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JasonB5,130 posts since 20 Sep 2003
London London
Just returned from the tour at Television Centre. A lot of the information on the tour is stuff i already knew about the programmes and their studio usage from reading about them on here and elsewhere on the internet. They take you in to Studio 3 and Studio 2. Lorraine's set was back up and ready for tomorrow so we didn't get to see the Loose Women set but they do show you a time lapse video of how they transform the space for both shows on the big screen behind the sofa.

The GMB and This Morning studios are always standing and we seemed to have more freedom to walk around those than Lorraine's set. You also get to have a picture taken on the This Morning sofa but you have to go on one by one and wait for it to appear on the ITV Daytime Studio Tour Facebook page. I did ask the tour guide if they could take one of me on the sofa on my phone but they seemed a little reluctant to do so.

Like most sets, they are actually a lot smaller in person compared to the fancy shots they use on TV to make them look how they look when on air.
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JKDerry1,892 posts since 15 Oct 2016
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Just returned from the tour at Television Centre. A lot of the information on the tour is stuff i already knew about the programmes and their studio usage from reading about them on here and elsewhere on the internet. They take you in to Studio 3 and Studio 2. Lorraine's set was back up and ready for tomorrow so we didn't get to see the Loose Women set but they do show you a time lapse video of how they transform the space for both shows on the big screen behind the sofa.

The GMB and This Morning studios are always standing and we seemed to have more freedom to walk around those than Lorraine's set. You also get to have a picture taken on the This Morning sofa but you have to go on one by one and wait for it to appear on the ITV Daytime Studio Tour Facebook page. I did ask the tour guide if they could take one of me on the sofa on my phone but they seemed a little reluctant to do so.

Like most sets, they are actually a lot smaller in person compared to the fancy shots they use on TV to make them look how they look when on air.

Studio TC3 is 8,000 Sq Ft and was a huge studio space when I last visited it, many years before the current revamp of Television Centre. It was the original drama studio for the BBC in the 1960s.


Even with the large space, two sets back to back means that it would seem smaller when you go to visit it. I have to give ITV Daytime credit of managing those two sets in TC3 and also the sets in TC2, with its quick turnaround.

I always mean to go back to Television Centre again, I am just worried that I will be let down and disappointed, as I have memories full of the old Television Centre, and maybe the new revamped one will not be the same?
JKDerry1,892 posts since 15 Oct 2016
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On a side note, I just remembered that the BBC Studioworks deal with Elstree Studios is set to expire in March 2020.

I wonder if BBC Studioworks will make another extension to this arrangement, or will Elstree want to take full control of Stages 8 and 9 back, and lease them out independently, with the BBC back to their own Studio D at Elstree, and leasing the other two stages?

Just a thought.