Britain’s Got Talent live shows come to Hammersmith Apollo

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Image captionBritain’s Got Talent is the latest in a long line of TV shows to be produced in H&F. PICTURE: ITV

The popular Saturday night programme Britain’s Got Talent is coming to H&F. And you could be part of the show.

The semi-finals and grand final of the ITV talent competition will be filmed live at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo at the end of May.

Britain’s Got Talent is the latest in a long line of TV shows to be produced in H&F. The borough is home to one of the country’s biggest clusters of TV, programming and broadcasting businesses - 23 times higher than the rest of the UK, according to the council’s Industrial Strategy (pdf).

Previously, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals and finals have been filmed in a TV studio.

Judge Simon Cowell said: “It has to be in a theatre. We go into a studio and make it look like a theatre. It’s like buying a Mini and trying to make it look like a Rolls Royce. There’s something about the theatre element.”

ITV daytime shows

Image caption: The newly-revamped Television Centre in White City

Over in the newly-revamped Television Centre in White City, ITV’s daytime shows have recently moved to the state-of-the-art studios in Wood Lane.

Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women are now being produced in studio 2 and 3 of the BBC Studioworks’ facilities for the next five years.

The Jonathan Ross Show was the first production to record at the new Television Centre which provides more than 22,000sqft of shooting and post production space.

Other shows filmed at the new media quarter include The Graham Norton Show, Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Juice and Room 101.

It continues the long broadcasting history in H&F after the BBC’s HQ was based in the original Television Centre from 1960 to 2013.

Image caption: The Jonathan Ross Show was the first production to record at the new Television Centre

Some of the nation’s most popular shows, which included Dad’s Army, Fawlty Towers, Blue Peter and The Two Ronnies, were filmed within the 14-acre site.

“It’s rewarding to see Television Centre finally come back to life and be open to the public for the first time in its history,” said David Conway, Managing Director of BBC Studioworks. “Our studios and post production facilities form part of a vibrant and creative media quarter within Hammersmith & Fulham.

“We’re delighted to have played our part in reigniting ‘the home’ of British television and have already hosted a plethora of entertaining shows for all to enjoy.”

H&F creative hub

Elsewhere in the borough, the award-winning media company UKTV in 10 Hammersmith Grove reaches more than 42 million viewers every month.

Their ten-channel line-up consists of Watch, Dave, Gold, Alibi, Eden, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home and Good Food.

While Riverside TV Studios in Aspenlea Road, where the BBC broadcasted Doctor Who and Top of the Pops, will shortly reopen after four years of extensive renovation works.

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