BBC Studioworks tops the year with Christmas specials.

“We’re finishing an exceptional year with an abundance of Christmas classics sprinkled with some original productions,” – Meryl McLaren, Commercial Manager, BBC Studioworks.

BBC Studioworks is ending 2019 on a high as it facilitates seventeen of the nation’s Christmas specials across its portfolio. This production boost, they note, is a 21% increase year-on-year and a 89% uplift on 2017.

The increase in festive specials is testament to the expertise of our teams – Meryl McLaren, Commercial Manager, BBC Studioworks

Kicking off the festive extravaganza over at Studio TC1 in West London’s Television Centre the facility has played host to the seasonal specials of programmes such as QI a Talkback production for BBC Two, So Television’s The Graham Norton Show for BBC One, Hotsauce and ITV Studios’ The Jonathan Ross Show for ITV and The Last Leg for Channel 4 from Open Mike Productions.

While Studio TC2 has welcomed a number of Christmas-themed editions of Sunday Brunch, a Remarkable Television production for Channel 4 and over in Borehamwood at their BBC Elstree Centre facility, nostalgic festive favourites have been combined with some new productions in Elstree D such as Comedy Central’s revival of game show Blockbusters, produced by Thames Television.

There has also been comedy with Romesh’s Look Back To The Future from Hungry Bear Media productions for Sky One, the annual best of the year in chart music with two editions of BBC One’s Top of the Pops from BBC Studios, ITV’s Ball & Boe: A Very Merry Christmas from ITV Studios for ITV, reuniting Michael Ball and Alfie Boe for some festive tracks as well as long running E4 comedy quiz 8 Out of 10 Cats from Zeppotron and a recent arrival for BBC One with Take Off with Bradley & Holly from Hungry Bear Media that sees ITV personalities Bradley Walsh and Holly Willoughby over on the Beeb this December.

We’re looking forward to what’s set to be another cracker of a year – Meryl McLaren, Commercial Manager, BBC Studioworks

Also at BBC Elstree Centre, Studioworks’ expert team is delivering the Christmas and New Year episodes of BBC One’s flagship serial drama, EastEnders. Over the road at the Elstree Film and Television Studios, the Studioworks division has seen Elstree 8 welcome the festive edition of BBC One’s quiz show Pointless by Remarkable Television. Elstree 9 has played host to the Christmas versions of The Chase, a Potato production for ITV, Celebrity Juice for ITV2 from Talkback and Big Fat Quiz of the Year by Hotsauce TV for Channel 4.

George Lucas Stage 2 sees the competition heat up for the glitterball trophy in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, a BBC Studios Production for BBC One.

Studioworks provides the productions with full technical facilities and crew, including camera, sound, lighting and engineering and, for EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing and The Last Leg, post production staff.

Sky recently announced they would be joining Elstree Film and Television Studios and BBC Elstree by opening their own studios in Borehamwood, creating an ‘Elstree Media Hub’. The Sky Elstree Studios will occupy a 32-acre site with 14 studio facilities. The centre is expected to be operational by 2022. Sky Studios Elstree will lead to the creation of over 2000 new jobs and help fuel the local economy, generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK’s creative economy over the first five years of operation.

“The increase in festive specials is testament to the expertise of our teams and the first-class customer experience we consistently deliver to bring shows to life. We’re looking forward to what’s set to be another cracker of a year.” -Meryl McLaren, Commercial Manager, BBC Studioworks.

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