Underwater Stage

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The Underwater Stage is an underwater film and television studio stage at Pinewood Studios in Iver, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. It is the only one of its kind in Europe.[1] The stage was opened in 2005 after four years of planning and development. The stage's water tank is permanently filled, and the water is constantly heated, maintained at 30 ˚C (87 ˚F).[2] The water is filtrated using an ultraviolet system which creates crystal clear water and a comfortable environment to work in, for both cast and crew.

Plans for the construction of the stage were first announced in April 2004.[3] The stage was opened on 18 May 2005, by Gordon Brown, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer.[4] Brown opened the stage by pressing a button that dropped an automobile into the water tank.

The stage has been used for television, film, commercials, pop videos and photo shoots. The stage has hosted: The Da Vinci Code, Basic Instinct 2, Scoop, Silent Witness, a music video for James Blunt, and a Water Aid promotion with actress Keira Knightley.[5] It has also been utilised for scientific experiments involving imaging sonar.[6] It has also been used for a sport relief special called "Strictly Underwater" where two couples from the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing battled it out by dancing underwater.


  1. ^ "Underwater stage pictures from Pinewood Studios". London: The Telegraph. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Underwater Stage". The Pinewood Studios Group. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  3. ^ Milmo, Dan (2 April 2004). "Pinewood looks at the big picture with £140m flotation". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "You talkin' to me?.. Brown meets De Niro". Edinburgh Evening News. 19 May 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Riley, Jo (15 July 2010). "This could be underwater love: Spectacular photos from Pinewood Studios show stars swimming in world-famous giant tank". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  6. ^ David Ribas, Pere Ridao and José Neira (2010), Underwater SLAM for Structured Environments Using an Imaging Sonar, Springer, ISBN 3-642-14039-4, retrieved 8 October 2011 

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