This page contains details on how you can be part of a UK TV studio audience, or attend a live recording of your favourite show.
If you have a favourite TV show, or want to know more about how TV is put together, consider going along to a recording of a TV show.
To be part of a TV studio audience is usually free of charge, and there’s always a chance that you’ll be able to get yourself on the telly.
TV audience handling companies
Try the following sites and phone numbers for information about upcoming shows:
- BBC TV and Radio :bbc.co.uk/tickets Tel: 0370 901 1227
- Applause Store: www.applausestore.com
- TV Recordings: www.tvrecordings.com
- Clappers: 0208-532 2770
- Be On Screen: www.beonscreen.com
- Standing Room Only: sroaudiences.com Tel: 0208-684 3333
- Lost in TV: lostintv.com Tel: 0208-530 8100
- ITV shows: Studios in Leeds and Manchester: Click here for details
So what happens?
We’ve seen a couple of UK sitcoms recorded recently at Teddington Studios, these include Black Books and Coupling. After ordering tickets from the audience handling company, the tickets tend to arrive a couple of weeks before the recording. On the day, it pays to arrive at least an hour before Doors Open time… As some people at a Black Books recording a few years back experienced, having a ticket is not always a guarantee of getting in!
After a brief spell in a waiting area, you’re ushered to seats, and a warm-up person appears – it’s their job to keep you amused during the recording. Bear in mind that a 30 minute sitcom can take around 3 hours to record, what with retakes, scene changes, costume changes and technical adjustments.
If you’ve not been to see a show put together, it’s well worth it – for one, you can get to see a new series many months before it’s screened, get to see what goes on behind the scenes (for example, the Black Books team interacting with the audience while scenery is reset), get to see the outtakes, and get a feel for the work that goes into getting a show on the air.
Some useful links for those looking to get themselves on telly as part of a live studio audience, or anyone looking to find out about upcoming TV show recordings: