I'm a journalist turned full-time nomad currently living in East London.
Published July 25th 2012
The idea of going to see an upcoming television series being filmed is fantastic, if you can actually get into the audience. I recently heard about a website called TVRecordings.com, where Londoners could access tickets to television and radio shows for free. I quickly signed up and within a few weeks some tickets became available to see the making of a pilot episode for a new series called I Love My Country hosted by David Walliams and featuring team captains Frank Skinner and Greg Davies. My boyfriend and I watched the entire series of The Inbetweeners during a recent trip to South America, and the idea of seeing Greg Davies in a role other than Mr Gilbert was too enticing. I booked two tickets and marked the date on my calendar.
When the big night finally arrived, my boyfriend and I decided we would make a date out of it, and after a quick dinner at Picadilly Circus we headed to The BBC Centre in White City for some lights, camera, action. Did we get it? Not exactly. We arrived a half hour early only to be told that our 'tickets' did not actually mean we would have guaranteed entry and that the show was booked out. Any girl who has gone to the trouble of trekking from East to West London in a dress and heels does not like to be disappointed, and disappointed I was. The employee who broke the news said people had been lining up for three hours waiting to get in. She did apologise profusely and offered us priority seating to our next show.
Sure enough I have since received an email along those lines and I will most likely try to see a free show again. The moral of this story: don't assume that tickets always equate to entry. After all, it's show biz.
To sign up, go to the website. Registration is free.