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Coordinates: 51°33′40″N 0°16′55″W / 51.56111°N 0.28194°W / 51.56111; -0.28194

The Fountain Studios entrance in 2008

The Fountain Studios is an independently owned television studio located in Wembley, north-west London, close to Wembley Park underground station. Originally film studios and then the base of London ITV stations Associated Rediffusion and later London Weekend Television the studios fell into disrepair when the latter vacated to new facilities in central London in the early 1970s. A number of independent companies owned the site until Fountain purchased the site in the early 1990s. Much of the original studio complex was demolished. This included Studios 1 through to 4, leaving only Studio 5 standing.

Studio 5 (known as Studio A & B when used at its full size), at over 130 × 90 metric feet within the firelanes, is the largest single fully-equipped television studio in Britain, some 30% larger than Studio 1 at BBC Television Centre. Recent productions to have been made there include Britain's Got Talent, The X Factor, Pop Idol and the London wedding storyline of Friends, Test the Nation for the BBC, as well as many sitcoms and audience shows, including The Kumars at No. 42.

An unusual feature of the facility is a soundproof double door which can be lowered in 30 minutes to reconfigure the space into two separate studios, each with their own independent control facilities.

History

Once the main production centre for the London weekday ITV contractor Associated-Rediffusion, the studios were home to some of the most popular programmes on the ITV network during the 1960s. These included Ready, Steady, Go!, No Hiding Place, The Rat Catchers, Blackmail, At Last, The 1948 Show and The Frost Report. In mid 2008 the Britains Got Talent semi-finals were filmed at the studios.

Whilst under the ownership of London Weekend they were used to record shows such as On the Buses, Please Sir and Upstairs Downstairs.

Programming

The Fountain Studios is home to many popular entertainment programmes. List of shows, studio used and network below:

Programme Channel Studio Used Date
Over the Rainbow Talkback Thames for BBC One A & B 2010
The K Factor Avalon Productions for ITV1 A 2010
The X Factor Talkback Thames/Syco for ITV1 A & B 2004 - Present
Britain's Got Talent Talkback Thames/Syco for ITV1 A & B 2007 - Present
The Cube Objective Productions for ITV1 A & B 2009 - Present
The Susan Boyle Story Talkback Thames/Syco for ITV1 A & B 2009 (One off)
Bremner, Bird & Fortune Vera for Channel 4 A & B 2007
Duel Gallowgate TV for ITV1 A & B 2008
Test the Nation Talent TV for BBC ONE A & B 2002 - 2007
Al Murray's Mutiple Personality Disorder Avalon TV for ITV1 A & B 2009
Pop Idol 19 Entertainment/Talkback Thames for ITV1 A & B 2001 - 2002
1 vs. 100 Initial for BBC ONE A & B 2006
PokerFace Gallowgate TV for ITV1 A & B 2006 - 2007
Schools Out So TV for BBC ONE A & B 2006 - 2007
Petrolheads MEMTV for BBC TWO A & B 2006
Friends (The London Wedding Storyline) Warner Bros. Television for NBC A & B 1997

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