.... the fact that the Midlands has not had any television production studios at all for well over a decade....... .
I'm sorry to take a quote out of context, but this is sad, so sad.
Birmingham has almost been forgotten about. All the money spent on HS2 will be justified to alleviate this, even if (as seems likely) it get cancelled beyond there.
Pebble Mill closed in 2005 (for Network Production), ITV's production studios at Nottingham closed in 2003/4 when ITV plc came into being and Crossroads bit the dust.
It is very sad. That said the BBC does operate a small 'warehouse' studio near to the 'Drama Village' (when that was gonna be a centre of excellence for drama... Doctors, Father Brown and WPC56 anyone? - though Line of Duty used space for series 1), but this is mostly used for storage.
Ironic really, The Mailbox was the higher hope for them bringing together TV, Radio and Online - but Pebble Mill housed all that plus more - what was once 1 site is now across 4 (Mailbox, Archibald House, Selly Oak D.V. and Digbeth/Fazeley Studios) - the very thing highlighted in the Broadcasting in the 70s report that brought the Network Production Centres (PM included) into being!
Oh it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you...