
Describing how the experience has helped to prepare him for a future in television production, Wesley added: “I have a big passion for Entertainment TV so having the chance to work on such a popular prime time show is such a brilliant opportunity for me to get real hands-on experience of something I want to go into. I really enjoy that busy studio vibe rather than filming out on location, so I feel very lucky.”
Television Production at UCA is taught between the University’s Rochester campus and Maidstone Television Studios by television and film production professionals with extensive industry experience.