See Your Favourite TV Shows Being Recorded Live For FREE!
Audiences are the life blood of many TV shows, just imagine The X Factor or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire without an audience to cheer the contestants along. Or how about Mrs. Browns Boys without the laughter queues the audience provide. And lets face it The Graham Norton Show plays off it’s live audience.
The point is that these shows and many others like them need an audience to help sell the entertainment value and the audience provides a feedback loop which the presenters can bounce off making a better show for everyone to watch at home.
The audience is so important to these shows that tickets are completely free – you just need to apply. Whether you get in is partly dependent on the number of applications the show you want to see gets. For example Strictly Come Dancing gets so many applications that tickets are issued on a lottery basis.
Before we get to the juice it’s important to realise that TV programmes need their audiences and they have to ensure they have a full house when they hit record or go live. With this in mind they will issue more tickets than they have a need for in order to account for no-shows (essentially they’ll double book!) So make sure you get to the recording early as once the studio is full they won’t let any more in.
Enough Already, I Want My Tickets
To get your hands on these free TV tickets you’ll need to know where to apply for them, ready for the juice?
BBC Produced Programmes
For BBC programmes the first point of contact is the BBC Shows website. From here you can have a look at what’s on offer from BBC produced shows (TV and Radio). The website will also tell you about how tickets for each show are allocated which will either be on first come first served basis or using a random draw. Want to be a contestant on a show? Click the take part link at the top of this same website 😉
Probably one of the biggest UK audience departments is Applause Store, they handle tickets for shows like The X Factor, Love Island, Martin Lewis Money Show Live, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show and many others.
In order to apply for tickets you’ll need to register for a free account and it’s simply a case of applying for the shows you like the look of. They normally like to speak to you before offering you tickets so keep your phone turned on!
If you want to experience the thrill of being in a Graham Norton audience and see the red chair live for yourself you’ll want to get SRO Audiences on your radar. SRO (Standing Room Only) Audiences offer a simplistic website to browse the shows they offer and there is no need to register. Simply find the show you’d like to watch and fill out a simple form when you’ve found one you would like to watch.
Lost In TV
And finally there’s Lost In TV. There’s a nice mix of shows on Lost In TV including Harry Hill, a waiting list for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Ninja Warrior. Like Applause Store you’ll need to register for a free account in order to apply and they also list opportunities to take part as contestants alongside their audience tickets.
All these websites list shows which they’ve booked audiences before and are confident they’ll be picking up booking audiences when they come back on air so they offer a waiting list. It’s worth expressing your interest and getting your name on any waiting list for a show you’re interested in as once the booking opens they might go quickly and being on the list means you’ll be one of the first to know once they start taking bookings.