Teddington Studios celebrated

MOLA team
18.04.2016

Former employees of Teddington Studios gathered over the weekend to share their experiences of one of the most advanced centres of film and television production, as part of an oral history project we are running to capture these memories, alongside recording and studying the historic structures and archaeology of the site.

In use from 1910-2014, Teddington Studios led the film industry with its state-of-the-art studio design and technology and is responsible for a number of celebrated productions, including the lost film Murder at Monte Carlo starring Errol Flynn as well TV series, such as: Men Behaving Badly, Birds of a Feather, The Benny Hill Show, Bless This House, George and Mildred, Man About the House, This is Your Life and Opportunity Knocks.

Initial interviews for the project have shed light on the workings, films, innovations and the people behind one of Britain’s most advanced centres of television production. One interviewee, Brian Scott, Engineer at the Studios from 1973-1990, revealed how Studio 1 was designed to give the production team a birds-eye view of what they were working on; first seen at Teddington Studios but an essential feature in many studios today.

Sally Geeson, star of Bless This House, said in her interview: “We called it the ‘fun factory’ because so many fun programmes came out of the light entertainment department. It was a uniquely happy place to work as we were all working actors having a great time.”

The oral history project is drawing to a close but our oral history team is still interested to hear from former Teddington Studios employees. To share your experiences, contact the team at oralhistory@mola.org.uk or 020 741 2266.

The oral history project, historic building recording and archaeological excavation are being supported by Pinenorth Properties Limited, as part of the Teddington Riverside development

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