General AdviceAs a rule of thumb, most studios prefer their audiences to be at least 16. Do check the age limit before you book.
Most shows take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours so be patient and allow plenty of time as you usually can't move from your seat once the recording starts. The studio staff will do their best to keep you entertained during set changes or if there are any technical hitches delaying proceedings.
BBC: The BBC offer free TV show tickets for BBC TV and Radio shows. Choose the show you're interested in and fill in an online application form and the BBC will send you tickets two weeks before the show date. If you haven't planned ahead and want to find out if you can see a BBC show this week, then check the by date link. Once you've seen what's available, you can call the BBC on tel: 020 8576 1227 and book your tickets.
Applause Store: Another site to check for free TV and radio recordings is www.applausestore.com. All tickets are free but you do need to register to book tickets.
Chortle: And here's another useful site for getting those free TV studio recording tickets: www.chortle.co.uk. This site specializes in comedy shows and lists the shows and how to apply for tickets as it's usually through another company.
TV Recordings: www.tvrecordings.com offer free online tickets to some of the best entertainment TV show recordings in London. To get a ticket is a very simple process: register, choose a show, print an e-ticket, then go to the show! What could be easier!
SRO Audiences: sroaudiences.com deal with many of the big name popular British TV show of the moment including 'The Graham Norton Show' and 'Mock The Week'. Applying for tickets is kept simple with an online form and then just wait for your email confirmation which will let you know if your application has been successful.
Lost in TV: Lost in TV has some big name shows, especially for ITV. They also look for participants for for new shows so it's an interesting site to peruse to see what shows are being planned.
Clappers: Clappers is an independent TV audience company so the shows they have on offer vary regularly. At the last check they had little on offer but I'll keep them listed here as they've had good shows in the past.
Be On Screen: Be On Screen is another company that has audience tickets but you can also find out how to take part in TV shows too.Watching a TV show recording can be a fun night out and a chance to see how your favorite show is created. And, because tickets are generally free, it's a great option for entertainment on a budget.