The One Show – Research

Show information:

Chris Evans and Alex Jones are joined by Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler. Plus, the programme is live in Glasgow to meet the Scottish cast of Happy Days – The Musical.

Miranda Krestovnikoff casts her vote for best mum in the animal kingdom.

For our Broadcast project, I researched BBC’s ‘The One Show” in order to explore all aspects of the episode. This included; the overall look, presenters, set design, music, graphics and context. Honestly speaking, before hand I was quite unsure about watching the show and whether I would enjoy it. However, after watching the episode, I have to admit that I enjoyed it and found it very informative as well as entertaining.

In terms of the overall look of the show, in one word there was extreme ‘volume’. Thus, meaning that the studio was brightly lit Screen Shot 2013-03-11 at 13.17.59andperpetuated a friendly ambience. The set design was to extent, ‘Funky’ filled with multi-coloured walls, green sofas, flashing lights in the background, neon purple borders and more. In the background, we could see a large glass window, presenting buildings denoting the big city ‘London’. In particular, there was a main prop, the ‘Jukebox’, which added to the hip style environment but also intertexually complimented with the guests’ back-story.

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Chris Evans and Alex Jones

The presenters Chris Evans and Alex Jones are both professional presenters and known for doing broadcast work, radio shows and television news. They portrayed this quirky, friendly, bubbly persona, where they welcomed the show very informally. Moments where Chris pointed out to Alex’s hairstyle and the crew going “ooooh” added to that friendly ambience, where the audience would feel involved. The presenters had this conversational like, talkative approach, which added to the magazine based genre.

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The One Show began with an introductory music piece, which was complimented with graphics of the title of the show. The audiowas very upbeat, playful and fast paced, suggesting that youthful, fun connotations. The graphics denoted their initial recognisable ident. Coloured with bright, primary colours, the show heaved how diverse there audience was, targeting mass ethnic communities.

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Jaden Smith visits a local school
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Henry Winkler in Happy days (1975)

The show was joined by the famous Actor ‘Henry Winkler’ whom was introduced with a short film clip of Happy Days – 1975. This gave the audience who were unaware of Henry, an idea of whom he was. Henry’s main focus of the show was to make a difference and help dyslexic children out there, by spreading the issue. Whilst Henry was being introduced, Alex began to talk about recent celebrity news, where Jaden smith visited a local school assembly and sang for them. This which was anchored throughout a handheld, mobile recording VT. Later we were shown a short HD documentation film on a real life story where a mother confidently helped 30 young men in discovering life beyond the gangs. She was joined with Henry Winkler, where her inspiring courage and emotional journey was appreciated through a bouquet of flowers. In terms of visuals, we were shown old photographs and news clippings, to illustrate the voice over.

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What is Cool?…was the next topic explored in the episode. With street vox pops and informal interviews of people explaining their fashion styles and decisions, the definition of ‘Cool’ was elaborated. Whilst talking about historical fashion, an endless list of famous iconic stars were named, which were demonstrated through old video footage and photographs. This whole idea of ‘Cool-ness’ definitely was lenient towards the youth culture, thus inviting in younger audiences but also triggering middle-aged peoples’ ‘younger days’. With that in mind, audience participation was evident, where we were asked to send in our ‘Cool or Fool’ photos to the address requested.

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Who’s Cool or a Fool?

Differently, due to the Mothers Day theme we were informed of whom the best insect mum role there was.  We were shown several HD videos of insects crawling and their natural habitats. Specialists bombard us with interesting facts, creating a more educational side of the show.

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The Musical

Lastly, the show ended with a live performance of the Scottish cast of ‘Happy Days’ – The Musical. All things music and dance, we were dazzled with the entertainment factor, leaving the audience in a relaxed mood.


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