‘The Supporting Act’ follows a 10-year-old girl who practices day in and day out to give the most important dance performance of her life at the her school’s Christmas talent show.
Her dad is always with her, but he’s busy with other things such as work and Christmas chores. But that doesn’t stop the girl from rehearsing wherever she can. She dances at home, at the supermarket, on the high street and when she’s with her dad at work.
The dad stay distracted up until the moment his daughter freezes on stage during her big performance. It’s only then we realise that he has been paying attention all along because he guides his terrified daughter through her moves. They then dance together in a wonderful moment of ‘oneness’.
Cultural/Context information for the jury
BBC One is the UK’s biggest TV channel, but it’s size and scale can be its weakness. It can feel like it’s for the people, but not of the people.
Our challenge was to warm up and humanize the channel, reminding people that there are some things we all share.
Never is this sentiment more appropriate than at Christmas where we wanted to makes everyone feel that it’s a bit more special because of BBC One.