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GSL Power ‘Tumbles’ into action with Aurora

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Take a look at how GSL powered the production of BBC1’s celebrity gymnastics competition, Tumble.

Aurora TV
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The new show Tumble, hosted by Alex Jones on BBC1, came to a show-stopping end of series in September and lighting rental specialist Aurora was there to light the way, with GSL Power providing the power distribution.

Aurora supplied full TV lighting facilities for Tumble where 10 celebrities took part in the entertainment show, taking a leap into the world of gymnastics vaulting, tumbling and flipping head-over-heels in a bid to win the public’s votes.

The celebrity contestants, who each Saturday night had to win the public’s votes, included current world boxing champion Carl Froch, TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh, BAFTA Award-winning Wolfblood actor Bobby Lockwood, Sugababe Amelle Berrabah, Dynasty icon Emma Samms and Ian ‘H’ Watkins from Steps, plus Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding, EastEnders actor John Partridge, and Loose Women host Andrea McLean.

Lighting director Gurdip Mahal commented: “I really enjoyed working on the series of Tumble. There was a fantastic team with great equipment and a production team who were lovely. A great way of spending your summer!” He continued: “It all worked so well to give the show a spectacular look each week. As always we had a great team behind the scenes.”

Alongside Gurdip was moving light operator Ross Williams, media operator Russell Grubiak and conventional lighting operator Gerald Smith. Lighting gaffer for the series was James Tinsley and his lighting crew consisted of Richard Shout, Adam Mitchell, Lidz Milheiras and Alan Dolan.

GSL stepped up their continued support to Aurora by supplying a substantial amount of cable and distribution equipment for the show. In the last year GSL has supplied Aurora with over 10 kilometres of cable including 16amp, 32amp, Socapex and Powerlock Runs as well as other various mains cable. Other equipment supplied to Aurora includes 36 distribution boxes including Socapex distros, ISUs (Isolation Units), CCs (Control Centres) and FDUs (Final Distribution Units).

Dave Whatley of GSL Power said: “From day one it’s been a pleasure to work with Nick Edwards and his team at Aurora. We have now completed two substantial cable and mains distribution orders in the last year. Other work has included custom-built workshop distros, and a propriety distribution system for Later with Jools Holland. We work closely with the company, collaborating on both technical specification and also customising their equipment to the distinctive purple Aurora branding.”

Garry Lodge, MD at GSL Power added: “We are grateful to be able to work with Aurora as the company continues to grow and look forward to continuing our partnership on future projects.”

The Tumble judges consisted of former Romania artistic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, Olympic gymnast Craig Heap, Strictly winner an artistic gymnast Louis Smith and Sebastien Stella, a French choreographer and director. The winner of this series was Bobby Lockwood, actor in the popular children’s programme Wolfblood which airs on CBBC. The last shows of the series peaked to 4.2 million viewers and is likely to return for a second series.

Further reading – www.auroratv.co.uk


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