Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS In A Day

Garden Productions | BBC 2

Perry Gibbs


Chris Chalmers

Full post production on 8 x 60 min documentary series for BBC 2. Keeping Britain Alive captures the vivid patchwork of human experience – the grief, heroism, tragedy, relief, joy, bitterness, hilarity, frustration, compassion, tedium and selflessness – that are evident across the NHS every single day.

Senior colourist Perry Gibbs’ main objective was to keep the series very accessible. Gibbs had to achieve a balance between all the various sources whilst progressing the look chronologically through the day. As well as this balance, the visual was enhanced in a subtle but effective way by adding a little contrast and where possible increasing dominant colours including; the blues of uniforms, the red of a heart monitor, the yellow of a splint.

With the help of sound FX, Dan Chapman was able to create the sense of switching from one city to another via a network of many cameras in different parts of Britain. This allowed for the audience to drop in on what was going on in any particular NHS department at any given time in the one day that the whole series had been filmed.

Matt Jeffreys online in Symphony.