Here comes the very big Q: How many studios outside daytime does ITV have? how many have them are being used to their full use?
Apart from the ones used for Coronation Street, Emmerdale and not counting those for news I'd have thought the answer is the 3 or 4 at the South Bank (the 4th being the old LNN/Daybreak studio)
Everything else has closed and the ones in Salford are hired by them
3 big studios along at the south bank, yet there is Maidstone, Elstree and TV centre all near by. I wonder how much its costing ITV to keep them running? Not even BGT or X factor come from them.
The times are a changing.
They always seem to be very busy studios, though. Graham Norton, Ant & Dec, QI, The Last Leg, HIGNFY, loads more. Every time I've been to see something there, there's been a second queue for something else recording at the same time.
I wouldn't call Maidstone nearby. Pinewood and Shepperton aren't the easiest places to get to on public transport, Elstree and Sky Studios are a little better but unless I'm forgetting anywhere else that just leaves TVC and Riverside, once they reopen, as the only big (and TC1 is the only one that's properly big) audience studios in central London. There are a few other much smaller facilities around like the Hospital Club but not a lot.
It'll be a real shame to lose Studio 1 at TLS
, British television is losing yet another place steeped in history, the home of shiny-floor Saturday night telly. You can always tell something's been made there just because of the huge size of the audience.