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Audiences return to dock10

Manchester-based facility says it expects audiences to return for a number of shows in the coming weeks

dock10 has welcomed back a live studio audience for the first time since the UK shutdown due to the pandemic at the beginning of 2021.

Audiences were back for filming on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

“It’s been great to see audiences back in the studios,” said Andy Waters, head of studios at dock10. “The virtual audiences have been really successful, but nothing is better than the real thing and we’re so pleased to welcome people back. To hear an audience laughing again in a television studio has been fantastic, we have missed it so much.”

dock10 expects to audiences to return for a number of shows in the coming weeks.

“As the government protocols change we will adapt quickly to ensure the safety of everybody involved,” added Waters. “Safety is our first priority, and everybody is working hard to ensure everything is as safe as possible. At dock10 we are very lucky to have a lot of space to enable social distancing for hundreds of people and over lockdown our safety measures of temperature testing, one-way systems, masks and protective screens have been thoroughly tested.”