Free TV Audience Tickets
- By Chris Clements
- Published 11/19/2006
Free TV Audience Tickets
See some of your favourite TV shows recorded
live in and around London
There are many production companies that offer free audience tickets to TV
and radio show recordings and broadcasts.
When you are part of a TV audience you get to see some of the biggest and best entertainers and you may even get the chance to take part yourself.
You get the chance to see how special effects are created and of course you get to see the 'cock-ups'.
Some studios offer backstage tours - The BBC television centre is one. You need to look at the BBC Tours website for more information
I have searched the internet and found several websites that might be of interest
to you with a few notes on each of them below.
It is a good idea to look at these sites every few days as new shows are being added all the time and you have to be quick sometimes if it is a very popular show.
You can register to receive emails from each of these sites as they email and offer free tickets when they are available.
Applying for free audience tickets is not a guarantee that you will get them or if you do get them that you will be able to get a seat as some people order more tickets than they need and the studios need to compensate for these 'no shows' by issuing more tickets than there are seats available.
For this reason it is always advisable to arrive at the studios as early as you can (approximately 45 minutes) before the doors open. For popular shows some people queue up outside for up to 2 hours before the doors open. If you do not get in then you will be offered priority seating on a future recording.
People who repeatedly book more tickets than they need or do not use any of them will risk being refused in the future.
Mostly tickets are sent out approximately 2 weeks before a programme is recorded or transmitted.
You should always check the age restrictions before applying for tickets as most shows require audience members to be at least 16 or 18 due to content although some admit children as young as 10 or 14.
You are not allowed to take camera's camcorders or any recording equipment into the studio.
A half hour programme can take 2-3 hours to record 1 episode.
It is best to eat before you attend the show because, although some studios have bars/cafes available and some shows occasionally provide free snacks and drinks there is no guarantee that there will be food available and the bar/cafe could be closed.
BE ON SCREEN As well as Free Audience Tickets this site is looking for people to take part in TV shows and be featured in magazines.
Whats on This link takes you directly to the page that lists the shows that are currently available.
Off The Kerb This site has tickets for Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Comedy Store, Alan Carrs Celebrity ding dong, 8 out of 10 cats and more.
They usually require you to send a stamped addressed envelope and limit you to only 4 tickets per application.
If you subscribe to their monthly newsletter you will benefit from regular free ticket offers, participate in star interviews and be amongst the first to hear about upcoming tours and live gigs.
TV Recordings When you are on this site click on the shows on the left menu and this then shows you all the shows that are currently available. They require you to register before you can apply for tickets. The types of shows they have tickets for are: Al Murreys Multiple Personality Disorder, 8 out of 10 cats and more.
ITV.com The home page invites you to take part in your favourite TV shows, Some of which are Harry Hills TV Burp, Al Murrays Happy Hour,
The Frank Skinner Show and more.
Applausestore.com Tel 08700 24 1000 Get exclusive tickets to the X-factor, Brit Awards, Britains got Talent, Top Gear, Are you Smarter, The Fashion project, Celebrity Ready Steady Cook, Big Brother 9, Big Brother's Little Brother, The album chart show, Russell Brands Ponderland, The Sunday Night project, Who Dare's sings and more.
The show schedule is updated daily and lists all of the free audience tickets available. You select a show you would like to attend, login with your name and password and request the dates. A researcher then contacts you if they have availability and will send out the tickets first class post. You must join to be a member of Applause. If you upgrade to gold membership which costs £15 a year you will benefit from special entry priority tickets to every show and are informed about the latest shows prior to everyone else. Applause can arrange for large group bookings of 10 or more, they require you to fax or email confirmation of date and scanned or faxed copy of coach receipt.
Clappers Tel 020 8532 2771 Clappers provides free tickets to Loose Women, Bewitched, The World Stands Up and Last of the Summer Wine.
To book free tickets you email your name, address, telephone number, age and gender of those attending with the name of the show and number of tickets required.
SRO Audiences 0208 684 333 The current shows available are: Ant & Decs Saturday night takeaway, All Stars Mr & Mrs, Golden Balls, Family Fortunes, Alan titchmarsh Show
As with the others you can keep up-to-date with shows currently being recorded by adding your details to SRO's mailing list. They send you a newsletter.
Chortle Some of the current shows are: Ruddy Hell! Its Harry and Paul, A Series of Psychotic Episodes.
BBC TOURS The BBC tours last 2 hours and you are shown around the studio by guides. Regular tours are
Monday to Saturday and must be booked. The age restriction is 9 plus. To book tickets call 0870 603 0304
BBC Television centre is at Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ. Opposite White city (on the central line).
Lost In TV Free tickets to light entertainment shows on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Satellite. Including Green, Green, Grass, Who wants to be
a Millionaire, The Paul O'Grady Show.
Hattrick Free tickets for Have I got news for you and others.