Review of BBC Newcastle Tour 03/04/2018
After meaning to book this for about 7 years for my now 18-year-old son, decided to bite the bullet and make the trip this Easter before he disappears to University never to be seen in the North East again (if he gets his way)
We arrived as per instructions 15 minutes before the allotted time of 10.30 am, plenty of car parking available, and a warm welcome when we reached reception. Despite the website saying there were no cloakroom facilities we could use lockers to store coats while wandering round the building.
Our Tour was aimed at adults but a couple of well-behaved children also attended.
Jordy and Simon gave a welcome talk, including the all-important fire safety rules and where the restroom facilities were. Then we embarked on our tour, first stop the History of BBC Newcastle, an informative timeline display and talk from Simon to get us all feeling warm and fuzzy about the North East’s contribution to the BBC.
The next stop was the archives, which was very informative, regarding the processes involved in storage and WHY we they keep them.
After brief stops to look at sets not in use etc, we entered the main Look North Studio, where by surprise we were joined by Colin Briggs, who instantly took over. This was unexpected and Colin took a lot of time with young and old alike. The main set was obviously the star of the studios being the largest, but very interesting that not many operators are needed these days to put out a TV programme.
Most of the other studios are small but perfectly functioning and we gained lots of information on how hard presenters work on a day to day basis.
The tour was also given the chance to be TV presenters and even put on a Radio Play, which got everybody involved. Don’t bother turning up if you won’t participate, it is meant to be interactive.
We still had time to play a kid’s game which was normally reserved for the children’s tours, we obviously didn’t ask enough questions!
A thoroughly enjoyable experience and highly recommend if you’re in the area.
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