Have You Been Paying Attention? panelists are no longer zooming from home, as nimble producers find new ways to work within COVID-19 restrictions while still keeping everybody safe.
When the 10 show returned earlier this month, stars including Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang were at home while Tom Gleisner was in the studio. Viewers praised Working Dog for subtle touches such as identical backgrounds and buzzers for the panel.
But as restrictions begin to ease there are also new ways of making the show, with 10’s Como base in South Yarra now proving a versatile space across multiple floors.
While Gleisner remains in the studio, Kavalee, Pang and Melbourne talent are cleverly dotted around various suites and offices on three levels. Producers are mindful to keep cast and crew safe, but it also means there are dedicated links for broadcast quality, and avoiding reliance on the NBN.
Production sources confirmed there are a few exceptions. Hayley Sproull was in New Zealand this week, while Amanda Keller was in Sydney last week. Guest quizmasters are now beaming in from across the globe -an added bonus in the current situation.
While Working Dog can be praised for proving adept, the line of the night went to Mick Molloy: “This is great. This remind me of how I used to give evidence in court cases.”