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October 6, 2011
CBBC Live ‘n’ Deadly – Maverick Slacklines -
Having been Slacklining for the BBC’s Live ‘n’ Deadly roadshow in Swindon the week before and been swamped with 8000 kids and out-of-sight queues, we didn’t quite know what to expect from the live-show for BBC Saturday morning TV…
We’d spent the previous day high-lining, 20M above a dry creek in beautiful woodland in Somerset, and arrived at the location at around midnight to the most incredible clear night. The milky way appeared like a white road accross the sky, the clarity of the night air and the sheer number of stars was breath-taking. We bedded down for the night in Jakes slack-bus without getting much of a feel of our surroundings…
We woke to perfect blue-bird skies and unseasonably warm weather and were excited by where we had found ourselves – Llangorse Activity Centre is an incredible facility which boasts rope courses, zip wires and a huge Indoor climbing centre, set in the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National park.
We introduced ourselves to the flurry of busy-looking TV people and set about rigging a couple of lines to maximise the scenic back-drop. We had a little warm up and then it was time to give the presenters a crash-course in slacking. Steve was off the hook due to a recent ankle surgery following a rather serious sounding mountaineering accident! So it was up to presenter Naomi Wilkinson to attempt to walk the line. Luckily, with a background in dance and good posture, she took to it fairly naturally and in under an hour was balancing and taking her first steps. A quick rehearsal ended the day… We utilised the last couple of hours of daylight by hiking up to the highest point we could reach to watch the sun set before having dinner with the riggers and animal handlers, an interesting bunch, and hitting the sack! A 5am start was looming…..
We arrived on location in the dark, had breakfast with Steve Backshall and the crew and it was all systems go! The rest of the morning rushed past in a blur of activity, a couple of run throughs and before we knew it we were being cued for live broadcast. Everything went to plan, our section of the show ran really smoothly and before long we were de-rigged and on the road…
Another successful instalment of the slack-life…
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