Elstree Studios plan expansion

In its 90th year the Elstree Studio centre in Borehamwood is to create further production space.

“We already have clients who wish to use the first new stage once it is built. I hope it will become the best multipurpose film and TV stage in the UK. Elstree Studios is filled with a diverse range of productions including, high end drama, feature films, tour rehearsals, commercials, reality shows, panel shows and don’t forget constant ratings winner Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother which now have their own village at the Studios.” – Managing Director of Elstree Studios, Roger Morris

To satisfy demand for more workshops and production office space Elstree Studios has vacated some of its storage space to accommodate an increase in on-site productions.

This last year has been a record twelve months for Elstree Studios, with the stages in high demand for both film and television productions. The alliance with BBC Studioworks has been very successful, allowing Elstree Studios and the corporation to offer large stages for major TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

The newly created backlot and other stages have been used to produce the highly acclaimed drama series The Crown while Channel 5’s Big Brother has expanded their village with two more stages and a re- vamped auditorium.

Permission has been granted for Elstree Studios to build a new stage and the company is also investigating other areas that may be used directly for production space, including more stages. The Elstree Studios are the last of two remaining major film centres in Borehamwood and the Elstree site is the only one to continue to produce big screen blockbusters.

The second former film studio site is currently owned by the BBC, who produce shows such as Children in Need, EastEnders and Holby City at their site. The BBC Elstree Centre was converted to television-only production by ATV Network between 1958 and 1961.

“We have many returning clients with successful series and films including Humans the big drama hit for Channel 4, and Grantchester plus feature films such as Paddington and The Danish Girl. We are looking forward to another very successful year.” – Managing Director of Elstree Studios, Roger Morris

Pictured Top: the famous Elstree Studios, Pictured Middle: Lighting at the Elstree Studios, Pictured Bottom: the nearby former Neptune Film Studios which is now owned by the BBC. It’s pictured in the sixties when it had recently reopened as a television-only studio by ATV Network.
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