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S+H Technical lights up Strictly Come Dancing

BBC's prime-time television programme, Strictly Come Dancing, has enhanced its on-set visual effects with the addition of Pea-Light Starcloth, which incorporates 6,000 inbuilt lights.

Devon, UK-based drapes, starcloth, LED and visual effects specialist S+H Technical has supplied 1,100sqm of red velvet Pea-Light Starcloth containing approximately 6,000 inbuilt lights, plus an additional 6,000 Pea Lights integrated into the set walls for Strictly Come Dancing, staged in BBC Television Centre’s TC1 studio in London.

Around the bottom half of the set and interview area on the balcony the individual Pea Lights have been fastened.

The drapes wrapping around the set/studio on the upper level are all free-hung using a hook-and-loop system.

The Pea-Light wrap is one of a number of layers to the design which also include the LED arches framing the stage, a solid LED curved surface upstage and LED strips lining the stair fronts onstage and all of the balcony fronts around the studio.

The Strictly set was built by Manchester-based EC Creative. BBC Scenic Supervisor Mark Osborne oversees its build in TC1, and the various ins and outs required when the show visits different locations over the course of the series.