|Address||1 Deer Park Road,
|Owner||Panther Securities Plc|
Wimbledon Film & Television Studios is a television and film production company and facilities provider in Colliers Wood, between Mitcham and Wimbledon in South London. The studios are best known for the crime drama series The Bill, which was filmed there until the programme's demise in 2010. Since being taken over in late 2010, many productions have shot at the Studios including The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep, Music videos by Cheryl Cole and Ollie Murs, The Bafta Winning TV show 'Episodes' with Matt Le Blanc and countless other TV Comedy and Drama shows. The ITV game show Tipping Point has been filmed here since its third series in 2013.
Wimbledon Studios was originally established as the Merton Studios. The studios were previously a wine distribution warehouse, which was acquired by Thames Television as a replacement for their Barlby Road base in North Kensington in the early 1990s. The studios were also used for Channel 5 soap Family Affairs, which was produced by Thames and had moved from a site in Hayes. An exterior street set was built for the programme, which has also since been used by other productions and is available for hire. Thames—which later became Talkback Thames—stayed at the studios until 2010 when The Bill, by then the only show produced there, ended.
After the cancellation of The Bill by ITV, Talkback Thames' owners, FremantleMedia, sold the studios. Panther Securities Plc purchased the site for £4.75m in September 2010 and set up Wimbledon Film & Television Studios in October 2010, to provide a new production facility to the film and television industry.
Wimbledon Film & Television Studios has a total of four studios; two large studios of approximately 8,000 square feet (740 m2) and one 5,000 square foot Studio.
The studio has multiple free standing interior sets both on-site and in storage, including police stations, hospitals, a prison, a courtroom and the House of Commons set.
- Studio 1 (7,186 sq ft / 667 sq m)
- Studio 2 (8006 sq ft / 743 sq m)
- Studio 3 (4780.51 sq ft / 443.75 sq m)
- Photography Studios (6.92m x3.35m / 22.5ft x 11ft)
Free Standing Sets
- Street Set (Cheryl Cole - Under the Sun Music Video, Derren Brown - Apocalypse Trailer)
- The Common Inn Pub Set (Dizzee Rascal - Bassline Junkie, David Brent - Equality Street)
- Police Custody Set (Olly Murs - Dance with me Tonight)
- Police Crime Investigation Set (Derren Brown - Fear and Faith)
- Hospital Ward Set (Call the Midwife - Comic Relief Sketch)
- Hospital A&E Set (Ed Sheeran - Small Bump Music Video)
The Media Village
Wimbledon Media village has become a huge part of Wimbledon Studios and there are more than 50 companies based at the Studios. These include equipment hire company 'Decode,' Post Production house 'The Finishing Factory,' Post Production Sound 'Wimbledon Sound,' Publishers 'Cabbell' and TV & Film production companies 'The Last Word,' 'Theory Films','Firebelly Films' and 'Jaegerfilm'.
- The Iron Lady (Feature Film)
- Episodes (Series 2 & 3) (BBC2)
- Spy (Series 1 & 2) (Sky1)
- Ant & Dec - I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here (ITV1)
- Adventures in Space and Time - Dr. Who special (BBC)
- David Brent - Equality Street for Comic Relief (BBC1)
- Misfits (E4)
- Russell Howard's Good News Sketches (BBC3)
- This is Jinsy (Series 2)
- Bad Education (Series 2)
- Tipping Point (ITV1)
- The Angel (Sky1)
- World Series of Dating (BBC3)
- Nixon's The One (Sky Arts)
- Starlings (Sky1)
- Anna and Katy (Channel 4)
- Roger and Val have just got in (BBC2)
- Watson & Oliver (BBC3)
- Cardinal Burns (E4)