Teddington Studios

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Teddington Studios
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Teddington Studios
Teddington Studios is located in Greater London
Teddington Studios
Location within United Kingdom Greater London
General information
Type Television studios
Address Broom Road, Teddington, Greater London, United Kingdom
Country England
Coordinates 51°25′43″N 0°19′18″W / 51.4287°N 0.3217°W / 51.4287; -0.3217Coordinates: 51°25′43″N 0°19′18″W / 51.4287°N 0.3217°W / 51.4287; -0.3217
Completed 1910s
Demolished TBC (2013/14)
Cost £2.7m (2005)
Client ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky
Website
Official website

Teddington Studios is a large British television studio located in Teddington, South-West London, providing studio facilities for programmes airing on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky1 and others. The complex also provides studio space for channel continuity. Although the site is owned by the publishing company Haymarket Group, it is run by the Pinewood Studios Group together with Pinewood and Shepperton Studios in the UK, and Pinewood Toronto Studios in Canada, Pinewood Indomina Studios in the Dominican Republic, Pinewood Studio Berlin in Germany and Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios in Malaysia.

Pinewood Group's lease on Teddington Studios will expire in 2014. The studios are due to be demolished and turned into housing, with many programmes currently made there moved to other facilities.[1] The studio buildings will be replaced by three modern apartment blocks and other smaller houses, with the view towards the river from Broom Road opened up.

History[edit]

The studio began in the early 20th century as film studios when stockbroker Henry Chinnery, owner of Weir House, Teddington, allowed filmmakers to use his greenhouse as a studio. Dedicated studio facilities were then built in the 1910s. The studio was greatly expanded by a partnership of filmmaker E. G. Norman and actor Henry Edwards, and renamed Teddington Film Studios Limited in 1931.

After only one production, Stranglehold (1931), the studio was acquired by Warner Brothers to turn out so-called "quota quickies" - British-made films which fulfilled a legal quota (created by the Cinematograph Films Act 1927) before American-made films could be shown. Warner Bros.-First National continued to make US/UK coproductions at Teddington until The Dark Tower (1943). One Teddington Studios production Murder at Monte Carlo (1934) with Errol Flynn in his first major film role, is considered a lost film.

By the 1950s the studio's fortunes had declined, but in 1958 it was bought by Associated British Corporation (ABC) for use as a television studio. When ABC was replaced by Thames Television (in which ABC's parent company had a 51% stake), Teddington Studios became the main production centre for Thames's entertainment programming (e.g. gameshows, children's programmes, dramas and comedy), while documentary shows, news and sports programming were made at Thames's Euston Road headquarters.

After Thames lost its ITV franchise to Carlton Television, which took over in 1993, the studio became independent. Without a major broadcaster or studio group owning the studios, their future was questioned (as Carlton was going to commission most of its entertainment programming from independent producers), but it survived and stayed independent for 13 years, when in 2005, the Pinewood Studios Group bought the complex for £2.7m.[2] Teddington was also the home of British TV Casino show Smart Live Casino until they moved to Picadilly Studios.

The media company Haymarket has owned the Teddington Studios site since 2004 and occupied some of it since 2006. Part of the site is leased to Pinewood, which will leave when its lease expires during 2014. Haymarket has announced in June 2013 that it plans to redevelop the site into homes, meaning the end of Teddington Studios. [3]

TV studios and facilities[edit]

The site has 8 studios in total, as well as post production editing facilities.

Studio 1[edit]

Studio 1 is Teddington's largest studio at nearly 8,900 square feet (827 m2). It is a fully digital widescreen studio, with audience seating for 500, making it popular for programmes such as Harry Hill's TV Burp for ITV and sitcoms The Green Green Grass, After You've Gone, My Hero, Reggie Perrin and Not Going Out (all for BBC One).

Other notable productions made in Studio 1 include Men Behaving Badly (ITV and BBC), Pop Idol (ITV), Birds of a Feather (BBC), one series of Parkinson and Black Books (Channel 4).[4]

Historically, many classic series were recorded in Studio 1. These include all of Tommy Cooper's shows produced by Thames Television (1973-1980), The Benny Hill Show, Bless This House, George and Mildred, Man About the House and long-running light entertainment series such as This is Your Life and Opportunity Knocks. The final four series made by Morecambe and Wise were also produced at Teddington's Studio 1 by Thames Television.

Studio 2[edit]

Studio 2 measures nearly 5,700 square feet (530 m2) and has been the home to shows such as Today with Des and Mel for ITV, Kilroy for the BBC and the first series of Trisha after moving to Channel 5. This studio is popular for programmes which require intimate medium sized space, like Bremner, Bird and Fortune for Channel 4.[4]

Studio 3[edit]

Studio 3 is a much smaller studio at 2,098 square feet (195 m2) and is home to many music shows productions and television commercials.

Studio 4[edit]

Studio 4 is a small studio at (1,475 square feet (137 m2). CBeebies used the studio before moving to MediaCityUK.

Studio 5[edit]

Another small studio, Studio 5 currently broadcasts digital satellite channel, The Chinese Channel.[5]

Studio 6[edit]

Until early 2008, this is a small studio at (594 square feet (55 m2).

Studio 7[edit]

Built on the site of the prop store for Studio 2, this small studio was built within weeks for participation TV channel QuizCall, whose content is produced using widescreen cameras.[6] Recently, the studio has been used for Dick and Dom's Funny Business.[4] and sitcom Starlings for Sky1.

Studio 8[edit]

This studio, also small, is currently the home of HIgh Flyer which produces Racing UK.[7]

Other facilities[edit]

Like many studios, Teddington also includes set and prop storage, green rooms, wardrobe and makeup and provides car parking. However, many businesses are based at Teddington, providing products/services to cater for all a production's needs.

Studio programming[edit]

Year Type Title Studio
1993-1999 TV programme Goodnight Sweetheart Unknown
1998 TV programme Trisha 2
2001-09 TV programme Harry Hill's TV Burp 1
2006-09, 2013-14 TV programme Not Going Out 1
2007-08 TV programme After You've Gone Unknown
2008-11 TV channel CBeebies 4
2009 TV programme Big Top 1, 2
2009-10 TV programme Reggie Perrin 1
2010-11 TV programme Piers Morgan's Life Stories 1
2010
TV programme A League of their Own 1
TV programme Britain's Best Dish 2
2010-12 TV programme The Rob Brydon Show 1
2011 TV programme Dick and Dom's Funny Business 2, 3, 7
TV programme In with the Flynns 1
TV programme Rude Tube 4
Film One Day 1
2012 TV programme Keith Lemon's LemonAid 1
TV programme Me and Mrs Jones Unknown
TV programme Love Shaft 2
TV programme Starlings 7
TV programme Comedy World Cup 1
2013 TV commercial ad Jackpotjoy Unknown
TV drama series The Guilty Unknown
2013-14 TV quiz show series The Chase Unknown
2014 Revival of old show Goodness Gracious Me Unknown
TV sitcom series Still Open All Hours 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ 4 July, 2013 (2013-07-04). "Teddington Studios to be replaced with housing | News | Broadcast". Broadcastnow.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Pinewood buys Teddington Studios". BBC News. 1 April 2005. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Media group plots move to Teddington (From Your Local Guardian)". Yourlocalguardian.co.uk. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  4. ^ a b c "Credits". The Pinewood Studios Group. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  5. ^ "Studio 5". The Pinewood Studios Group. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  6. ^ history of TV studios in London
  7. ^ "Studio 8". The Pinewood Studios Group. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 

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