Photographer Matt Frost takes us behind the scenes of a primetime TV show and introduces us to the people that make it all work.
I like finding contradictions and one of my personal projects – Dancing on Ice: Netherworld, goes behind the scenes of one of ITV’s biggest and glitziest entertainment shows to look at some of the unseen, off-screen roles that make it a reality. I wanted to share a glimpse of the not-so-glamorous and the sometimes surreal backstage world, and introduce some of the people who spend their working life among its intricate web of cables, gaffer tape and high-tech equipment…
I’ve been ITV’s official photographer for the show for the last 5 years. We shoot the specials to promote the show prior to transmission, and every Sunday for the first 10 weeks of the year I’ll be working in and amongst the gaffer tape, scaffolding and endless black drapes shooting the show itself.
Did you know we have a dedicated blade sharpener on site? We also have a paramedic, a carpenter and our very own Zamboni with driver! Dancing On Ice also boasts a wall of LED displays which to me is more impressive when you see the back of it, and our very own purpose built ice rink, all housed in a hangar sized studio and small village of outbuildings.