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ITV abandons the South Bank

(February 2017)

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Cando
HQ1 has a problem though. Salford.
Sorry, but the guest list that Takeaway has, usually swerves to big star London availability.


Tom Jones, Kylie, Jessie J, Gary Barlow, Danni Minogue, Boy George, Rita Ora, Paloma, Will.I.Am etc all spent at least a fortnight in Salford for The Voice/Let it Shine etc Even Jeremy Clarkson will be spending a week there for Millionaire , a man who created the myth.The current series of SNT hasn't exactly been full with big names either, not that they need them.

The problem with Salford is that unlike those shows Saturday Night Takeaway is live and you cannot block record 8 weeks of shows in 10 days. So you cannot expect to move London based production teams up for nearly 2 months of the year. The Voice etc always had their live shows in London for that reason according to Moira Ross when she exec produced it.

HQ1 with the outside courtyard would have looked amazing on SNT. It looked really impressive during Sport Relief on a much smaller budget.
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noggin Founding member
HQ1 has a problem though. Salford.
Sorry, but the guest list that Takeaway has, usually swerves to big star London availability.

Precisely. Salford is never going to be chosen over TV Centre in London just because Salford may have more easily usable exterior space (though I wouldn't bet against there being stuff outside at TV Centre or in front of the new Westfield bit over the road)...
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Plus TVC has two different tube lines for the audience to get to/from - whereas Media City has one tram line, the 50 bus and a car park.

Yep - anyone who has tried to get to Media City to work knows how miserable that is. It's worse than Elstree...

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ITV were going to put the lads either in TVC or Elstree (although Pinewood may have been an outside bet - (one series of their awful Push The Button gameshow was recorded there), so I think on reflection it's the right choice. Let the OB inserts travel the country, pick at 'random' someone from a different part of the country to play Win The Ads each week, but the show is better off intrenched from a studio in the capital.


Push the Button was a set-standing show though wasn't it? Not sure Pinewood or Elstree are well suited to a weekly set/strike, and I doubt SNT want to do a 7 day buyout of a studio for the run?
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Cando
If Saturday Night Takeaway are allowed to make as much use of Television Centre as they do the London Studios currently, that sounds like something to look forward to.


Was very surprised to hear this news. They're going to be a lot more restricted at (New) TVC than TLS. I don't think its been thought through.

I expected Pinewood, there is a lot of sound and production restrictions on the new TVC, the donut and glass fronted fronted area cannot be used for performances/ Election night style projections for example.
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Whataday Founding member
Good to see Catchphrase is going back to Maidstone again why was it moved a series to kent house? Hopeful Maidstone will get a few other shows.


It was hardly "moved" seeing as the current Catchphrase is technically an entirely different production from the original version. All but the first Carlton series were made in Nottingham anyway, so it hasn't been in Maidstone since 1994.


Not true, the revived series started at Maidstone and then moved to TLS.
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gottago
I'd like to believe I'm the first person to make the case for having network productions based across the country. I reckon it's entirely unhealthy for everything to come from London, and I applaud the BBC's commitment to doing programming which doesn't have to be in London from the likes of Salford. There is no reason why BBC Sport, CBeebies and stuff like that has to be from London.

But even I would say Saturday Night Takeaway has to come from London. Beyond the guest availability, there's a level of excitement attached with London than most of the UK wouldn't have about Salford. This isn't the 1980s and we're not doing quiz of the week from Norwich any more.

Not only that but the tens of thousands they’d have to add onto the cost of production thanks to shipping up and overnighting a London-based production team every week. Alright when 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown does it a few weeks a year and films multiple eps in one go with a much smaller team, but not for a weekly live show with a huge editorial team. And there isn’t anywhere near enough people with a games background based in Salford that could be recruited to produce it locally. This is also assuming that Ant and Dec would even want to move up to Salford each week for two months for no obvious good reason.

This idea certainly doesn’t sound like it’s been very well thought through.
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Whataday Founding member
This idea certainly doesn’t sound like it’s been very well thought through.


Not sure there was any need for that dig. We're all entitled to our opinions thank you very much.
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gottago
This idea certainly doesn’t sound like it’s been very well thought through.


Not sure there was any need for that dig. We're all entitled to our opinions thank you very much.

Dismissing the work of members of the show’s team based on absolutely nothing isn’t exactly fair either.
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mediaman2007
You guys could start an argument in an empty room Smile Forget the on screen egos they're all in the galleries Very Happy I don't know how such a big deal could be made of a big shiny floor show moving to the old BBC Television centre, one of the most experienced studios for such programming in the world. While I've always personally preferred TLS to TVC, nothing to be done about the former closing so Takeaway is going to have to 'settle' with an amazing studio in its own right. What can they not actually do at TVC they can at TLS? The outside stuff absailing down the building? Well that's been done. The stuff over the road with race cars etc? I'm sure they can work something out for that. A new location opens up new opportunities.
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Markymark
This is also assuming that Ant and Dec would even want to move up to Salford each week for two months for no obvious good reason.


They seem quite happy to go all the way to Oz for a three weeks at a time ?
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dosxuk
This is also assuming that Ant and Dec would even want to move up to Salford each week for two months for no obvious good reason.


They seem quite happy to go all the way to Oz for a three weeks at a time ?


Yeah, but that's even further away from Byker so they're happy Wink
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Steve in Pudsey
Not only that but the tens of thousands they’d have to add onto the cost of production thanks to shipping up and overnighting a London-based production team every week. Alright when 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown does it a few weeks a year and films multiple eps in one go with a much smaller team, but not for a weekly live show with a huge editorial team.


Cats does Countdown probably does ok in Salford being a co-production with an ITV team based in Leeds, and as most of the guests are comedians who spend most of their lives touring the country, a stop off in Salford is not much additional hardship for them.
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mediaman2007
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They seem quite happy to go all the way to Oz for a three weeks at a time ?


Salford or Australia...I know which one I'd pick Laughing

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