Wimbledon Studios

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Wimbledon Film & Television Studios
Address 1 Deer Park Road
London SW19 3TL
England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°24′37″N 0°11′11″W / 51.4104°N 0.1865°W / 51.4104; -0.1865Coordinates: 51°24′37″N 0°11′11″W / 51.4104°N 0.1865°W / 51.4104; -0.1865
Owner Panther Securities Plc
Website wimbledonstudios.com

Wimbledon Film & Television Studios is an English film and television production company and facilities provider, located in Colliers Wood, between Mitcham and Wimbledon in South London.

The studios are known for the police procedural television 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 2011 biographical film The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep; music videos by Cheryl Cole and Ollie Murs; and the BAFTA-award-winning television series Episodes with Matt Le Blanc. The ITV game show Tipping Point has been filmed here since its third series in 2013.

History[edit]

Wimbledon Studios was established as the Merton Studios.[when?] 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 the Channel 5 soap opera Family Affairs, which was produced by Thames and had moved from a site in Hayes.[disambiguation needed] 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's owners, FremantleMedia, sold the studios.[1][2] Panther Securities Plc purchased the site for £4.75 million 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.

The facility has 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.[3]

In August 2014, it was announced that Wimbledon Studios has entered administration with several employees being made redundant as a result.[4]

Studios[edit]

  • 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 / 22.5 ft x 11 ft)

Free-standing sets[edit]

  • Street Set (Cheryl Cole's 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's Dance with Me Tonight music video)
  • 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[edit]

The Wimbledon Media village has become a large part of Wimbledon Studios and there are more than fifty companies based at the studios. These include:

  • Decode – equipment-hire company
  • The Finishing Factory – post-production house
  • Wimbledon Sound – post-production sound
  • Cabbell – publishers
  • The Last Word – film and television production company
  • Theory Films – film and television production company
  • Firebelly Films – film and television production company
  • Jaegerfilm – film and television production company

Production history[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spanier, Gideon (9 June 2011). "Lights, Camera Action in SW19". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "History of Television Studios in London". Tvstudiohistory.co.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Film & Television Sets". Wimbledon Studios. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Clarence-Smith, Louisa (6 August 2014). "Wimbledon Studios goes into administration". Wimbledon Guardian. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 

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