BBC Studioworks has extended its deal with Elstree Studios until March 2020.
The partnership was formed three years ago to temporarily house parts of BBC Studioworks’ (formerly BBC Studios and Post Production) operations while Television Centre (TVC) underwent redevelopment.
TVC will reopen in September, but Studioworks had previously suggested that it would keep its presence at Elstree Studios after it returns to west London.
BBC Studioworks managing director David Conway said: “We’re pleased to confirm our commitment to the London studios market and our valued clients with the growth of our footprint across Television Centre and Elstree.
“Our trusted partnership with Elstree Studios has allowed us to deliver many memorable productions for our customers and we look forward to continuing this successful relationship.”
The BBC commercial subsidiary hires Stage 8, Stage 9 and a George Lucas stage at Elstree Studios, all of which have been converted for TV use with production galleries, dressing rooms, make up, wardrobe and audience facilities.
Productions that have used the George Lucas stage include Strictly Come Dancing (pictured), The Voice, A League of Their Own and Let it Shine. Britain’s Got Talent will use the stage later this year.
The George Lucas stage is the largest purpose built TV stage in the UK, with permanent HD TV galleries, and has already hosted many of the top UK entertainment shows including
Studioworks also manages Studio D on the BBC Elstree site, some half a mile away from the Elstree Studios facility.
BBC Studioworks is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC.