BBC Studioworks has reopened the doors to the ‘home of British television’ at the Television Centre site in Central London.
Television Centre, which originally opened in 1960, has been undergoing major redevelopment works since 2012 when it was sold to Stanhope.
Studioworks has re-opened three studios as well as post production facilities on the site to create the centrepiece of what the BBC is promising will be a “vibrant and creative media quarter” in London’s White City.
Television Centre is now a mixed-use development and the studios sit alongside a number of outlets, including a Soho House club and hotel, a gym and spa, an array of restaurants and bars, as well as a boutique cinema.
The Studioworks facilities will play host to productions from all the major broadcasters and production companies, with ITV1’s The Jonathan Ross Show the first production to be recorded. Also booked for autumn are the BBC One quiz show, Pointless, and Strictly Come Dancing companion show It Takes Two, as well as Sky’s The Russell Howard Hour.
From 2018, the facility will also become the temporary new home for ITV Studios Daytime shows Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women.
David Conway, managing director, BBC Studioworks, said: “It really is an exciting prospect to see Television Centre back as the production hub for the nation’s favourite programmes, and we expect to see ‘TVC’ re-emerge as the production community’s favourite place to make TV.
“Whilst some may get nostalgic about the re-opening, this really is a new Television Centre, set up for the future with leading-edge technologies, flexible facilities and a fantastic team running it. Having a range of independent bars, restaurants, a gym and spa, a cinema and a members’ club on our doorstep is also proving a great draw for production teams.”