Many of ITV's flagship programmes are filmed in front of live audiences, and they give away free tickets. Get your hands on some and have a great day out while learning about the world of television from the other side of the camera.
Visit the ITV website. On the Tickets for Shows page, you will see links to particular shows and several companies that organise audiences.
Choose the show you want to see and click on the link for further details. Tickets are available for daytime talk shows, primetime entertainment, quiz shows and comedy programmes, so you'll have plenty of options.
Read the information provided, including the location of filming and any audience requirements. Shows film in Manchester, London and Leeds as well as other locations, so be sure to find something local to you. There is often an age restriction for those under 18, so check the details before you book.
Move quickly. Tickets are usually allocated on a first come first served basis and studio space can fill up, so if you're interested in a particular ITV show or a specific date, book your tickets as soon as possible.
Request tickets. This can usually be done by phone or email. Some shows will allow you to request a particular date, or several possible dates in order of your preference.
Check the location, time and date when you receive your ticket. Be sure you know when and where you are going for the filming.
Arrive early. It is a good idea to arrive 30 to 40 minutes before the doors open, as tickets are usually unreserved and don't necessarily guarantee entry. If the studio fills up, some ticketed audience members may unfortunately have to be turned away. Arriving early will increase your chances of getting in to see the show, but if you do get turned away, you will usually be allocated reserved tickets to a show of your choice on another day (depending on availability).
Tips & Warnings
- Unless a dress code is specified on the ticket, it's usually safest to opt for smart casual attire. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing as there can be a lot of standing around, and you may even have to queue outside before the filming.
- If you are travelling from a long distance, it may be possible to secure guaranteed tickets. Be sure to mention where you're travelling from when you book the tickets.
- Sign up to mailing list on the audience companies' websites to get regular updates about which shows are seeking audiences.
- If you'd like to take a more active role in a show by expressing your opinion or asking a question on camera, check the We Need You section on the ITV tickets website.
- Tickets are free so don't be fooled by ticket agencies trying to sell them on at a price. Contact ITV or the production company directly to get tickets for free.
- Tickets don't guarantee entry (see Step 7 for more details).
- Photography is not permitted at any time in television studios, so leave your camera at home.
- There often aren't any refreshments available during filming, so be sure to have something to eat and drink before you arrive at the studio.
- Visit the ITV Tickets For Shows page for all the necessary links.
- Applause Store has tickets for television and radio programmes.
- Clappers offers tickets for comedy and other shows.
- Granada Entertainment Studio Audience Unit arranges tickets for Granada's programmes.
- Lost In TV provides audiences for light entertainment shows on ITV as well as BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
- SRO Audiences has tickets for comedy, talk shows and light entertainment.
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