RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Four-year contract to deliver the outside broadcast, RF and post-production facilities for the BBC’s coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The world-renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the biggest event in the horticultural calendar, when gardeners and florists from around the world descend on the capital.

Timeline’s outside broadcast truck UHD2 acts as the main production vehicle, containing two edits and an EVS operation as well as the sound and vision operation. Timeline’s uplink truck RF3 also forms the engineering hub for both on site and outgoing RF circuits.

Seven radio cameras work across the entire site to facilitate live and “as live” presentation pieces showcasing the various gardens at the event.

Three cabled studio cameras are provided for the live show each evening on BBC One. Though operating in HD, Timeline uses 4K cameras and high quality RF links to deliver the pictures.

The OB also uses 40 radio mics, eight TV and Radio In-Ear monitor (IEMs) channels and 10 talkback channels.

Working over the whole site, they are planned and managed by Timeline’s specialist RF and audio departments.

Nine edit areas are set up onsite as well as three ingest stations and three EVS machines, all networked with shared storage and access to graphics.

Finally, post-production facilities are sent to BBC Bristol for them to prepare VT packages in advance of the show.