BBC - The One Show

Casablanca Hire received a call from the BBC for an emergency order to provide marquees for The One Show, providing protection for The John Wilson Orchestra and the crew throughout the programme.

We received a call in the afternoon with short notice to see if we could provide marquees The One Show studios at Broadcasting House, just off Oxford Street, as Hurricane Gonzalo hit the nation, bringing wild windy and wet conditions to London.

The BBC contacted us specifically for help at this short notice due to our reputation as the premier marquee hire and event hire company in London. The BBC knew they could trust us to provide our first-rate marquees which are sturdy and resistant to most weather conditions within the tight timeframe.

Our event hire team rolled out of our offices within minutes and packed up our marquees before arriving to receive further instruction on placement. They erected our specialist marquees with quickness and ease, well in time for the shows broadcast at 7pm.

With Hurricane Gonzalo descending and starting to make an impact across the UK, we saw the weather turn bringing rain and wind to the capital before the BBC called.

Obviously with worrying weather conditions there was an even greater sense of urgency to prepare and protect yourself and others from the elements. There is also Health and Safety regulations to think about with an organisation like the BBC needing to ensure safety and comfort for employees and the guests on the show.

The John Wilson Orchestra was on The One Show to promote its latest album ‘Cole Porter in Hollywood’ and their UK tour which sees orchestra playing venues up and down the country this November.

The John Wilson Orchestra, founded in 1994 by the British orchestral conductor John Wilson, is a symphonic orchestra that includes a big jazz band. They perform annually at the BBC proms summer festival and have extensively toured the world with their original arrangements of MGM musicals and takes on Rodgers and Hammerstein works.

On the show they not only put a twist on The One Show’s infamous theme tune to kick the show off, they played out the programme with a Cole Porter classic ‘Let’s Do It’, with vocals provided by the fantastic Anna Jane Casey and Matt Ford.

The BBC sought our services as they knew they could rely upon our experienced and dedicated team to meet such a tight deadline.

As London’s premier marquee hire company we pride ourselves with meeting all kinds of customer requests and deadlines.

If you require marquees or event furniture at short notice for your special event or occasion, or if you have a time sensitive matter to attend to, just give Casablanca Hire a call and we can discuss your options and react to your tight deadlines – ensuring a smooth event with all the essentials in place.

The BBC relied on us and have our number should the need arise again, you can too!

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