BBC SHOWCASE 2012
TCM produced a gala sit-down dinner for BBC Worldwide to showcase their upcoming 2013 line-up of programming.
Held in a unique warehouse known as 1346 Venice in Waterloo, the Tardis from Dr. Who marked the entrance and guests were welcomed at the door by the Stig from Top Gear as they entered the ‘man cave’ space which was set up with a Top Gear Game Zone and theming inspired by the 5 different programs being featured on the night.
As the curtains pulled back, set to a dramatic soundtrack, the main dining space was revealed to a spontaneous round of applause from the surprised guests.
Unlike the deliberately dark cocktail area, guests were invited to be seated in the high vaulted industrial space framed by low hung chandeliers and the venue’s unique collection of Crocker Motorbikes – the largest in the world.
Musicians from the Metropolitan Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director & Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams, opened the dinner with a score that was specifically created for a 7-piece orchestra to play at the event which was set to rare footage from the Frozen Planet: Snow Leopard episode.
Throughout the night, the guests were entertained by BBC personalities including hosts from CBeebies, a live stand up act from Watson & Oliver (the next French & Saunders who were flown in from the UK for the event) and a Q&A session with famed director Jane Campion who talked about her much anticipated TV series Top Of The Lake.
Chef Gavin Baker, who held one of the coveted sous chef positions at The Fat Duck in the UK, the “Best Restaurant in the World”, custom designed and created sharable platters of oak roasted rack of black pork and grilled barrumundi finished with a milk and honey dessert concoction. The platters featured dry ice adding to the intrigue as waiters descended down the stairs during the ‘Platter Parade’ when dinner was announced.