Since relocating to Salford, BBC is offering an ‘access (almost) all areas’ tour for the public so we can all have a good ol’ nosey and get behind the scenes of some of the programmes now filmed here. Even arriving at the MediaCity complex is impressive; the tall glass-fronted buildings adjacent to the canal stand self -assuredly as their reflection glimmers in the water below. The modern complex also houses apartments, shops, restaurants and its own metro stop. It’s so futuristic that even the security guards don’t go about on foot – you’ll see them whizzing by on segway’s instead!
The one and a half hour long tour affords the opportunity to get beyond the almost ostentatious exterior and see what really goes on here. The filming schedule for the day dictates which studios are available to view on the tour, but I was lucky enough to see the childhood favourite ‘Blue Peter’ studio as well as the ‘Match of the Day’ studio. And if you’ve ever fancied being a weather presenter, you’ll be offered the chance of filming yourself presenting. Believe me, it really isn’t as straight forward as pointing to the rain clouds on the map!
The guides also take the time to talk through the technical aspects of how each TV or radio programme is produced, and if you’re interested in seeing more it’s possible to register on the website for free tickets to watch programmes such as Mastermind being filmed.