Elstree Studios are hoping to woo BBC executives to keep the celebrity dancing contest at the iconic film and television studios long after its former home at the old BBC Television Centre in London re-opens as a independent production base.
Elstree could become the permanent home of Strictly Come Dancing after the managing director vowed to do all he can to keep the hit BBC One show in Borehamwood.
The flagship dance show has been transferred to the town while work is carried out on Television Centre at White City. The west London studios will be back in action in 2015, but Roger Morris believes it would be very “tempting” for BBC executives to keep the show where it is.
Even when the renovation of Television Centre is complete, the stages in the studios will be comparatively small. The key for all television programmes is finding the best place for it to be filmed to benefit the show and increase its value, popularity and the size of the audience.
At Elstree Studios we have arguably the best large television production stages in the UK. The BBC has seen what the show can look like on a larger stage and it will be tempting for them to keep it here.
We have very close links with the BBC and I’m very optimistic. – Roger Morris speaking to Borehamwood Times
Mr Morris said being involved with Strictly Come Dancing had been a “fantastic” experience both for the studios and the town.
I have to admit I’m a bit of a Strictly fan. The show looks wonderful and it’s been a privilege to see how the dancers have developed over the course of the series. Strictly has a fanatical following from every age group. People have been getting dressed up in all weathers and queuing from 10am.
It’s brought a lot of people to the town who probably hadn’t heard of Borehamwood before and given them a chance to discover what we have to offer.
The curtain fell on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday with Abbey Clancy taking the gong for 2013, but Mr Morris said the studios would continue to be a hive of activity with shows for ITV and Channel 5 in production for the new year.
This series of Strictly Come Dancing has been fantastic, everything has been very successful and we couldn’t be happier with the way things have gone at Elstree Studios. – BBC Spokesperson
The BBC also noted it was ‘too early’ for any decision to be made on the future of Strictly Come Dancing’s studio base.