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BBC Studioworks Reopens Television Centre Site

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BBC Studioworks has reopened the Television Centre site in Central London, it has been confirmed.

The Television Centre originally opened in 1960 but has been undergoing major redevelopment works since 2012 when it was sold by the BBC to the property company, Stanhope plc.

Now, Studioworks – a commercial subsidiary of the BBC – has re-opened three state-of-the-art studios as well as post production facilities on the site. It is a mixed-use development and the studios are located alongside a number of outlets including a Soho House club and hotel, a gym and spa, an array of restaurants and bars, and a boutique cinema.

Across the three studios, Television Centre provides more than 22,000 sq ft of shooting space as well as new post production facilities, all served by 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 boasts a range of new technologies to the benefit of Studioworks' clients, with investments made in equipment ranging from 4K studio cameras to the latest in gallery control desks.

The Studioworks facilities play host productions from major broadcasters and production companies, with ITV1's The Jonathan Ross Show the first production to be recorded. The chat show commenced its 12-episode run yesterday (31 August), the night before the official opening, and will run weekly until November. Also scheduled for the Autumn are BBC One quiz show, Pointless, and Strictly Come Dancing companion show, It Takes Two. These two shows will account for over 120 episodes of television produced between late September and mid-December. Other confirmed shows include a new production for Sky – The Russell Howard Hour.

Furthermore, from 2018, Studioworks' Television Centre facility will become the temporary new home for 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.

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. Whilst some may get nostalgic about the re-opening, this really is a new Television Centre, set up for the future with leading-edge technologies, flexible facilities and a fantastic team running it. Having a range of independent bars, restaurants, a gym and spa, a cinema and a members' club on our doorstep is also proving a great draw for production teams."
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