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kernow752 posts since 18 Jan 2006
I wonder if it's time to do what they used to do when there was a lack of studios - convert a theatre

A new TV Theatre could easily work for panel shows and chat shows.



Fountain Studios are set to reopen as a theatre later this year, so there could be potential for TV shows to be recorded there once again.

I'm sure there's plenty of other theatres in and around London with the capacity/availability for regular TV shows, including some which are currently out of use, although some of these would probably require a lot of investment to get them back into a useable condition.
Jonwo87271 posts since 20 Sep 2007
I wonder if it's time to do what they used to do when there was a lack of studios - convert a theatre

A new TV Theatre could easily work for panel shows and chat shows.



Fountain Studios are set to reopen as a theatre later this year, so there could be potential for TV shows to be recorded there once again.

I'm sure there's plenty of other theatres in and around London with the capacity/availability for regular TV shows, including some which are currently out of use, although some of these would probably require a lot of investment to get them back into a useable condition.


Wasn’t the Cochrane used for The Nightly Show? I’m not sure if there are any theatres that could be available in London for television use, most seem to be occupied
Earlie37261 posts since 20 Oct 2003
Meridian (South) South Today
Remember though that Riverside will be only one TV studio. There will be two other studio spaces but they're not being run by Riverside TV and are intended for live arts


Indeed it will just be Studio 1 that will be leased to Riverside TV. However, with demand for studio space, I do wonder whether they'll consider leasing Studio 2 out in the future too as it is a similar size to Studio 1. I suppose it depends how successful the art spaces are and if they can continually fill both Studio 2 and 3 with productions and exhibitions to make it viable. Although I think revenue from the lease to Riverside TV is meant to be helping fund the arts part of the complex too.

The Cochrane was indeed used for the relaunch of TFI Friday and The Nightly Show https://www.oldcollegeproductionbase.com/filming-locations I think ITV spent a fair bit removing and updating the alterations made by TFI Friday but I've not heard of it being used much since. It was ironic that ITV put so much seating back in as it was clear they were struggling to fill the seats for the Nightly Show - they ended up with some very tight shots of the first couple of rows by the end of the run! Laughing
kernow752 posts since 18 Jan 2006
The website for the Cochrane Theatre has been taken down, and if you look on Google maps, all of the external signage has been removed, and it looks empty inside (I don't know how long it's been like that and whether it was like that last year when the nightly show was recorded). Apparently it's been purchased by a hotel chain, so could be due for demolition soon.
JKDerry568 posts since 15 Oct 2016
UTV Newsline
The Riverside TV Studios website have the word "studios" and not "studio", so I assume they will have three studios up and running at some point, otherwise why did they not call themselves The Riverside Studio?
DE88406 posts since 8 Jan 2017
UTV Newsline
The Riverside TV Studios website have the word "studios" and not "studio", so I assume they will have three studios up and running at some point, otherwise why did they not call themselves The Riverside Studio?


"Studios" looks better. Wink
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nigel62 posts since 20 Dec 2009
Meridian (South) South East Today
Until riverside reopens
Although probably not their first choice of studio.

None of those shows (Graham Norton perhaps excepted) need a studio of that size. Something TC3 or TC8 sized would be fine for those shows, but nothing else is available in a convenient location to get an audience in and out of.

So these shows are likely paying a premium to hire a studio much bigger than they need because nothing else is available.
Inspector Sands12,298 posts since 25 Aug 2004
The Riverside TV Studios website have the word "studios" and not "studio", so I assume they will have three studios up and running at some point, otherwise why did they not call themselves The Riverside Studio?

Probably because the building itself is called The Riverside Studios.

AIUI the other two studios could be used for TV, after all any space can be, but they won't be fitted out as a TV studio
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Austin Tatious824 posts since 1 Jan 2016
HTV West Points West
Television production does not have a monopoly over the word "studio".

There can be studio theatres, dance studios, radio studios, etc. If the Riverside facility will have 3 studios, it matters not if two of them are strictly non-television.
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