The BBC’s TV studios and post-production division reveals how it’s become the new home to four of ITV Daytime’s hit shows
BBC Studioworks at Television Centre in White City is now home to four high-profile ITV Studios Daytime shows – Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women – while ITV’s South Bank London HQ is closed for redevelopment.
It began the technical fit-out and build of the studio space for the shows in January, and they began broadcasting from White City in mid-April.
Good Morning Britain and This Morning share BBC Studioworks’ Studio TC3. The sets of the two shows sit back-to-back in the 8,000 sq ft studio floor.
Lorraine and Loose Women are both housed next door, in the smaller 3,430 sq ft Studio TC2.
As soon as Lorraine goes off-air, the sets in TC2 are turned around, ready for Loose Women’s live broadcast at 12:30pm. The turnaround takes 45 minutes, and includes 51 set pieces, with 13 LED screens and monitors. A straightforward touchscreen system enables all hoisting operations to be controlled directly from the studio floor.
Some internal reconfiguration was required at BBC Studioworks to create a production zone for each of the four shows, providing each with a dedicated, branded area. Within this there are dressing rooms, wardrobe, make-up, technical and other support facilities.
The company has also created five on-site edit suites for the four shows and has tailored studio galleries to suit the needs of ITV Daytime broadcasting. On top of this, new LED-based lighting rigs have been introduced into studios TC2 and TC3.
Wall boxes have been installed across the Television Centre site, including one in the garden at the front of the building and one on a raised balcony overlooking London, to make it straightforward to do outdoor filming at the studio complex.
Emma Gormley, managing director, ITV Studios Daytime, said: “ITV Studios Daytime produces 6.5 hours of live content every weekday so a seamless transition to our new home at Television Centre was essential.”
David Conway, managing director, BBC Studioworks, adds: “Crews, talent and audiences are enjoying what Television Centre has to offer, from technologically advanced studios and a range of outdoor shooting options, through to boutique restaurants and outlets for when the shows have wrapped for the day.”