BBC Studioworks, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC, has re-opened the doors to the ‘home of British television’ at the Television Centre site in Central London.
Television Centre – which originally opened in 1960 and was the biggest TV production facility of its kind in the world at the time – has been undergoing major redevelopment works since 2012 when it was sold by the BBC to the property company, Stanhope plc.
Studioworks has re-opened three state-of-the-art studios as well as post production facilities on the site in London’s White City. The facilities will soon play host to productions from a number of major broadcasters and production companies, with ITV1’s The Jonathan Ross Show the first production to be recorded.
Across the three studios, Television Centre provides over 22,000 sqft. of shooting space as well as new post production facilities, all served by an array of flexible technical and support areas. The revamped TC1, TC2 and TC3 studios range in size, and can accommodate all genres and styles of programming, from sitcoms and panel shows, to major entertainment and event shows – both live and pre-recorded. The facility also boasts a range of new technologies from 4K studio cameras to the latest in gallery control desks.
From 2018, Studioworks’ Television Centre facility will also become the temporary new home for the ITV Studios Daytime shows, Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women. These shows are relocating from ITV's London HQ during the redevelopment of the site and will be hosted in studios TC2 and TC3, live on weekday mornings.
We expect to see ‘TVC’ re-emerge as the production community’s favourite place to make TV.
-David Conway, BBC Studioworks managing director
Television Centre is now a mixed-use development and the studios sit alongside a number of outlets which are likely to prove popular with production crews, audiences and on-screen talent - including a Soho House club and hotel, a gym and spa, an array of restaurants and bars, as well as a boutique cinema.
Speaking about the Television Centre reopening, David Conway, managing director at BBC Studioworks said: “It really is an exciting prospect to see Television Centre back as the production hub for the nation’s favourite programmes, and we expect to see ‘TVC’ re-emerge as the production community’s favourite place to make TV.
“Elstree has been a big success story for Studioworks, and has provided the springboard to grow into Television Centre,” he continued. “Having multiple London locations provides choice for the production community with varying studio configurations and technologies available. There really is a bright future for TV at each of Elstree and Television Centre”.